Friday, 02 February 2018 00:00

An Interview With Keyboardist Carey Frank

Words by Jam Band Purist

Carey Frank, interim keyboardist for Tedeschi Trucks Band and other various projects has released his album, Something To Remember Him By. From Tedeschi Trucks Band to playing at Disney, Carey is a rising talent not only in the jam band world but the music business, as a whole.

I had no idea what to expect when I put on Something To Remember Him By and was surprised to hear jazz standards and exceptionally skilled keyboard and guitar work. With guitarist Bruce Forman, Carey lays down, not only the melody but also the bass lines on his Hammond Organ. I had to think twice when I heard it at first to make sure that there wasn’t a bassist sitting in.

Carey and Bruce work seamlessly together as a symbiotic team. Carey, much like an octopus behind the keys, leads the way while Bruce, sprinkles a mix of jazz and rock themes with exceptional phrasing. This album is extremely listenable and expresses the eclectic style that Carey produces. We had a chance to sit down with Carey and talk about improvisation, studio vs. live performance, and various other experiences in the interview below.

Jam Band Purist-What have been some of your most thrilling experiences working as a musician?

Carey Frank-Of course my work with Tedeschi Trucks Band has been one of the most thrilling experiences. I’ve been listening to Derek Trucks for years. One of the first albums I stole from my mom’s collection was actually a Derek Trucks Band album. Also getting to hang a lot with Dr. Lonnie Smith is pretty thrilling. Living in LA, I’m always running into musical idols. And before I moved to LA, I lived in Orlando, FL and worked at Walt Disney World theme parks and that was its own thrilling experience. I’m a huge Disney nut so I was in heaven.

JBP-In your personal music style, do you use a lot of improvisation?

CF-Totally! If I really need to, I can play specific parts the exact same way every time, like I did when I worked at Walt Disney World and the few other pop gigs I’ve done, but it’s really hard for me to play the same thing twice. Even a familiar song/melody is played a bit different and improvised every time. It’s like telling a story to someone…you never say it the same way. Even if you say the exact same words and sentences, you may phrase it differently, emphasize different words, use different dynamics…I love working off the audience. That always really influences the way I improvise from night to night.

JBP-What’s it like working with some of the jam band world’s biggest acts? (TTB-Hot Tuna)

CF-Once you get over the star struck feeling, it’s like playing with any other great band. It’s so fun to play in bands that allow each member to do their own thing and take musical chances. And I really love the audiences! There is so much positive energy and all they want to do is hear good music and feel good energy which really makes any musician play his or her best.

JBP-I can tell from your album ‘Something To Remember Him By’ that you are influenced by jazz, but what other music has inspired you in your career?

CF-I grew up listening to jazz, of course, but also have always loved rock, movie soundtracks, classical music…I specifically listened to a lot of Billy Joel, Beatles, Disney movie soundtracks, John Williams, Queen, John Mayer, Debussy…

JBP-The album is just you and Bruce Forman on guitar, but it feels like there is a lot more going on. Did you play the bass lines and melody?

CF-I played bass using the Hammond organ. It’s a mix of using foot pedals and my left hand. That’s the great thing about that instrument. It can be so soft and subtle and fill in those nice spaces or it can be the big powerhouse showoff instrument taking the place of a full 12-piece horn section in addition to taking over the bassist’s spot. One of the many goals of this album was to fool the listener into forgetting there was no drummer or bassist.

JBP-Do you prefer studio work vs. live performances? How has each furthered your career as a musician?

CF-I’d love to do more studio work. Both are really different mindsets and I love both but, right now, the majority of my work is playing live which means a lot of late nights and hauling a lot of heavy organs and keyboards and amps all over town. A big thing that helped my career was when I started bringing a GoPro to a handful of my gigs and posting my solos on social media. That’s how I’ve become more well known and how I’ve gotten some bigger gigs.

JBP-Any recent projects that you would like to promote besides the album? What’s next?

CF-My band, Strangers On a Saturday Night, has a new album coming out on February 14th and we’re doing a show that night at The Blue Whale in Downtown LA. It’s an organ trio featuring me, Will Brahm and Jamey Tate, and vocalist Jane Monheit sang on a few tracks. Another organ trio I’m in, The White Blinds, just got signed to F Spot Records and we will be in the studio next month and releasing our album over the summer. I’m part of many different groups around town and always posting about where I’m playing and any new music I’m releasing on my Website and Facebook!

JBP-Is there a story behind the album’s title?

CF-As you know, the album is dedicated to my grandfather and singer, Don Cornell. Bruce played his 1938 Gibson L5 on the album and all of the tracks (except for one original composition I dedicated to my grandmother Iris) were songs my grandfather used to sing and record regularly. Don had an album entitled “Something To Remember Me By” so I thought it best to title mine “Something To Remember Him By.”

JBP-Being on the road, I’m sure you have seen some pretty wild stuff; any crazy experiences you’ve been dying to share?

CF-Honestly, I haven’t seen many crazy things on the road. It’s not usually what it’s like in the movies. There were a few times when I lived in Orlando that I played at a nudist colony, which was pretty crazy and what you might expect. Also, one time I was touring with Lucy Woodward and we had a night off so the band went to see a movie. At some point during the movie, I put my popcorn on the empty seat next to me then, 10 minutes later, the guy sitting on the next seat over started eating my popcorn. Lucy and I couldn’t stop laughing during the rest of the movie. Other than that, the crazy experiences are getting to perform with some of my longtime idols.

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Είναι η πρώτη χρονιά που το Game of Thrones ''τρέχει'' τόσο πολύ με τα επεισόδια του, κάτι που είναι και λογικό αν αναλογιστεί κανείς ότι φέτος θα δούμε μόλις εφτά επεισόδια και πρόκειται και για την προτελευταία σεζόν της δημοφιλούς σεζόν. Όπως είπαμε και την περασμένη εβδομάδα η συνέχεια θα ήταν επική και η σειρά δεν μας απογοήτευσε. Αντίθετα είχε πολλές ανατροπές κι από εκεί που οι φαν περίμεναν την απάντηση της Dany στην επίθεση της Cersei, πάλι νικήτρια του επεισοδίου αναδείχθηκε η δεύτερη με εντυπωσιακές, μάλιστα, στρατηγικές κινήσεις. Τα πολλά λόγια όμως είναι φτώχεια, οπότε ας δούμε αναλυτικότερα τι συνέβη στο τρίτο επεισόδιο της σειράς.

Ασφαλώς μετά την περασμένη Δευτέρα αυτό που περιμέναμε όλοι με ανυπομονησία ήταν η συνάντηση του Jon με την Dany. Οι παραγωγοί δεν μας άφησαν με ιδιαίτερη αγωνία είναι η αλήθεια αφού στην πρώτη κιόλας σκηνή του επεισοδίου η αποστολή από τον Βορρά φτάνει στο Dragonstone ώστε να πραγματοποιηθεί η συνάντηση των δύο αγαπημένων πρωταγωνιστών της σειράς. Αρχικά είχαμε μία πολύ ωραία σκηνή με την επανένωση του Jon με τον Tyrion αλλά στην συνέχεια η μεγάλη συνάντηση δεν ήταν ακριβώς αυτό που περιμέναμε. Η Dany αγνοούσε τις προτροπές του Βασιλιά του Βορρά να παρατήσει τον πόλεμο και να ενώσουν τις δυνάμεις τους ενάντια στους White Walkers, πιστεύοντας μάλιστα ότι ο Snow ψεύδεται. Η επιμονή και των δύο ηρώων προφανώς δεν απέδωσε καρπούς και στην αρχή τουλάχιστον φάνηκε πως δεν θα μπορέσουν να συμφωνήσουν. Στην δεύτερη συνάντησή τους ωστόσο, και ύστερα από τις προτροπές του Tyrion, η Khaleesi συμφωνεί να βοηθήσει τον Jon, ελπίζοντας προφανώς να την βοηθήσει κι αυτός με την σειρά του όταν χρειαστεί. Το πιο σημαντικό μας το άφησαν φυσικά για το τέλος αφού μόλις έφυγε ο Jon, η Dany έστρεψε το βλέμμα της προς την πλάτη του και τον κοίταξε με έναν τρόπο που προμηνύει ότι θα πρέπει να περιμένουμε πολλά στο μέλλον από αυτό το δίδυμο.

 

Στο King's Landing ο κόσμος της πόλης υποδέχεται ως θριαμβευτή τον Euron Greyjoy ύστερα από αυτά που κατάφερε στο περασμένο επεισόδιο. Η Cersei, ωστόσο, αν και χαίρεται υπερβολικά με την παράδοση της Ellaria και της κόρης της στα χέρια της, συμφωνεί να ενδώσει στην πρόταση που της είχε κάνει ο Euron περιμένοντας να τελειώσει πρώτα ο πόλεμος και να βγουν θριαμβευτές. Προς το παρόν τα θέματα με τα οποία ασχολείται η Βασίλισσα είναι να κάνει τα ''δώρα'' της να υποφέρουν, δηλητηριάζοντας την Tyene Sand και υποβάλλοντας την σε αργό θάνατο αναγκάζοντας την μητέρα της να την παρακολουθεί καθώς αργοπεθαίνει. Έπειτα η Cersei διαπραγματεύεται με τον απεσταλμένο της Iron Bank για τα χρέη του οίκου της και προσπαθεί να τον πείσει ότι όχι μόνο θα τον ξεπληρώσει αλλά και πως είναι ασφαλέστερο να για την ίδια την Τράπεζα να ταχθεί υπέρ της ίδιας παρά των Targaryen. Βλέπουμε για ένα ακόμα επεισόδιο τον κύκλο των συμμάχων της Cersei να μεγαλώνει, ακόμα κι αν ο τελευταίος κρίκος δεν διαθέτει στρατεύματα αλλά πόρους για τον πολυδάπανο πόλεμο που έρχεται.

Αυτό που δεν μας έδειξαν να κάνει η Cersei αλλά το άφησε να εννοηθεί ο αδερφός της Jaime, ήταν να καταστρώνει το σχέδιο για το πως να προκαλέσει ένα ακόμα πλήγμα στον στρατό της αντιπάλου της. Αφού, λοιπόν, οι Άσπιλοι επιτίθενται και καταλαμβάνουν το Casterly Rock, σε μία πολύ ωραία σκηνή με τον Tyrion να αφηγείται το σχέδιο του και τον Grey Worm να σκοτώνει όποιον βρει μπροστά του, οι στρατιώτες της Khaleesi μυρίζονται παγίδα αφού βρίσκονται ελάχιστοι στρατιώτες των Lannister μέσα στο κάστρο. Μόλις ο Grey Worm κοιτάει προς την θάλασσα βλέπει τον στόλο των Greyjoy να έχει κατατροπώσει τον δικό τους, ενώ όπως μαθαίνουμε στην επόμενη σκηνή ο Jaime κατευθύνεται με τους στρατιώτες του και με τον Randyll Tarly προς τον Highgarden. Οι Lannister θυσιάζοντας το κάστρο τους καταφέρνουν να νικήσουν άλλον έναν ισχυρό σύμμαχο της Dany, αυτήν την φορά την Olenna Tyrell. Όπως της αποκαλύπτει, μάλιστα, ο Jaime πριν της δώσει να καταπιεί το δηλητήριο, το σχέδιο της Cersei θα αναγκάσει τους Άσπιλους να περπατήσουν πλέον μέσα από τα Επτά Βασίλεια και θα οδηγηθούν σε σίγουρο θάνατο. 

Η Dany χάνει πολύτιμο έδαφος στα πρώτα κιόλας επεισόδια και μάλιστα σε ελάχιστο διάστημα μετά την άφιξή της στο Westeros. Έχοντας χάσει σχεδόν όλους της τους συμμάχους είναι πλέον πολύ πιθανό να στραφεί στον Jon για βοήθεια έχοντάς τον, βέβαια, σε πολύ μεγαλύτερη ανάγκη από πριν, ενώ είναι σχεδόν σίγουρο πως θα πάρει τους δράκους της για να δείξει στο αντίπαλο δέος ότι δεν έχει τελειώσει ακόμα τίποτα. Στο πλευρό της είναι πολύ πιθανό να βρεθεί κι ο άνθρωπος που την αγαπάει περισσότερο από όλους. Ο Jorah Mormont τελικά κατάφερε να γιατρευτεί μέσα από τις προσπάθειες του Sam, και έφυγε από την Ακρόπολη για να βρει την Dany. Πριν φύγει, βέβαια, ευχήθηκε μαζί με τον Sam να τους οδηγήσουν ξανά μαζί οι δρόμοι τους, κάτι που αν γίνει θα αποτελέσει και έναν σημαντικό παράγοντα στην διαφαινόμενη συμμαχία Jon-Dany.

Τέλος, στο Winterfell βλέπουμε την Sansa να προσπαθεί να οχυρώσει το κάστρο ενάντια στον χειμώνα που έρχεται, επιδεικνύοντας όπως εύστοχα παρατηρεί ο Littlefinger πολύ καλές στρατηγικές ικανότητες. Μετά την επανένωση της Sansa με τον Jon στην προηγούμενη σεζόν, σε αυτό το επεισόδιο έχουμε και την επανένωση της ίδιας με τον μικρότερο αδερφό της Bran. Μάλιστα προσπαθεί να του πει ότι πλέον αυτός είναι ο νόμιμος διάδοχος του Winterfell αφού αποτελεί τον μοναδικό εν ζωή αληθινό γιο του Ned. Ο Bran φυσικά αρνείται αυτό το αξίωμα αναγνωρίζοντας πως είναι οThree-eyed-raven, ενώ ζήτησε να δει τον Jon γιατί πρέπει να του πει κάτι. Ελπίζουμε, λοιπόν, στην συνάντηση του Jon με τον Bran να του αποκαλύψει ο τελευταίος την πραγματική καταγωγή του Snow και να δούμε τις αντιδράσεις που θα ακολουθήσουν. Με την πορεία που χάραξε και η Arya προς το Winterfell και μετά την άφιξη του Bran η επανένωση των Stark μετά την πρώτη σεζόν φαντάζει πιο πιθανή από ποτέ.

Ένα ακόμα εξαιρετικό επεισόδιο από την σειρά που συνεχίζει να μας προσφέρει ανατροπές και θέαμα, αλλά θα μπορούσε να έχει προσέξει λίγο περισσότερο τους διαλόγους μεταξύ Jon και Khaleesi ώστε να μας αναγκάσει να δώσουμε ακόμα μεγαλύτερη προσοχή στο συγκεκριμένο δίδυμο.  

 

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The Noble Impoverished is the creation of two brothers passion for playing music. At the age of 15 and 17 they picked up their fathers old classical guitar and lost control to Rock & Roll. After a few years of playing in Morgantown West Virginia they moved to Connecticut to showcase this raw sound to a larger stage. The bands deep roots in rock n roll drives its intense live performances, their strong melodies colliding with a savage energy that makes their show something not easily forgotten.

NIALAND

A sound so melodic, so soulful, so eclectic and full of passion and purpose…a style so powerful it reaches audiences of all kinds. A style like that is rare, and yet that style is synonymous with the sound of Nialand. Nialand, or Nia which she is most known as, is a style all on her own. Self-described as weird, her gift is creative, full of truth, mixed with some edge and delivered in a plethora of harmonies and smooth tones that is incomparable and sets her apart from many artists today. Influenced by Jazz, Classic Hip Hop, and Soul Music, Nialand puts her heart, soul, experience and truth in her music presenting an undeniably powerful musical experience.

Vajra

Vajra was formed by composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Annamaria Pinna during her self-imposed exile in India. The child of a former monk and school teacher, Annamaria was encouraged to learn about the world around her and to question her assumptions. She believes there is divinity in creativity. Annamaria has a neurological condition called synesthesia, where she attaches color and shapes to sound.

 

The Humidors

“Everything The Humidors play is given a heavy contemporary spin that splinters dance floors and leaves audiences in a sweaty daze. The band is a well-oiled unit with a polyrhythmic approach that balances short, sharp solos with an overwhelming collective approach.” - J. Poet, SF Weekly Hailing from the Bay Area, The Humidors have been churning out their own unique brand of party music for half a decade. Combining elements of hard-hitting funk, greasy soul, vintage R&B, soul jazz and more you can be sure that this eight-piece unit is committed to the groove in all its shapes and forms.

Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Mama’s Madness Quick Review

Mama’s Madness are a Three- Piece Rock n Soul band from Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania that are known for their high energy performances. The group consists of Brad Gelphart ( Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar) Kevin Brennflek (Bass) and Joey Maglicco ( drums) . They are said to be influenced by James Brown, AC/DC and Creedence Clearwater Revival, which is apparent from the beginnings of the band’s self- titled debut . A Seven-track LP that produces a half hour combustion of classic rock, soul, country and blues topped with the band’s own trademark energy.
Mama’s Madness is an enjoyable celebration of impassioned vocals, muscular riffs and humorous lyrics that is easy to feel an instant liking for this band. This LP is a good start to take in the journey to discover what makes the band tick.

Opener WooHoo, begins with the pulsating howls of Gephart over a slick groove sets the mood that culminates in a catchy chorus that’ll leave listeners humming.

Next is the countrified Long Time , which is two minutes of knee slapping fun with its upbeat rhythm.

Lonely one is a more melodic track that focuses on heartbreak. The opening one minute acoustic intro sets the tone for a more pop -laden flavour enriched with angst and bitterness. 
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Superstar is a two minute explosive acoustic track. Gephart’s lung- busting screams are accompanied by the up-tempo rhythm he matches with aplomb on guitar. The singer’s song- writing grows with each track he writes on with a keen eye for observation and humour. This song is an example with its satirical tales of being a superstar.

Giddy up is the standout track clocking in at over 5 mins. It swaggers along to an with an aggressive blues rhythm that slithers along like a snake waiting for its pray. Gephar’’s vocals are sly and clear like a certain Bon Scott in his heyday. This combination works to effect on this track about being an outlaw.


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Almost Free is another track drenched in all the sleaze and attitude as the previous track. Another enjoyable tune which highlight Gephart’s vocal range between full -throttle howls and a snarl that purrs over every insatiable word complete with a dirty bass sound that crawls along to every emollient syllable expressed.

And finally, the album wraps up with the rockabilly Loco, a song about been driven crazy by a woman. A flamenco- enhanced tune with beats that embody personality and guile. This is a band that have an arsenal of talent that can certainly appeal to a more global ranging audience with a rumbling Rhythm section and fun songs written for enjoyment.


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Reverbnation This is another useful site to gain information , as well as latest tracks and info on the members.

The band will be next performing on Febraury 23rd at Howlers bar in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 00:00

This Is The End? Update # 17

Approaching the end of submissions for roster consideration, air play and free hosting, we present to you music that is worth listen to. The TOP ten, that wins the six-month free hosting, promotion, air play will soon be announced. Stay CLose!!

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Jennifer Perryman

Bio...hmmm.  What shall I say?  Music's great!  I really like it...alot.  In fact, I enjoy it so much, that I've spent my life emersed in it.  I've made a modest career out of it, playing and singing in every kind of bar, nightclub, restaurant, and hotel, doing every kind of party or event where music is on the agenda for years.  I'm also in the studio quite a bit, doing everything from original projects, my personal favorite, to corporate backup tracks, radio spots, and jingles. 
I play and sing different styles...everything from jazz, pop, and R&B to, well, I guess I should say country since I am from Texas. I like all types of music from all eras, starting with great composers like Chopin, Scriabin, and Debussy.

Sly Fox and the Hustlers

New York's Sly Fox and the Hustlers are a high energy original 4-piece Bluesy Rock N' Roll band with hints of Soul, Funk and a dash of Punk. Established in 2010 the band has shared the stage with National Recording Artists - Blues Traveler, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robin Trower, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) and Sam Kininger (Soulive), Twiddle and Sean Rowe among others. The band is made up of an all star cast including the powerful lead vocals and blues-soaked guitar of Sly Fox, the throbbing funky bass playing and smooth backing vocals of former Epic recording artist Dylan Storm, the swirling keys of Drew Costa and rounding out the group is the solid in the pocket drumming and showmanship of Sean Ireland. The live show has been described as "Heavy Voodoo Blues over Swampy Funky Grooves" and “an exciting show not to be missed - guaranteed to get you on your feet!"

Sule

Sule is a consummate, active professional. His music reflects the high premium he's placed on attention to detail and striving for excellence. His career has spanned many genres, such as Folk, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Gospel to name a few. These styles are seamlessly woven into a tapestry that is the essence of Sule's sound. His songwriting and stage show are examples of how dedicated he is to his audience, and to his craft. He has released two albums under his own name and is currently working on acoustic material for a third.

The Rift

We are a hard rock band based out of Los Angeles with an edgy driving twist on rock music. Traditionally, a rift is an open space. It’s a place of possibility and promise. Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT lives up to its moniker.

Bassist JOHN ANAGNOS says, “The name is the best way to describe the band, what we do, and the experience we portray live. The songs are meant to be an opening, and there’s a lot you can find within them.”

RAZTERIA


A one of a kind breaking of all rules. Razteria won grand prize in the JLSC 2016 for the song "Once Again" co-written with rapper Rahman Jamaal, from her 5th album "Aventurera" (2016). In 2017, Razteria brings together musicians, producers and engineers from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, USA and Switzerland in a new repertoire that crushes all musical and cultural boundaries.

Under The Lake

"Effervescent, vivacious and all-together engaging" is how smoothjazz.com describes Under The Lake's music, an original sound that Don Dilorio of the North Jersey Herald and News says "doesn't sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references." It's an sound that Under The Lake refers to as "jazz, groove and attitude." Featuring Nat Caranto on alto sax and John Moak on trombone, the two horn line-up and UTL's original compositions are keeping the soul jazz sound made famous by The Crusaders alive.

Floralyn George

Pop Singer/Songwriter, Model who plays the Electric Harp. Her aim is to take the harp out of its classical/folk frame and bring it to the broad world of pop music. Her unique voice has an outstanding vocal range and dynamic. She stands out with her unique mesmerizing sound and incredible talent. For her age, Floralyn has a very mature presence on stage and her strong live performances combined with her dreamy vibrations gives you a new extremely magical experience which is impossible to forget.

 

Revolators

Stripped back guitar grooves; infused with soul, rock, funk and high octane rhythm & blues. Original finely crafted songs.

Mayssa Karaa

Born in 1989 in Beirut, Lebanon, Mayssa Karaa attended the Conservatory of Beirut, where she studied piano, music theory and vocal training. In 2006, as a new conflict embroiled Lebanon, she moved with her family to Boston, Massachusetts and she gained a place at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, enrolling in 2008 and graduating in 2012.

Monday Night Social

Based out of Cleveland, TN (near Chattanooga) and known for their melodic blend of influences ranging from folk to blues with hints of bluegrass and pop, MondayNightSocial is a band poised to make their mark with unique songwriting and eclectic style. Their melding of various styles allows for a unique and resonant sound that compliments thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies. Check out our live videos, follow us on Twitter @MdayNightSocial, check out our stuff on Soundcloud, visit our website, and come see us play live!

 

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