Innocent When You Dream — Celebrating the Music of Tom Waits Vocal music connects with listeners through lyrics, melodies, and arrangements. Instrumental improvisation is rare and usually serves as a device for building the energy of the song. The mystery of a magical pop or rock tune lies in the mix of lyric, melody, and presentation. Jazz on the other hand is about virtuosic instrumental performers composing in realtime without a net. The soloist’s ability to spontaneously create, usually on top of complex, rapidly moving harmonies can take the audience on a powerful and unexpected emotional journey. This stripped-down, solo-driven intensity can lend a static quality, a kind of esoteric minimalism to what many people think of as “jazz”. Just as jazz harmonies and styles have evolved over the years, restless jazz musicians have explored new approaches to making their music, mixing improvisation, ensemble writing, and genres not usually associated with jazz. For me, this pursuit of innovation has always been key. I love music that balances the direct emotion of pop and roots styles with the freedom and sophistication of contemporary improvisational techniques. I was very excited to hear Brandon Bernstein’s new CD, “Innocent When You Dream — Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits”. The band, Brandon Bernstein (guitar), Aaron Shragge (trumpet, shakuhachi), Matt Otto (tenor sax), Greg Leisz (pedal steel and dobro), Ryan McGillicuddy (bass), and Jason Harnell (drums) take an ensemble approach to the material. The group’s sound is wide open but still deeply connected to the core of each of these songs. While…
April 29th, 2010No Comments, Los Angeles, Music, Reviews, by Eric Jensen.
April 27th, 2010No Comments, Music Industry, Strategy & Marketing, by Eric Jensen.
Check out this excellent analysis by venture capitalist and former eMusic CEO, David Pakman… The Sad State of the Old Music Business
“The real world isn’t a place, it’s an excuse. It’s a justification for not trying. It has nothing to do with you.” - Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hanson, “Rework”
April 16th, 2010No Comments, Music, Music Industry, by Eric Jensen.
An informative visual map breaking down online revenue streams for musicians… (Infographic) What Musicians Get Paid In The Digital Age Information Is Beautiful: How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online?
April 13th, 2010No Comments, Los Angeles, Music, by Eric Jensen.
Shadow Language Electric Guitar Quartet Ken Rosser’s Shadow Language Electric Guitar Quartet is playing a show at The Electric Lodge in Venice, CA Thursday April 22 at 8 pm. In addition to the repertoire from their premier performance (see my interviews with Ken) they will be performing a piece by Nick Didkovsky and a world premier, Rooms of Marble and Red Grass by composer Stefano Giannotti. If you are a fan of modern electric guitar music be sure to check this out. SLEGQ is pushing the boundaries of the electric guitar and contemporary chamber music. If you think “it’s all been done” on the electric guitar… think again! Guitarist Ken Rosser