April 6, 2017 saw the passing of David Peel, founder of David Peel and the Lower East Side. He and the band were early proponents of “street rock” and embraced the hippie/marijuana culture of the 60’s and 70’s. One could also say that he was an early punk pioneer as well. His recording career spanned 6 decades, and his last album was released in 2015. The clip below is notable as it has some special guests, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and is a live performance on the David Frost Show in 1971.
Remember that great instrumental “Pipeline”, the one with the great opening riff that basically created a whole new form of guitar playing? Brian Carman of “The Chantays” played that way back in 1962. Brian passed away on March 1st, but will always be remembered for this path-finding sound.One of the true pioneers.
Today we post the first 5 of my Top 10 for 2013. The Canadian content in this group consists of a great song by Donovan Woods. The Wire is likely the poppiest tune I have posted (or will post) but it is very catchy and becoming a huge hit. Having said that, some “purists” will contest John Mayer being on any list. I am a huge fan of his and greatly appreciate his abilities as both a songwriter and as an excellent guitarist. Both are highlighted in Wildfire. Enjoy!
10 “The Wire” by Haim
9 “Rumble and Sway” by Jamie N Common
8 “Wildfire” by John Mayer
7 “Put On, Cologne” by Donovan Woods
6 “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend
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.