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Music History Monday: June 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 15, 2015 09:05am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 15, 1941 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Harry Nilsson (born Harry Edward Nilsson III in Brooklyn, NY). Happy Birthday to this brilliant and visionary artist on what would have been his 74th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: June 15, 1969 - Rapper and actor Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 46th Birthday, Cube!
 


On this day in music history: June 15, 1966Gettin' Ready, the fourth studio album by The Temptations, is released. Produced by Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, Robert Staunton, and Robert Walker, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from late 1965 - mid 1966. The album will mark a major turning point in the career of the superstar Motown group as producer Norman Whitfield takes over duties as The Tempts main producer from Smokey Robinson. Berry Gordy will challenge Robinson and Whitfield to see who can score a bigger hit on the pop charts for the group. Robinson will respond with the song "Get Ready," which will top the R&B charts but falls short on the pop chart, peaking at #29. Whitfield will get his shot with "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." It will also hit #1 on the R&B chart and peak at #13 on the pop chart, leading him to being the group's producer almost exclusively for the next seven years. The album will also include the first recording of the song "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," which will become a big hit for Marvin Gaye three years later. Gettin' Ready will spend six weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and peak at number 12 on the Top 200.
 

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Music History Monday: October 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 13, 2014 10:33am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: October 13, 1965 - "My Generation", the third single by The Who, is recorded. Written by Pete Townshend, he will take inspration from singer Mose Allison's song "Young Man Blues." The song's crowning touch will be provided by singer Roger Daltrey stuttering like a one of the band's mod fans on speed. Produced by Shel Talmy, the band will record the song at IBC Studios in London. Recorded on three track tape, the final mono master will feature a second guitar part overdubbed by Townshend (direct to tape while being mixed) that features the song's trademark feedback. Released in the UK on November 5, 1965 (US release date is November 20, 1965), the song is an instant smash in their home country peaking at #2. Though it will only peak at #74 in the US, it will go on to be one to be one of most influential rock singles of all time. "My Generation" is now part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999. In 2002, "My Generation" will be mixed into true stereo for the first time from the original multi-track tape (though it is missing the additional guitar overdub from the mono mix), which has been in the possession of Shel Talmy, and appears on the Deluxe Edition of My Generation.
 

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10 Essential Albums From Blue Note Records

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 06:35pm | Post a Comment

10 Essential Blue Note AlbumsSome of our staff have picked out essential albums from Blue Note Records that should satisfy both the purist and the newcomer to go along with Sonos Studio’s brilliant exhibition celebrating the label's 75th anniversary.

A bit about Blue Note’s history: The label was in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, getting its name from the “blue notes” of blues and jazz, or notes sung a bit lower than the major scale for expressive purposes. Moving from traditional jazz to some bebop (including artists like Thelonious Monk) in the 1940s and hard bop (artists such as Horace Silver) in the 1950s, Blue Note distinguished itself by paying musicians for rehearsals as well as recordings, in order to ensure a better final product. With iconic album artwork by Esquire designer Reid Miles (using photographs of the musician in session, taken by Blue Note’s Francis Wolff), Blue Note made its name as one of the most influential labels in jazz music, later issuing records by free jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman and popular musicians like Herbie Hancock, having records sampled in hip-hop records by the likes of Madlib and, now, seeing massive success with mainstream artists like Norah Jones.

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Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Herbie Hancock, Booker T., Charles Lloyd and So Much More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2014 12:13pm | Post a Comment

herbie hancock monterey jazz festivalIt was a big Saturday at the Mini-Amoeba tent with all-star signings from 1pm straight through to 10pm. We knew we were going to have a great day when we opened to the sounds of Red Baraat emanating from the Garden Stage just steps from the Amoeba tent and then kicked off our signings with the one, the only Herbie Hancock!

The legendary Herbie Hancock joined us to sign copies of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project (winner of two 2011 GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Collaboration and Best Improvised Jazz Solo) and Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros. Years. During his illustrious career spanning five decades, he’s won 14 Grammy’s, and influenced acoustic and electronic jazz like no one else in the biz. Mr. Hancock was charming and gracious with the scores of fans who turned out to meet the great man.

Quick on the heels of the Hancock signing and their ripping set on the Garden Stage, all eight members of Brooklyn's eclectic Red Baraat sat at the Amoeba tent for a signing of their latest album, Shruggy Ji. Impossible to define by genre, Red Baraat creates a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. You need to hear them to believe them.

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Opening Night at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 19, 2014 11:00pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba Music is back at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Mini-Amoeba tent full of CDs and vinyl, t-shirts, books, posters, and spectacular signings with some of the shining stars of this year's festival line-up. Every day of the festival (September 19 - 21) brings a new and exciting schedule of talent to our tent.

Tonight was opening night and we were honored to welcome singer Cecile McLorin Salvant in between cecile mclorin salvanther sets on the Jimmy Lyons Stage and the Night Club. It was Cecile's Monterey Jazz Fest debut, but she is well-known to the fans who flocked to the Mini-Amoeba for her signing for her unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She also composes music and lyrics, which she sings in English, French, and Spanish. In 2012, Cecile recorded WomanChild for the Mack Avenue label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley, and James Chirillo. WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Just as Cecile had to dash to her next performance, we welcomed another MJF newbie, Chilean melissa aldana crash triosaxophonist Melissa Aldana and the other two members of the Crash Trio - bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela. They had just wowed the audience at the Garden Stage and continued to charm their fans as they signed copies of their self-titled debut album for Concord, which features originals written by all three band members and two covers – the Harry Warren classic “You’re My Everything” and Thelonious Monk’s “Ask Me Now.”

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