DJ for The Crossroads with Adam Kennedy
GATESHEAD, tyne and wear, United Kingdom
As the old saying goes modern music evolved from the Blues and Robert Johnson. Each week on his show, Blues Hall of Fame inducted photojournalist Adam Kennedy will be embracing that sentiment as he takes you down to “The Crossroads” metaphorically speaking. Adam will be playing the very best of blues, roots, and rock music from artists around the globe. Here you will find the perfect mix of contemporary music as well as legends from each of these beloved genres.
Formed in 2017 and following the successful Volume 1 album in 2019, David Beck’s Tejano Weekend has released another strong set of accordion-based Tex-Mex music, with English lyrics, to emphasize their youthful, appealing contemporary Tejano Conjunto style. For the past several decades, the once maligned accordion has undergone a make-over, gained popularity once again, and become a very hot instrument, especially when played well in the context of music with Mexican and American influences. Bassist and vocalist David Beck has a core quintet with Peter Huysman (keys, vocals), Dees Stribling (drums, percussion), David Herrera (accordion, trumpet) and John Saucedo (guitar, bajo quinto).
Among the six guests on Volume 2 is Tejano accordionist David Lee Garza, featured in the opener “The Deal of a Lifetime” and danceable “Put Me in Jail,” a
Flook Album: Ancora Label: Flatfish Genre(s): World
Posted By: Joe Ross
Oct 21, 2021
Flook’s enchanting repertoire, while having a strong foundation based on the Celtic idiom, becomes even more defining with their originality, interpretive twists and artistic expression. Although the innovative band’s been together for about 25 years, this is their first album in 14. The quartet includes Brian Finnegan (flutes, whistles), Sarah Allen (flutes, accordion), Ed Boyd (guitars, bouzouki, piano) and John Joe Kelly (bodhrán). They enlist a baker’s dozen stellar musical guests who provide colorings of hammered dulcimer, lap steel, steel drums, upright bass, fiddle, cello, viola, hurdy-gurdy, pandereta asturiana (a Spanish tambourine), theramin, and some other instruments to various tracks. A lot of creative work went into this highly-arranged project, and the result is an effervescent set of acoustic music, masterfully played with both spirit and
Ross Hansen Album: On Time Label: Self-Release Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz
Posted By: Joe Ross
Oct 20, 2021
Guitarist Ross Hansen displays masterful chops with an eclectic repertoire of eleven originals ranging from inventive smooth jazz (“Sidran”) to jazz rock fusion (“Stratcat”). Hansen’s electric and acoustic guitars offer a seamless mix of jazz-oriented panache. Hansen also displays his skill with funk (“On Time”), Latin (“Here to Stay”), and songs that channel Carlos Santana (“El Viaje”). Hansen also tracks bass and keyboards on the project. Born in 1959, Hansen was immersed in music (his father a music teacher), and he studied jazz at the University of North Texas before performing professionally with such diverse artists as Bob Hope, LeAnn Rhimes, Don Rickles, Bill Tillman Band, and Soul Vaccination.
Relocating to Oregon in 2004, Hansen obtained a Master’s degree in teaching at the University of Portland. As an
Pianist/composer Michael Eckroth and company create imaginative jazz by keeping their eyes, ears and hearts open to new ideas. Eckroth vision is for his music to be “lyrical, modern, and true to its Afro-Latin roots, but never purist in its approach.” Plena, a reference to the folkloric music of Peru, is Eckroth’s first full-length release since 2015 when he released Piano + Rhythm. Featured musicians include Alex “Apolo” Ayala (bass), Joel Mateo (drums), Mauricio Herrera (percussion), Peter Brainin (sax) and other special guests like John Fedchock (trombone), Brian Lynch (trumpet) and Carlos “Carly” Maldonado (percussion).
Eckroth incorporated the bomba and plena rhythms of Puerto Rico into the music, partially because of what Mateo and Ayala brought to the table, and partly to expand the group’s rhythmic repertoire.
After releasing a series of ambient, electronic based albums, including his all-time solo masterpiece from 2019 called Alternate Landscapes, as well as a brilliant album called Across The Evening, created in 2020 with Estonian guitarist Robert Jürjendal, Oregon-based guitar conceptualist Jon Durant returns in 2021 with a splendid new CD from his group Burnt Belief - their fourth entitled Mutual Isolation. Isolation might not be the best term to describe this album, as start to finish Mutual Isolation is brimming with a new found sense of musical collaboration on what is Jon’s first new album with Burnt Belief in several years.
Of course, there was the Edwin Durant Kovtun that Jon made in 2019 with Ukrainian singer Anna Kovtun and bass ace Colin Edwin, the other main half of Burnt Belief. Harking back to earlier Burnt Belief albums, Mutual Isolation, featuring Jon once