Rick Wakeman – KORG Kronos, Preparing for the US AWR Tour

I thought fellow Rick Wakeman, ARW and Yes fans might find this video of interest. I love Rick Wakeman’s wit. The Kronos sounds spectacular. Is it October 21st yet? 😉

 

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Larry Young In Paris: The ORTF Recordings

Resonance Records, in partnership with the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) of France, is pleased to announce the release of Larry Young In Paris/The ORTF Recordings. Presenting groundbreaking performances by jazz organist and pianist, Larry Young, these studio and live recordings from 1964 and 1965 made for French Radio and never before issued on record will be released on March 11, 2016 in deluxe 2-CD and limited edition 2-LP sets.

Track Listing
Disc One:

  • Trane of Thought (6:46)
  • Talkin’ About JC (14:53)
  • Mean To Me (4:12)
  • La Valse Grise (16:09)
  • Discothèque (10:43)

Disc Two:

  • Luny Tune (4:36)
  • Beyond All Limits (7:36)
  • Black Nile (13:59)
  • Zoltan (20:31)
  • Larry’s Blues (6:13)

Producer Zev Feldman notes, “It’s particularly exciting because none of this music has ever been heard before except on its initial broadcast in France five decades ago. I think that’s something to celebrate and a call for us all – as we often do with the archival recordings we at Resonance Records uncover – to revisit and discuss this legendary artist’s legacy.” 

Major Release Highlights

  • First release of all previously unreleased Larry Young recordings in nearly 40 years.
  • Featuring the iconic jazz organist Larry Young with Woody Shaw (trumpet), Nathan Davis (saxophone), Billy Brooks (drums) & others.
  • Endorsed by the estate of Larry Young.
  • Extensive liner notes with essays and interviews by John McLaughlin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Medeski, Bill Laswell, Nathan Davis, Andre Francis, producer Zev Feldman, Larry Young III & Woody Shaw III.
  • Includes rare and previously unreleased photos from the Francis Wolff, Jean-Pierre Leloir and INA archives.
  • Tracks include an over 20-minute version of “Zoltan,” “Beyond All Limits” from the classicUnity album, as well as other mid-1960’s songs including “Talkin’ About J.C.” and “Luny Tune.” 

Larry Young’s son, Larry Young III, writes in his essay included in the album book, “In the decades since his death, more and more people have discovered the magnitude of his contribution to all of the genres of music in which he was a creative and trailblazing force. My father truly lit a fire, which is still burning, although he has been gone for almost four decades. His music is still relevant and fresh.”

Rick Wakeman: The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016

It’s an honor to offer financial assistance to progressive rock composer/keyboardist, Rick Wakeman‘s initiative. He just launched a crowd-funding project on PledgeMusic, “The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur 2016”.

“I have always had in mind re-recording and performing an extended version of King Arthur as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic……and if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I’m Iooking forward to the première performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival.”
Rick Wakeman

The new recordings will be free of the studio limitations and single disc duration of the original and the new record will be a double album as it was originally intended to be.
There will also be new artwork by Roger Dean and the album will be available on a 2 x CD format, limited edition 2 X 12″ LP, and high resolution quality digital download, this new recording includes all the original music and also five new pieces of music all in the style of the original recording.

By ordering your copy of this new recording of The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur on PledgeMusic, you’ll also gain access to recording updates, bonus content, video clips and much more.

Wings of Grace

The Santana compilation that provides quality reflection is Dance of the Rainbow Serpent a 1995 three CD box set. I love the cover art as well as the multi-color graphic images that grace the extensive booklet by Michael Rios
 
If I had to recommend one definitive Santana recording to own prior to Supernatural it would be this magnificent box set. Dance of the Rainbow Serpent is a special collection like a museum curator would put together for an exhibit. The packaging is superb as the 60 page booklet captivates the senses of Santana fans. I identify with the themes of the three CDs, Heart, Soul and Spirit. The music covers the Santana catalog including unreleased studio and live recordings from 1969 to 1995. 
The track from the box set that has captured my heart is, “Wings of Grace”. The live track on the Spirit CD was curated from the Santana Sacred Fire, Live In Mexico DVD recording. Michael Rios created this exciting cover as well as the stage art that serves as the backdrop for the concert in Mexico City.
Float your spirit on the “Wings of Grace”, Peace.

wings of grace (the dreamers)*

What shall we do with the dreams
Who see a world we can never know
Who have found a place of wonder
Where only children dare to go

What shall we do with the dreams
Whose world has no room for hate
Whose vision of tomorrow’s promise
Is so far removed from our fate

For they dream of a thousand tomorrows
Each one better than the one before
A future filled with compassion
For the tired, the weak, the hungry and the poor

What shall we do with the dreamers
Who no longer answer when we ask why
Who work to make their world better
And are unafraid to try

What shall we say to the dreamers
Whose lives make ours seem so bare
Who make us feel so empty
Because they dare to care

For they dream not of thing done before
But of the miracles which lie ahead
Of the needy who can be assisted
And the famished who can be fed

What shall we make of the dreamers
When they choose not to live as we
When they say our world has no meaning
As long as others are still not free

What shall we think of the dreamers
When they no longer listen to what we say
When their silence leaves us uneasy
And they refuse to go away

For they dream of fanciful figures
Poised in mid flight
Angels with wings of grace
Floating on the light

Messengers from the next world
So unfamiliar but yet not strange
Bringing word of the new world
The beginning of the change

*Poem by Hal Miller © 1994

Instrumental Songwriting Team
Santana, Carlos, Thompson, Chester

© 1993 Carlos Santana/Light Music/Micache Music/Stellabella Music/Champ Jacob Music/Urmila Music

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Chill Out (Things Gonna Change) – John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana and Chester Thompson

John Lee Hooker - Chill Out  1995
John Lee Hooker – Chill Out 1995 (Photo credit: oddsock)

I love this video and the vibe it generates. “Chill Out” with Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson and the late, great bluesman, John Lee Hooker.

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Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky

Benmont Tench is the keyboardist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His first solo release You Should Be So Lucky (a project 37 years in the making) drops tomorrow, September 18th on the historic jazz Blue Note record label.

Produced by legendary producer Glyn Johns, the album was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don WasEthan JohnsBlake Mills and Jeremy Stacey and contributions by Ryan AdamsGillian Welch and David RawlingsJoel JeromeTom Petty and Ringo Starr.

The first single from that record, “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress,” features Gill and Dave on vocals, Tom Petty on bass, and Ringo Starr on tambourine.

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