Posted: January 7, 2017 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment | Tags: Afro-Cuban All Stars, Blue Note, Chick Corea, Jazz fusion, Jazz-Rock, John McLaughlin, Lenny White, Live Performance, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Music, New York City, Romantic Warrior, Victor Wooten
Chick Corea concluded his 75th birthday celebration with two performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, NY. Corea booked a total of 80 shows at the Blue Note for this birthday residency, though the ones last weekend were among the most coveted.
Corea was joined by a legendary group of musicians, including guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Victor Wootenand drummer Lenny White. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 24, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Bass Guitar, Funk, Fusion, guitar, Jazz, Live Performance, Music, Pop, Tal Wolkenfeld, video
Live at Namm show 2016 (may be incomplete)
Posted: December 11, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Bass Guitar, Bass Player (magazine), Because We've Ended as Friends, Duet, Electric guitar, Fretboard, Funk, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Jeff Beck, Live Performance, Rock, Soul, Tal Wilkenfeld
Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck and killer bassist Tal Wilkenfeld have performed this stunt (and variations on this stunt) many times on many tours, over the last few years, this is a good example. Regular readers may notice, we’ve posted Jeff/Tal duets before. (what concert is this, what city? The YouTube notes don’t say) This is not just a novelty, musically it’s fantastic. Jeff Beck is holding down the beat, on a single bass string, on the low end, with Wilkenfeld soloing on the high end, on the same fretboard. Is this complicated? Not really. But it’s musically better than it should be, if you listen closely, the stunt disappears.
Bonus: notice the time signature shift near the end, where Tal departs, Jeff maintaining the original time signature, without interrupting the momentum, still holding the groove. This pairing has been among the most most exciting in jazz fusion in the last ten years, thrilling jaded audiences, boosting the careers of each artist, and bringing some much-needed vitality and sexy fun to an increasingly obscure art form.