English: George Duke and Miles Davis in 1986 at Montreux Jazz Festival. Français : Miles Davis et George Duke en 1986 au Montreux Jazz Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The world lost a great one on August 5. George Duke, the legend, passed away at the age of 67. Not many careers as fine as this jazz keyboardist, singer, composer and producer. And collaborator, wow, he played with Zappa on many of his albums and is recognized as a major keyboard pioneer. Truly an amazing player. He played with everybody, Al Jarreau, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, and the list goes on. Almost 40 albums on his own, innumerable albums as a sideman, he will be missed. The cut I have posted is unbelievably good. It is a live video of George and his band at the java Jazz Festival.
Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kind of a smooth rap/jazz song by UK-based band US3. The title “Cantaloop“. The band has been around since 1992 and released their first album “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)” in 1993. This is a remastered and re-released version from that album. The record,released in 2013 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the original album, is a classic. I don’t normally get into the rap/hip-hop material, so this is a bit of a departure for me. The song is very interesting in its fusing of jazz, funk and rap. Surprising that it is from 20 years ago. Enjoy.
US3 on iTunes
Peter Appleyard with Dick Hyman , 2007 Toronto Jazz Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
British born, but Canadian jazz composer and percussionist Peter Appleyard passed away on July 18, 2013.He was 84. Born in England, he moved to Bermuda in 1949 , eventually landing in Toronto a few years later. In the 1950’s and 60’s , he was a staple on CBC radio, performing live on various shows. In the 1970’s he began touring and playing with the Benny Goodman sextet. As time went on, his reputation grew as a world class vibraphonist. He played with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, while always maintaining his base in Toronto. Among his many awards were a Juno and the Order of Canada. Terrific player. I have posted here a couple of tunes, the first a recent live performance of “It don’t Mean A Thing” and an older clip of “Tangerine”. Both of them have many great artists along with him.
American musician Michael Franti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s almost summer. Forget that Calgary was plus 6 yesterday with biblical rainfall and the mountains got a sprucing up with a bunch of new snow. I am going to call it and say, summer starts now. To bring it in with some music, I give you Michael Franti and Spearhead with “The Sound of Sunshine”.
California-based, the band, fronted by Michael Franti, plays a great mix of, well, pretty much everything. I hear funk, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, some folk and lots of fun. Great tune, and wherever you are, remember Canadians love summer. It is short and we make the most of every minute.
Michael Franti Home
Michael Franti on iTunes
Michael Franti on Amazon
Michael Franti on CBC
Thought For The Day
What if farting was contagious like yawning?
A quick note to thank a couple of blogs I have followed lately for bestowing the World Famous Liebster Award to me. I am a bit of a party pooper (hmm, my thoughts are pretty potty today) though, as I will happily acknowledge the receipt, but am far to lazy to pass it on.
First The Grimm Report. Love this one, very good sense of humour and one I love to pop in on regularly. Check this one out.
Second The Ratchet Review. Another recent addition to my reading day. Lots of quick posts, very nicely done, with plenty of humour. Worth the time to pop in and say hi.
Parov Stelar (Photo credit: Misantrofia)
And now a song. I heard this on the TV the other night, no idea what show (we were drinking a touch of wine). Blew me away. Bought the album, very happy guy. The artist is Parov Stelar, the song The Paris Swing Box.