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Release of New Thelonious Monk Album!

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Been a century since Jazz Great Thelonious Monk was born. Jazz fans are about to be in for a treat, the release of some Monk material previously thought lost.

Jazz Wizard Thelonious Monk’s Lost Masterpiece

To mark his centennial, the jazz legend’s lost album, ‘Les liaisons dangereuses 160,’ has finally been made available. And boy, is it special.

Ask any group of even token jazz fans who the best composer is in the history of the medium, and a series of hearty cries will go up for Duke Ellington. But are we being wayward if we suggest that Thelonious Monk might be in the runner-up spot?

There is good reason to kick around that notion: this is Monk’s centennial year, with a zesty little Monk treat for Record Store Day on April 22 coming courtesy of the release of the 2LP set, Les liaisons dangereuses 1960—a discovery in one part, a wonder in another….

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2017 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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At 90. Chuck Berry Releases First Album in 40 Years

Amazing…

At 90, Chuck Berry to release first new album in four decades

Chuck Berry (Reuters)

Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday by announcing that his first album of new music in 38 years would be released next year.

Called simply “Chuck,” the album will consist mostly of new, original material recorded and produced by Berry, his record company said.

Berry’s children, Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonica, form part of his backing band on the record. The specific date of the album’s release was not mentioned.

“What an honor to be part of this new music,” Berry Jr. said in a statement. “The St. Louis band, or as dad called us the Blueberry Hill Band, fell right into the groove and followed his lead. These songs cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.”

Berry said he was dedicating the new album to his wife of 68 years, Themetta. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” the musician said in a statement.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Put Your Old Records On …Corrine Bailey Rae Re-emergence

Not to everyone’s tastes, but British Pop singer Corrine Bailey Rae is back with a new album. Her first in 6 years, since The Sea, dealing with the untimely death of her husband, Saxophonist Jason Rae.

 

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Erroll Garner Unreleased Album

My fellow jazz aficionados will be excited about this one. An entire album of never released music from Jazz Legend Pianist Erroll Garner. Can’t make the embed code work on this blog, so you will have to go to the article to listen to the first released Track called “Bernie’s Tune”.

For those of you who have never heard of the real Piano Man – here is Side B of what is probably his best known album –

Exclusive: Hear ‘Bernie’s Tune,’ an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

At just 5-foot-2, jazz legend Erroll Garner used to stack phone books on his piano bench to properly reach the keys. But that didn’t stop him from making a name for himself as one of the genre’s greats, crafting tunes that would become standards—and even allegedly holding the title as Johnny Carson’s favorite musician.

Though Garner died too young—at age 55—in 1977, his memory lives on with both a devout fan club and, of course, in his music. Coming Sept. 18, a new collection featuring 11 unreleased tracks will be available. Errol Garners The Complete Concert by the Sea celebrates the 60th anniversary of his best-selling live album of the same name, which was recorded as part of the concert series that laid the groundwork for the Monterey Jazz Festival. Along with extra tracks, the collection includes audio from both the show’s announcer and interviews with band members.

“I don’t think I need to tell you how significant a figure Erroll Garner is in the history of American music,” Grammy-winning jazz writer Dan Morgenstern notes. “His artistry transcended categories over four decades. Without ever saying a word or indulging in showbiz trimmings, he could just play the piano and hold thousands enraptured.”

Below, hear the previously unreleased “Bernie’s Tune” for the first time, and click here to preorder the album. Hit the link to the article above.

Just for fun…One more…

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Sly Stone… Back?

New Album From Sly Stone: 'I'm Back!'Psychedelic funkmeister Sly Stone – Formerly of Sly and the Family Stone is back with his first album in over 25 years… This time on Cleopatra Records. Stone’s last release was in 1982.

Let’s hope in the intervening 29 years, that if he decides to take this show on the  road – he’s learned to show up at concerts where he’s supposed to play.

New Album From Sly Stone: ‘I’m Back!’

Psychedelic-funk powerhouse Sly Stone is back with his 13th studio album, I’m Back! Family and Friends. His latest album features collaborations with rock heavyweights like Bootsy Collins and the Door’s Ray Manzarek, as well as re-recorded Sly and the Family Stone hits, such as “Family Affair” and “Everyday People.” Sly also recorded three new tracks for his first studio album in about two decades.

Apparently the new Doo'!

I’m Back! Family and Friends is Sly Stone’s first album since he moved from his major recording label to Los Angeles’ indie label Cleopatra Records. I’m Back! Family and Friends comes out Aug. 16.

A little advice for our misguided President –

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2011 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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