International Jazz Day at the Blues House

Enjoy one hour and a half of outstanding musicianship at this historical day in the history of jazz and music!

Project Pablo: the classic contemporary

The omnipotent search engine which often seems like a time machine in disguise, took us to Canada and introduced us to Project Pablo and more specific, the album I Want To Believe, a 2015 brainchild of first-Vancouver-but-now-Montreal based DJ Patrick Holland.

“Holland was inspired by “ultra-real types of smoothness” a la George Benson, Sade, and Steely Dan’s Aja when making this record. Those artists are often pigeonholed as cheesy and trite but there’s a sincerity to them that makes listeners vulnerable and engage with their music wholeheartedly. So be it the confidence that you’ve found a new, bigger love on Benson’s “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”, a picture of love as a support system and everlasting friendship in Sade’s “By Your Side”, or trying to overcome disenchantment with the world in Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues”.” Click image and/or links and let it all in.

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Happy Birthday, John Tabacco!

johntabaccoWe seem to frequently find reason to be festive these days, so we’ll just go with the flow and reel it all in. There is yet another birthday celebration we’d like to share with you here in our Mizar6 universe. There’s nobody like this major dude and his amazingly productive versatility, so let’s hear it for John Tabacco!

>>>HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!<<<

An article about FZ, written by John, has recently been published on Classic Rock History. And beyond a doubt he is renowned in certain cercles de connaisseurs for his passionate adoption of Steely Dan orphans, of which we’ll post a catchy tune we hadn’t heard in a long, long, long, long, long, long time. Here’s to you, John!

Discovering Frank Zappa

GREAT stuff!!

Hey guys, if I’d say it’s been a while, that would be the understatement of the year. And the reason we’re back here isn’t because we stumbled upon something new… nope. We stumbled upon some good stuff turned into great stuff. Found it via our Canadian friend Blazer Rouge, Red Blazer 😉

So, let’s not dilly-dally and get into this: Enjoy!

Larry Carlton & Steely Dan

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For Steely Dan fans it has been a blast so far. This year’s tour is different compared to the ones before. Different setlists. Input of the fans. Tunes they said they would not play finally showing up on setlists. Surprising guest musicians like Elliott Randall and… Larry Carlton.

Royal Scam has been my first Steely Dan album. And as such it remains my favorite. Here’s a gorgeous photo album of the New York concert last week, the Royal Scam album featuring Larry Carlton. Thanks to Randy Reichardt for maintaining his Steely fever in such a great fashion!

Dancing on Duke and Lennon….

Starring: Dizzy (solo dancer), Clochard ( black n white) , mademoiselle Souris (white) and Simba aka DeNiro aka Zorn aka Obelix (dark tiger).

Music: George Duke – A Little Bit of Seven; Nigey Lennon – Ship in a Bottle

http://myjazzworld.blogspot.com/2007/07/george-duke-save-country.html

George Duke himself says the following about this album: “This was my first solo album for an American Record Company. Dick Bock wanted me to record some current pop material. We chose Laura Nyro, Judy Collins, and Paul McCartney. On the album were my buddies John Heard bass and Dick Berk on drums. I met Jay Graydon (guitar) while working with The Don Ellis Big Band, and liked his playing a lot. Of course he went on to become a great producer. The horn section consisted of Ernie Watts sax & flute, Jay Daversa and Charles Findley trumpets, Ernie Tack and Glenn Ferris trombone. I also met Glenn while I worked with Don Ellis. The album is an eclectic mix of Jazz Funk using pop material, with some straight ahead tunes thrown in. The LP was recorded, I believe, during the Spring of 1970 while I was touring with Frank Zappa. His influence is certainly felt in this album.”

Les eaux de mars (Águas de Março) – Monica Freire, Ariane Moffatt et Coral Egan