Saturday, July 4, 2015
Tim Price Blogging For D'Addario Woodwinds- Erin McDougald & Friends -This Side of Sinatra July 11, 2015- New York City.
....She's back! There are thousands of jazz singers in this world,but,in my opinion Erin McDougald is one of the best ever. Without a doubt, her recording and live performances constitute some of the purest jazz singing in all of American music. There is no drama or the vocal gymnastics, this young lady shows her greatness by not ever pushing, her delivery is pure and right in the pocket of greatness.The style varies greatly,she picks the most amazing songs,Erin's beat and syncopation, swinging hard but also sexifies the structure when needed,casting a spell of hushed reverie that makes time stand still.The way Ben Webster or Dexter Gordon,on a tenor saxophone sound when playing a phrase or ballad. Get my drift? It does make you appreciate her depth of talent immediately. Add a personal raw emotion, that speaks to the listener and you have Erin McDougald. FYI- Erin McDougald is a Chicago-based artist whose credentials include numerous headline appearances in the famed Green Mill and Jazz Showcase as well as performances in New York City’s Smalls and Metropolitan Room with special appearances at Dizzy’s with the Wynton Marsalis band. Erin moved to Chicago still in her teens from a small town in Ohio, just north of Columbus, called Delaware, Ohio. She grew up with her parents, younger sister Leah and her father's father, Gordon McDougald, living most of her formative years in the home her parents built and designed on a small street where stable horses, farming cows, roaming deer and wooded ravines were the serene backdrop.Her grandfather loved jazz and introduced her to songs recorded by his musical hero-- Nat "King" Cole as well as Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Julie London, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and his favorite female singer "Sweet" Nancy Wilson. These introductory lessons and grandfatherly stories most often occurred on scenic, country dives together while listening to AM radio. As the Centennial of her grandfather has come and gone in the last year,it is a touching cosmic coincidence that the centennials of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and Sinatra are all wrapped into 2015. The music that Erin has most identified with for almost half of her life has kept renewing itself in every year and discovered different facets of her own artistic improvisational jazz style. More often than not she is also associated with artistic aspects of Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson and Lorez Alexandria. But her biggest inspiration comes from instrumental jazz where she interprets the "voice" of instruments as her own by honing in on what their phrasing is conveying. While she is most commonly compared to the rhythmic styling of Anita O'Day, she has used her own brilliance by being inspired by and not doing a carbon copy.I think Anita would not only love Erin's inspiration but also her supreme originality via inspiration, and hard work. Which are things that Anita championed. I can say that because, I had the pleasure quite a few times in the 70's to play some clubs and festivals with Anita, and know her agenda very well. ... In Erin's words- " > I am trying to create culture always. If that means creating new compositions to which I'm most honestly expressive, so be it. If that means singing bebop or a standard in my own style, so be it. Unlike some modern musicians of the genre, I am proud to be affiliated with the term "jazz artist". Where some people find it archaic or financially oppressive in connotation, I think it's a badge of honor which symbolizes artistic individuality over generic conformity. It's not about being the hippest cat in the room or on stage, or even having the most chops or awards; it's about finding the vulnerable spot in each song you play or sing and making it appealing to anyone who is listening. Vulnerability is the greatest strength in music when combined with skill and sincerity. Glory is temporary if ever in the jazz life, but sincerity and creativity are the pithy foundations of our contributions." That's a mantra to live by and another reason to add Erin to the A-list of jazz musicians that deserve not only your attention, but a world class presence in festivals, concerts, recordings on major labels and a constant presence in New York City jazz clubs so her craft and art can be on display. Heed my words and make it a point to get to hear her quintet for a one-night only performance of “This Side of Sinatra” for the crooner’s centennial birthday; songs will include innovative arrangements of well-known and lesser-known Frank Sinatra recordings in McDougald’s one of a kind, best in the biz jazz style.This performance of Erin's is a rare chance to hear her ambitious Sinatra songbook, and what a wide range of material it is,to be the most exquisite exemplification of Sinatra. Till next week...Support live music, and stay tuned- Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds. TICKETS & INFORMATION: (646) 476-3551 254 W 54th St, Cellar, New York, NY 10019
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Part 2- Things ain't what they SHOULD BE...Lenny Wilson & The All Stars, Ed Beach, John Gilmore & " Life Ain't No Script"....quote Chewin' Gum Jimmy & jazz in the real.
...Chewin' Gum Jimmy told me once..." Life ain't no script Tim"...This was back in 1970 when there was a jazz club that ran weekends in my hometown in Reading , Pa. I was at that time living in Boston, going to Berklee and realizing my funky jazz gigs ' round my hometown at places like " The House of Soul" or joints on Penn St like " The Mademoiselle Bar" and sitting in at age 17 with guys like Al Grey, pre-Berklee,or going to 3ed and Walnut to hear jazz and being allowed to sit against the wall to hear great pro players like Don Patterson, Billy Mitchell, John Gilmore w/Al Grey as I mentioned in last weeks blog part 1. - was a part of reality musically and personally that is gone these days. I was listening to the two radio stations from Philly that played jazz,buying Lee Morgan , Charles Lloyd, Bird, Mulligan, Gary McFarland, Mongo, Horace Silver records and playing along with them the best I could. I learned tunes from those records- there were no Real Books then or play-alongs that's one reason why I valued hearing the real cats play live. My mother took me to Lambertville Music Fair to hear Stan Getz who then had Gary Burton, Steve Swallow & Roy Haynes. ....I was lucky to get a _street sense_young and realize that this music was something more than just something you did...YOU LIVED IT. HENCE ~ The quote I always remembered from Chewing Gum Jimmy..." LIFE AIN'T NO SCRIPT TIM"..And it's true. Chewing Gum Jimmy was one of the many pimps that hung 'round Macs Place here in Reading, Pa- I got to know him when I sat in with Al Grey once at The Mademoiselle Bar on Penn St after work at a local music store. I went in with my tenor sax after work to catch a set - Al asked if I played and after a conversation said come on Tim, play a blues with us. I was fascinated by the tenor saxophone player- I never hear anyone like this live, only on records, but he was rockin' the house to on " Night Train" and those tunes too. His name was John...but I never got his last name till end of set I sat in on. With Al I played a blues and Al told me to blow...So I played 3 chorus as I reached the end of the3ed Al & John started a riff behind me and Al said " Keep blowin Tim...you got it" so I played two more chorus...Then all hell broke loose right aside of me. John the other tenor player who was very cool, started to play, I was right next to his bell, and his sound was washing into my body, ears and mind, this guy was on fire and at age 17 I loved it. After I played John shook my hand and said great to hear you...MY NAME IS JOHN GILMORE. That did it~~I knew who John Gilmore was from hearing stuff on the Philly radio. I thanked him, and Al and sat down to dig the rest of the set. The people in the cub were super supportive, and Chewing Gum Jimmy came over shook my hand and bought me a coke. As we talked I told him I didn't come in to play- but to listen. That's when he said.." Life ain't no script Tim"....Through Jimmy I met the other pimps who frequented the bars. Guys like " Watusi", " Honey Boy" , " Joobaby" and a few others. These guys loved jazz- and having them on the street, or in the club eliminated a bouncer. Think about it- do the math. Ha! It created a no nonsense vibe and to be honest- they kept their business away from guys like me or others. The bar at 3ed and Walunut.." Macs Place" I mentioned last week was owned by a pimp who loved jazz- and they had one of the best jazz jukeboxes ever. That's where I heard Hubert Laws with Mongo on the jukebox- wailin' on tenor too. I heard Lenny Wilson & The All Stars at the " Grand Hotel" at 7th & Franklin St in the afternoon matinee on a Saturday. Lenny was a Philly guy who played alto sax and vibes- he was a bad dude to. These guys were playing a few Lee Morgan tunes, and also great standards.I heard organist Billy Gardner with sax player Leonard Houston there too. The " Grand" had a jazz jukebox too...you'd hear a lot of Gene Ammons on there and Jimmy McGriff too. Jimmy played " The Grand" a lot & that's when he had Charles Earland playing Hammond organ and on fire on it. I heard Al Grey at the " Grand Hotel" with saxophonist Billy Root. This was pre-Berklee bythe way and Billy was wearing a plaid suit and playing tenor & baritone sax.He was top level- and impressed me deeply too.These clubs were in Reading, Pa- sadly forgotten by many and also long gone. ....Al became a life long friend, always helpful on the set and great legendary player, who as Igot older and a better player, got a chance to work with in settings with Don Patterson or Bu Pleasant on organ. ....Another aspect from these eras that is missing is JAZZ RADIO. One of the best ever was Ed Beach...d in the Bronx after Berklee in 1973, I got to listen to Ed Beach a lot.WRVR-FM, New York - This was my main jazz radio station until the walls came tumbling down in late 1980 when, without warning, the announcer played a jazz piece just before midnight, and then followed with a country song just after midnight, with the station now called WKHK. WRVR's call letters apparently started in 1961 as Riverside Radio, with ownership by Riverside Church, whose religious services were covered on Sunday mornings. When I started listening, the announcer lineup was powerful, including Max Cole in the early afternoon, Les Davis, Knicks basketball player Spencer Haywood during the weekend, and Zulema on the weekend. The station moved from playing plenty of hard-hitting jazz. No BS-the DJ's picked their own records and it was serious stuff.And like those earlier graceful disc jockeys, Ed always kept the focus on the music, not himself, relying on little-known details about artists to inform and entertain. Ed's show Just Jazz always focused on a single artist's work, frequently covering a specific period, complete with bio bits. Back in the LP era of the 1970s, virtually everything he played was rare since very little of the older stuff was on vinyl. His show opened with Wes Montgomery's So Do It! But Ed also used Montgomery as his background music, with the guitarist running octaves softly while Ed relayed information about an artist or track. From time to time, Ed would pause momentarily just to let Montgomery's D-Natural Blues from The Incredible Guitar of Wes Montgomery seep through. Or to buy a second to grab information. Either way, it was cool. Jazz composer and conductor Gunther Schuller, in the preface to his "Early Jazz" history, thanked "Ed Beach and station WRVR in New York for providing endless hours of superb listening, for his indefatigable enthusiasm, incorruptible taste, and unpretentious, accurate comments." The tape recordings of the program, Just Jazz with Ed Beach, are in the Library of Congress collections.From his extensive record collection, Ed gave us music from Chu Berry and Bobby Hackett to Herbie Hancock, Sarah Vaughan and Ornette Coleman. It was real- you got an education- and the music was treated with respect. Something deeply missing these days! ....I GOT TO MEET...Ed Beach once in 1973 through Joe Farrell. Joe had a interview with Ed and asked me if I wanted to come along. So I met him there- and as we talked before the show. I had a in mind idea of what Ed looked like, so I asked Joe Farrell whatEd looked like. Joe laughs and sais, " What do you think"...So I described him. Wing tip shors, 3 piece suit etc-Joe laughs and and sais, wait. When we got into the station there he was,exactly as described. Farrell looks at me and just smiles with I told you so look. YEH- These things set a benchmark in my life and scenes like it set similar course in otrher musicians lives. We could use some agendas like this these days...It made JAZZ what it was and created not onlywork but a place of business for an art form that was always growing. Stay tuned for PART 3 next blog...Till then...Go listen to some of the musicians I mentioned here ok...Thanks- TIM PRICE.... BLOGGIN' FOR D'ADARIO WOODWINDS. THE PICTURES OF AL GREY ARE MINE...He was standing in my mom's driveway in the early 80's prior to a gig- great guy Al Grey.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Chewing Gum Jimmy, Don & Billy at 3ed & Elm & Beauty is a rare thing! Things should be what they used to be!!.
- THINKING OF ORNETTE.... On my way home once from Boston @1970 I took the time to hear ORNETTE on a double bill in New York City at the Village Gate. I went from the bus station to the Village Gate to hear Ornette's band with Dewey & Charlie & Ed Blackwell. It was a double-bill with Alice Coltrane!! Alice had the great Frank Lowe on tenor sax, Visnu Wood-bass & Rashid Ali-drums....In thinking of the times I heard Ornette...that was 1970. Frank Lowe was inspired that night-and on fire- as everyone was that was playing. Next day- I took the bus home ( on a semester break) to Reading, Pa- and heard some jazz at a local club at 3ed & Elm, " Macs Place" ( funded by a pimp that liked jazz) ; that was also the place I originally heard Byard Lancaster playing with Philly vibes player Clarence Harris. A great spot when they had jazz, THAT weekend Mac's Place had- organist Don Patterson with saxophonist Danny Turner & Billy James! ALL THAT...Within a few days, and great players that were beyond words. To me- those eras, bands and situations were things that were happening a lot. - A year later I was home for something & I saw a handbill in a record shop that said-The Mahavishnu Orchestra...was playing at this joint called.." Leinbachs Hotel" off State Hill road here in Reading, Pa- They had not recorded " Inner Mounting Flame" yet, but were sounding great! Loud but killin' it!! After that gig, I drove by Mac's Place again, because someone told me a really great sax player was there. As I parked the car, and started to walk to the club, I noted small problem, that one of the hookers was directing traffic around a fight that was taking place in the street- what was going down was, one of the pimps that hung there, named " Chewing Gum Jimmy"...was beating the shit out of some guy in the street. Ok..I go into the club...and saxophonist Billy Mitchell is playing there rockin' the house with a organ band. Billy sounded unreal- I never heard him live & from then on was a fan. - MY POINT IS....All that music was swingin', related to great blues & people just loved it.....music that had a core, roots and was to this day so memorable. Get my point? Sad that Ornette passed- what a loss....thinking of that night hearing him at the Village Gate, and all the other musics that surrounded it, makes me think. Everyone of those gigs was packed,and people were responding...and loving it. Ya know....Things SHOULD be what they used to be....and more. ....FUNK YOU ; ; Yes...a simple organ group album by one of the greatest jazz organists ever. My man Don Patterson. Don was a basic everyday kinda guy. No press kit...no fancy talk about changing jazz, Don was Don. Beautiful swingin' player.Don's gigs were usually advertised in a local newspaper & his picture was in the club prior to the gig & that was it. YES IT! No website,just a van, Don Patterson & Billy James and a few bottles of Thunderbird & the B3 & Leslie speaker secured against the van wall. The clubs were always in a downtown section of a city, people could walk to the gig,or park without taking out a home loan to pay a parking lot.Usually a hotel Milner was within a stroll from the club, and that was where the band stayed- usually at a real cheap rate- because the club owner and hotel people KNEW each other. Key word- KNEW EACH OTHER. No text, no cell phone, IPhone or any intellectual shucking and jiving media stuff. Face to face talk- and people to people.Novel idea huh? LOL.The club was well aware of a player like Don Patterson...or Al Grey, Billy Root, Frank Haynes, Sonny Stitt and the people who earned their stripes on the bandstand. 3 sets at least, sometimes 4 and always a matinee on a Saturday or as in Boston's Jazz Workshop, a Sunday, which was always packed. So jazz don't sell? NO...these days jazz should sell. But what has jazz become? Is the audience involved? Are they listening and able to get to the gig? Each band in a certain day had a time period of fans, that just liked to go out on a Friday and hear some real jazz live. EACH BAND SOUNDED DIFFERENT!!! They would stop back on a Saturday too, as it wasn't over priced and the clubs always had great food. The one club here in Reading, Pa- was at 3ed and Elm Street- funded by a pimp who loved jazz. There was another at 3ed and Walnut Street and of course the GRAND HOTEL that was right aside of the Reading Railroad Station at 7th and Franklin streets. I would go there- on a Saturday afternoon and listen through the side door to the bands. That's where I first heard saxophonist Lynn Hope. This guy was playing amazing jazz-people at 2 in the afternoon were loving, listening and hanging out. That's when I met a guy named " Chewing Gum Jimmy"...a pimp that was a jazz fan. Jimmy always would smile and be friendly, I'd see him in the local record shop buying Horace Silver records- and he seemed to just be around listening, and on the case. I was not 18 yet- and Jimmy knew it so he said look, just stand against the wall and listen. It's cool- the club owner don't care....just be cool. That's it- I could hear guys like Lynn Hope, McGriff's band when Charles Earland was playing tenor sax before he played organ. Different era. Yes. . But do you hear what I'm saying. Do the math!! LOL... ....SIMPLICITY? Yes...Beauty is a rare thing...Ornette was right. People play music and people LISTEN to music...To be continued. Part 2 next week...Se you then...and remember jazz was a peoples music. It still should be- get on the case- See you next week - -- Tim Price....Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds....
Friday, June 5, 2015
YOU ALL...Need to read this~! A very very important saxophonist to check out ; .....http://bluesjunctionproductions.com/the_monthly_artist_spotlight_joe_arnold This man is a important part of our saxophonistic culture.- Tim Price ~D'Addario blogger. ALSO BIG THANKSS TO... Sax Gordon for the heads up on Joe Arnold's article- Thanks sir.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Frank Catalano- Jimmy Chamberlin - ’God’s Gonna Cut You Down’ :; A must to hear!
The newest featuring Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin, ’God’s Gonna Cut You Down’ released on April 7, 2015 on Ropeadope Records. A MUST TO HEAR. You need this!!!!! THIS RECORDING IS TOTALLY AMAZING....Frank Catalano is playing very open original ideas that are his own. That's one of the many things I always loved about his playing.This cd release is a showcase for the diversity of this great group of current jazz's most complimentary soloists. Frank's robust tone on the title track is countered by his sensitive interpretations of fresh lines played from the heart. Always a propulsive soloist,he explores his instrument's range fully developing consistently interesting solos. The musicians are completely comfortable with the material, and each performance is definitive, easily rewarding repeated listening. The music benefits from superior recording quality as well. For those who need it-It not only is a perfect introduction to Frank and Jimmy, but will reward and delight long time fans of these great musicians and their music. Highly recommend! What a great band as well; Frank Catalano - Tenor Sax- Jimmy Chamberlin - Drums- Demos Petropoulos - Hammond B3 Organ- Scott Hesse - Guitar- Eddie Roberts - Guitar (Track 1, 6)- Mike Dillon - Vibes (Track 5, 6) If you love Jazz or just love great musical compositions, this new CD by Frank and Jimmy Chamberlin will become an instant favorite.Beautiful playing all the way around. I'm very impressed by Jimmy's playing and how he plays and the depth of his artistry. This is a deep player- and sounds personal too.The other great thing about this CD is that it is a great value. Here is a whole lot of music and not a single cut will you want to skip over. Pop this in your player and be pleased. - Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario ;;;;
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Overall this business functions through lies, power, cheat, ego-self-orientated, non-talented people (but also talented people, the one I call Artists). Many people will give and do everything to succeed in their field. That is to say, for music producers, music directors, promotion or marketing managers, music journalist, music agent, etc., it is a real challenge to work in this domain. What’s more, concurrence between one another is enormous and that is the reason why many people are mistreated, disrespectful, and sometimes inhuman. Why people have this behavior? What encourage them to do so? What are their limits? Do they care? Maybe more time shedding their art form might be in order, just saying. Working in the music industry is a way to put oneself forward. It is a question of pride and self-esteem. One wants to show that he or she is important and has values and beliefs that have to be seen. One needs recognition so he or she can succeed in what he or she is doing. On top of that, what motivate is.. MONEY! $$$$$$$$$ From what I have experienced and heard,people quickly realize that being ethically honest, respectful and professional is the key to success in the long-term. That is why one has to build up a strong reputation in order to achieve a successful career. One builds trust on someone on the way he or she behaves on a daily basis. And that is the thing to bear in mind. There are a huge number of characters in the music industry, some are ethically correct and even push you forward but some do the opposite by being self-fish, disrespectful and will do everything to kick you out. If you show a positive behavior and treat people fairly that is definitely the right path to success. Think about it- - See you next week- Tim Price
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
LISTEN...TO THIS INTERVIEW OF TUBBY AND SAL ; Les Tomkins interviews Tubby Hayes & Sal Nistico ..Click here-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76d36R7Xcas THESE TWO TENOR PLAYERS.....Are two of the most important players ever!! A heads up to the young students out there- these are guys you should be closely listening to. Know your history! Must have- double CD featuring the British tenor giant Tubby Hayes, caught here in scintillating form live at the Ronnie Scott Club, London 1964. Sitting in with the maestro were visiting Americans Cat Anderson (in town with the Duke Ellington Orchestra) and tenor man Sal Nistico of the Woody Herman band together with the then rising young bass star Albert Stinson. Also on hand were the Swede Rolf Ericson (also with the Duke) and ace Scottish trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar - leader of the Quintet on Disc Two and a regular soul mate of Tubby's over the years. The double set is topped off with an interview of Tubby and Sal Nistico conducted by producer Les Tomkins. This is an excellent 2 disc set comprised of various live club dates from 1964 featuring Hayes. Tubby's playing is excellent throughout - However the highlight of this two disc set is the recording of "Stella By Starlight". Taken at a slightly up midtempo This is perhaps a rare glimpse into a phenomenal Jazz musician digging deep down and really stretching out. The pianist sits out during Tubby's solo and Hayes just practically burns the club down. Very interesting to hear him fill the spaces with just bass and drums. This is a solo where Hayes is totally exploring and pushing the boundries - particularly rhythmically - sounding at times a bit like Rollins - in his pianoless trio formats. Hayes had such tremendous drive - and played with near locomotive force - this is just astounding work. There is alot of other marvelous music in this two disc set but "Stella" alone is worth the price of admission. TODAY...this blog is about two giants I love...and you should too- any saxophonist worth their salt should be very aware of these guys.Sal was a teacher of mine and a very good friend and life long inspiration. To hear his voice here with Tubby is beyond words. ENJOY - - Tim Price....