November 13th will see the release of Live Kisses, a 13-song film directed by Jonas Åkerlund, that captures the magic of an evening in February of this year. In the intimate surroundings of Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, where Paul McCartney recorded much of his Kisses On The Bottom album, he was reunited with the all-star musicians who joined him on the record to bring the songs to life for a once in a lifetime performance.
Amy Winehouse’s life was tragically cut short when she was found dead in July of 2011. The talented singer had one of those distinct and evocative voices that conveys the pain, vulnerability, and sorrow that seems inherent to the best blues/jazz singers. In the capable and loving hands of producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, a posthumous album of Winehouse’s work has now been released entitled Lioness: Hidden Treasures. But it should be noted that there are only two original tracks and the other songs include alternate versions of singles and plenty of notable covers.
New York based plectorist extraordinaire Oz Noy makes his Abstract Logix debut with Twisted Blues, his most eclectic album to date that displays his signature guitar sounds as well as for the first time showcases his profound love of blues, featuring Chris Layton and Reese Wynans of the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughn Band.
This fall, Sting will embark on the Back to Bass Tour throughout North America as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career by taking it back to bass…all of the hits, stripped down, as they haven’t been played in years. In support of his forthcoming box set collection Sting: 25 Years, slated for release on September 27, the tour features Sting backed by a 5-piece band in an intimate theatre setting.
By J. Brown
The jazz of the 1930s and 1940s may be far away in time, but it is clearly close to the heart of singer/songwriter Gregory Page. My True Love is Page’s latest release, and he is an ideal artist to focus his newest album on the experience of falling head-over-heels in love. His voice and compositions are sweetly delivered, heartfelt, and entirely original. That being said, his lyrics still have a tinge of the bittersweet, suggesting the fragility and vulnerability that lies beneath the sway of romance and infatuation.