Al Jarreau has passed

Al Jarreau is singing with the angels. God’s choir has a new superstar.

From Al’s website:

Al Jarreau passed away this morning, February 12, 2017. He was in the hospital, kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few family and close friends.

He will be missed.

The family asks that no flowers or gifts are sent. Instead, please consider a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Even if you do not plan to contribute, please visit that page and give yourself a minute to watch a beautiful tribute video which was produced by Wisconsin Public Television. Continue reading “Al Jarreau has passed”

Al Jarreau forced to retire from touring

Update: Al Jarreau passed away on Feb. 12, 2017.

Sad news from the Al Jarreau Facebook page:

As many of you know, Al Jarreau is in the hospital in Los Angeles, due to exhaustion. He is receiving excellent medical care, responding to treatments, and improving slowly, but the medical team has instructed that he cannot perform any of his remaining 2017 concert dates. Ticket holders should contact their venue or point-of-purchase regarding refunds. It is with complete sorrow, Al is retiring from touring. He is thankful for his 50 years of traveling the world in ministry through music, and for everyone who shared this with him – his faithful audience, the dedicated musicians, and so many others who supported his effort. We will keep you updated here, as well as on his website http://aljarreau.com

Al will be in my thoughts this week. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that we’re all in this love for him together.

Bamboos, NOMO, Breakestra All Free? One Week Only!

Here’s a deal that’s impossible to refuse. Ubiquity is offering their latest compilation, The Shape of Things To Come 2, for no cost on eMusic and for a mere $4.49 on iTunes this week (it returns to full price on Tuesday April 25, 2006)! This online-only release includes a mix of brand-new unreleased music and a handful of recent tracks previously only available on vinyl. The artists include names TomorrowJazz Radio listeners are familiar with such as The Bamboos and Breakestra as well as forthcoming must-hear music from NOMO. More info and samples are on the Ubiquity site.

Light of the World on Carl Cox CD

DJ Carl CoxThe latest release by DJ Carl Cox, Second Sign, was released everywhere else in the world last year. It’s coming out here in the States on April 4 on the Koch label. It’s always interesting when DJs write their own material and Cox does so with fifteen tracks on this recording. One of the tracks features the UK soul/funk/disco band Light of the World (which had a pre-Incognito Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick as one of its leaders). I have some LotW tracks from their Inner Voices release that I would love to play on TomorrowJazz Radio but am prohibited from doing so by rules that govern broadcasting (traditional and Internet) here. To my knowledge, no LotW recording is “authorized for performance in the United States.” I even tried contacting the band through their (now defunct) web site to get direct permission but did not receive a response.

For more information on the other tracks on Second Sign (which I’m anxious to hear), read the press release or read last May’s review at Resident Advisor.

Chick Corea’s Ultimate Adventure

The Ultimate Adventure by Chick Corea“I’ve used everything that I know on this record in terms of approaches.” When Chick Corea says that, you know you’re in for an adventure. That’s the case with his upcoming release, The Ultimate Adventure. Like the Elektric Band reunion recording To the Stars, Corea’s inspiration comes from a work by L. Ron Hubbard. Also like that CD, this sounds like a plugged-in project. Chick has an excellent promotional video on his site that you should see. You can learn about the vast variety of musicians on this project (Hubert Laws, Steve Gadd), the approaches Chick is referring to, the world music influences, and much more. I’m looking forward to this. It’s out on his Stretch Records label on February 7.