Every now and then a musical artist comes along who completely rocks your world and turns everything you thought you knew about music upside down. For me, that artist was King Krule.
Born in New York City, into a family of musicians, Cole Davis dedicated himself to the upright bass at the age of fourteen. What’s so special about this old Jazz soul? Keep on reading and you’ll find out.
The virtuoso guitar boom of the late 1980s was a particularly fertile, and invigorating time for guitar-drive music. While many of its participants have come and gone, Vinnie Moore is not only one of the last standing, but he’s thriving to boot.
Going a bit through his creative process, Rui shared with us his method-less methodology, in which he feels that his creations are only congested existing compositions, which need only a channel to be transposed and externalized.
From the cradle, music had always been around Bernardo Tinoco, since his father is a musician himself. Indeed, the saxophone chanted his name the loudest.
From humble beginnings in Hungary, at an early age, Mandoki developed an affinity for both Jazz, and Prog Rock, and sought to bring to fruition, an ambitious vision of combining the two while coupling the music with Mandoki’s socio-political leanings.
Some people have a one-dimensional way of looking at music and how instrumentation is used. Some seek to dismantle this way of thinking. Accomplished musician Mark Dover is one such dismantler.
His work in countless genres with countless groups has shown how he has tried to challenge the way we look at music and his instrument, the clarinet.
Free Jazz made it possible to create music with no rules. Through this boundless genre, one can construct their own syntax, figuring it out on the spot, leading the band through means of melody, constant active listening, and contact with each band member.
Fans of Bing Crosby, and old-school Phil Spector “wall of sound” production, mixed with late 50s Swing will be right out home here. Ferony’s backing band, which consists of Dena Derose on piano, Chris Berger on bass, and the effortlessly energetic Joe Strasser on drums is awash in frenetic, bright Christmas spirit.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with legendary Jazz drummer, William Hooker. Among other things, we touch on what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his early career in NYC, breaking into the NYC Jazz scene, some of his proudest moments, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.