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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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!

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

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Simon Daigle – Quebec’s Premiere Bass Player Talks Groove

Bass players unite !

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Rarely are Bass players featured prominently on albums for promo. Once in a while – their pictures are front and center, on the back cover of CDs.

Simon Daigle – a Granby, Qc. resident, is shaking the normal world to it’s preconceived core.

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Daigle is one of Quebec’s and Canada’s premiere Bass players. Collaborating with the likes of Victor Wooten, among others.

Please listen below to my chat with Simon.

After all – it is all about the Bass …

Isn’t it?

 

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The League of Rock Montreal – Cold Shot in The Final Showcase

No longer, deer in the headlights …

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Cold Shot

This was the transformation which took place within the League of Rock Montreal in the past two and a half months. An alteration of Rock n Roll clothes into Rock n Roll tuxedos.

Figuratively and literally …

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Cold Shotthe band.

A mixture of Blues, Funk and Pop. A potpourri of versatility. A ship led by an entertainment scholar with a natural ease on stage and buoyed by a guitarist ( Gregory Gallagher) with one year experience under his strings. Martin Jaz on Bass along with Jordan Gosselin on drums – a battery section capable of slow trances and lightning fast beats.

Texas Flood ( Stevie Ray Vaughn), Billie Jean ( Micheal Jackson) Uptown Funk ( Mark Ronson) and Snuff ( Slipknot). The staples of a dynamic set in the last showcase and except for Snuff, the staple of the band’s involvement in The League of Rock Montreal.

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These tunes were hashed, rehashed and hashed again in rehearsals, gigs and the recording studio. Like any band, practice creates creativity, discipline  and next to perfection. Like any band – the journey to ‘the show’ is filled with arguments, agreements and bonding.

Cold Shot was no different. 

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Martin Jaz on Bass. A twenty year player who cites John Myung of Dream Theater as his go to guy.

Jaz uses a Music Man Bongo 6 Bass and incorporates patience and a calmness to the songs at his fingertips. Bass players are the unsung hero in most bands and Martin’s personality suits the role like a round peg in a round peg hole. No squares allowed on Bass if a band is to succeed.

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According to Martin – himself and Gallagher brought The Blues to the band, Slipknot was for drummer Gosselin and Billie Jean and Uptown Funk was to fit the versatility and dynamics of singer Apos’ performances. Jaz does concede it was difficult to make the song arrangements since the guys were together for a short time.  They decided as a unit to have a great time and put aside anything which was non beneficial to the sum of the parts.

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As far as the future goes, Martin would like to work together with Gallagher. Jaz believes Gallagher is a very talented kid and can’t wait to see how Gregory  grows as a guitarist.

Jaz also plays in a corporate band named Unison Band . They are currently seeking a male singer. Apo was approached and the future may or may not see Martin and Apo together again.

As far as Martin’s involvement in The League of Rock Montreal? 

“I grew as a musician and was very surprised how the band came together in such a short period. It was an awesome experience and I got to meet people in the industry”.

Gregory Gallagher, the ‘new kid’ on the Montreal music block, used a Gibson Flying V and a Fender Strat for his time in The League of Rock Montreal. Gregory sums up his learning curve …

“For me, being new to playing in a band, I learned a lot. ” Admits Gallagher. “The most important thing was I learned when to step up and when to step back. To not take away from a song but add my element. Everyone has a different part and makes a different noise but at the end we all come together to make one giant noise. “

Gallagher is a big fan of  Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Muddy Waters. Being part of The League of Rock Montreal exposed him to different genres which he realized he is able to play. The musical world opened up in a big way for Gregory.

The future for Mr. Gallagher?

“I want to study music here and hopefully actually work in Korea later on but right now I learn from guys like Dwane Dixon and Corey Diabo who I know on a friendly basis and hang out with. I get a lot of tricks of the trade from them…  The music industry in Korea has a huge demand for musicians of all genres. I will do another League of Rock when the next session starts. It gave me a taste of what it is like to be a working musician from going to rehearsal to recording to gigging with a band you play and practice with for a good amount of time.  It differs greatly to going to jams so at first I was scared but I found that I could keep up with my fellow musicians and you learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and use it to your advantage as a band.

Overall it’s a great experience and it’s given me the idea of what I’m kind of going for in my future. I learnt a lot and the price you pay to do this cannot even compare to the amount of experience you get at the end. It’s worth the money and time. “

Please listen below to Texas Flood / Billie Jean by Cold Shot.

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