Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

Etta James, R.I.P 1938-2012

Posted by DJ • January 24, 2012 at 10:25 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzibSiJv8hc

One of the greatest singers of all times has sadly passed away last week. Etta James sang the blues, she rocked and rolled, and of course also sang soul, gospel and jazz. Here’s an amazing performance from 1962. She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in ’93, the Blues Hall of Fame in ’01, and the Grammy Hall of Fame twice (!) - in  ’99 and ’08.

Her amazing talent and unbelievable voice will be missed forever. We’d rather be blind than see her walking away from us.

 

 

The thing about Sting

Posted by DJ • October 29, 2011 at 09:45 AM

One of the iconic figures in popular music for the last 30 years, Sting (a.k.a Gordon Sumner), is now celebrating 25 years of going solo.

He had his first taste of international acclaim and success as the singer and bass player of The Police, which somehow combined lean, sophisticated rock music with reggae and hooks: no one can forget (Roooooooxanne! You don’t have to put on the red light!!).  But as they called it a day, Sting launched an even more successful solo career, with music that touched on Jazz, easy listening, New Age and other influences.

Fortress Around Your Heart is a track from the first solo album, Dream of the Blue Turtles, which came out in 1986.

Download the compilation or check out for his entire discography on iMesh

 

Discover Thundercat

Posted by DJ • September 08, 2011 at 07:27 AM

 

Stephen Bruner is Thundercat, a bass player and singer, who teamed up with beatsmith Flying Lotus to produce one of this year’s dazzling debut albums. The Golden Age of Apocalypse is equally Jazz, Electronic, Soul and pop, marrying all of the above in a glamorous ceremony in a far away galaxy.

No videos have been released so far from the album, so here’s a beautiful video from last year’s collaboration between FlyLo and Thundercat, which will put you in the right mood for the album.