All the best with your fusion outfit Ted. The whole concept is enjoying a revival (not that it ever went away for me!) and will I think continue to do so. Fusion's a limiting term really, it's a broader musical concept really. Must say can't get enough of Tony Williams (such a huge influence on me both as a drummer and composer) especially Lifetime's'Turn It Over' and 'Snake Oil & 'Frank' sublime playing with so much guts, fire, passion and finesse, Williams' hallmark. Terrible loss to music but a magnificent legacy. And it's still as fresh today as the day it was recorded. Alas when we're now inundated with 'smooth jazz' (which I feel has emasculated an entire jazz audience) guts and passion's in short supply. There's also the Emperor's New Clothes outifts who fall well short of the mark. But there's still much to be achieved and a band at that level, on song, is a real treat to be part of.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.