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Charles Lloyd was named as one of the Fellows of the 2015 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters, all of whom will receive cash awards of $25,000. Feature by Stephen Smoliar for EXAMINER.
The Unity Group is among the best bands Mr. Metheny has put together and should burnish his reputation further. Metheny's belief that guitars are "open-ended" instruments, something to be expanded both musically and physically, typifies his ceaseless search for newness in his music. From THE ECONOMIST.
"I guess if I do nothing else after this album and tour, in my heart I finally feel I've made it. I am with an outstanding group of talented musicians who show me so much respect, and I love them for it." Interview by Teri Barr for MAXIMUM INK
"This has always been the most fun I've had making music in a very long time. I'd go so far to say in my whole career." Interview by Philippe Perez for the AU REVIEW.
Whether it's publically acknowledged or not, Meshell Ndegeocello's sound is everywhere. You can hear it in the licks of Miguel, in the so-drunk-on-good-sex harmonies of Kelela, and even the witchy glitches of Flying Lotus. Article by Diriye Osman (HUFFINGTON POST).
Only a genius would have the guts to open a set with the 42-string Pikasso guitar. That genius is Pat Metheny. And he blew away everyone at The Carolina Theatre in Durham on Saturday night, August 9th. Review by Dawn Reno Langley for TRIANGLE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT.
Béla Fleck isn't just a banjo virtuoso, he's a walking advertisement for the versatility of his instrument. And since 2011, with the premiere of his concerto "The Impostor," Fleck has been combining the banjo's distinctive sound with that of a symphony orchestra. Interview by Joshua Kosman for SFGATE
After opening with one of his own compositions, “Back to Basics,” Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra provided a musical history lesson on the Festival. If all history lessons were this entertaining, a lot of people would never leave school. Review by Andy Smith for THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL.
On September 16, 2014, the highly anticipated tribute album, by Ann Hampton Callaway, From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project, will be released. “Over the years, I have been creating a legacy series about artists who have inspired me and Sarah is a critical missing piece that I’ve wanted to explore,” shares Callaway.
heartsoulblood is evidence of the positive effects serious touring can have on a group, even one full of accomplished musicians such as Royal Southern Brotherhood. Review by Meghan Roos for BLUES ROCK REVIEW