The theorbo is a sort of big brother to the lute, with a set of long, unfretted bass strings in addition to the fretted courses. This gives the instrument a wonderful, rich mellow sound which is beautifully evoked and captured in these recordings (from 1992 and 1999). Montailhet is an excellent theorbist and the music, too, is a delight.
Guitarist Ronnie Earl's realization that you don't need a vocalist to sing the blues freed him up to roam across the vernacular music landscape, dipping into jazz, gospel, and soul, and has made him one of the most innovative and interesting musicians working in contemporary blues. It's hardly a radical step, since scores of jazz musicians have been mining the blues for 80 years without vocalists, and in Earl's case it was a natural shift – maybe even an obvious one given that he has often cited John Coltrane as a predominant influence. On Now My Soul, his second release from Stony Plain Records, Earl moves a bit back to neutral ground on the vocal issue…
Especially created for the occasion (17 brand new tracks), this new gem, released by the small Parisian record company, is the new opus of a music collection completely dedicated to travel and escape: Buddha-Bar Travel. With this new release, Buddha-Bar opens the doors of its story and culture and offers a walk through Marrakech and its landscapes, colorful souk, customs, music and its Buddha-Bar outlet that was opened by the end of 2015. Throughout this initiatory journey, enjoy lots of emotions and energies. Let yourself get carried away by the enchanting melodies of the oud, bendir and other ney.
Midnight Stoppers celebrates the post war blues pianists and explores how their sound had its origins in the '30s and '40s, when boogie-woogie piano and the Chicago-centric small combo “Bluebird sound" held sway. Compiled by blues authority Mike Rowe, Midnight Stoppers presents 70 masterpieces by 34 pianists, including legendary names like Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Big Maceo, Sunnyland Slim and Albert Ammons, as well as the unsung heroes of the keyboards.