Friday, November 21, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Forever Inspired by Jaco

Jaco Pastorius was one of the most prolific electric bassists in the history of electric bass. Everything he played was different from that of other players, unique and leading the groove with style. His death in 1987 was a tragic loss for modern music. The first video below is a treat for those who know about Jaco's music, but who have never had a chance to hear Jaco speak. This video below is a unique window into what matters to him musically, as well as other parts of his life. The video also shows, up close, how he developed and carried out his technique that delivered his trademark sound.

Jaco played with a wide variety of artists and groups. A neat performance from 1979, is when Jaco played with Joni Mitchell on her Shadows & Light tour at the Santa Barbara County Bowl. Watch the full concert at this link:  TheQuietStorm.Com/2014/05/shadows-and-light.html

Just below is the very cool, yet funky and soulful track #2 on his self titled 1976 vinyl album.

Jaco Pastorius - Come On, Come Over

Just below is an excellent concert of Jaco performing with Weather Report, live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976

Connect direct with Jaco's official legacy website at JacoPastorius.Com


Friday, March 21, 2014

Quote of the Century (For artists of substance)

"The truth is, if you're afraid to be hated, your art is going to be worthless."

Quote by Bob Lefsetz from his March 18, 2014 post on The Lefsetz Letter titled Being Liked.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Trixie Whitley

Photo of Trixie Whitley by Gregory J Chamberlain

Had one of those months where a song is heard and played dozens of times a day since love at first listen struck. Went to a early December show to see Trixie Whitley at The Satellite in Silverlake. Was already a huge fan of her songs and had never seen her live, but had featured her music videos on MusicLoad.Com, MusicTelevision.Com and TheIndies.Com more than a few times. After the show, bought all of her fan swag including 3 albums, a t-shirt and poster, which is very rare to go overboard like that, but she was just that good live and more that imagined. One of the albums had a live recording of that song not yet heard. It is titled "Breathe You In My Dreams". It was a stripped raw version with just Trixie on the piano (like the take in this first video below) and her seriously passionate voice. It set the hook and it has dominated the stereo systems and headphones all month long.

Finally found the studio version of Breathe You In My Dreams that was released on her most recent Fourth Corner album. The recording as well as the official music video shot by photographer Anton Coene is total excellence. Can't get great songs like this out of the mind.

Trixie Whitley Photo by Gregory J. Chamberlain

Above photos of Trixie Whitley by GC © Gregory J. Chamberlain

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ruby Jane Smith

Just can't help but love stories of artists like Ruby Jane Smith who have nurtured and maintained their artistic integrity. She learned how to play the fiddle when she was very young.  There are some handpicked music videos featured on MusicLoad.Com that demonstrate the fact that she was a prolific live performer when she was 8 or 9 years old. She has played a great many professional engagements from a young age until present. Her fiddle playing is exceptional.

Ruby Jane Smith when she was younger - She is now 17.
She's only 17 right now, graduated from high school this week and is busy preparing for the independent release of her first record set for a June 19 2012 release. It's titled Celebrity - empire of emptiness.

Ruby Jane Smith has been leading a very busy mobile on the road life. She is a real musician and one of those artists who knows what it means to pay those dues, hone the craft of music and walk the walk.  Her poke at celebritydom through some of her material is beyond her years

She is one of those ultimate indie artists worth a listen. The music is underproduced in a nice way and very organic.  If one looks backwards in time, she covered so much area and so many genres, it's not possible to pigeon hole her. Beyond playing fiddle, she has a unique distinctive voice that comfortably goes ethereal.  And, she is a fine guitarist!.

Her song titled "Wake Up" reminds me of a favorite CocoRosie song, as well a Mazzy Star song.  But she is certainly not emulating anybody.  She's an original.

Keeping it all tight in the family, Ruby's friend, a photographer who had never made a video before, made this one below. This is the DIY (Do It Yourself) world we now live in. Coming across Ruby Jane Smith was kind of like finding a needle in a haystack.  After studying her overall body of work that goes back years, it's apparent: Gems like this who are the real deal authentic, are not easy to find.

Ruby Jane - Wake Up

Hear a handpicked playlist of 10 Ruby Jane Smith music video performances at MusicLoad.Com

Connect direct with Ruby Jane Smith at RubyJane.Org