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Jazz Trumpeter Ted Curson Dead

Posted by Billyjam, November 5, 2012 12:36pm | Post a Comment

Ta-Tu featuring Ted Curson "Serenade To A Cuckoo" (2010)

Sad news for jazz fans: famed trumpeter Ted Curson, who was perhaps best known for his membership of Charles Mingus' band circa 1960, died yesterday November 4th at age 77. The Philadelphia born jazz musician began his musical career after relocating from Philly to New York City in the mid 1950's. There he recorded with Cecil Taylor before going on to collaborate with Charles Mingus. Along with Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Dannie Richmond, and "special guest" Bud Powell, he performed at the Antibes jazz festival in 1960. That session was officially released as the double album Mingus At Antibes many years later in 1976, and re-released in recent years as a single CD set. In 1960 Curson also collaborated with Mingus on his album Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus. From that period on through the following two decades Curson recorded a series of albums as band leader and solo artist including such releases as 1965's The New Thing and the Blue Thing, 1971's Pop Wine, and 1976's Blue Piccolo.  Although not recording as much Curson continued performing up until this year. Above is a recent day live recording of Curson in Finland from a couple of years ago with the line up known as Ta-Tu performing the Roland Kirk song "Serenade To A Cuckoo." And below is the track "Better Git It In Your Soul" from Mingus At Antibes
 

"Better Git It In Your Soul" from Mingus At Antibes

Amoeba Vinyl Engineer Shai Fishman Talks About Amoeba Vinyl Vaults

Posted by Billy Gil, November 1, 2012 11:54am | Post a Comment

Shai FishmanShai Fishman is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer. He has composed music for museums, feature films and is one of the creators of The Voca People, an international a capella group that has appeared on the Italian X-Factor and has had millions of YouTube views for clips of its performances.

At Amoeba, he’s helped to digitize Amoeba’s collection of vintage vinyl and 78s for exclusive download at Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults. Right now Amoeba is featuring more than 100 remastered songs by jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong, first released from 1923-1926. I spoke with Fishman about the digitizing and remastering process.

Amoeba: Can you take me through some of the basics of converting vinyl to digital? What are some of the concerns when dealing with older vinyl?

Fishman: As far is converting vinyl to digital media, the main concern is high-fidelity digitizing. We need to make sure that the analog recording process is done in such quality that it reproduces the signature vinyl sound we all love so much, in an authentic way, while still enjoying all the benefits of digital media.

Our digitizing allows for 96 KHz and 24 bit audio sampling resolution, which is more than enough to reproduce vinyl and at the same time allows us to have some room to manipulate the wave file, if need be.

When dealing with old vinyl the main concern is eliminating the noise that exists on copies that are older than 30 or 40 (roughly) years. That noise profile may be a simple surface noise, clicks, pops, crackle or any other intricate profile that we have to deal with in order to produce a digital copy that is in keeping with today’s sound standard.

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Huge Jazz & Blues LP Collection Hits Amoeba SF this Saturday!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2012 05:45pm | Post a Comment
Once again, we have hit the collectors' motherload as a huge Jazz & Blues LP collection has come into our hands at the Amoeba San Francisco store. We have hundreds of rare titlesmany Blue Note label LPs and DJ promo labels, and we are going to make them available for your browsing and buying pleasure this Saturday, October 6th





 

Not in Our Name: Dia de Los Muertos Concert with The John Santos Sextet, Oct. 27th in SF

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 1, 2012 04:40pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music and CIIS Public Programs & Performances present Not in Our Name: Dia de Los Muertos Concert with The John Santos Sextet on October 27thJohn Santos Sextet at the Brava Theatre in San Francisco.

"Perhaps the most innovative Latin Jazz group playing today outside Cuba...highly innovative, intimately explosive."


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Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. Organized in 2003, they specialize in educational presentations from lecture/demonstrations to detailed clinics focusing on any number of relevant subjects such as composition, arrangement, rhythmic development, stylistic interpretation, studio performance, etc. Their repertoire consists of exciting arrangements from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. Their first CD, Papa Mambo, was released on John's Machete Records label in the summer of 2007. Their second CD, Perspectiva Fragmentada, was released in October, 2008. Equally at home with a dance or concert repertoire, the John Santos Sextet presents a wide range of styles and rhythms for audiences of all ages.
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Don't miss your chance to see this dynamic group! Get your tickets HERE!

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Kyle Eastwood & Tierney Sutton at the Mini-Amoeba Tent at the Monterey Jazz Festival

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 25, 2012 03:46pm | Post a Comment

On Sunday, September 23rd at the Monterey Jazz Festival, we hosted bassist (and Clint's son) KyleKyle Eastwood Eastwood and jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton at the Amoeba tent to sign their latest albums.

Kyle Eastwood grew up in Carmel, California as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood. His father hadbeen attending the Monterey Jazz Festival since it began in 1958, and when his children were born it became a yearly family outing. Initially studying film, Kyle soon realized that jazz was his true passion. After years of paying his dues gigging around Los Angeles and New York, his debut album From Here to There was released on Sony in 1998. Showing his ability as an accomplished composer, Kyle began working in film with a contribution to the score for Mystic River. The film later won two Academy Awards.

Today, Kyle Eastwood is less known as the son of Clint Eastwood and more of a universally respected musician and leader in his own right. Dynamic and pulsing, full of swing, great rhythms and memorable melodies, his 2011 release, Songs From The Chateau, is Eastwood’s fourth US effort. With this new album Eastwood set out to capture the sounds and energy with which his band regularly tours the world to sellout crowds.

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