Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rolling Stones Drummer Charlie Watts Plots New Big Band Record...

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts will release a new live album with the Danish Radio Big Band featuring standards, originals and Rolling Stones covers. Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band arrives April 21st via Impulse!/Verve and is available to pre-order.
Watts and the Danish Radio Big Band recorded the LP in 2010 at the Concert Hall of Denmark in Copenhagen after just four days of rehearsals. The seven-track album boasts a Bossa Nova-inspired take on the Stones' "Satisfaction," renditions of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Paint It Black" and a version of Watts' 2000 piece with the Jim Keltner Project, "Elvin Suite."
Watts' relationship with jazz is fittingly inextricable with Denmark. Before the Rolling Stones took off, Watts traveled to Denmark for his day job and embedded himself in the country's flourishing jazz and blues scene while he was there.
Throughout his career, the drummer has worked on numerous jazz side projects. In 1986, he released a record with the 32-piece Charlie Watts Orchestra and during the Nineties crafted several LPs with the Charlie Watts Quintet. That outfit expanded into a Tentet in 2004, while more recently he formed a group, the ABC&D of Boogie Woogie, with pianists Axel Zwingenberger and Ben Waters and bassist Dave Green.
Last year, the Rolling Stones released their first album in 11 years, Blue and Lonesome, a collection of blues covers.
Charlie Watts Meets the Danish Radio Big Band Track List
1. "Elvin Suite, Pt. 1"
2. "Elvin Suite, Pt. 2"
3. "(Satis) Faction"
4. "I Should Care"
5. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
6. "Paint It Black"
7. "Molasses"


Friday, March 24, 2017

The Quiet One: Bill Wyman documentary in production ...


A documentary detailing the life and times of Bill Wyman is in production, with Oliver Murray directing Bill’s life story including unseen footage and photos by Bill.

Titled The Quiet One, the in-production documentary is being produced in collaboration with Bill, and looks set to chart the highs and lows of Bills career. “My life has been an extraordinary adventure,” Bill told Deadline. “The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak.”
According to the full report on Deadline:
Jamie Clark, Jennifer Corcoran of My Accomplice and Jason Bick are producing. Submarine Entertainment’s Dan Braun will executive produce, with archive production by James RM Hunt and Paul Bell of Dog and Duck Films (Amy, Senna).
“Bill Wyman is legendary not only because of the fact that he was a founding member of the Rolling Stones but also because he had unfettered access to the extraordinary world of rock ‘n’ roll over several decades,” said Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, co-presidents of IFC Films/Sundance Selects. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Oliver Murray, My Accomplice and Dan Braun to let the world see this amazing behind-the-scenes imagery of the rock ‘n’ roll era.”
Find out more on Deadline.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chuck Berry died from natural causes...

Chuck Berry died from natural causes.
The rock 'n' roll legend passed away at his home in Missouri on Saturday (18.03.17) at the age of 90, but there will be no post-mortem examination carried out because the 'Roll Over Beethoven' singer's personal doctor will sign his death certificate and state there were no suspicious circumstances, TMZ reports.
Following the news of Chuck's death, a host of stars took to social media to pay tribute to the iconic singer and his influence.
Sir Mick Jagger posted: ''I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us ...
''He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers ... His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever (sic)''
His Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood described the musician as his biggest inspiration.
He said: ''He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed.''
Beatles legend Ringo Starr tweeted alongside a photo of Chuck: ''R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock 'n' roll music (sic)''
And Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson felt the 'Johnny B. Goode' singer's passing will affect all rock music lovers.
He posted: ''I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock 'n Roll. Love & Mercy''
The jacksons recalled Chuck's influence on rock'n'roll music in a social media post.
They wrote: ''Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock'n'roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck.''
Chuck - whose real name was Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. - is survived by his wife Themetta 'Toddy' Suggs and his four children, Charles Berry Jr., Ingrid Berry, Aloha Berry and Melody Exes Berry-Eskridge.