There could hardly be a better start for the new year – the 2014 jazz season will be opened by none other than Jeff Ballard, together with outstanding guitarist Lionel Loueke and the great Miguel Zenon on saxophone. Their first ever album collaboration “Time’s Tales” offers a varied repartoire from Thelonious Monk to Iranian folk melodies, with influences from Bartok, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Stevie Wonder and more. At the same time, it reflects the musicians’ different geographic backgrounds – the USA, Benin and Puerto Rico.
This record is a beautiful way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a jazz club that will carry on providing awesome chapters of live jazz history in the near future… Present has deemed to gather Jorge Pardo, Chonchi Heredia, Josemi Carmona, Javier Colina, Jeff Ballard and Abe Rábade together to play and perform two memorable shows last February 1st to 2nd 2012.
There are some albums which have left their mark on rock music for good. Some albums which gave inspiration to thousands of musicians so as to play, write and record music for the first time. Such an album is Russ Ballard's homonymous release which came out in 1984. 1984 was a time when music did rule the radio waves. Not fancy cover artworks, or album titles etc… just music, which was more important than everything else. Russ released an album which was meant to become a classic. You see the 80s was the time when the most rock/hard rock classic albums were released.
The Midnighters were an American R&B group from Detroit, Michigan. They were an influential group in the 1950s and early 1960s, with many R&B hit records. They were also notable for launching the career of lead singer Hank Ballard, and the world-wide dance craze The Twist. Between 1953 and 1962 The Midnighters scored almost two dozen hits on the National Pop & R&B Charts. Their big hits included the million-selling Billboard Top 10 pop hits "Finger Popping Time", and "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go".The Midnighters also enjoyed 13 Top 10 R&B Hits,including 3 R&B # 1's. Top 10 R&B hits included Work With Me Annie", "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)", "Annie Had a Baby", "The Hoochi Coochi Coo", "Teardrops On Your Letter", "Get It", "The Float" and "Nothing But Good". The Midnighters as a group were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012.
Russ Ballard takes advantage of his unparalleled song writing skills throughout the Book Of Love album. Needless to say, Ballard was one of the great U.K. singer-songwriters who was also a brilliant guitarist. Always worth the ears of Argent fans, Hank and the Shadows fans and more, Ballard’s unique ability to merge guitar driven progressive rock and pop influences continues moving in the right direction with the classic rock vibe of Book Of Love.