This week (3/5/11) keyboards and guitar – then and (sort of) now. Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman hail from the progressive rock group FOCUS from the 1970’s and for better or worse, they are remembered for Hocus Pocus, something that guitarist Akkerman is not exactly fond of (he has expanded his role over the decades as a specialist in early music as well). Some of their most interesting jams took place on the disc Focus III. The original is out of print but you’ll be set right by way of my snap, crinkle & pop (a.k.a.
Richmond guitarist Scott Burton, who leads the experimental jazz group Glows in the Dark, has composed some soundtrack music for a forthcoming documentary called Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s. (Think cheaply made Italian versions of Dirty Harry, The French Connection and The Godfather and you’ll get the idea).
Time for the Blues is a retrospective of all blues music and is produced and hosted by John Porter and Henry Cook. The program focuses on specific artists and various themes in the blues, especially featuring major contributors such as: Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Mike Bloomfield, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Musselwhite and John Lee Hooker, among many others.
What’s the World Music Show? It’s marimbas, castanets, kalimbas and even a digeridoo. It’s sound images that take you everywhere from a cafe in Mexico City to the shores of the Ivory Coast. It’s a mix of everything that makes music the universal language. It’s also music that you may not associate as “World Music,” like a tune from a familiar artist, such as Paul Simon or David Byrne, who are able to infuse their songs with the beats of distant cultures.
In October of 2010, Richmond’s No BS! Brass Band released a new self-titled CD. They were also featured in the line-up of the 3rd Richmond Folk Festival. In the past, there have been traditional New Orleans Brass Bands festured at the annual event.
No BS! is a band that has come up with a completely original take on brass band music – an approach that has much more in common with rock and roll than with traditional jazz. Listen to the interview below.