Harry Connick, Jr.'s vocals perfectly fit the moods throughout the 1989 Billy Crystal film When Harry Met Sally. This soundtrack album (which stands apart from the movie) was a big hit and a major step forward for the young pianist-vocalist, although it appears to have been the high point of his career. Connick warmly sings such numbers as "It Had to Be You," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "But Not for Me," and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," while usually accompanied by bassist Benjamin Wolfe, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and a big band. Frank Wess' warm tenor makes a brief appearance on "Our Love Is Here to Stay." In addition, there are a few melodic instrumentals, including some solo Connick piano on "Winter Wonderland" and "Autumn in New York." Highly recommended.
Undeniably Zachary Breaux's best album, Groovin' finds the guitarist performing live at Ronnie Scott's Club – a London venue that many British jazz fans consider England's equivalent of New York's Village Vanguard. Some of Breaux's studio material was smothered by excessive production and didn't fully demonstrate what a talented soloist he was, but on these soul-jazz, post-bop, and pop-jazz performances, he isn't worried about fitting into oppressive commercial radio formats. So the improviser is free to stretch out and say what he needs to on material that ranges from John Coltrane's "Impressions" (which gets a funky, hip-hop-ish makeover) and Ben Tucker's "Coming Home Baby" to originals like the mellow "Lagos" and the blues number "Alice."
The fact that something was founded as a side project doesn't necessarily mean that the participants don't take it as seriously as they take their other endeavors. Blackfield, for example, started out as a side project for singer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson, who had been leading Porcupine Tree for a decade when he co-founded Blackfield with Israeli singer/songwriter Aviv Geffen in the early 2000s…
Ellister makes you forget her instrument. She doesn’t play the trumpet, she plays music. There’s no struggle in her playing; the notes come out effortlessly, as if inventing them and executing them perfectly on the horn is no big deal at all.
Coverage of the Smashing Pumpkins performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December the 10th, 2012. The gig was in support of their 2012 album 'Oceania' and saw them perform songs including 'Panopticon', 'My Love Is Winter', 'Oceania', 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' and 'The Dream Machine'. SMASHING PUMPKINS Oceania: Live in NYC (2013 3-disc [DVD / 2CD] set consisting of footage from their live performance at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn New York on 10th December 2012 with the audio recordings pressed across two CDs. All 3 discs are housed together within a sealed 4-panel fold-out digipak sleeve).
Jane's Addiction has always thrown THE most provocative and extravagant parties in rock, mixing a fierce musicality and streetwise lyrics with a theatrical flair. Filmed at New York City's Terminal 5 on July 25, 2011 and captured in Dolby TrueHD-5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby TrueHD Stereo, LIVE IN NYC encapsulates the true essence of Jane's Addiction in concert, mixing music with performance art. With the band as the ringleaders, they take you, along with a diverse cast of vagabonds, through an extravagant world of flying burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and carnival sideshow antics, offering stunning visuals enhanced with a visual masterpiece of lasers, capturing the incredible mood of this spectacular night. Amidst it all, Jane's Addiction, featuring frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins and bassist Chris Chaney, gives astonishing performances of one classic after another including their 1988 Top 10 hit 'Jane Says', and live staples such as 'Whores' and 'Up The Beach'.
Following the breakup of the Beatles, the film follows John Lennon and Yoko Ono as they moved to Manhattan in 1971, where Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. At the same time, he created some of the most acclaimed songs and albums of his career, including Mind Games, Whatever Gets You Thru the Night, I'm Losing You, and Woman. He also remained highly active in the anti-war movement as well as numerous other progressive political causes, and, along with Ono, became beloved fixtures in neighborhood restaurants, at Central Park, at sports events and at political demonstrations. LENNONYC features never-before heard studio recordings and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and home movies that have only recently been transferred to video. It also features exclusive interviews with Yoko Ono, as well as with artists who worked closely with Lennon during this period, including Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen.