Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Saxophonist Ornette Coleman 1930 – 2015


This week William Price King shares the life and music of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s.

About Ornette Coleman courtesty of his official website: Celebrate Ornette

Ornette Coleman, the lightning rod. The most polarizing figure in the history of jazz. The alto saxophonist who outwitted segregation to hit the scene in 1959 and turn the music world on its head. Bursting through bebop and inventing harmolodics, a sound flowing with the unpredictable rhythms of being. He was called rebellious, disruptive, a fraud, thrown off band stands, horn mangled, shunned by his peers, rejected. Choosing to leave the music scene for long stretches, insisting his music be heard on concert stages and not restricted to small smoky basements. Knowing the cost of being a free thinker. He was guided by his harmolodic philosophy of love and expressing life’s surprises through art. Born in Texas, on March 9,1930, he is now called a genius, an icon, a legend, known as one of the most important figures in the history of music. One who is admired by artists across all genres for his convictions, the fight for freedom of creativity and to be one’s self. Ornette passed away in June 2015 at age 85; but his harmolodic song goes on.

Ornette Coleman’s earthly accolades, like his Mac Arthur “Genius” Fellowship, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize for Music, reflect the respect due to a soft-spoken man of small stature but giant mind. He dared to sidestep the system, both socially and musically, shape his life’s trajectory to his will against all odds – and forever change the way music is listened to and played.

Humble, yet with an impish twinkle, Coleman dressed in peacock silks and fine tailoring. His wardrobe was drenched with color and texture – as was his music. Throughout his career, Coleman never stopped evolving, and each phase of expression opened new sonic possibilities. Abandoning the 1950s bebop avant-garde. Switching from small, contemplative 1960s groupings to storming electric combos in the 1970s and ‘80s, driven by funky double bass and drums. Moroccan and Nigerian excursions. Philharmonic orchestra symphonies. Chamber music suites. Eerie film soundtracks. Hip-hop poetry. Coleman always lived up to the double-dare titles of his first galvanic recordings, like “The Shape of Jazz To Come.”

From the go, the players juggled with the risky science of harmolodics. The essential melodic core of the piece is firmly stated; then, ignoring a traditional 4-bar structure, they journey through their own ever-changing improvisations, attuned to each other’s flow, their individual lines embracing anew when they meet to resolve a theme.

Find out more about this extraordinary artist: http://www.ornettecoleman.com/ornette-coleman-biography/

Now time to listen to some music that demonstrates the powerful influence this artist had on the jazz world.

“Lonely Woman” (from the album “The Shape of Jazz to Come”, Coleman’s debut album on Atlantic Records, released in 1959) features Don Cherry on trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. “Lonely Woman” was Coleman’s first composition to become a jazz standard and spotlights his playing at its most poignant and lyrical. What inspired Coleman to write this song was a photograph of a woman, seemingly very sad, that he saw in a gallery where everything in the background of the photograph indicated wealth. Having never experienced wealth himself he understood the feeling of sadness which he could relate to. He let those emotions guide him through this composition. In 2003, the album “The Shape of Jazz to Come” was ranked # 248 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album a four star rating. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

“Dancing in your Head”, released in 1977 on Horizon Records, is the fourth title this popular jazz melody has enjoyed. It originally appeared as “School Work” from Coleman’s Science Fiction album in 1971, as “The Good Life” in 1972 from the album “Skies of America”, and in 1977 “Theme from a Symphony”, which references “Skies of America” from the album “Dancing in your Head”. This infectious danceable melody is Coleman’s trademark and consequently became known as “Dancing in your Head”. Coleman gave the jazz world a new sound when he recorded this album with his new electric band, Prime Time. “Dancing in your Head” was voted the 15th best album of the year in The Village Voice’s annual ‘Pazz & Joe’ critic’s poll, making it the first jazz album ever to make the poll.

You can listen to the full album: https://youtu.be/23QVY94tAj0

“Song X” was recorded by Ornette Coleman and guitarist Pat Metheny over a three day period as a free jazz album in 1985 for Geffen Records. The album features Charlie Haden on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Coleman’s son Denardo on percussions. The sound of Coleman’s saxophone was combined with a saxophone preset on Methany’s guitar synthesizer which created a fusion of the human sound of Ornette’s alto with the sometimes jarring, mostly bracing electronic sound of Methany’s guitar-synthesizer. ‘The Village Voice’ reviewed the album as Coleman’s best jazz project since the early 1970s, saying that Metheny’s calm style (no rock moves, and no funk) kept the music smooth. “Song X” was voted the 19th best album of 1986 in the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critic’s poll.

“Sleep Talking” is from the album “Sound Grammar”, a document of a 2005 concert recorded live on tour in Ludwigshafen, Germany, celebrating Coleman’s 75th birthday featuring Ornette Coleman on saxophone, violin, and trumpet; Denardo Coleman on drums; Gregory Cohen and Tony Falanga on bass. Coleman won the Pulitzer Prize for music for “Sound Grammar” in 2007, the first jazz work to be bestowed with the honor. This album highlights compositions from across Coleman’s career. The song “Sleep Talking” was originally recorded as “Sleep Talk” from Coleman’s 1979 studio album “Of Human Feelings” on the Antilles label. Coleman’s saxophone is as rich and exciting as ever and the two bass format generates a warm and groovy soundscape.

 

Additional souce: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornette_Coleman

Buy the music of Ornette Coleman: https://www.amazon.com/Ornette-Coleman/e/B000AQ13RS

Thanks to William for introducing us to the music of Ornette Coleman and we would love your feedback.

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the music…thanks William and Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Bill Evans Jazz Pianist and Composer


This week William Price King shares the life and music of Bill Evans, American Jazz pianist and composer (1929 – 1980).

Before we listen to some of Bill Evan’s music, here is and excerpt fromhis biography from Jan Stevens of  The Bill Evans Web Pages

Bill Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on August 16, 1929 and began his music studies at age 6. Classically trained on piano; he also studied flute and violin as a child. He graduated with a degree in piano performance and teaching from Southeastern Louisiana College (now University) in 1950, and studied composition at Mannes College of Music in New York. After a stint in the Army, he worked in local dance bands, and with clarenetist Tony Scott, Chicago-area singer Lucy Reed and guitarist Mundell Lowe, who brought the young pianist to the attention of producer Orrin Keepnews at Riverside Records.

Evans’ first album was New Jazz Conceptions in 1956, which featured the first recording of his most loved composition, “Waltz for Debby”. It’s follow-up, Everybody Digs Bill Evans was not recorded for another two years; the always shy and self- deprecating pianist claiming he “had nothing new to say.” He gradually got noticed in the NYC jazz scene, for his original piano sound and fluid ideas, when in 1958, Miles Davis asked him to join his group (which also featured John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley) He stayed for nearly a year, touring and recording, and subsequently playing on the all-time classic Kind of Blue album — as well as composing “Blue in Green”, now a jazz standard. His work with Miles helped solidify Bill’s reputation, and in 1959, Evans founded his most innovative trio with the now-legendary bassist Scott LaFaro and with Paul Motian on drums. The trio concept of equal interplay among the musicians was virtually pioneered by Evans, and these albums remain the most popular in his extensive catalog. They did two studio albums together in addition to the famous ‘live” sessions at NYC’s Village Vanguard in 1961. LaFaro’s tragic death in a car accident a few weeks after the Vanguard engagement — an event which personally devastated Bill — sent the pianist into seclusion for a time, after which he returned to the trio format later in 1962, with Motian again, and Chuck Israels on bass.

His 1963 Conversations With Myself album , in which he double and triple-tracked his piano, won him the first of many Grammy® awards and the following year he first toured overseas, playing to packed houses from Paris to Tokyo, now solidifying a worldwide reputation. The great bassist Eddie Gomez began a fruitful eleven year tenure with Bill in 1966, in various trios with drummers Marty Morell, Philly Joe Jones, Jack DeJohnette and others — contributing to some of the most acclaimed club appearances and albums in Evans’s career. His recorded output was considerable — (for Riverside, Verve, Columbia, Fantasy and Warner Bros) over the years, and he also did sessions (especially early on) with some of the top names in jazz. Musicians like Charles Mingus, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Oliver Nelson, Jim Hall, George Russell, Shelley Manne, Toots Theielmans, Kai Winding /J.J. Johnson, Hal McKusick and others all featured Evans. In the seventies, he recorded extensively– primarily trio and solo piano now and then, but also including several quintet albums under his own name as well two memorable dates with singer Tony Bennett.

His last trio was formed in 1978, featuring the incomparably sensitive Marc Johnson on bass and drummer Joe LaBarbera, which rejuvenated the often-ailing pianist, who was elated with his new line-up, calling it “the most closely related” to his first trio (with LaFaro and Motian).

Please head over to read the rest of his biography at The Bill Evans Web Pages

Now time to listen to some of his music.

“Portrait in Jazz “, (Full Album) recorded by the Bill Evans Trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums, was released in 1960 on the Riverside label just eight months after Evans collaborated with Miles Davis on the album “ Kind of Blue “. Most of the pieces on this album are standards which highlight LaFaro and Motian as equal partners with Evans (each one has his creative space) and their interpretations are far from routine. The result of their team work is quite well-balanced. Evans’ exploration of the ballads on this album illustrates his originality in the way he approaches each melody with his own endearing sound, like crystal notes in a series of waterfalls.

Here is a track from the albumBlue in Green”.

Conversations With Myself” was recorded with Glenn Gould’s piano in 1963, overdubbing three different piano tracks for each song. At that time overdubbing was not looked upon favorably, rather as a gimmick and synthetic. Nonetheless, this album became a jazz classic and earned Evans his first Grammy Award in 1964 for ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Group’ and received a 5-star review in Down Beat in 1963

“The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans album” (Full Album) was recorded in 1975. Tony Bennett and Bill Evans had very little in common except being jazz musicians. Bennett was a very strong extroverted jazz singer with a conservative style whereas Evans was shy, introverted, and impressionistic. But, during this recording they became of like mind as Bennett, with his mastery of phrasing, remained centered, and when each vocal was finished Evans would break into his characteristic lyrical playing turning each piece into a gem.

This track from the album isYou Must Believe in Spring”.

Sunday at the Village Vanguard “,  (Full Album) released in 1961, is considered to be one of the best live jazz recordings of all time. Evans was accompanied by bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian. This outstanding live performance spotlights the alchemy between the three musicians, a single homogenous musical thought expressing one voice, but from three distinctive points of view. This was a real conversation, not the normal conversation between musicians where each one plays through the chord changes via improvisation to end up at the same place at the same time. Evans had a democratic vision of cooperation within his trio where each member performed with perfect empathy and telepathy, which was rare among musicians at that time. I fully understand why this live jazz performance is considered as one of the best, ever. You will, too.

Enjoy this trackAlice in Wonderland from the album”

Buy Bill Evans music : https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Evans/e/B000AP5G22

More information about Bill, his life and music: https://billevanswebpages.com/

My thanks to William Price King for bringing us the music of Bill Evans thank you too from us both for tuning in.

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the music…thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King with American jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield


Welcome to a new season of the Music Column with jazz musician, composer and singer William Price King.

American jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield

About John Scofield from his official website

John Scofield’s guitar work has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is going strong today. Possessor of a very distinctive sound and stylistic diversity, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B.

Born in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up the guitar at age 11, inspired by both rock and blues players. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. After a debut recording with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, Scofield was a member of the Billy Cobham-George Duke band for two years. In 1977 he recorded with Charles Mingus, and joined the Gary Burton quartet. He began his international career as a bandleader and recording artist in 1978. From 1982–1985, Scofield toured and recorded with Miles Davis. His Davis stint placed him firmly in the foreground of jazz consciousness as a player and composer.

Since that time he has prominently led his own groups in the international Jazz scene, recorded over 30 albums as a leader (many already classics) including collaborations with contemporary favorites like Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Eddie Harris, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Mavis Staples, Government Mule, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Phil Lesh. He’s played and recorded with Tony Williams, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Dave Holland, Terumasa Hino among many jazz legends. Throughout his career Scofield has punctuated his traditional jazz offerings with funk-oriented electric music. All along, the guitarist has kept an open musical mind.

Touring the world approximately 200 days per year with his own groups, he is an Adjunct Professor of Music at New York University, a husband, and father of two.”

Let’s listen to some of John Scofield’s music

The John Scofield Band released “Überjam” in 2002 on Verve Records. Überjam is an album with many different styles: jazz fusion, jazz-funk, and acid-jazz – in other words, pure fusion. It was produced by John Scofield and Jason Olaine. The music on this album is abstract, intellectual, funky, and spontaneous, and highlights Scofield’s fascination with new electronic music.

“Scorched” was commissioned by the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2002. Mark-Anthony Turnage recomposed and orchestrated original compositions by Scofield for symphony orchestra and big band, thus the title SCOfield ORCHstratED. Scofield worked on the project with John Patitucci on electric bass and Peter Erskine on drums. This can be called orchestral jazz, a hybrid, but also comes across as contemporary classical music. The arrangements are done with dense but agile harmonic movement and crisp rhythmic changes. The big band and orchestra alternate with Scofield’s trio (Patitucci and Erskine) instead of playing together. “Scorched” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for ‘Best Classical Crossover Album’.

“I Don’t Need No Doctor”, from the album “That’s What I Say: John Scofield Plays the Music of Ray Charles” (2005), is an R&B song written by Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Jo Armstead. Scofield recorded this album as a tribute to Ray Charles featuring well-known guest artists Dr. John, Mavis Staples (The Staple Sisters), Aaron Neville, and John Mayer who does an exquisite job on “I Don’t Need No Doctor”. This was Scofield’s first time working with vocals and the outcome is an admirable effort, fluctuating between instrumental soul-jazz and vocal soul.

“Wayfaring Strange” is from the album “Country of Old Men” (2016) and is a well-known American folk and gospel song. The title of this album was taken from the novel “No Country for Old Men” as a joke about Scofield’s age. The album features jazz versions of country music songs and spotlights Scofield’s love for the blues while highlighting his ability to build, harmonically, on ‘tension and release’ with perfect timing which is evident in his New Orleans style version of “Wayfaring Stranger”. “Country For Old Men” won the Grammy Award for ‘Best Jazz Instrumental Album’ in 2017.

Sources: Bio: http://www.johnscofield.com/
Tour Dates: http://www.johnscofield.com/tour/
Buy John Scofield Music: https://www.amazon.com/John-Scofield/e/B000APXOZI
YouTube: John Scofield

My thanks to William Price King for bringing us the music of John Scofield and I for one will be exploring his music further.. thank you too from us both for tuning in.

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Connect with William

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Arturo O’Farrill #jazz musician, pianist and composer.


Welcome to the music column with William Price King and this will be the last column from William until September as he will be embarking on his usual very busy summer months.

This week William shares the music of Arturo O’ Farrill jazz musician, pianist, composer, and director for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.  and here is official biography from his Website

Image http://www.arturoofarrill.com/

ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He received his formal musical education at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Arturo’s professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. Arturo is a member of the faculties of both the Manhattan School of Music and the School of Jazz at the New School.

In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. Learn more about ALJA here: http://www.afrolatinjazz.org.

In December 2010 Arturo traveled with the original Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra to Cuba, returning his father’s musicians to his homeland. He continues to travel to Cuba regularly as an informal Cultural Ambassador, working with Cuban musicians, dancers, and students, bringing local musicians from Cuba to the US and American musicians to Cuba.

During 2016-2018, Arturo has performed with orchestras and bands including his own Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Boss Level Sextet, as well as other Orchestras and smaller ensembles in the US, Europe, Russia, Australia, and South America.

An avid supporter of all the Arts, Arturo has performed with Ballet Hispanico and the Malpaso Dance Company, for whom he has written three ballets. In addition, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company is touring a ballet entitled “Open Door,” choreographed by Ron Brown to several of Arturo’s compositions and recordings. Ron Brown’s own Evidence Dance Company has commissioned Arturo to compose New Conversations, which premieres Summer of 2018 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA.

Arturo has received commissions from Meet the Composer, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Philadelphia Music Project, The Apollo Theater, Symphony Space, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Young Peoples Chorus of New York, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Arturo’s well-reviewed and highly praised “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from the album CUBA: The Conversation Continues (Motéma) took the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition and the 2016 Latin Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. His powerful “Three Revolutions” from the album Familia-Tribute to Chico and Bebo was the 2018 Grammy Award (his sixth) winner for Best Instrumental Composition.

Now to share some of this wonderful artist’s work that I am sure you will enjoy…..

With the album “Song for Chico”, Arturo O’Farrill pays tribute to his late father Cuban-born Arturo ‘Chico’ O’Farrill, who wrote the well known “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” which was recorded in 1950 by Machito and his Afro-Cuban Orchestra with Charlie Parker as guest on the alto saxophone. Chico O’Farrill was known for merging bebop with the Afro-Cuban tradition of Latin jazz. The title track, « Song for Chico, » was written by Dafnis Prieto and the entire album is a joyful mix of musical languages and rhythms with complex and artfully done arrangements. In 2009 O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.

Courtesy of  Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Topic

“El Bombón” was written and sung by Guantánamo resident “Cotó” Juan de la Cruz Antomarchi and is from the album « Cuba – The Conversation Continues, » which stems from an imaginary conversation between the trumpetist Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo during the 1940s and materializes Gillespie’s dream to create universal music. This musical dialogue creates a bridge between Afro-Cuban music and jazz, featuring compositions by six American and four Cuban composers, and played by 24 musicians. This double CD crosses genres while respecting tradition and going beyond boundaries. “The Afro Latin Jazz Suite”, from this album, won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental in 2016.

Courtesy of Arturo O’Farrill

“Three Revolutions” is from the album “Familia: Tribute to Bebo & Chico”, a family reunion bringing together two true pillars of Afro-Latin Jazz – pianists Leyanis Valdés et Auturo O’Farrill, celebrating their fathers and their rich musical family legacies. In this tribute they share a story from the 1950s when Bebo and Chico were musicians in Havana. This album is a testimony to three generations, grand-fathers and parents, Bebo Valdés et Chico O’Farrill, their sons Chico Valdes et Arturo O’Farill; and their grandsons, Levains Valdes, Jessie Valdes, Adam O’Farrill and Zack O’Farrill and represents the scope of their musicality and virtuosity. “Three Revolutions” won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Composition.

Courtesy of motemamusic

“The Offense of the Drum” is the fourth album from Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchesra and was released in May, 2014. Here he presents not only his 18 – piece band but also 28 percussion instruments from all over the world along side such prestigious musicians as pianist Vijay Iyer, DJ Logic, Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, saxophonist Donald Harrison, and spoken word artist Christopher “Chilo” Cajigas. Once again Chico O’Farrill demonstrates his talent to combine and modernize his knowledge of the history of jazz and latin jazz with African, Caribbean, and South American influences to post-bop big band jazz. The drums and percussions, used for contestation, are at the heart of Arturo O’Farrill’s music. “Offense of the Drums” won the 2014 Grammy Award for best Latin Jazz Album.

Courtesy of Arturo O’Farrill

Buy the music of Arturo O’Farrill: https://www.amazon.com/Arturo-OFarrill/e/B000APLN4C

Performance Dates: http://www.arturoofarrill.com/calendar

Albums and tracks: http://www.arturoofarrill.com/cds

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Connect with William

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

As always we would love to receive your feedback.. thanks Sally and William and I am sure you will join me in wishing William a wonderful summer…

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – American Guitarist Pat Metheny


This week William shares the music of Grammy Award winning American Guitarist Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny with guitar

Image: Pat Metheny Bio

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility – a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound for a new generation of players.

Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. METHENY’S versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. Metheny’s body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.

You can read Pat Metheny’s full bio: http://www.patmetheny.com/bio/

Now some examples of this talented artist’s music

“And I Love Her” was written by Paul McCartney and first recorded by The Beatles. Metheny got his inspiration to play guitar from the Beatles when he was a child and offers us a beautiful, bossa-styled version of this song, taken from the album “What’s It All About” released on Nonesuch Records in 2011. Metheny’s guitar playing is light, aesthetic, and nuanced as he masterfully interprets this gorgeous melody. In 2012, the album “What’s It All About” won a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

“As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls” is a duet album Metheny recorded with keyboardist Lyle Mays in 1981. The title of this song makes reference to Witchita, Kansas and Wichita Falls, Texas. On this album Metheny plays both the lead and accompanying guitar, as well as the bass. This 20 minute tune is moody and enigmatic with assorted African, Indian, and Latin American percussions played by Nana Vasconcelos. Metheny and Mays’ performance comes across as serene and melancholic. As the full version cannot be played due to performance rights.. here is September Fifteenth from the album. Courtesy of troubleclef

Are You Going With Me” was composed by Metheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays for the third Pat Metheny Group album “Offramp”, released in 1982. This piece has a Latin inflection with a bass vamp featuring two solos, one by Mays – a synthed-harmonica melody, and the second by Metheny which he played on his Roland GR-300.* The sound coming from the Roland has been compared to wind instruments and the trumpet. “Are You Going With Me” was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1983 Grammy Awards and the Boston Globe chose it as the “best fusion ballad of the year”. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music said it was “wonderfully contagious and arresting.” The album “Offramp” won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance as well as the Playboy Readers Poll for Best Jazz Album in 1982.

• The Roland GR-300 is a guitar synthesizer manufactured by the Roland Corporation.

“The Sound of Water”, from the album “Metheny Mehldau Quartet” with Brad Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on double bass and Jeff Ballard on drums was released in 2007 on Nonesuch Records. Here, Metheny showcases his harp guitar,* called the “Pikasso” (designed for him by Linda Manzer in 1984), which resembles a Cubist portrait of the guitar. On “The Sound of Water”, with its pastoral theme, Metheny demonstrates his proficiency with his Pikasso while Mehldau blends in with a staggering piano counterpoint. These two musicians communicate beautifully together and the result is elegant and fascinating.

• Harp guitar – a guitar-based stringed instrument generally defined as a guitar, in any of its accepted forms, with any number of additional unstopped strings that can accommodate individual plucking. The word “harp” is used in reference to its harp-like unstopped open strings. A harp guitar must have at least one unfretted string lying off the main fretboard, typically played as an open string.

Buy the music of Pat Metheny: https://www.amazon.com/Pat-Metheny

Youtube Pat Metheny: https://www.youtube.com/user/patmethenymedia
Website for upcoming performance Dates: http://www.patmetheny.com/schedule/

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

As always we would love to receive your feedback.. thanks Sally and William

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Hiromi Uehara Jazz composer and pianist.


 

Hiromi Uehara was born in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1979 and is a Jazz composer and pianist. She is known for her technique, energetic live performance and blend of musical genres such as progressive rock, classical and fusion.

Hiromi began learning classical piano at the age of six and was later introduced to Jazz by her teacher Noriko Hikida. She was only 14 years old when she played with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and at 17 she met Chick Corea who we featured a few weeks ago, and she was invited to play at his concert in Tokyo.

She spent several years as an advertising jingle writer for major companies such as Nissan and then enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was mentored by Ahmad Jamal jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator, and she was signed with the Telarc label before graduation.

Since 2003, Hiromi has toured the world and appeared at many jazz festivals including the Newport Jazz Festival in 2009 and the Paris Olympia in 2010.

Her most recent tour in 2015 featured bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Philips and her 2016 album Spark reached #1 on the US Billboard Jazz albums chart. There is a link to her 2019 tour dates at the end of the post.

“I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.”
– Hiromi

Time to listen to some of the music from this talented performer.

“Spiral”, somewhat classical, somewhat jazz fusion, is the title of Hiromi Uehara’s third album featuring her trio with Tony Grey on bass and Martin Valihora on drums. The trio merges jazz improvisation with rock, and a blues thread runs basically through every piece. Her suite-like compositions have shifting moods that drive with intensity one moment and relax quietly the next, and spotlights her formidable technique and impressive compositional skills. The end result is a strong musical statement that brings new and exciting forces into her mainstream jazz program.

“Place To Be” recorded in 2009, is Hiromi’s post-bop, unaccompanied solo-piano album, on the Telarc Jazz Japanese label. This format gave her plenty of room to explore her creative impulses. Her performance is playful at times and sometimes it’s exuberant. Some may even say that she was self-indulgent, but if so, certainly not in a bad way. She incorporates in her style elements from classical music and ragtime, confirming her audacious self assurance and technical prowess. She composed all of the tracks on the album except “Berne, Baby, Berne”, and “Pachelbel’s Canon”.

“Voice” is Hiromi’s seventh studio album, released in 2011 by Telarc Records. This rock influenced album is another post-bop effort by Hiromi. Her improvisation throughout the album comes from varied sources, creating a fusion of many different styles. Her solos come across as an impromptu conversation as she guides us along with technical proficiency but never compromising the emotion that shapes the foundation of the album. She is accompanied by Anthony Jackson on electric bass and Simon Phillips on drums. All of the tracks from the album were composed by Hiromi except “Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #8 – Pathétique”. Hiromi explains why she called this album “Voice”.

“I called this album Voice because I believe that people’s real voices are expressed in their emotions. It’s not something that you really say. It’s more something that you have in your heart. Maybe it’s something you haven’t said yet. Maybe you’re never going to say it. But it’s your true voice. Instrumental music is very similar. We don’t have any words or any lyrics to go with it. It’s the true voice that we don’t really put into words, but we feel it when it’s real.”

“Spark” was recorded in October 2015, featuring bassist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips and was Hiromi’s fourth studio album. Hiromi continues to converse with her musicians in constantly evolving themes that cover everything from post-bop to rock, funk, and soulful jazz. Hiromi fancies playing in a bluesy-tinged style with hints of boogie-woogie and this lightens the group’s fundamental jagged jazz fusion. This album is sophisticated, spontaneous, and experimental. Hiromi is known for taking traditional art forms and transforming them into her own emotional style and this album highlights that. Her trio is as confident as it is relaxed, changing rhythms and tempos with ease, passion, and feeling. “Spark” reached the #1 position on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart in April, 2016.

Buy music by Hiromi : https://www.amazon.com/Hiromi/e/B000ARBHSW

Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiromi_Uehara
Find out more about Hiromi: Hiromi Profile
The 2019 Tour Dates: 2019 tour

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

As always we would love to receive your feedback.. thanks Sally and William

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up -Herbie Hancock, Gems from Your Archives and Talkative Parrots.


Welcome to the round up of posts on the blog you might have missed this week.

We currently have a digger in the back garden, a cement filled trench awaiting blocks for a retaining wall and mounds of earth, that I am sure will be turned into a wonderfully landscaped vista by the end of the week.. that’s the plan anyway.

I had to do a complete replant of my pots this week as the ones I bought from a supermarket as good value, turned out to be duds.. I did think when I put them in that they were too dry and watered them and gave them some feed but after two weeks of TLC… most had died. Anyway… I went to my usual garden centre and paid a bit more and they are all thriving. Just goes to show sometimes bargains do not work out. It is the first year out of about 50.. that it has happened so I should count myself lucky.. All the pots are round the side of the house at the moment with equipment coming in and out and I will have fun putting them back later in the week.

We have old friends arriving Tuesday for two days. They are currently touring south and west Ireland finishing in Dublin over the weekend before coming down to us.. we are only an hour from their return ferry so handy… This is their first time in Ireland and I am looking forward to hearing how they got on..

The Posts from Your Archives is going well. I am so enjoying browsing and reading everyone’s posts to select the four I am going to publish… I feel I am getting to know people a little better and I am discovering some hidden gems to share as you will see later in the post. If you are on the list and have not heard from me… I am just about to begin scheduling the June spots and will get in touch with dates shortly.. It looks like this series is going to run into July which is terrific.

Time to get on with the round up and as always I am very grateful for all the contributions, shares, likes and comments..

William Price King shares the music of American Jazz Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer, Band Leader and Actor Herbie Hancock.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-american-jazz-pianist-keyboardist-composer-band-leader-and-actor-herbie-hancock/

Another two part series from Paul Andruss on Poetry… with some iconic examples from the masters.. According to the Muse….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-according-to-the-muse-a-dialogue-in-2-halves-part-1-what-is-poetry-paul-andruss/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-according-to-the-muse-a-monologue-in-2-parts-part-two-born-to-die-by-paul-andruss/

This week I reviewed Devil in the Wind: Voices from the 2009 Black Saturday Bush Fires by Frank Prem.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/smorgasbord-book-reviews-devil-in-the-wind-voices-from-the-2009-black-saturday-bushfires-by-frank-prem/

This week in early June 1986 we drove the 7 hours to reach South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico.. fabulous place (those shrimp were to die for) and also I up my exercise routine (makes my knees ache just reading about it!)

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/smorgasbord-letters-from-america-june-1986-south-padre-island-and-getting-fit-sally-cronin/

Delighted to welcome guest writer, singer/songwriter guitarist Michelle Monet to the blog today who explores the concept of fame and the inclusion of ‘big names’ in memoirs to catch the public’s eye.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-michelle-monet-memoirs-i-was-told-that-my-memoir-could-be-a-huge-bestseller-if-i-do-more-celebrity-name-dropping-huh/

Robbie Cheadle with a short story in response to one of Sue Vincent’s Photo Prompt Challenges  Memorandum left by Dr Thompson

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-short-story-memorandum-left-by-dr-thompson-by-robbie-cheadle/

Jacquie Biggar with a delicious recipe for soup that can be adapted for everyone’s tastes and would make a great starter or main course.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-sunday-potatosoup-cooking-up-memories-by-jacquie-biggar/

This week D.Wallace Peach back to nature, and if you think you have bats in your belfry… you might not be crazy.

photo by John Pearce via Flickr

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-bats-in-the-writers-belfry-by-d-wallace-peach/

Finance expert Sharon Marchisello shares some of the ways you can pay off your mortgage early.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-finance-paying-off-your-mortgage-by-sharon-marchisello/

Our resident foodie, Carol Taylor, shares the stray dog and welfare issues in Thailand and how one mum and her pups enters their lives

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-properly-trained-man-can-be-a-dogs-best-friend-by-carol-taylor/

Miriam Hurdle takes us on a trip to Yellowstone National Park and Alaska with some amazing photography.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-a-trip-to-yellowstone-park-and-alaska-by-miriam-hurdle/

Pete Johnson, Beetley Pete, takes us on a ride in his time machine to ancient Rome.. where would you like to travel to.. the past or the future..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-my-time-machine-by-beetley-pete/

D. G. Kaye – Debby Gies has a wonderful book review feature every Sunday and here is an example where she reviews Midlife Cabernet by Elaine Ambrose.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/smorgasbord-post-from-your-arcives-potluck-d-g-kaye-sunday-book-review-midlife-cabernet-by-elaine-ambrose/

This week I am sharing a guest post by author A.C. Flory from the archives of Chris Graham, The Story Reading Ape.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-story-reading-and-his-guest-author-a-c-flory/

A heartwarming and poignant short story from Darlene Foster…The Special Date.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-shortstory-the-special-date-by-darlene-foster/

Author Christine Campbell shares the first part of a tour of Scotland when she and family drove whilst her husband cycled from John O’Groats to Embo..

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-cycling-days-1-to-3john-ogroats-to-embo-by-christine-campbell/

Another wonderful episode in the linked flash fiction family saga.. The Fold by D. Avery

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-arcives-potluck-the-fold-part-three-by-d-avery/

Charles Yallowitz takes a look at the art of ‘Banter’ the exchange between two people… usually comedic. The Art of Bantering: Not as Easy as You Think

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-art-of-bantering-not-as-easy-as-you-think-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

This is the third post from author Jane Risdon and since you enjoyed the audition posts last week.. here is part two…The Auditions Part Two: Let’s Play Rock ‘n’ Roll by Zeppelin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-auditions-part-two-lets-play-rock-n-roll-by-zeppelin-by-jane-risdon/

This post by Mary Smith, illustrates that sometimes the hardest part of caring for a person who has dementia can be leaving them to have some much needed respite… even when they are never far from your thoughts.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-my-dads-a-goldfish-downhill-slide-by-mary-smith/

New Book on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-undercover-crime-shorts-by-jane-risdon/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-mystery-fire-in-the-vineyard-by-christa-polkinhorn/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-children-davey-derek-junior-detectives-series-the-case-of-the-mystery-of-the-bells-by-janice-spina/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-ghost-horror-haverscroft-by-s-a-harris/

Author update #reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-reviews-hugh-w-roberts-don-massenzio-and-nicholas-c-rossis/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-victoria-zigler-sue-coletta-and-amy-reade/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-jokes-from-sallys-archives-episode-10/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/16/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-some-snippets-from-sallys-archives-episode-11/

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

A quiet week on the home front, with a couple of days of sunshine and more today, so I will be out in the garden for much of the day…not so much making hay as getting rid of the rust in my joints!  David has been working to level off the back garden which was left as a weedy slope, and once the workmen have completed the pathway and resurfaced the back patio, we shall have a lovely spot to eat out which gets the sun in the summer until 10.00pm.  Also another step to getting the house ready to go on the market next spring.

I have also managed to find dry enough days to finish by pot plants. We then had three days of torrential rain and I am afraid some of the younger plants drowned.. you have to be hardy around here!

As always thank you for your support during the week and to the contributors who continue to share such wonderful articles.

I am so thrilled by the amazing response to the new Posts from the Archives series with over 40 bloggers allowing me access to their archives, to select four posts to share with everyone. This means I will be doing a lot of reading of posts, which is wonderful and it means that we have about three months worth of posts. Apologies if you have just gone on the list, but I will respond to you and get in touch when I have selected your posts… The first of those later in the post..

Now for the posts from the week……

This week William Price King shares the life and some of the work of jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-jazz-trumpeter-bandleader-and-composer-miles-davis/

Two posts this weekend from Paul Andruss on Glastonbury and King Arthur.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-the-dancing-floor-of-glastonbury-tor-by-paul-andruss/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-arthur-king-or-pawn-by-paul-andruss-by-paul-andruss/

In this series we look at cooking and your diet from a different perspective. Usually we emphasize the health benefits of food and how they can be incorporated into your diet. But, what happens if you do NOT include them in your diet.

We wanted to share with you what happens if your body is deprived of individual nutrients over an extended period of time.

Carol Taylor takes the ingredients that contain good sources of the nutrient and creates dishes that the whole family will love..this week Vitamin B6.. and delicious Chicken and prune tagine, tofu and honey bites and spicy sweet potato balls.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-b6-chicken-and-prune-tagine-tofu-and-honey-bites-spicy-sweet-potato-balls-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor/

Annette Rochelle Aben with the Universal Energy for May and what that could mean for you as an individual…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-numerology-your-universal-energy-for-may-2019-by-annette-rochelle-aben/

I trot this post our once a year as a reminder that you are being watched… even when you are not in front of your computer screen. It is not only thieves and vagabonds you need to worry about who might have designs on your empty house, but also trying to claim on your health insurance for some unfortunate mishap that took place while you were having fun in the sun.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-reminder-going-on-holiday-with-your-bff-social-mediaby-sally-cronin/

My review of the anthology to raise funds for cancer research compiled by Stevie Turner : Understanding: An Anthology of true and significant life events

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/smorgasbord-book-reviews-understanding-an-anthology-of-true-and-significant-life-events-compiled-by-stevie-turner/

I unearth one of my poems on the culinary delights of holidays

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-poetry-holidays-by-sally-cronin/

This week’s carrot ranch flash fiction challenge In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sisu. It’s a Finnish concept of enduring strength, the ability to consistently overcome. Sisu – DNA.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/smorgasbord-short-stories-the-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-sisu-dna-by-sally-cronin/

The majority of us who are losing weight will hit a plateau some weeks into the diet.. In this post I explain why and how to work through it.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-weightloss-hitting-the-plateau-by-sally-cronin/

You can find details in this post…love to hear from you, and as I mentioned if on the list it could be a few weeks before you feature :https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Christopher Graham began the new series and I selected one of his guest posts from Emily Gmitter with a wonderful post that I recommend you read.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-story-reading-ape-a-selection-of-guest-posts-emily-gmitter/

Here is the first of the posts I have selected from the archives of D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies. Every month on the last Friday, those who participate in a global We Are The World Blogfest, (#WATWB) share inspiring stories of random acts of kindness, or projects that are making a difference to people around the world.

Inspirational Rocks

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-d-g-kaye-kindness-rocks-project-watwb-how-it-began-how-to-participate/

Children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster is a regular visitor to the blog and has shared some amazing posts. The first post that I selected was from 2013…about a wonderful organisation in Canada that raises funding for the Children’s Hospital.

Elizabeth Bennet and Anne of Green Gables

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-cwill-bc-group-rewards-by-darlene-foster/

Author Christine Campbell has given me permission to browse her extensive archives dating back to March 2013… and the first post I have selected is from May 2013… and is about crafting, and in particular those delicate handkerchiefs that have been usurped by the paper tissue in many of our homes…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-crafting-memories-by-christine-campbell/

The next contributor to the series is fantasy author Charles E. Yallowitz who has a wonderful blog where you can find stories, thoughts on life, book related posts and poetry. This week a poem on the journey of an Indie author.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-path-of-the-indie-by-charles-e-yallowitz/

I am delighted to share the first post from the archives of D.Avery who is the author of three short story and poetry collections. I have selected a wonderful serial that I am going to share over the four posts from D’s archives

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-serial-the-fold-part-one-by-d-avery/

This is the first post of four from author Jane Risdon… Jane loves to go on a ‘jolly’ for those of you who are unfamiliar with the expression… It is taking a road trip and having fun.. basically. The first post from her archives of 2016 is an example of that.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-hardwick-hall-another-jolly-from-2016-part-one-bess-of-hardwick-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with-by-jane-risdon/

My next guest in the new series of Posts from Your Archives is author Mary Smith.. I have two blogs to select the four posts from and the first is from her blog My Dad’s A Goldfish, where Mary shares here experiences caring for her father as his dementia worsened. In this post however, she shares the tragedy of the dementia of a school friend who she has remained in contact with, who developed the disease at a much earlier age. Very poignant…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-my-dads-a-goldfish-for-john-m-by-mary-smith/

New books on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-sister-witch-the-life-of-moll-dyer-legends-of-the-family-dyer-book-1-by-david-thompson/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-thriller-the-second-korean-war-by-ted-halstead/

Author Update – Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mary-adler-a-j-alexander-and-jacquie-biggar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-vashti-quiroz-vega-tony-riches-iain-kelly-and-sacha-black/

I have often highlighted the inconsistencies of medical studies and the profound and sometimes downright dangerous statements made that vilify or extol the virtues of either a food or medication. This was the case in 2012 when a Professor, labeled one of the UK’s leading experts stated that everyone over the age of 50 should be prescribed statins to reduce their cholesterol levels.  In this post I look at the latest research into Statins and their long term impact on our health.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-the-cholesterol-myth-part-one-and-statins-the-new-research-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-guest-comedian-d-g-kaye-and-more-jokes-from-sallys-archives-3/

Thank you again for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the posts. Take care and hope to see you next week too. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis


This week William Price King shares the life and some of the work of jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.

Miles Davis was born and raised in Illinois but left to study at Juilliard in New York. He dropped out to pursue his music career professionally and debuted as a member of Charlie Parker’s bebop quintet from 1944 to 1946. His first recording was “Birth of the Cool” sessions for Capital records, followed in the early 1950s with some of the earliest bop music with Prestige Records. After a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, he signed a long-term contract with Columbia Records with his first release being “Round About Midnight” his first work with saxophonist John Coltrane. With bassist Paul Chambers he formed a sextet that performed into the early 1960s.

At the same time he was alternating between orchestral jazz collaborations with arranger Gil Evans, including “Sketches of Spain” and band recordings such as “Milestone” in 1958.

There were a number of line-up changes to the band in the early 60s including the introduction of bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock and drummer Tony Williams. In 1964 he added saxophonist Wayne Shorter and produced a series of more abstract recordings often composed by the band members and helping to pioneer the post bop genre with albums such as “E.S.P”, “Miles Smiles” before experimenting with the emerging electronic music technology of the 1970s, including funk, rock and African rhythms.

The line-up of the band was fairly fluid with members changing frequently including the addition of guitarist John McLaughlin. This period in Miles Davis career until 1975 was considered his most controversial by the jazz fraternity but his million selling record “Bitches Brew” helped spark a renewal of Jazz’s commercial popularity along with jazz fusion over the rest of the decade.

He took a break due to ill health but returned in the 1980s with a younger generation of musicians and a resurgence of his popularity and commercial reputation. He performed to sold out concerts worldwide as will as branching out into visual arts, film and television. He died in 1991 of a stroke and other complications, but was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 which recognized him as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz.

Let’s listen to some of his finest work…

Miles Davis’ recording of “Porgy and Bess”, written by George Gershwin, was released in 1959 by Columbia Records featuring arrangements by Davis and Gil Evans. Davis paints a work of art, highlighting his trademark warmth and depth of emotion in a jazz instrumental style that’s a synthesis of jazz and classical music, hard bob, and bebop. Miles’ version of this epic piece is full of melancholy and joyful drama and should reach the listener on both a musical and emotional level.

“Bitches Brew” was released in 1970 by Columbia Records and was thought by many to be among the most revolutionary albums in jazz history, solidifying the genre known as jazz-rock fusion. Miles continued to experiment with new sounds – the electric piano and guitar – and rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style. Initially this album received mixed reviews, due to its unconventional style and experimental sound. However, it became Davis’ first gold record and won a Grammy Award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 1971. The Village Voice critic, Robert Christgau, called “Bitches Brew/2 the best album of the year and named Davis “Jazzman of the year”. In 2003 this album was ranked #94 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Many jazz critics consider “Kind of Blue” as the best jazz album ever, a masterpiece, and one of the best albums of all times. It features jazz greats John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on saxophone, pianists Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. This album was one of fifty recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry, and was ranked number 12 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

“Kind of Blue” is based entirely on a series of modal sketches on which each performer was given a set of scales that defined the parameters of their improvisation and style. This was in total contrast to Davis’ earlier work with the hard bop style of jazz. It is interesting to note that the band did not play through any of these pieces prior to the recording. Davis presented the themes and the chordal structures and the musicians improvised along those parameters. Self-indulgence was not allowed in this recording. In 2008, “Kind of Blue” was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), indicating sales of at least four million copies, making it the best-selling jazz album of all time.

You can listen to the full album on YouTube: Miles Davis – Kind of Blue Full Album

Here is the title track

“On The Corner”, a celebration of street life and the beauty of life itself, was recorded and released in 1972 on the Columbia label. All of the compositions were written by Miles Davis and were partly inspired by the musical concepts of the experimental composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and saxophonist Arnette Coleman. Here, Davis continues his exploration of jazz fusion with funk rhythms. The music was recorded as one piece, instead of a series of individual compositions selected arbitrarily. There is a variety of shakers, claves,* cowbells, and exotic drums on the album and the electronics include keyboards and guitar, as well as an apparatus on Davis’ horn. The impressive line-up of musicians accompanying Davis are Michael Henderson – bassist, John McLaughlin – guitarist, and keyboardist Herbie Hancock. The artwork from the album features Corky McCoy’s cartoon designs of urban African-American characters.

* Claves – are a percussion instrument, consisting of a pair of short, thick dowels (cylindrical rod). Traditionally they are made of wood, typically rosewood, ebony, or grenadilla.

You can listen to the full album on YouTube: On the Corner Full Album

Here is the title track

Buy the music of Miles Davis: https://www.amazon.com/Miles-Davis/e/B000APO6V4

Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Davis

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

As always we would love to receive your feedback.. thanks Sally and William

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – #jazz pianist/electric keyboardist and composer Chick Corea


Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea was born in June 1941 and is a jazz pianist/electric keyboardist and composer. His compositions “Spain”, “500 Miles High” and “Windows” are considered jazz standards. He was born in Massachusetts and his father, a jazz trumpeter who had let a Dixieland band in Boston in the 1930s and 1940s introduced him to the piano at age four. He was surrounded by the music of the jazz greats from an early age and his main influencers were Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Lester Young. He took up the drums as eight years old whilst continuing to develop his piano skills, which including using it as a percussion instrument.

Chick began taking formal piano lessons from concert pianist Salvatore Sullo around the same age, who introduced him to classical music and composition. He spent the next several years as a performer and soloist for the St. Rose Scarlet Lancers a drum and bugle corps based in his home town of Chelsea.

In high school he began playing gigs locally and then moved to New York where he spent a month a Columbia and six months at Juilliard studying musical education. He was disappointed with both and decided to launch his career in New York. In the early 1960s he worked with established artists such as Herbie Mann and Stan Getz, releasing his debut album Tones for Joan’s Bones in 1966.

Time to enjoy some of the music hits from Chick Corea in his incredible career.

“Tones For Joan’s Bones” is Chick Corea’s debut album, recorded in 1966 and released on the Atlantic Label in 1968 featuring Woody Shaw on trumpet, Joe Farrell on tenor saxophone and flute, Steve Swallow on double bass and Joe Chambers on drums. The title song is a medium tempo, somewhat complex, swing piece with a bridge* that goes into a semi-atmospheric 6/8 time feel, typical of Corea’s compositional style. It starts off in a subtle manner with interwoven melodic lines, piano and saxophone solos, and ends with a roaring full band climax.

*Bridge – The bridge, a musical section of the piece, is often used to contrast with and prepare for the return of the verse and the chorus.

“Now He Sings, Now He Sobs” is a piano jazz trio album Corea released in 1968 with bassist Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes. This recording finds Corea experimenting more with free jazz. It was probably the beginning of the most innovative part of his career. The compositions are mellow and poised. The title track is superb with a confluence of forms: part march, part Spanish swing, lots of chord changes, and a clever coda.*

*Coda – In music, a coda is a passage that brings a piece to an end. It may be as simple as a few measures or as complex as an entire section of music.

“Spain” from the album “Light As A Feather” was composed by Chick Corea in 1971 and received two Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Arrangement and for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Group. In 2001, Corea won the Best Instrumental Arrangement Grammy for “Spain for Sextet and Orchestra”. In this video Corea shares the stage with Jorge Pardo (flute, soprano and alto sax), Charles Benavent (bass), Rubem Dantas (percussion), Hossam Ramzy (Egyptian percussion), Tom Brechtlein (drums), and Auxi Fernandez (Flamenco dancer). This piece opens with the adagio* from the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. “Spain”  may be the most instantly recognizable composition that Corea wrote during his career. It is certainly the most famous.

*Adagio – a tempo marking, indicating that the music is to be played slowly.

The legendary bond between keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea and master drummer Steve Gadd, which lasted more than 50 years, yielded a two-disc studio album in 2018, featuring five epic new Corea compositions. On this album they share the spotlight with Benin-born guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist and flutist Steve Wilson, Cuban bassist Carlitos Del Puerto, Venezuelan percussionist Luisisto Quintero, and special guest Phillip Bailey from the group “Earth Wind and Fire”. Together they have crafted an album that draws upon the expansive keyboard sound of Corea’s 70’s fusion work and updates it for a new generation with exciting funk-based arrangements, intimate lyrical excursions and Spanish-hearted improvisations, while at the same time interweaving through various African traditions.

Chick Corea celebrated his 75th birthday in 2016 by playing with more than 20 different groups during a six-week stand at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, New York City.

“I pretty well ignore the numbers that make up ‘age’. It seems to be the best way to go. I have always just concentrated on having the most fun I can with the adventure of music.

Buy the music of Chick Corea: https://www.amazon.com/Chick-Corea/e/B000APTDWG

Additional sources and for more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chick_Corea
Website and tour dates for 2019: http://chickcorea.com/concerts/

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

As always we would love to receive your feedback.. thanks Sally and William