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Yeezus! Brushing away expectations
:: Posted by albemuth on June 18, 2013
After just three minutes of the new Kanye disk, I am thrilled to be thrilled again, to have someone with a big profile do something really unexpected! The man has some real guts, and some big production skills, and some deep ears. Yow!
I found the following bon mot in a review of the new disk Yeezus at the web site Pretty Much Amazing (whatever that is):
"If anything, this is Kanye Westís Pretty Hate Machine, in much the same way Twisted Fantasy was his In the Court of the Crimson King."
(I had to look up that PHM was the debut Nine Inch Nails album; too bad Adrian is not touring!)
I like the last lines of the PMA review:
"Yeezus is a sprint forward, with My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyĎs lush grandiosity far in the rearview. Kanye West doesnít give the listener a second to realize the album is more a masterly response to a masterpiece than a masterpiece itself. With one sweep of the hand, West brushes away expectations. And then he sticks you squarely across the face."
Favorite John Wetton Moment
:: Posted by froggy55 on June 15, 2013
"Doctor Diamond" from "The Great Deceiver" Box set.
:: Posted by RYGRYG on June 14, 2013
Perhaps I missed it but what was the winning caption for the RF pic with the glittering headphones / blindfold ?
It's still open!
Pictures of RF
:: Posted by jfortier on June 14, 2013
As a regular visitor to this diary, I have noticed more and more pictures of RF. In these pictures, he is looking extremely happy & content...even (gasp) smiling! This is good news. Whether Robert decides to carry on with music (KC, ProjeKct) or not, I am glad to see him in good spirits. Best wishes!
:: Posted by Ornate_Coal_Man on June 13, 2013
Johnny Smith, was, to use my teacherís words, the "Segovia of the Electric Guitar". His playing was so beautiful, it took your breath away. As someone else so succinctly wrote about him yesterday, "He had the most beautiful tone ever. His technique was super human; his feeling and imagination were a suitable match for that technique. Nobody was ever even remotely like him. íI tried to supply what was missing.í ".
Everyone should own the 8 CD Mosaic Jonny Smith box set. Every track is sonorous and lyrical, full of beauty, passion and one-of-a-kind artistry.
If you ever hear his solo rendition of Claude Debussyís song "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" , no words will suffice to describe how wonderful his version is.
My teacher had known him for 50 years.. On every occasion where I heard him speak of Mr. Smith, he could only use the most glowing praise to describe his artistry and humanity. Mr. Smith was the consummate perfectionist, but remained humble, a true gentleman.
We will never see or hear the likes of him again. Like Django, he was one-of-a-kind. He remains the standard bearer on which all other electric guitarists are judged.
:: Posted by robomusic on June 13, 2013
::: BREAKING NEWS: Jazz guitar legend Johnny Smith, author of "Walk, Donít Run," dies at age 90 :::
Johnny Smith, one of immortal greats of postwar jazz guitar, died yesterday (June 12) at the age of 90, surrounded by his family. He was born on June 25, 1922 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Listing Johnnyís accomplishments would take many pages, but in short, he was the consummate cool-jazz guitarist, able to blend staggering picking chops with elegant phrasing and melodies, as well as masterful chord work. His 1952 album, MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT, was a smash hit and established his career, influencing several generations of jazz guitarists and even up-and-coming rock íní rollers.
Later, Johnny Smith wrote a slinky jazz instrumental called "Walk, Donít Run," and it was subsequently covered by country ace Chet Atkins. A young Takoma, Washington instro group called The Ventures heard Chetís version and covered it in 1960--that recording became one of the biggest instrumental hits in rock íní roll history and put them on the map. And surely, it must have been a huge payday for Smith, who was able to get off the road and retire to Colorado to run a music store.
Johnny also worked with Gibson to design the famed Johnny Smith Model archtop used by, among others, fusion great John McLaughlin. He was also honored with signature hollowbody guitars from Guild, Heritage, and Benedetto. As the salutes begin to roll in for this jazz legend, letís play "Walk, Donít Run" and just thank our lucky stars that Johnny Smith walked this planet and shared his brilliant guitar genius with us. RIP, Johnny.
--Pete Prown, editor
:: Posted by davidfsnyder on June 13, 2013
Given the recent goings on at Fripp Pond, maybe a follow up to the youthful "Larkís Tongue in Aspic", could be the more "post-mature"-appropriate "Heart of Heron"? :-P
Seriously, the garden could look no better. Stunning!
And the Missuz is keeping herself in equally gorgeous state. Many more anniversaries to the loving couple!
Broken hard drive
:: Posted by robomusic on June 13, 2013
Sorry to hear about Robertís broken hard drive. I suggest he contact the US Government for remedy...I understand they have a backup of everyoneís data on file.
Favorite JW Moment
:: Posted by apisch on June 13, 2013
"Easy Money" on the USA album, of course...
Slippery when Wetton
:: Posted by emperornobody on June 13, 2013
Happy bíday to JW.... my personal favorite moment is the ridiculously slinky, super meaty line he plays throughout the course of One More Red Nightmare, especially behind the sax at the end, oh myyyyyy that sh*t is heavier than thirteen tons of obsidian.
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