Rick Keene Music Scene – The Lyric Theatre Singers; Lighting Up Christmas with Class

The world is a mess.

With everything that is happening around the world these days, The Lyric Theatre Singers are literally – to the rescue.

Their Christmas themed show; Candlelight Christmas, a welcome relief from the noise all around us. Silence among thieves. Calm in a global storm.

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Please listen below to my chat with the musical director of The Lyric Theatre Singers; Bob Bachelor. He explains everything and – a little bit more.

Bob? What’s up?

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Diana Krall Reminds Montreal of All That is Good

A good concert is an occasion to make new friends. You leave the venue satisfied. The soul filled with goodness.

Diana Krall and her four piece ensemble did just that.

 

Exploring and paying homage to the likes of Cole Porter, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, Diana reminded everyone why music was created and how diverse the beauty may be.

Commencing with the tune Deed I Do, the punters quite aware the evening would be a treat. Rarely does such talent grace Place des Arts all at once. Rarely does such grace inhabit the talent all at once. Anthony Wilson (guitar), Robert Hurst ( Bass), Karriem Riggins (drums) and Stuart Duncan (violin) displayed such touch on their respective instruments. Such finesse. Such magnificence. They were so good, at times, Krall could be seen watching and listening in awe. When ‘ the boss’ is happy the product must be good.

The Turn up the Quiet Tour is named after Diana’s new album. Following a long excursion overseas, Krall is back on home turf and Montreal – according to Krall, ‘feels like home’. 

The Montreal International Jazz Festival was one of the most important building blocks in Krall’s steps to Juno and Grammy Awards. Last night, the love affair was evident with a few people yelling out ‘ we love you Diana’. Krall shouting back ‘ I love you too’. One fan even managed to alter the encore. ‘S’Wonderful – the brilliant Ira and George Gershwin ballad replacing the scheduled song as an audience request.

 

Turn Up the Quiet , the album, is a return to The Great American Songbook for Krall. A place where she discovered her talents and passion. Isn’t it Romantic, Blue Skies and Sunny Side of the Street were delightfully displayed live and the band took turns implementing their skills within each. Waits’ Temptation, as close to a Rock song as you’ll get in a Krall concert. A tad demonic with the stage lit up in Satan’s color. A rendition perfect to break the theme of the show yet keeping it within the boundaries of jazz. Within the boundaries of Waits.

 

All these years later, Canada’s favorite musical daughter is all grown up. Now a wife and Mother. Those life changing facts are essential to understanding a Krall concert. Mellow, relaxed and with that old Diana sneaking around just under the stage. Popping up every now and again. Playful with an attitude.

 

Wonder if the old Diana and the new one are friends? Judging by the return to Jazz standards they are.

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Emilie Claire Barlow; Basking in Quebec’s Winter

 Not everyone embraces Quebec winters. In fact , most don’t.

Emilie Claire Barlow is one person who loves Quebec winters. So much so, the Toronto native and Juno Award winner took up residence in Quebec. Not only that – she sings about it on her new disc.

A combination of English and French, the tracks are sure to give you frostbite ( in a good way).

Please listen below to my chat with Emilie and hear some tracks from the new album.

Talk soon.

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016.

Yakety-Yak – don’t talk back …

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In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music.

Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come. 

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Nanette Workman

To siphon the interviews into a tank of top ten – both unfair and impossible. Each artist, regardless of status, unique in their own skin. People are people. 

Below is a list of my favorite interviews from 2016. The ones which, for one reason or another, stood out and continue to reverberate inside my head and sustaining a lasting impression.

Here now are  my

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Interviews !

Thanks for Listening!

 

10.  Rob Garcia

Rob was Woody Allen’s drummer for many years in New York. One of the top ten Jazz drummers on the circuit and a veritable potpourri of musical information. 

9. Chaim Tannenbaum

The Godfather of Canadian Folk music. A ‘muse’ for Martha and Rufus Wainright. A true songwriter who – after all these years, released his first album. 

8. Corey Diabo

The guitarist for Jonas and The Massive Attraction shared his thoughts on Chuck Berry, The Blues and Rock n Roll. From the perspective of a guitar player – interesting …

7.  Richard Murrin

A Montreal singer / songwriter who took on a personal task of writing a song a day. Not only did he accomplish his goals, every song is great ! Amazing !

6. Mike Jones

Mike, a versatile pianist who has mastered the keys unlike very many, stumbled upon a magical gig. Playing piano for Penn and Teller !

5.  Steve Hill

On the heels of a Juno Award and several Maple Blues Awards, Trois Rivieres’ prodigal son returns to Rick Keene Music Scene. The same down-to-earth guy he has always been …

4. Paul Marchand

The documentary director placed his heart and soul into the making of Jaco. The life of bassist Jaco Pastorius.  A love affair which shines through in my chat.

3. Ron Sexsmith

One of Canada’s best singers / musicians and songwriters. Ron speaks of his new album. A name every music fan should be acquainted with.

2. Nanette Workman

Not too many people can say they sang back up on ‘ Can’t Always get What You Want’  – the Stones’ classic song. One of the first females to make a name in the music business.

1. Delfeayo Marsalis

The brother of Wynton and Branford. The first family of New Orleans and possibly – American Jazz. A real insight into America as it enters a new phase. Great tunes from Delfeayo’s Grammy nominated album; Make America Great Again !

Thanks to all the musicians who took time to speak with me! Every interview is a Top Ten !

 Happy New Year to all !

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Top Ten Favorite Interviews 2016. Part One.

Yakety-Yak – don’t talk back …

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In the past year, many musicians from all genres have been kind enough to speak with me. Giving their time and music to share stories and insights from the world of music.

Tales of recordings, the dynamics of bands or plain anecdotes from where they come. 

Nanette Workman
Nanette Workman

To siphon the interviews into a tank of top ten – both unfair and impossible. Each artist, regardless of status, unique in their own skin. People are people. 

Below is a list of my favorite interviews from 2016. The ones which, for one reason or another, stood out and continue to reverberate inside my head and sustaining a lasting impression.

Here now is Part One of my

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Interviews !

Thanks for Listening!

 

10.  Rob Garcia

Rob was Woody Allen’s drummer for many years in New York. One of the top ten Jazz drummers on the circuit and a veritable potpourri of musical information. 

9. Chaim Tannenbaum

The Godfather of Canadian Folk music. A ‘muse’ for Martha and Rufus Wainright. A true songwriter who – after all these years, released his first album. 

8. Corey Diabo

The guitarist for Jonas and The Massive Attraction shared his thoughts on Chuck Berry, The Blues and Rock n Roll. From the perspective of a guitar player – interesting …

7.  Richard Murrin

A Montreal singer / songwriter who took on a personal task of writing a song a day. Not only did he accomplish his goals, every song is great ! Amazing !

6. Mike Jones

Mike, a versatile pianist who has mastered the keys unlike very many, stumbled upon a magical gig. Playing piano for Penn and Teller !

Please – stay tuned for Part Two !

 

 

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Deck the Halls with ‘Sounds’ from Around the World and Help the Homeless.

They say it is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. 

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Well, ‘they’ better run and tell the Mayor of Montreal and all his cronies that for 3,016 citizens, it is not the most wonderful time of the year.

That said – Christmas is always a great time for tunes !

Melodies, riffs and harmonies. Always an uplift to the darkest of souls at this time of the year.

Please listen below to some great Christmas tunes which are ‘globally’ adored.

Thanks for listening! Talk soon !

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Matt Dusk – Bringing Back Christmas in a Big Way !

There is nothing like the good ol’ days.

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Especially when Christmas comes to mind. Most people have fond memories of the Holiday Season and Matt Dusk is one of them.

In fact – Matt’s memories are so great, he decided to put together a Christmas album with a couple of guests. Traditional combined with new. A love affair with the past …

Trust me – this is your Father’s Christmas album!

Matt?

Matt Dusk and Florence K. will be at L’ Astral on Dec. 19th

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