The new album “Golden Boy” by Watemelon Slim, which expresses the thousand and one lives of the American Bill Homans will be released in Europe on April 28 by the French label Dixiefrog.
The weathered face of this outlaw blues artist is telling the story of his life: Vietnam veteran, blue-collar worker, 18-wheel trucker, socialist activist.
Watermelon Slim is an authentic poet-musician. He describes himself as “the most literate of all the bluesmen”.
He is a two times Blues Music Award America Winner in 2008 in the section « Band of the year » and « album of the year » and twice, in 2006 and 2007, the winner of the MOJO Magazine Award (a popular music magazine in United Kingdom) in the section of “Blues Album of the Year” award… as well as being credited for “Best Album of The Year” at the 6th annual Toront Independent Music Award.
His lyrics combine a staggering sense of poetry and a deep social consciousness, and his expressive voice conveys the real soul of America.
Posted March 14, 2017
It doesn’t happen too often that a purely instrumental jazz album reaches the German Pop Album charts. However, this has just happened for “Landed in Brooklyn” (ACT Music), the new album by the German trumpet player Julian and his brother, the pianist Roman Wassefuhr, two of the most successful German jazz musicians of their generation.
Right after its release the album entered the top 100 of the German Pop album charts at n°84, the top 100 of the amazon pop charts and became
n°1 of the I-tunes jazz charts.
The fifth album of the Wasserfuhr brothers also received great first international reviews as like “sophistication and a refined stylishness”
from All about jazz and “tight and fluent, with attractive and plangent original compositions” from The Wire, the legendary UK magazine.
French Radio FIP elected it “album of the week” because of its “jazz that is emotional, clear, precise and melodic.”
Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr will be in concert on 2nd April, at the 25th anniversary concert celebration in Berlin of their German label Act Music.
Posted March 08, 2017
Sad news: As all engaged jazz fans will have heard meanwhile, the legendary guitarist Larry Coryell died on Sunday, February 19, after having performed two shows on Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at the Iridium in New York City.
Coryell is known to many as the Godfather of Fusion, one of the pioneers of jazz rock. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he was comfortable in almost every style. His two, probably last releases are « Barefoot Man : Sanpaku », released October 14, 2016, on Cleopatra Records in the USA and an upcoming Eleventh House release, Seven Secrets, which will be released via Savoy Jazz on June 2.
Posted March 07, 2017
The international trumpet player and composer Volker Goetze is back with new album “Bridges”.
He will be in concert at the Paris Sunside club on March 22 for the release of the album, to be followed by some more European events.
For his new quintet, Volker Goetze unites musicians from three continents who have toured with the best jazz musicians on the planet including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Bobby McFerrin and many more. Together, they explore new ground, stretch creative improvisation and build musical Bridges over thousands of miles. The original compositions are rooted in West African and contemporary New York Jazz, creating a unique cross-cultural musical experience.
Posted March 02, 2017
Cuban pianist Omar Sosa album “Transparent Water” recorded with Seckou Keita has only just been released, and already, it is at No. 1 of the Transglobal World Music Chart for March, 2017!
Don’t miss his live concert at Radio France this evening!
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