miércoles, 13 de septiembre de 2017

Jimmy Smith • Root Down



Root Down is a 1972 live jazz album by Jimmy Smith, released on the Verve label. It was recorded in Los Angeles on February 8, 1972. It includes the song "Root Down (And Get It)" which was sampled by the Beastie Boys for their song "Root Down."


Howlin' Wolf • His Best



Review by Cub Koda
With the exception of a vinyl compilation issued in the early '80s (His Greatest Sides, Vol. 1), there'd never really ever been a single-disc Howlin' Wolf best-of package available. That all changed with this entry in MCA/Chess' 50th Anniversary series, a 20-track retrospective that serves as the perfect introduction to the man and his music, some of the very best the blues has to offer. While some naysayers will always decry the exclusion -- or inclusion -- of any given number of tracks on any artist's best-of compilation, it's pretty hard to fault what's been collected here. Starting with the two-sided smash that brought him from Memphis to Chicago ("Moanin' at Midnight" b/w "How Many More Years"), this compilation hits all the high points and essential tracks, illustrating how his music developed into the mid-'60s. Eleven of the 20 tunes on here are either written or co-written by Willie Dixon, and Wolf's original takes on "Back Door Man," "Spoonful," "The Red Rooster," "Wang Dang Doodle," and "I Ain't Superstitious" are truly the definitive ones, a place where personality and material symbiotically become as one. Even if you have already have this material, die-hard Wolf fans -- and audiophiles in particular -- will want to investigate this package as the master transfers used here are absolutely stunning, with stereo mixes of "Killing Floor," "Built for Comfort," "Hidden Charms" (with the full-length Hubert Sumlin guitar solo), "Shake for Me," and the long version of "Going Down Slow" being particular standouts. This is a set so essential that it should be on everyone's Top Ten first purchases in building the perfect blues collection. While Wolf's music will take you to many places (both musically and spiritually), here's where you start to absorb it all. [His Best contains the same tracks as the 2007 Geffen release The Definitive Collection].


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Oregon • Out of the Woods




Out of the Woods is a studio album by the American jazz group Oregon released in April 1978. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart the same year.

AllMusic Review
Long before "New Age" and "World Music" became part of the musical-term language, Oregon was making music that would influence (directly or indirectly) those genres. During the early 1970s, the much-maligned fusion movement in jazz was building up steam, and Oregon, in their quiet, understated way, contributed greatly. The band played acoustically--all the players had jazz backgrounds as well as a strong interest in ethnic musics from around the globe. They all played multiple instruments as well.
Oregon's music might be described as elegant folk melodies and "Third World" rhythms played by a jazz band with the precision and grace of a classical chamber ensemble. OUT OF THE WOODS was originally released in 1978, but it sounds like it came from a time all its own. "Witchi-Tai-To" (composed by the late Jim Pepper) has a captivating, dreamlike feel, and "Reprise" shows the respect they have for the blues. Once you take a stroll in these WOODS, you'll want to lose yourself in them.


The Astronauts • Lost In Space



Surf instrumental band from Bielefeld, Germany.




Yehudi Menuhin, Ravi Shankar & Jean-Pierre Rampal • Improvisations - West Meets East



Wiki:
Ravi Shankar (Benarés, Raj Británico, 7 de abril de 1920) es un músico bengalí conocido mundialmente por ser un virtuoso del sitar. Se le conoce con el título honorífico de Pandit Ravi Shankar.

Discípulo de Allauddin Khan (fundador del Maihar gharana de música hindú clásica), Pandit Ravi Shankar es posiblemente el instrumentista hindú más reconocido, es conocido por ser pionero en la traída del poder de la tradición de música hindú clásica, así como por músico Rosario, 19 de Octubre de 2009.- como por su carisma personal. Su carrera musical atraviesa más de seis décadas y Shankar actualmente sostiene el Récord Guinness por la carrera internacional más larga.

Ravi Shankar es el padre de la cantante estadounidense Norah Jones y la sitarista Anoushka ShankarContenido [ocultar]

Primeros Años
Su casa ancestral es hoy en día Kalia Upozila en el Distrito Narail, Jessore, Bangladesh. El nombre de su madre era Hemanginee, y su hermano mayor Uday Shankar era un bailarín famoso hindú clásico. De adolescente Ravi tocó el sitar con la compañía de baile de Uday Shankar, más notablemente con Anna Pavlova en la Unión Soviética.Amen de su virtuosismo, logro influenciar increíblemente la música occidental abriendo así las puertas de la percepción.

Carrera Musical
Ravi Shankar dejó una posible carrera de baile y comenzando en 1938 pasó largos años de estudio bajo su gurú Khan Allaudin. Su primera presentación en público en la India fue en 1939. El entrenamiento formal acabó en 1944 y trabajó en las afueras de Bombay. Comenzó a escribir canciones para películas y ballet clásico y comenzó una carrera de grabación con el afiliado indio HMV. Se hizo director de música de All India Radio en los años 1950.

Shankar entonces se hizo conocido fuera de la India, primero presentándose en la Unión Soviética en 1954 y luego en el Oeste en 1956. Se presentó en acontecimientos principales como en Edinburgo Festival así como lugares principales como el Royal Festival Hal

George Harrison, miembro de The Beatles, comenzó a experimentar con el sitar en 1965. Los dos se encontraron eventualmente debido a este interés común y se hicieron amigos cercanos, ampliando la fama de Shankar como una estrella pop y como el mentor de Harrison. Esto desarrolló enormemente su carrera. Le invitaron a tocar en lugares que eran insólitos para un músico clásico, como el Monterrey Pop Festival, 1967 en Monterrey, California. Él era también uno de los artistas que tocaron en el Woodstock (1969) y el Concierto para Bangladesh en 1971. Ravi Shankar y Amigos eran también el acto de apertura para la gira de Harrison de los Estados Unidos en 1974.

Shankar ha escrito dos conciertos para sitar y orquesta, composiciones de sitar-violín para Yehudi Menuhin y él, la música para el virtuoso de flauta Jean Pierre Rampal, y la música para Hozan Yamamoto, maestro del shakuhachi (la flauta japonesa), y el virtuoso del koto Musumi Miyashita. Ha compuesto extensivamente para películas y ballets clásicos en India, Canadá, Europa y los Estados Unidos, incluyendo Chappaqua, Charly, Gandhi, y Apu Tryology. Su grabación Tana Mana, lanzado por el sello Private Music en 1987, penetró el género New Age con su combinación única de instrumentos tradicionales con la electrónica. El compositor clásico Philip Glass reconoce a Shankar como una influencia principal y los dos colaboraron para producir Passages, una grabación de composiciones en las cuales cada uno adapta temas compuestos por el otro. Shankar también compuso la parte de sitar en la composición de Glass de 2004, Orión.

En el año 1998 recibió el Polar Music Prize, un premio concedido por la Real Academia de Suecia de Música.

Otros
Ravi Shankar tuvo dos hijas: la cantante Norah Jones (que Ravi Shankar tuvo con la enfermera Sue Jones) y Anoushka Shankar, una de las más destacadas mujeres de la India tocando el sitar, habiendo recibido varias distinciones a lo largo de su carrera.

Discografía
Three Ragas (1956)
Improvisations (1962)
India's Most Distinguished Musician (1962)
India's Master Musician (1963)
In London (1964)
Ragas & Talas (1964)
Portrait of Genius (1964)
Sound of the Sitar (1965)
Live at Monterey (1967)
In San Francisco (1967)
West Meets East (1967)
At the Monterey Pop Festival (1967)
The Exotic Sitar and Sarod (1967)
A Morning Raga / An Evening Raga (1968)
The Sounds of India (1968)
In New York (1968)
At the Woodstock Festival (1969)
The Concert for Bangladesh (1971)
Raga (1972)
In Concert 1972 (1973)
Transmigration Macabre (1973)
Shankar Family & Friends (1974)
Music Festival From India (1976)
Homage to Mahatma Gandhi (1981)
Räga-Mälä (Sitar Concerto No. 2) (1982)
Pandit Ravi Shankar (1986)
Tana Mana (1987)
Inside The Kremlin (1988)
Passages with Philip Glass (1990)
Concert for Peace: Royal Albert Hall (1995)
Chants of India (1997)
Concerto for Sitar & Orchestra con André Previn (1999)
Full Circle: Carnegie Hall 2000 (2001)
Between Two Worlds (Documental dirigido por [Mark Kidel]) (2001)
Flowers of India (2007)

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Source Wiki:
Ravi Shankar has been on stage from the age of 10 and has travelled widely a dancer and a musician. He performed publicly in India in 1939. He finished his formal training in 1944 and worked out of Mumbai (Bombay). He began writing scores for film and ballet and started a recording career with HMV's Indian affiliate. He became music director of All India Radio in the 1950s. From 1946 onwards he composed music for films. Some of his scores include the ones for Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy and Richard Attenborough's Gandhi. He also composed the tune for Saare Jahan Se Achcha. Ravi Shankar then became well known to the music world outside India, first performing in the former Soviet Union in 1954 and then the West in 1956. He performed in major events such as the Monterey Pop Festival and at major venues such as the Royal Festival Hall.

Already performing in major concert halls all around the world, Shankar, having attained pop cultural fame, was invited to play venues that were unusual for a classical musician, such as the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, California, with Ustad Allah Rakha on tabla. He also performed at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, and with George Harrison was one of the organizers of The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, in an attempt to raise awareness of the growing crisis (see 1970 Bhola cyclone, and Bangladesh Liberation War. Ravi Shankar asked George Harrison for his help to raise funds for Bangladesh. Ravi Shankar & Friends co-headlined Harrison's 1974 tour of North America with mixed reviews. His final working album with Harrison was on a 1997 album, Chants of India, where Harrison developed an interest in chant music.

After Harrison's death on 29 November in 2001, Shankar, his daughter, Anoushka, along with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, among many others attended the Concert for George in London, where Shankar dedicated the memorial to Harrison.

Shankar has criticized facets of the Western reception of Indian music. On a trip to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district after performing in Monterey, Shankar wrote,“I felt offended and shocked to see India being regarded so superficially and its great culture being exploited. Yoga, Tantra, mantra, kundalini, ganja, hashish, Kama Sutra? They all became part of a cocktail that everyone seemed to be lapping up!”

He has written violin-sitar compositions for Yehudi Menuhin and himself, music for flute virtuoso Jean-Pierre Rampal, music for Hozan Yamamoto, master of the shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and koto virtuoso Musumi Miyashita. He has composed extensively for films and ballets in India, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including Chappaqua, Charly, Gandhi (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), and the Apu Trilogy.


Windows, a book about stained & painted glass, pdf ingles



Windows, a book about stained & painted glass [1897]
pdf / 294 MB / 430 págs. / idioma: inglés
pdf / 294 MB / 430 pages. / English language

TABLE OF CONTENTS.BOOK I.
THE COURSE OF CRAFTSMANSHIP.
Chap. Page
I. The Beginnings of Glass 1
II. The Making of a Window 5
III. Glazing 15
IV. Early Mosaic Windows 32
V. Painted Mosaic 43
VI. Glass Painting (Mediæval) 59
VII. Glass Painting (Renaissance) 67
VIII. Enamel Painting 77
IX. The Needle-point in Glass Painting 87
X. The Resources of the Glass Worker (A RECAPITULATION) 95

BOOK II.
THE COURSE OF DESIGN.
XI. The Design of Early Glass 111
XII. Medallion Windows 123
XIII. Early Grisaille 137
XIV. Windows of many Lights 151
XV. Middle Gothic Detail 162
XVI. Late Gothic Windows 178
XVII. Sixteenth Century Windows 201
XVIII. Later Renaissance Windows 220
XIX. Picture Windows 236
XX. Landscape in Glass 251
XXI. Italian Glass 260
XXII. Tracery Lights and Rose Windows 272
XXIII. Quarry Windows 283
XXIV. Domestic Glass 296
XXV. The Use of the Canopy 311
XXVI. A Plea for Ornament 317

BOOK III.
BY THE WAY.
XXVII. The Characteristics of Style 322
XXVIII. Style in Modern Glass (a Postscript) 354
XXIX. Jesse Windows, and other Exceptions in Design 360
XXX. Story Windows 371
XXXI. How to see Windows 380
XXXII. Windows worth Seeing 385
XXXIII. A Word on Restoration 404




 


martes, 12 de septiembre de 2017

Jimmy Smith • Talkin Verve Roots of Acid Jazz



Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Designed to appeal to hip-hop and acid jazz fans, not jazz purists, Talkin' Verve: Roots of Acid Jazz collects 14 tracks Jimmy Smith cut for Verve during the late '60s. Comprised of pop covers and funky workouts, the music is "jazzy," not jazz -- there's little improvisation on the record, but there is a lot of hot vamping, with Smith creating dense, funky chord clusters and bluesy leads. It's music that is devoted to the groove, and while a few of these cuts fall flat -- "Ode to Billie Joe" has no funk in it, no matter how hard you try -- but for the most part Talkin' Verve is soulful fun. Not much of this sounds like acid jazz, especially since the rhythms are a little stiff, but it's enjoyable lite funk, and it's more palatable in the compilation than it is on their original albums.


Herbie Mann • The Best Of Herbie Mann