Tag: R.I.P.

A Musical Dynasty: Anoushka & Norah After Ravi Shankar

Tonight on Echoes, Anoushka Shankar & Nitin Sawhney Ravi Shankar passed away in December of 2012. He left an incredible legacy, scores of disciples and two daughters who have achieved their own kind of fame, Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.  The two sisters got together while Shankar was in the process of dying and recorded…

Alvin Lee Goes Home R.I.P.

Alvin Lee Founder & Guitarist of Ten Years After Passes I remember watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson around 1969.   I think it was Steve Lawrence, or another of those loungey Vegas entertainers Carson loved back then, was on the show talking about hanging out with this group Ten Years After.  He was shocked…

The Troggs’ Last Wild Thing – Reg Presley R.I.P.

Reg Presley, lead singer and composer for The Troggs, dies at 71. I just played both sides of Wild Thing, the American debut album by The Troggs, named for their #1 hit song.  I bought it in 1966  at Woolworth’s in Tewksbury, Massachussetts. Not even thirty-minutes in total length, it has only one bad song…

A New Age Shaman’s Last Dance.

Gabrielle Roth passes at age 71. Gabrielle Roth wouldn’t have won any musician polls.  She didn’t really play anything beyond some percussion.  Yet she was responsible for nearly two dozen albums over the last 20 years or so. She referred to herself as an urban shaman and with the floating personnel of her ensemble, Gabrielle…

Andy Williams Crosses Moon River to the Heavens

I always thought of “Moon River” as the first space music song.  Even in 1961, when Andy Williams recorded it, I knew this was music from another era, but something about Johnny Mercer’s lyrics and Henry Mancini’s sweeping orchestration always suggested something beyond this earth to me.   Just now I had a new spacey ambient…

Neil Armstrong, Brian Eno, Icebreaker, Apollo.

Tonight on Echoes we’ll be airing an interview with Icebreaker and BJ Cole talking about their beautiful cover of Brian’s Eno’s 1983 collaboration with Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois,  Apollo-Atmospheres and Soundtracks.  Our show was recorded last Friday, making it to early too comment on the passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set…

Sam River’s Final Note R.I.P.

Jazz Giant Sam River’s Passes Away. I was so sad to hear of the passing of Sam Rivers at 88 years of age on December 26, 2011.  He was an iconoclastic musician who came up in the free jazz days and cut through that scene with music blazing in serrated slices.  I got to see…

Mike Oldfield Mentor David Bedford Heads for Star’s End

Composer, keyboardist and Mike Oldfield Collaborator David Bedford Passes I was sad to hear of the passing of David Bedford, the English composer who had a deep engagement with progressive rock in the early 1970s.  It actually started a little earlier in Kevin Ayers and The Whole World, a rollicking post-psychedelic, pre-progressive rock, musically insane…

Hank Jones R.I.P.

HANK JONES-Jazz Great-R.I.P. Press Release Hank Jones, pianist and jazz legend, beloved husband of Theodosia, dear uncle to his nieces and nephews across the country, friend to music, inspiration to countless musicians, died May 16, 2010 in New York City, after a brief illness. He was 91 years old, and would have been 92 on…