The Neville Brothers invited southern rock gentleman Gregg Allman, blues slide-guitar virtuoso Bonnie Raitt, and jazz-pianist Herbie Hancock to perform in a Cinemax Sessions music special back in 1989. All pioneers of their own kind playing staple songs from each other’s catalogues, the Allman Brothers‘ classic “Midnight Rider” stood out as something truly special.The harmonies between Allman and Aaron Neville are representative of both respective genres, while Allman’s organ playing is gracefully complemented by the playing of a young Hancock. Raitt’s guitar handling proves itself just as admirable.Of course one of Allman’s greatest hits, it’s always nice to see it performed a little differently – and in exceptional company.The entire performance was something to remember. Enjoy this Neville classic, “Tell It Like It Is,” as also performed by the legendary lineup:
Brooklyn’s Breakdown Brass dropped yet another great new single! The group has unleashed an original juggernaut entitled “Harrow,” a follow-up to their smash debut 45 “Monmouth b/w Next Episode” (Kept Records) and sophomore 45 “The Horseman b/w Mary Jane” (Mixto Music). Driving, dirty horns are punctuated by intense trombone and baritone sax solos – get down with it below:The A-side “Harrow” has already been featured in Will Arnett’s new Netflix series “Flaked,” and with good reason. It jams! The band’s leader, trombonist Nadav Nirenberg, shares his inspiration for the tune.”The tune Harrow came to me super late night, as usual. I finished an arrangement & demo within a couple hours, and the dudes absolutely murdered it! Morgan Price’s one-take solo on bari sax was amazing to watch.”The B-side “Nautilus (Hijacked)” is a dance-floor burner that pays homage to Bob James, whose track Nautilus has been heavily sampled by Slick Rick, Eric B &Rakim, Run-DMC, A Tribe Called Quest, Onyx, Wu Tang Clan, Big L, Pete Rock and about 300 others. “I grew up listening to classic NYC music: Eric B. & Rakim, Big L, The Beatnuts, Slick Rick, etc. Checking out their credits/samples is how I first came across Bob James’ music. Holy damn, what a pocket – do yourself a favor and check him out today,” said Nirenberg.The members of Breakdown Brass stay busy – touring and recording with Ikebe Shakedown, Antibalas, Lee Fields, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Monophonics and many others. “Getting all these busy badasses into a recording studio is no small feat – I’m beyond lucky to call the members of Breakdown Brass my friends.” Whatever it is they’re doing, it’s working!You can pre-order the “Harrow”/”Nautilus (Hijacked)” single here, and head to the band’s Bandcamp for more juicy cuts of their new music.Breakdown Brass CreditsMike Buckley – Tenor Sax, Flute Ray Cetta – Sousaphone Vince Chiarito – Bass Jason Colby – Trumpet Sam Hoyt – Trumpet Raja Kassis – Guitar Kevin Moehringer – Trombone Nadav Nirenberg – Trombone, Percussion Morgan Price – Baritone Sax Chauncey Yearwood – Drumset, CongasWritten by Nadav NirenbergProduced by Nadav Nirenberg Recorded by Vince Chiarito in Brooklyn NY Mixed by Jim Bertini at Galaxy Smith Studios, Brooklyn NY Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media@breakdownbrass
Hitting Chicago, IL for the 20th straight year, the annual Taste Of Randolph Festival has just revealed their initial music lineup. From June 17-19, Taste of Randolph will host a number of great artists, including headlining sets from Peter Bjorn & John, MS MR, Atlas Genius, Devotchka, The Motet and Patrick Watson.The full lineup also includes musicians like Eryn Allen Kane, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, Turkuaz, Joshua Davis Trio, Kevin Garrett, SunSquabi, Marco Benevento, Holly Bowling, Cornmeal, and many more!You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s official website for details.
Today marks a sad chapter in music history, as the beloved R&B singer Prince passed away earlier today. As we continue to grieve over the loss of a legend, we turn to the healing power of music and explore a number of tributes performed by artists we love.Among those performers is the band Phish, who have covered Prince many times in their 30+ year career. Any casual fan has certainly heard stories of the band’s wild drummer Jon Fishman, who struts on stage wearing a purple dress and playing solos on a vacuum cleaner. When Fishman does take the front stage, he always graces fans with a sing-a-long song.Throughout the many Fishman-selected ballads, including Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and Pink Floyd’s “Bike,” one stands alone. “Purple Rain.” The Prince cover has been performed by Phish a grand total of 32 times, debuting in 1993 and making its most recent appearance at Jones Beach in 2012. In honor of Prince, let’s enjoy footage of Fishman’s grand performance from that show:Interestingly, Phish has played just one other Prince song in their career. On the last day of the year 1998, Phish graced the Madison Square Garden audience with a cover of “1999.” The exciting song was all too appropriate for the New Year’s celebration, kicking off a memorable performance from the Burlington four.Enjoy that 12/31/98 performance below, as shared by Phish, below:RIP Prince. We’ll miss you.
Though Morning Phase won him a Grammy award for Best Album, Beck never intended for the 2014 release to be so successful. In a new Rolling Stone interview, Beck says that the album was only released “just so we would have something out, because we were going on tour.” The real project in Beck’s mind is the album yet to come.Beck has shared a handful of tracks, including the pop oriented “Wow!,” and confirmed that his new album would be out in October. The untitled piece will see Beck fuse the dreaminess of Morning Phase with the more electronic loops and rhythms of his 90’s works. “It’s a summer night, people have their hands up… It’s a communal, celebratory thing. I wanted to take that into the studio, a kind of energy or joy. The thing that wakes you up a little bit.”“There’s a substratum to a lot of the songs – songs within other songs, choruses that became bridges… It’s not far from how I made my first couple of records,” says Beck about the process behind the new work. He also recruited Greg Kurstin to help write and produce the album.All in all, it’s nice to see Beck so enthusiastic about his new album, and we can’t wait for the release. “It’s kind of life-sparking… I want to have some new things to say. I’m still filling out the picture. We do ‘Where It’s At,’ and you’re like, ‘OK, we needed that.’ Then you do another one. It’s all adding up to a picture.”
The Jauntee have been building a truly dedicated fanbase. The band and their fans love interacting, and have made a habit out of posting audience recordings of each show on their website. Playing off this concept, the band has decided to start a new series of releases called “Live Jaunts”, editing and showcasing some of the high-quality recordings that the band and fans are creating on tour.The first installment of the “Live Jaunts” series is from Richmond, VA venue The Camel, from a show that took place this past June. The Jauntee kick off their late-summer tour this Friday in Pittsburgh, PA, so take a listen to this live recording and get pumped to see The Jauntee on the road!<a href=”http://thejauntee.bandcamp.com/album/2016-06-04-the-camel-richmond-va”>2016-06-04 – The Camel – Richmond, VA by The Jauntee</a>Setlist: The Jauntee | The Camel | Richmond, VA | 6/4/2016Set One: Hence > I Wanna Love You~, Tale of Mr. Turner, Pungee -> Flying*#, Renaissance Man > I Foreign Eye, J.M.O. Set Two: Hey Pockey A-Way^ -> Blowin’ Up the B Line+ -> Fearless#, Old Thompson# -> Let Go -> One Too Many+ ~ “That’s All” (Genesis) tease * Last time played 11/15/11 (396 shows) # “Blue Jay Way” quotes ^ “Renaissance Man” and “Day-O” quotes + “Day-O” teases and quotes # “Day-O” teases
Last night, Pearl Jam rocked Wrigley Field with a marathon performance, giving fans over thirty songs in their few hours of playing at the famed Chicago venue. We mentioned one of the more upbeat moments from the show last night, when Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman made a guest appearance during “Black, Red, Yellow.” Later on in the show, however, Eddie Vedder brought things to an emotional peak when he started strumming the introduction to “Man Of The Hour.”The relative rarity hadn’t been played since 2014, making its bust out at Wrigley Field all the more special. Vedder spoke about a couple in attendance who postponed their wedding due to one of their father’s death, and the resiliency of the human spirit. He then mentioned the late Alice In Chains singer and guitarist Layne Staley, who would have celebrated his 49th birthday yesterday. Both Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam emerged from the Seattle music scene around the same era.Watch the emotional moment from last night’s show, courtesy of Brian Ruschman on YouTube.The full performance setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Pearl Jam setlists
Two top notch bands in TAUK and Funk You let loose at the Charleston Pour House earlier this week, November 30th, teaming up for an all-out display of musical prowess. The night started with the venue’s “Dead On The Deck” Wednesday tradition, before Funk You came out rocking. The Southern rockers treated fans to a cover of ZZ Top’s “Cheap Sunglasses” in their upbeat opening set.TAUK brought the show home with a great performance, touring in support of their recently released Sir Nebula album (read the review here). Between new music and old, the band’s instrumental progressive fusion took fans on a powerful musical journey that won’t soon be forgotten!Check out a full gallery of images from the night, courtesy of Ellison White Photography. Load remaining images
Load remaining images Jamtronica outfit Particle continues to impress with their innovative approach and execution. The band seamlessly blends their trancey jam rock for audiences across the country, and settled in New York City for a post-Phish rager on December 28th at American Beauty, just blocks from Madison Square Garden. The packed show saw the group work through material new and old, as the band has been out on the road in support of their recent release Accelerator.Check out a gallery from the night, as provided by Capacity Images.
In the wake of Butch Trucks‘ death, Allman Brothers Band fans must sadly accept that “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” will never be performed the same way ever again. The drum intro perfected by Trucks is something that can’t be replicated or reproduced–it was so intrinsically him. “Liz Reed” came from the Allman Brothers’ second album Idlewild South, and is one of their best known instrumental jams.The Dickey Betts number was inspired by a tombstone for Elizabeth Jones Reed (1845-1935) in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA. There were a couple of steps in the back meadows of the enormous cemetery that members of the ABB would often visit during their midnight hours. “That’s where Dickey put together the melodies for that tune after having a tryst with Boz Skagg’s wife,” said Butch about “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” “We use to take any poison we could find and spend the nights in that place talking to the ghosts.”The Allman Brothers Band performed “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” on their final performance at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 28, 2014. The three set show lasted deep into the night, one exuding energy that many in attendance equated to that of the band’s iconic 1970 Fillmore East performance.Listen to the 10/28/14 rendition below, with original members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch, along with Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks below, courtesy of Tom Pragliola:Now watch the original lineup, including Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, and Jaimoe, perform at Fillmore East on 9/23/70.Rest In Peace, Uncle Butchie.