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Rick Keene Music Scene – A Song for Markov, The ‘Mooch’ and Jack Black Recites Carl Sandburg

Everyone needs a break once in a while. Noise pollution is not good for the musical soul.  

 

 

Please enjoy some real tunes in the meantime. Rick Keene Music Scene will be back before you can say Andrei Markov !

 

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview;Buddy Guy

 

Legendary is an understatement.

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Buddy Guy is the last Blues guy. Last meaning one of very few who learned from the masters firsthand. Crafting his skills from the likes of B.B. King, T Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Live and in person. Live in studio.

Buddy will be performing tonight as part of a triple bill with Charlie Musslewhite, Steve Hill and Matt Andersen at Place de Arts as part of The Montreal Jazz Festival.

Please listen below to my interview with Buddy from a couple of years ago.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Melissa Etheridge

What is there to be said about Melissa Etheridge that has not been said before?

 

Melissa is a poster woman for so many causes and inspirational platforms; to list them here would be unfair to the ones we don’t know about.

A woman of song and a woman with song. A marriage profound in it’s roots and very apparent in her latest album; ‘Memphis Rock and Soul’.

Please listen below  to music royalty as she talks about many things including the last time she shared the stage with Joss Stone. 

Joss and Melissa will be on a double bill on July 5th at the Montreal Jazz Festival. 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Jazz Festival Preview; Whitehorse

 

It ain’t easy being green. It ain’t easy being a Whitehorse in what can sometimes be – a muddy puddle. 

Melissa and Luke have conquered the beginnings of a music career. Their outfit – Whitehorse, have gained critical success in a few short years. Stagnation can be anyone’s enemy, especially artists. The need to create and be fresh – essential to a lifespan in the arts.

Please listen below to my chat with Luke Doucet as he talks about all the above and an unlikely ( likely?) inspiration on the new album; ‘ Panther in the Dollhouse’ due out July 7th.

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Whitehorse are performing July 6th at Metropolis as part of The Jazz Festival !

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – On Tour with Bryan Ferry ( Sorta, Kinda )

One day you are just a ‘guitar player’ trying to get work and the next day – your entire life changes.

Playing with Bryan Ferry will do that sorta thing …

‘Quist’ is living the dream as he is learning something everyday that he is on tour with Ferry – the master of creating spaces. It was Ferry’s inspiration that egged Quist into doing his album as true to himself as possible. 

Please listen below as Quist explains everything including; how he hooked up with Bryan Ferry.

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – King Crimson.

King Crimson are one of ‘those‘ bands …

Several short stints in several increments have survived since 1969. Starting with ‘The Court of The Crimson King’ until their upcoming appearance on July 3rd in Montreal – this band is still cutting  edge.

 

Please listen below to my chat with Gavin Harrison, one of three drummers within King Crimson. He talks about all of the above and why he thinks touring in a van may not be such a good idea for young bands.

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer has been here -done that. The Montreal Jazz Festival? Second nature for him …

Before setting out on an European tour and then China – Michael’s upcoming appearance at The Montreal International Jazz Festival on July 6th is just one of very few gigs this summer. Michael is taking the time to prepare for two upcoming albums to be partly recorded in New Orleans. Two discs Michael is currently writing material for.

 

Please listen below to my chat as Michael talks about all of the above and much, much more….

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Rick Keene Music Scene; Montreal Jazz Festival Preview – Buddy Guy, Charlie Musslewhite, Steve Hill and Matt Andersen

Steve Hill has opened for Buddy Guy a few times. Meeting him – an entirely different tale …

Steve will be opening up for Buddy once more on June 30th as part of Le Festival International de Jazz a Montreal. It is part of a triple bill including; Guy, Charlie Musslewhite and Matt Andersen. A definitive Blues fans’ delight.

Please listen below as Steve talks about Buddy’s influence on him and hear Hill’s thoughts on both Charlie and Matt Andersen. You can listen to some great tunes as well !

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Brandi Disterheft – ‘Painting’ Upright Bass on a Blue Canvas

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Music was in the household with Brandi Disterheft and in her genetic pool. Her Mom – a pianist. Her Aunt – a vocalist. 

A career in music seemed her destiny. 

Starting with something her father thought would be funny and interesting, that ‘joke’ has turned out to be a gift to Canadians and the world. A present wrapped up in Brandi’s latest release; Blue Canvas. 

Please listen below to my chat with Brandi and listen to some great tunes off her album.

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Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ – Part Two

Nanette Workman is real …

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A singer who has been there – done that. A seasoned professional who has not lost her ability to know the true reasons behind music. Passion and integrity, beauty and soul.

ASIDE FROM HER EXPERIENCE AS A BACK – UP SINGER, A BROADWAY PERFORMER, AN ACTRESS AND A HEADLINING SINGER, NANETTE IS BRINGING HER ” STREET ” EDUCATION TO THE LEAGUE OF ROCK AS ONE OF THE COACHES. 

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Please listen below as Nanette explains her philosophy behind the nurturing of both young and ‘old’ musicians. Something which is fragile and exciting for Nanette.

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Nanette Workman – ‘You Can Always Get What You Want ‘ …

Nanette Workman is not a born Quebecer. A fact which some people know …

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Nanette was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She was inducted into The Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2000. Not bad for a Quebecer … eh ?

The now 70 year old singer / musician / composer and actress moved to Montreal with her Pop Idol boyfriend and recorded her first album in French in 1967. Pretty cool since at that time – Nanette did not speak a word of that language.

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Nanette has worked with practically everyone in the music business over the years but perhaps, her most famous session was with The Rolling Stones. Lending her voice to a couple of songs which are part of the cornerstones of Rock music. Part of Rock history …

Please listen below as Nanette explains part of her early career and what songs she sang back -up in The Rolling Stones; vast catalogue. Nanette will be a coach in Montreal’s first edition of The League of Rock. Stay tuned for PART TWO and hear how Nanette will be approaching her gig as a coach.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Hey Montreal? What’s the Word on the Street and The Talk on the Turnpike?

Face it – Montreal always has a lot of live music going on …

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Jazz, Blues, Rock, Reggae … and somewhere, someone – is playing along with spoons.

Please listen below to some of these shows, some great tunes and get an idea on how to buy tickets! Whether it be local musicians or visitors from afar – music fans are always smiling in Montreal !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – The League of Rock Has Arrived in Montreal and Why This is Important !

There are many reasons why The League of Rock arriving in Montreal is important and none of them have anything to do with Jack Black.

In fact – a school of Rock could not be further from the reality of The League of RockTwo different animals – one musical head ( so to speak).

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League of Rock is an opportunity for musicians who normally don’t play in venues –  to rehearse, get coached (by professional Rock stars), record a song, join a band and play live ! The final event is professionally filmed and there is free beer and pizza !

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Please listen below as Montreal’s League of Rock President and CEO Gary Johnston explains everything you need to know to become part of A League of Rock.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – League of Rock Montreal, A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen, Pat Loiselle and Pete Dumoulin

In the summertime, where the weather is fine …

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Summer time in Montreal. Musically – a great place to be! Jazz Festivals, Rock Festivals and for the first time in Montreal; A League of Rock !

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League of Rock is an opportunity for musicians who normally don’t play in venues –  to rehearse, get coached by professional Rock stars, record a song, join a band and play live ! The final event is professionally filmed and there is free beer and pizza !

Did I mention free beer and pizza ?

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Up next on Rick Keene Music Scene – my interview with Gary Johnson about The League of Rock !

In the meantime, Please listen below to some great tunes and some events coming up in Montreal !

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Dwane Dixon Portrait.

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Francisco Pais’ Lotus Project, Derek Falls’ New Track and Ranee Lee

It’s hot, humid and sweaty.  Then, there is the weather …

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Summer time in Montreal is filled with tunes and tans. Water and waves. Sunshine and soothing sounds. Nothing like some cool rhythms to ease the heat while sippin’ a drink by the water or on a patio.

Please listen below to some great tunes and some events coming up in Montreal !

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Andria Simone and Those Guys – Raising It Up a Notch. Jazz Festival Review

To get an idea of what type of personality Andria Simone is – one does not have to look past the name of her band. ‘Those Guys’.

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The guys are – Mark Wilson on Bass, Brian Dihari on Sax, George Nikolov on drums and Dave Kirby on guitar. ‘Those Guys’ and Simone delivered a monstrous set of Soul, R&B, Blues and Rock n Roll to The Blues stage at The Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Simone is a cross between Joplin, Nina Simone and Tina Turner. Toss in a group who at times carefully unpurposely copy the sweet sounds of Amy Winehouse’s band The Dap Kings – an entity on the verge of exploding is at hand, sound and sight.

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‘Do What I Want’ started the night on the right foot and ‘Proud Mary’ ended it up on the left foot. In between, Simone basked in the rays of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and Etta James’ ‘Id Rather Go Blind’.  The former – something familiar within an arrangement  of epic, strange proportions and the latter; true to Etta-esque form. 

Simone and ‘Those Guys’ are a force. Winners of many awards and events in Toronto, the band has played in Festivals around the globe on the same bill as Robert Plant and George Benson. “Beautiful Life’, ‘What Would I Do’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and ‘For Your Love’ explained why.

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Imagine Janis Joplin on speed. Subtract above mentioned speed – adjust the rear view mirrors and lookout for “Those Guys’ carrying Billie Holiday on their backs. Such is the gamet in a varied setlist. Hard on Rock to seductive softness. Edgy Soul to Raspy Blues. Simone and Those Guys protect, nurture and nourish the legacy of the pureness of music. Saxophonist Brian Dihari, the link between space and timeless pleasure. Softening the guitars and Simone’s ravenous vocals. The piece of the puzzle completing the non-puzzling scene.

A taste of the band’s pleasure bolts through in ‘Burn Me’ and ‘ Revealed’.

A twin section of the mesmerizing genres aped and created. The students performing the chops of the masters within original compositions. Tightness prevails in a band which has been around for six years.

A lot of gigs with ‘Those Guys’ !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – You Want a Jazz Festival Preview?

There is a lot of talent coming to the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2016 …

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The Festival gets underway on June 29th with Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings doing a free blow-out show to open the Festival. Jones, one of the best performers on the scene today –promises to deliver a opening showstopper for the ages.

Susie Arioli performs on July 2nd at Club Soda. On the heels of a tour to support her first album without Jordan Officer on guitar, ‘ Spring’  is a year long thing now. The show and tunes will be Susie’s coming of age …

Please enjoy my interview with Susie !

 

Lisa Simone, the daughter of Nina Simone, will be performing two shows as an opening act for Melody Gardot on June 29th and 30th at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier. Lisa, like her famous Mom – blessed with amazing vocals and a way with words. Just may be the hidden gem of the Festival !

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The stages will be busy this year ! Most of Montreal and Quebec’s top players will be on hand to ‘sing the Blues’ to anyone who will listen ! From The Paul DesLauriers Band at Metropolis to Dawn Tyler Watson at L’Astral – there is something for everyone both indoors and outdoors ! Free and Paid !

Here are some of the performers ….

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Please keep coming back for all the news, reviews and interviews as part of The 37th Edition of

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Dawn Tyler Watson – A ‘Jawbreaking’ Interview !

Montrealers know Dawn Tyler Watson. Or – do they … ? 

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Dawn Tyler – Watson has been entertaining Montrealers and Canadians for what seems like an eternity. In a good way …

Hard to believe her latest release ‘JawBreaker’ is only Dawn’s fourth solo album. Her small-ish output is not for lack of talent or opportunity, it is based on …

Please  listen below and Dawn will explain the reasons! Hear some tracks from ‘JawBreaker’ as well.

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Dawn Tyler Watson – Experience is a ‘Jawbreaker’ ! Album Review

Montrealers know Dawn Tyler Watson very well …

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One of this city’s brightest diamonds has shone bright for a few decades. In her latest offering; ‘Jawbreaker’, Dawn exudes passion with experience.

They say practice makes perfect yet musicians are all aware, perfection is as unattainable as The Holy Grail. Perfection is the hunger which, more times than not – sustains a career.

In ‘JawBreaker’, Tyler comes close with a little help from her friends.

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On the first track, ‘Can’t Nobody’, the beacon to the shore of a grounded habited island, guitar great Paul DesLauriers lends a pick. The Rock tune heavily infused with Bluesy- soul, opens the senses and dictates this will not be ‘ just another Blues record’.
DesLauriers, the seasoned veteran – lays the juice on and off. A perfect combination – a perfect fit to Tyler’s schizophrenic ability to power through or seduce with her voice. Montrealer Patrick Lehman lends his voice for the first time on the disc and yes, JawBreaker is about to be something juicy to bite into.

Patrick Lehman, the Juno nominated ‘Soul brother from another mother’, makes another appearance on ‘Shine On’. Whatever energy DesLauriers brought in the opener,  Lehman and Watson counter with a Gospel -inspired influence. Lehman and Watson dueling in an R&B cage. Grounding the sound and creating diversity. Another Jawbreaker straight from the church. The cornerstone of Soul.

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‘A Little Bit More’ makes us comfortable. Watson – the singer we all know, appears with a ballad. Sultry, no nonsense. Dawn’s true self reflects off of Ben Racine’s shadow. The entire soul searching experience framed nicely by ‘Little Frankie Thiffault’s saxophone. The tune will make your heart melt.

“Son of a Gun’ jolts the wispiness away. DesLauriers returns and duels with Racine in a Rock n’ Roll Boogie Woogie high calibre fashion. Combing Berry- type riffs with Watson’s easy vocals. No rocket science here but ‘a rocket ‘ to balance JawBreaker. A missile to the good old days of Bill Haley and The Comets.

‘Tootsie Roll Blues’ is a return to the roots. Upright bass, harmonica and a smoke-filled Jazz club in a basement. Guy Belanger (Harp) and Morgan Moore (Bass) creating an atmosphere to forget troubled times. A tune to dismiss blues while wading firmly through the Blues. Dawn-Tyler is in her element and her ease within the melancholy structure holds a lantern to the underlying darkness within.

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‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ is the gem. Montreal legend Rob MacDonald adds acoustic and Dimitri Lebel-Alexandre instills pedal steel on a heart-breaking delivery.  The opening riff, reminiscent of the 1970 – inspired Country balladry.

A ‘Desperado’ type song which enters into Blues -y despair in a fashion which only Tyler could deliver. Watson’s haunting vocals as fresh as a teenager trying to make her break. Watson inspires on this inspirational tune while MacDonald and Alexandre ply their craft brilliantly. Wow!

‘Rotten’ is Watson and the band. It is important to mention ‘ the band’ especially the nimble-fingered John Sadowy on piano and organ. Often, the piano player – the ‘filler’ on stage, is forgotten by the audience and sometimes the singer. Sadowy, throughout JawBreaker is the saving grace. Providing Boogie Woogie, grace and ‘the meat’ to the potato salad of guests. Nicky Estor holds the beat throughout and is a solid metronome providing rolls and fills at the most important moments. Francois Dube, Estor’s better half on Bass, grounding the songwriting and allowing the ‘cats to play’. Mathieu ‘Moose’ Mousseau on Baritone Sax – balancing Little Frankie on Tenor. Both players, part of The Ben Racine Band. Racine himself, integral to the complete sound on JawBreaker.

As cheesy as the title track may suggest, ‘Smoke Meat’ is the hidden gem on the album.

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Starting off as ‘ just another song’, suddenly – following the first verse, substance rears it’s beautiful head. Estor and Sadowy setting the Jazzy tone. An intro to a Funky jam which allows all the players to shine. Watson paying homage to Montreal’s number one food delicacy and ironically – a staple of Montreal musicians’ diets. A red-hot song to go with red hot meat!

‘Greenbacks’ and ‘I See’ are R&B and funk fan’s guilty pleasures. Once more the sax is prominent as in any good funk/ R&B tune. The horns on the album providing a feel good mentality and transporting the listener to the days before record companies ruined everything. Foot-tapping type stuff yet compared to most tracks on JawBreaker – more generic and not quite up to Watson’s creative standard.

‘Forever Young’ – the Bob Dylan tune returns the album and Watson to glory. The vocals alone, worthy of several awards. Think KD Lang singing Hallelujah. At times, Watson hitting the spine tingling moments associated with Lang. Just one of those special moments which cannot be defined. Certainly to become a fan favorite on disc and off.

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‘It Ain’t Elvis’ returns JawBreaker to generic territory. The album contains thirteen tracks and would have been more suited to ten. Adding similar sounding tracks diminishes the brilliance of the album. Watson is well know and everyone is aware of what she can do. All musicians are solid throughout yet generic can border on boredom within a complete album listening structure. Each generic track great within a playlist including different acts.

JawBreaker concludes with ‘Shine On / Rise’. A bookend for the album’s second track ‘Shine On’.  Once more – Lehman lends his backing vocals and the song is a tribal chant. An interesting way to end the disc. A statement sung with conviction by Watson and Lehman. A tease which starts to rise and disappears leaving the listener thirsty for more.

All in all – JawBreaker is a must buy album. A return of sorts by Dawn – Tyler Watson to the throne of Quebec female singers.

Ear candy if you will …

 

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Jean-Luc Ponty; Coltrane to Zappa to Jon Anderson.

THE ANDERSON-PONTY BAND

Jean-Luc Ponty and Jon Anderson

Thursday, May 26th
8 pm @ Theatre St.-Denis

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Jean – Luc Ponty is an innovator …

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Credited as one of the first musicians to implement the violin within Jazz music, Ponty has not stopped there. A musical thirst has carried the seventy-one year old native of France through a long, creative and prosperous learning career.

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Beginning with his first record deal which saw Jean-Luc entering the world of Rock n’ Roll via Frank Zappa’s sensibilities, Ponty’s journey has seen him collaborate with the ‘who’s who’ of the music industry.

The most recent being a long overdue project with Jon Anderson of the famed prog-Rock group Yes.

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 The 2015 Anderson-Ponty Band album; ‘ Better Late Than Never’, is a form of cohabitation. Combining Ponty’s and Anderson’s music in perfect harmony. Working with Anderson is the first time Ponty has worked with a vocalist so in effect – the disc is a duet of sorts. A marriage of violin and the human voice.

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Please listen below to my chat with Jean-Luc Ponty. A legendary figure on stage and off.

 

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