This DVD is an excellent compilation of both performance and discussion of John Cage's prepared piano, featuring his finest interpreter. Recommended for all Cage fans and fans of modern music.
This 45-song, two-disc collection is subtitled "two decades of killer fretwork", and never was a set so aptly described. Chess Records was the home to seemingly every hot guitar player in the Chicago area, and many of them make their appearance here. Besides the usual label guitar hotshots (Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Earl Hooker, Otis Rush, Robert Nighthawk, Little Milton), space is given to sideman work from legends like Hubert Sumlin and Robert Jr. Lockwood and great one-offs by lesser-known artists like Jody Williams, Danny Overbea, Eddie Burns, Joe Hill Louis, Morris Pejoe, Lafayette Thomas and others. It seems as if everyone recorded for Chess at one time or another, also explaining the inclusion of tracks by John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lonnie Brooks, Hound Dog Taylor and Elmore James. If electric blues guitar's your thing, then look no further than this fine two-disc compilation.
The S1 Sessions is the brand new Solo album from Peter Cox. The fourth album of his solo career 'The S1 Sessions' sees Peter Cox doing what he does best: challenging himself by turning his attention to a very different genre of music and at the same time creating a sumptuous album full of his incredible vocals that fans and music lovers alike will love.
On this informative and fascinating lesson, Mac (Dr. John) Rebennack discusses the playing styles of the musicians he heard and worked with as a youngster growing up in New Orleans. You’ll learn songs and instrumentals by such legendary greats as Professor Longhair, Pine Top Smith, Champion Jack Dupree, Fats Domino, James Booker and others. Mac breaks down the tunes, turnarounds, left-hand patterns, and right-hand improvisations so that an aspiring pianist can truly understand this exciting tradition.
We are very excited and honored to be able to offer a DVD by one of America's most important and distinctive musical voices. In a far ranging conversation with noted record producer and Saturday Night Live musical director Hal Willner, Mac Rebennack (a.k.a. Dr John) performs his remarkable music, discusses his influences, and shares early musical memories and intriguing stories of a life in the music business.