Scott Morgan makes his belated debut to sing his 'Songs of Life' (Miranda Music). It's a heartfelt session that transcends genre with material by Paul McCartney, James Taylor and Sammy Cahn/Julie Styne among others. The 13 tracks draw upon his own emotional experiences with love (both consummated and unrequited) and death. Morgan doesn't so much sing these songs as inhabit the characters within.
From his 1970 self-titled solo debut to last year's "Say Say Say" remix, the four discs of 'Pure McCartney' (Concord Music Group) are testament to 1) Paul's staying power (his most famous band started in 1959); 2) his unerring melodic, harmonic and rhythmic perfection that time has yet to dim; 3) his vocal warmth like hearing an old friend who makes you smile; 4) and his willingness to apply his brand of rock'n'roll flair to just about any genre and still be Paul.
On February 1, 1976, a living legend performed at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. His name was Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd and he played the piano and sang. Most of the folks in the crowd knew him as Professor Longhair. He was 57 at the time. 'Live In Chicago' (Orleans Records) documents the short seven-song set. Still at the height of his powers, this architect of New Orleans rhumba and R'n'B who could shout a blues or rock the "Mess Around" should be a staple of every American record collection.
It's a sobering thought to consider what popular music would be like without George Martin. He signed the Fab Four to his little Parlophone and helped to enrich and expand their sound. He gave them a chance and became the architect for the magic that was to come.Though they knew what they wanted to say, it was George Martin who helped bring out on record what John, Paul, George and Ringo had in their heads. We have lost George but not really. He is there always. Though he only lived to age 90, he will forever remain in our hearts and on our minds because he produced one of the greatest rock bands ever.
It seems that Joni Mitchell isn't the only one having a fashion moment. As of late, freedom fighter Neil Young has teamed up with street wear superstars Supreme as part of a new marketing campaign.
With the Grammys gala hitting network television this Sunday, a laundry list of new performers has been added to the bill. New additions include Beck, Sia, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige and, once again, a Classicalite favorite: Lang Lang.
While watching HBO's Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass, it is easy to see that it's all about the kids. The world-renowned violinist checks his ego at the door, focusing his efforts on Mendelssohn, Bach and his youthful ritornello, who clearly idolize their enthusiastic coach.
As part of our Classicalite Weekender series, we introduced you to teen sibling cello sensations Emil, 16 and Dariel, 14, Liakhovetski as they ripped through Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” on America’s Got Talent.
Fela Kuti seems to be on the upend of a resurgence, his name seemingly popping up everywhere recently. With a play, Fela!, under his belt, the late-artist has been cited as an influence to many mainstream successes, including Jay Z and Vampire Weekend.
Wanted: Johns, Pauls, Georges and Ringos to replicate the authentic sound of The Beatles for audiences in the UK and Ireland.
Paul McCartney has entered the final frontier, metaphorically speaking. The ex-Beatle has been a part of an ongoing project for an upcoming video game called Destiny--set to release on the PlayStation and Xbox gaming platforms September 9.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkside, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), the film takes a deeper look into a story told by the three-time Tony-winning musical FELA!, which had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2008--recently revived on Broadway in 2012.
Not like another Beatles' doc needs much introduction, but Ron Howard (that lovable kid from The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days, the Academy Award winning actor-cum-director, is coming full circle with his obsession with John, Paul, George and Ringo in a new still-untitled documentary spanning the band's career from 1960-66.
It's a popular fact: George Martin coined himself the composer on most of the Beatles more orchestral arrangements.
Earlier this month, Brit rock 'n' roll's pretty boys celebrated the 50th anniversary of their universally lauded February 16, 1964 Ed Sullivan debut.