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.
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 Festivalon July 6this 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….
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 30thas part of Le Festival International de Jazz a Montreal. It is part of a triple bill including; Guy, Charlie Musslewhiteand Matt Andersen. A definitive Blues fans’ delight.
Please listen belowas 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 !
Rarely does an artist come along who delivers vocals so powerfully. So passionately. So forcefully. Combining a lifelong education of the Blues with a passion for learning more and more.
Big Beets is Martin’s sophomore disc and it displays a willingness to take a craft and expand it to another level. Please – listen below to some very cool tunes as well as Martin talk about his transition from first grade to second grade in the classroom of music.
Someone should not tell Garland Jeffreys he is seventy-three years old.
If he ‘realizes it’ – he may start acting the part.
The legend was in town last night at Club Soda along with a backing band who not only complimented Jeffreys; they were the icing on the guitar case.
Two songs into a very lengthy two set show, Jeffreys ( as he is known to do) – walked into the crowd. Jeffreys (as he is not known to do), stepped on an errant duffle bag. The sack, truthfully – not part of the act. Abandoned like an empty beer case – the bag became Jeffreys’ sole Nemesis among the loving fan base that packed Club Soda.
Garland went head first onto the floor.
‘That’s Rock n Roll baby !’
On his feet, back on stage – the fall never happened. In true professionalism, Jeffreys never missed a beat and never mentioned the incident, the bag or the unknown culprit. An insight into Jeffreys’ staying power of almost fifty years on stage. A testament to the man’s character.
Brian Justin “JJ” Jordan (guitar) , Charly Roth – keys, Brian Stanley ( bass) and Tom Curiano (drums) were the thieves on this night. Looting, pillaging the souls in the audience. Raping the songs and making them their own. Taking everything they had and delivering perfection within Rock, Pop, Reggae and Balladry. Curiano in particular, the ringleader – the co-ordinator of music bliss.
Including songs from the new album; ’14 Steps to Harlem’ – Jeffreys and his band traveled the catalog of covers and original tunes in a well oiled rusty car. No gimmicks, no light show – no fuss. ‘Coney Island Winter’ to the title track on the new disc ’14 Steps to Harlem’. From ‘?and the Mysterians’ ’96 Tears’ to ‘The Beatles’ ‘Help’ . Vintage playing by vintage guys. Vintage vocals by a vintage singer. The type of show every musician should attend to learn their craft. Garland Jeffreys and his band; top notch entertainment and top notch talent.
Within Garland Jeffreys and his fine line between partying on stage to singing – Lou Reedand The Velvet Underground are prominent. Lyrically, poetically and musically. That New York state of mind.
Reed’s ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’ – eloquently displayed in a slightly rockier version, gathering speed as the tune progressed. A heartfelt homage to Jeffrey old Syracuse pal.
Jeffreys is all New York. The attitude – front and center in his lyrics and his between song banter. No shyness in telling audience members to shut up when he is talking. Jeffeys is a Brooklyn – ite through and through.
Showstoppers included ‘Spanish Town’, ‘Dylan’s ‘She Belongs To Me’, ‘Reggae on Broadway’ and his big hit ‘Wild in the Streets’. Genres which make up the essence of music today. Latin flavors, Folk / Country, Reggae / Funk and Rock / Punk.
Someone should tell Jeffreys and his band of merry-men they delivered the goods. That way – they may act the part sooner than later in Montreal.
Friday night at Place des Arts, the seventy-one year old singer and songwriter displayed his youthful character, in song and spirit. Once a rebel – always a rebel.
‘I promised my wife and daughter to stay calm …’
Words from the Brooklyn-born Jeffries seconds after jumping off stage, wandering the first three aisles and jumping ( rolling ) back up again ( he repeated this feat twice during his almost hour long set).
It has been forty-seven yearssince Jeffries’ made turntables shake with his most popular release ‘Ghost Writer’. Apparently it has been the same length of time since several punters in the crowd have heard his most loved tune ‘Spanish Town’ from the same album. Catcalls echoed Salle Wilfred Pelletier for one of the 70’s most beloved anthems to be played and following a ‘ I’d have to shoot myself if I don’t play it ‘ retort – Jeffries delivered a heart wrenching version of a heart wrenching song.
’35 Millimeter Dreams’, from the same album, another classic – cemented Garland’s status as a 2015 performer – not as a ‘classic rocker’. Jeffries’ band and his very own acute vocals – to the point and vast in musical depth. ‘Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me’ and ‘Coney Island Winter’ placed the show in categories. Past, recent past and present. A trio of tenses tense with musical ambiguity with a wink and a nod to the future.
Judging by the sounds of it – Garland Jeffries Band?
Just born ….?
Far from it …
Steve Miller Band
The Steve Miller Band is one of ‘those bands …’
In the early 1970’s – Mcartney’s Wings were taking flight and Rock n Roll was taking a different path. Gone were the Pop -ish sounds of the 1960’s. Replaced ( for the most part) by guitar -driven songs which would eventually lead into Punk and Disco.
Steve Miller blended catchy Pop with those guitar sounds and all these years later – those tunes stand the test of time
As the band cycled the hits of yesteryear – it was difficult to not wonder what happened to music. Steve Miller’s voice, at the age of seventy-one, exactly the same in 2015 as 1973. Spooky. Steve Miller’s songs? As relevant in 2015 as 1973.
‘Space Cowboy’, ‘Take the Money and Run’, ‘Rock n Me’, ‘Jet Airliner’ – if you were a teenager in the decade of Grease, you know the list. If you are an adult in 2015 – you know the list.
Miller himself – one of the most underrated songwriters and guitarists in the history of popular music. These qualities shone throughout the evening at Place des Arts notably on songs such as ‘Space Cowboy’ and ‘Abracadabra’. Following Miller’s transcendence of the melodic structure with artful fingers during these songs – perhaps Miller is one of those guys whose ‘hits’ are just the tip of his musical iceberg. To be in his living room – a possible guitarist heaven.
Miller ( like most successful musicians) was schooled in the Blues and Steve took Friday’s opportunity to showcase some vintage Blues’ tunes.
‘Blues With a Feeling’ – the Little Walter classic, done by the Steve Miller Band with feeling. Real Blues guys cannot fake the Blues and the Miller band discarded any ‘masks’ performing T-Bone Walker’s ‘Bone Shuffle’. A pleasure to understand the roots of ‘The Joker’.
One standout, amid a ‘space’ backdrop, both musically and visually appealing was ‘Fly Like An Eagle’. Miller’s most recognizable and poignant 70’s sounding tune, perfect for the moment. A reflection of that Frank Marino / Pat Travers – sounding era. Dragonfly / Crash and Burn / Fly Like an Eagle. A trio of mellowness combined with hallucinatory trips into funk and rock. The Miller Band teased all the old LSD lovers with a drop of nostalgia.