Een muzikaal portret van de legendarische pianist en zanger Professor Longhair (1918-1980). Professor (‘Fess’) Longhair geldt als dé pionier van de New Orleans rhythm & blues. Zijn muziek is een uniek mengsel van blues, calypso, funk, zydeco, rumba, boogie woogie, Afro-Caribische ritmes en rock&roll. Tot zijn directe muzikale erfgenamen behoren artiesten als Dr. John, Fats Domino, James Booker, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Allen Toussaint en de Neville Brothers. Professor Longhair scoorde hits in de jaren vijftig, raakte in de jaren zestig in vergetelheid, maar maakte in de jaren zeventig een grootse comeback. Behalve muziek komen ook interviewfragmenten met ‘The Fess’ aan bod en zijn opnamen te horen van Tuts Washington – één van zijn leermeesters – en van één van zijn navolgers, de jong gestorven pianovirtuoos James Booker (1939-1983).
Concertzender-uitzending uit 1999 van Metamorfosen, een programma van Pieter de Rooij. Presentatie: Paulo Folkertsma.
Joey Alexander, an 11-year-old jazz sensation on piano, was discovered in Jakarta, Indonesia, about three years ago. He then moved with his parents to New York, where he’s become a well known name in the jazz scene. Now the jazzpiano prodigy has just released his debut album ‘My Favorite Things’.
Gosh, I really love this guy’s playing. I embedded only two examples here, but he has tons of stuff on his YouTubechannel. It’s Dywane Thomas Jr., as an artist going by the name of ‘MonoNeon’. He’s a young bass player from the United States. I found his videos a year ago on YouTube.
Yes, once I stumbled upon his channel I couldn’t of course miss his funny colourful presentation and his peculiar way of playing (and dressing up) his instrument – while being right handed, Dywane plays a right-handed bass guitar upside down with the left hand! – but right from the start I was infatuated by his bass playing alone. Awesome funky lines and soulgrooves all over the place.
It’s also obvious from MonoNeon’s videos that he’s an adventurous musician, looking for ways to try out new things and further develop his playing. Outside of his blues- soul- and funky homebase his playing of other genres is also pretty amazing. He knows his Zappa and his Coltrane and he even does a few videos where microtonal playing is involved, ranging from Indian raga-related to modern Western stuff.
I made a YouTube-playlist with a great selection of his videos, you can play my playlist from here. Otherwise, you can of course also visit his channel. This dude’s playing is a real delight, so check out what he’s got in store for you. Enjoy!
Sébastien Giniaux is a marvellous french virtuoso guitarist. Absolutely brilliant. He plays all ‘the right notes’, does all the right timing, improvises with great imagination, knows exactly how to give the right feel to a piece and he incorporates in his compositions an interesting range of influences, varying from Balkan to Mali and from Classical to Gypsy Jazz/Jazz Manouche. This introduction to his latest album – ‘Mélodie des Choses’ – features some of his inspired playing with fellow musicians.
Below four pictures I took of pianist/keyboardplayer Zoe Rahman at Roots Open Air 2009 in Amsterdam, while she was playing with the band of Natacha Atlas. Only recently I found out she’s also a very good jazz pianist, making her own music, beautiful music! She’s Irish with Bengali cultural and family roots, a mixed background which fits her nicely – I think – in Natacha Atlas’s band 🙂 Below also three YouTube-videos of the Zoe Rahman Trio, featuring in two of the clips Zoe’s brother Idris, who does the beautiful sensuous clarinet playing.
This is such an amazing clip, great display of a superb group sound and fabulous musicianship, imo the best clip of Magma on YouTube. Leading roles here for the guitarist and of course group leader and phenomenal drummer Christian Vander. An electrifying performance!