Like "Stairway to Heaven" for most guitar players, Stanley Clarke's funked up jazz-fusion smash "School Days" possesses a similar esteem for those who pick up the bass. The title track to his groundbreaking 1976 record invoked a trend for the combination of funky jazz and rock through the late '70s and into the '80s. Inciting cringes from the more purist musical skeptics and "bass face" for the lovers of the form, fusion further popularized what had become of jazz, and brought the music from the clubs into the arenas.
While it's become somewhat the norm for veteran acts to perform their classic records in their entirety, it's as good a time as any to imagine a landmark jazz record by a pioneer of the craft. Clarke and his band will be tackling School Days this year and as they make a tour stop in the Twin Cities at the Cedar Cultural Center this Thursday.
Calling from his home in Malibu, Clarke talked about the upcoming tour, School Days and "Jazz Fusion" music in general.More »
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Time to really get stoked about the Get Cryphy 6th Anniversary celebration on Friday, March 7.
Get Cryphy's past Mainroom shows have been chock full of brief hype sets from a slew of local rappers interspersed with the crunk and hyphy madness, and it's always been a way to truly bring the house energy to its fullest. This year, the four-piece DJ crew have reached out to Baltimore's Spank Rock and New Orleans' Big Freedia to throw in special appearances.
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Duluth rock experimenters Low performed a drone-fueled version of "Do You Know How to Waltz?" at Rock the Garden last year, and simultaneously sparked a new discussion about peace-minded thinking within music. The divisive 28-minute rendition was unusual, but get a load of what Drone Not Drones founder Luke Heiken and company have planned for 28 straight hours of live drone at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday and Saturday.
Low, Paul Metzger, Zak Sally, Martin Dosh, and dozens more will take part to raise awareness for Heiken's nonviolent cause as well as money for Doctors Without Borders. The show will be one continuous drone, with a succession of artists adding to the minimalist, sustained tone-clusters while others wrap up.
Folk music has a long, storied past in Minnesota. Locally, the music dates back to the days of Bob Dylan and Koerner, Ray, and Glover, as well as folk instrumentalists like Leo Kottke, Steve Tibbetts and Paul Metzger. Among the current crop of roots-style pickers, Charlie Parr has sailed above as a performer for over a decade now.
With a very rich approach to his resonator guitar and banjo he fashions a hypnotic blues based sound that gives age to his voice and playing. But Parr has conjured up a subtle shift in his playing as represented on his new record Hollandale. Using less of a song form and the space to improvise on melodies and rhythms, with the aid and encouragement from good friend Alan Sparhawk of Low, Charlie breaks new ground for himself and the modern day folk music scene. Released again on Duluth's Chaperone Records, Parr will be celebrating Saturday at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Amid all the activity Gimme Noise got Charlie on the phone. On a break in his pickup truck we chatted about Hollandale, music and the very healthy roots music scene.More »
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