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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Promo News

I am thrilled to announce my two new fashion subscription services!

Check out my online ventures -

Fashion Sense Boutique ... http://fashionsenseboutique.webs.com

Just For You ... http://stylebycandi.webs.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Have you ever...

...had a song constantly playing in your head like a stuck record loop?

I am in love with "Uptown Funk" and listen to it on my iTunes often.  I am guessing this is why the song is always on my mind.

Of course, somewhere in the Set List archives, "Uptown Funk" has played before as well.

I suppose re-airing the video and posting a follow up will clear my head.

For those who cannot get enough of "Uptown Funk," consider Amazon.



Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Classic Live v. Modern Live

Classic v. Modern - Not the same

"Planet Earth" is an ultimate Duran Duran favorite as performed live. 

Wembley was simple on stage and electric within the audience.  The first note was powerful and evoked a sense of something amazing to come.

Coachella was busy on stage and lacked the profoundly eager audience reaction.  Why was the band not already on stage?  Why was there a need for a backup vocal?

I am devastated to compare Duran Duran then and now.  Yet there is a striking difference with and without Andy Taylor.  Time has moved on and Duran Duran has moved on.  I haven't.

Do I have a right to be stuck in the past?

Duran Duran - Planet Earth (Coachella 2011)


Duran Duran Planet Earth


Friday, October 16, 2015

A New Duran Duran Era

I love Duran Duran.  My ultimate favorite albums are The Wedding Album (point of discovery) and Astronaut (point of permanent passion).  My first concert experience was Duran Duran's Red Carpet Massacre tour.  I will forever cherish those memories.

Yet, as of Andy Taylor's departure and influx of guest musicians, I feel a sense of quantity of entertainment over quality of entertainment.  The stage still shimmers with every performance, but I cannot help but notice conformity.

For example, during the Red Carpet Massacre tour, the band wore the same outfits.  In group photos, there is a clothing theme if not exactly the same - such as leather with Paper Gods.

If I were to narrow down my thoughts to finite detail, the way Simon, Nick, John, and Roger pose seem abstract rather than casual.

I do have heartbreak with the additional performers on stage - outside of the band and guest musicians, I doubt I will ever understand their contribution.

I posted "Pressure Off" because the song is my only favorite from the newest album in the Duran Duran collection.

Duran Duran has long proved to not be a one-off band.  The members are extraordinarily talented and worthy of life long fame.  However, every decade has brought new generations of fans that follow the previous.  I suppose I could just be stuck in the past, but in the new Duran Duran era, I am bowing out.

Duran Duran - Pressure Off feat. Janelle MonĂ¡e and Nile Rodgers [AUDIO]


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Giving Back

Set List Special Request

Some time ago, I was screened as a precaution to what I felt.  The result was negative.  The possibility of cancer, however, changed my outlook on life.

My boutique motto is "Explore, shop, and just have fun."  My boutique hope is for women to feel special and proud to be unique.

The Chloe + Isabel motto is "Be Creative.  Be Confident.  Be You."  The Chloe + Isabel hope is to empower female entrepreneurs.

In this month of October, giving back will be my way of being empowered.

For every customer who spends $100 or more in this month, I will donate 10% of my October payday to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Please refer to the link above for jewels specific to the Chloe + Isabel proceeds donation.  Please refer to my boutique link for jewels overall.

LaurenAlain Boutique

Friday, October 2, 2015

Set List Special Request

I approach Set List with a personalized touch aimed to a global audience.  I approach Chloe + Isabel with a personalized touch aimed to women nationwide.  October is personalized to many women worldwide.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

In this month of October, Chloe + Isabel is donating 10% of all proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Music unites.  Fight against cancer unites.

I have a special request for Set List readers and passersby - please consider a purchase from the selections below as a show of support.

LaurenAlain Boutique - Chloe + Isabel only ships within the United States.



Gardenia Toggle Bracelet - $48


Gardenia Convertible Statement Necklace - $138


Gardenia Stud Duo Earrings - $34


Retro Glam Square-Cut Crystal Earrings - $28


Retro Glam Square-Cut Crystal Necklace - $58


Retro Glam Square-Cut Crystal Bracelet - $48


Jardins du Midi Eau de Parfum - $58


Multi-Strand Signature Torsade Necklace - $188


Minaret Light Rose Teardrop Earrings - $34


Bead + Chain Multi-Wrap Bracelet - $45


Gardenia Convertible Pendant Necklace - $48


Cushion-Cut Cocktail Ring - $42

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Just a Thought

Music and fashion blend well together.  Jewelry is the best accent to fashion.  Therefore, music and jewelry blend well together.

I have a thought to share -

Lauren's Music Store & Just For You

Shop Lauren's Music Store.

Fill out the Just For You survey...with a catch.  On October 31st, I will, at random, select one customer via email to win a surprise Chloe + Isabel gift.  The gift will be a mystery to me too as the surprise will not be chosen until October 31st.

As always, play it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trending

I'm noticing a trend in popularity from a June 2015 post -

Set List - Lauren's Music Store

Follow the post link to read once more...or visit Lauren's Music Store sponsored by Amazon.

As always, play it!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Just For You

Time has slowed down on Set List, but I do have my reasons.

As of August, all of my time has been devoted to my business with the online fashion jewelry brand, Chloe + Isabel.  I work overtime hours every day to promoting my boutique and networking online.  I do have a blog specific to my boutique.  I utilize social media to the greatest extent.  I am sourcing potential partnerships with fashion subscription services and fellow bloggers.  My latest endeavor is a survey for potential customers.

Just For You is a survey designed to know more about the potential customer so that I can cater to their desire.  If readers or passersby are curious, head on over to Just For You.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Reminisce

May is a lucky month for Set List - the month of launch in 2010 and the most active when I return from an extended break.

I am always filled with excitement and post ideas in May.  Why May is the question, though.

I could reminisce about my passion for music and intrigue in the concept of blogging from so many years ago.  I could reminisce about how Set List came to be and my influences.  I could reminisce about the evolution of Set List from 2010 to present.  I could.

Of course if I could, I would be repeating myself from some point in the past I imagine.

In this post, I will reminisce about my custom music store through Amazon.  However, instead of an entire rewrite, I will reminisce by leaving a link to the post that in detail discussed my custom music store through Amazon.

Set List - Lauren's Music Store

Monday, June 8, 2015

Lonely In Your Nightmare

"Lonely In Your Nightmare" is a favorite song - by Duran Duran and in general - for highly personal reasons.

I am Bipolar.  I have a psychiatric seizure disorder.  I have Panic Disorder.  I have agoraphobic tendencies.  I currently take seven medications for my "invisible disabilities." 

My mental reality will always be a nightmare. 

I will never know my inheritance because no one in my family exhibits signs of mental illness.  My family, then, cannot relate.

My Panic Disorder and agoraphobic tendencies (fear of being outside) have left me with a limited social network - those I meet online through common interests.  I will never meet these few in person, so the extent of sympathy is likewise limited.

My mental reality will always leave me lonely.

So why is "Lonely In Your Nightmare" a favorite song?  The lyrics give me comfort.  If I feel alone in mind, I am never alone in music.

Duran Duran - Lonely In Your Nightmare


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Save a Prayer

"Save a Prayer" was released on August 9, 1982 as Duran Duran's sixth single.  "Save a Prayer" is the third single on Duran Duran's album, Rio.

"Save a Prayer" reached #2 status on the UK Singles Chart and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

(Wikipedia)

Refer to Duran Duran Series : Rio Album for information about the album itself.

"Save a Prayer" is well at the top of my most favorite songs - by Duran Duran and in general - for personal reasons.  When I am in emotional distress for whatever reason, I turn to this song for the title alone.  I need to know that the outcome of my concern will be okay.  "Save a Prayer" in essence helps me get through difficult times.

And so I choose to promote the Rio album as the original source for "Save a
Prayer."



Duran Duran - Save A Prayer


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Say

History of "Say" -
- Written for the 2007 film The Bucket List
- Released on November 20, 2007
- First commercial single to not be released on an album by John Mayer
- Added to special edition re-release of Continuum
- #12 status on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2008
- Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (4th win in this category)
- Platinum certification
- Over 2 million copies sold in the U.S.

(Wikipedia)

"Say" is a profound inspiration to me.  I have life struggles that I generally write about in a personal journal.  However, some issues are better expressed out loud and the lyrics to "Say" offer a sense of verbal journaling.

And so I choose to promote John Mayer's "Say" cd.


John Mayer - Say


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Runnin' Down A Dream

"Runnin' Down A Dream" is the second single from Tom Petty's solo album, Full Moon Fever.

Full Moon Fever was released on April 24, 1989.  Full Moon Fever success -

- #3 status on Billboard 200
- #8 in the UK
- 6x Platinum certification in September 1991 (CRIA)
- 5x Platinum certification in October 2000 (RIAA)

(Wikipedia)

"Runnin' Down A Dream" reached #23 status on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.

(Wikipedia)

My taste in music varies considerably - from intense alternative to classic jazz and the occasional consideration of the House genre.  My iPod list and iTunes list are extensive.  I love music and especially select songs.

"Runnin' Down A Dream" is a unique song that I love.  I find great inspiration through this song.  The title alone gives me hope to keep going when I have a desired goal.  This is my take though.

And so I choose to share "Runnin' Down A Dream" and Full Moon Fever.



Runnin' Down A Dream - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


Monday, May 25, 2015

Eminence Front

The Who - an iconic staple in classic rock music.

It's Hard
- 10th studio album
- Released in September 1982
- #11 in the UK
- #8 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in the U.S.
- Gold certification in the U.S. in November 1982

"It's Hard should never have been released." - Roger Daltrey, 1994

(Wikipedia)

"Eminence Front"
- #68 on the Billboard Hot 100

"...the only song on it (It's Hard)...worthy of being released." - Roger Daltrey

(Wikipedia)

Strong criticism from the lead singer.  So why am I writing about the song?

A feature in film, sports, and television.

A commercial jingle for GMC - must continuation of Set List - Blast from the Past.

A sense of electric anticipation in the opening instrumental.  A sense of addictive edge throughout the song - listen over and over again type of addiction.

Why should I promote through Amazon?  I want to - as an avid fan of "Eminence Front" at any rate.



The Who - Eminence front


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Trending - Blast from the Past

The Blues genre was a trend this week, so I devoted several posts to Blues artist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

However, this genre has since passed and I am noticing a new trend on Set List - blast from the past reminiscence.

In July 2011, I wrote my first post on my newly discovered love for commercial jingles - Power to commercial jingles!

As of 2014, I have posted ultimate favorites, from "Fort Knox" by Goldfish to "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Set List - Blast from the Past and Uptown Funk (as an Amazon promotion) have gained incredible interest.  For the sake of unnecessary repetition, I will let both posts speak on my behalf.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Live On

Live On is Kenny Wayne Shepherd's third studio album - released in October 1999.

Live On reached Gold certification in 2000.

Live On is classified under Blues Rock and Electric Blues.

In my opinion, "Was" defines these genres because the lyrics are a sense of Blues and the beat has an electric edge.

Live On can be found on Amazon.

If Trouble Is... is a must album for Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans, Live On is a must as well.



Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Was


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trouble Is...

"Blue On Black" is defined as Kenny Wayne Shepherd's signature song - ranking #1 status on Mainstream Rock Tracks and #78 status on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1998.

Trouble Is... ranked #74 status on The Billboard 200 in 1997.

Trouble Is... can be found on Amazon.

A must album for Blues genre fans and Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans.



Blue On Black


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Set List - Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Every so often I notice a trend in genre posts.  This trend is an upward reflection in views.  The current interest on Set List is Blues.  Kenny Wayne Shepherd was a feature in May 2014.  One year later, he is a feature once more.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd was born on June 12, 1977 under the name Kenny Wayne Brobst in Shreveport, Louisiana.  His father's name is Ken Shepherd.

In June 1984, he met Stevie Ray Vaughan - Kenny's ultimate inspiration to play the guitar on a serious level.

At age 13, Kenny Wayne Shepherd - a self-taught guitarist - played with blues musician Bryan Lee.

A video performance at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport landed a deal with Giant Records.

In 1996, Kenny Wayne Shepherd collaborated with vocalist Noah Hunt for the "signature song" "Blue on Black."

As of 1995, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's career has launched in a profound way.

Trouble Is... holds the record for longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's top studio albums include:

Ledbetter Heights - released on September 19, 1995 & U.S. Platinum certified

Trouble Is... - released on October 7, 1997 & U.S. Platinum certified

Live On - released on October 12, 1999 & U.S. Platinum certified

10 Days Out:  Blues from the Backroads is a documentary about Kenny Wayne Shepherd traveling through the U.S. to play with and interview blues musician idols, such as B.B. King.  This documentary was released on January 23, 2007, is U.S. Platinum certified, and received 2 Grammy nominations.

In 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - known for Blues rock, Blues, Rock, Roots rock, and Hard rock - has received 5 Grammy Award nominations, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Blues Music Awards, and 2 Orville H. Gibson Awards.

Source:  Wikipedia

Monday, May 18, 2015

Uptown Funk

Just so you know...

The "Uptown Funk" single is available on Amazon.



Set List - Blast from the Past

A blast from the past moment on Set List -

In 2011, I found intrigue in the impact commercial jingles have on music beyond advertisements.

My first post (July 2011) was "Power" by The Temptations as a backdrop to advertising Blackberry's Playbook.

Temptations - Power

My second post (March 2014) was "Fort Knox" by Goldfish as a backdrop to advertising the Kia Soul.  At this point, my love for any other musician/band took a back seat to this newly amazing and powerfully upbeat song that easily surpassed life long favorites.

Kia soul hamster song full:  Goldfish:  Fort Knox

My third post (April 2014) was "Happy" by Pharrell Williams as a backdrop to advertising the Fiat.  A feel good song if for the title alone.

Pharrell Williams - Happy (official lyrics)

And then the present day comes along - May 2015.  "Uptown Funk" is the backdrop to advertising Propel Fitness Water with electrolytes.  Words cannot describe how much I love this song - more than those above ("Fort Knox" is an exception).  The beat for me defines the song and is, if possible, addictive.

A commercial jingle blast from the past.

Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Flamenco Sketches Legacy

I can think of no other jazz musician more profoundly influenced by Miles Davis than Chris Botti.  Although Miles Davis's "My Funny Valentine" was Chris Botti's ultimate inspiration to pursue the trumpet as a career (Wikipedia), the relaxed style created by Miles Davis resonates in Chris Botti's rendition of "Flamenco Sketches" as performed live from Boston in 2008.

In my opinion, Miles Davis and Chris Botti are unique.  I find that Miles Davis is peaceful in tone - a sense of soothing loss in sound.  On the other hand, I find that Chris Botti is emotional in tone - a sense of attachment to each note.  Yet when Chris portrayed "Flamenco Sketches," he captured the essence of Miles Davis - a powerful transition.

Let me throw you a curve ball.

Listen to Kind of Blue - Miles Davis.  Listen to Italia - Chris Botti.  What will you feel?  Will you notice a difference in musical mood?  I own both albums, so I will let you answer these questions.

Consider a purchase.





 

Flamenco Sketches


Miles Davis - 05 Flamenco Sketches (Kind Of Blue)


Friday, May 15, 2015

Miles Davis Series : Miles Davis Honors

"Miles Davis is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music."

"...one of the key figures in the history of jazz..."

How can any honor follow such profound quotes of legacy?

1986 - Honorary Doctorate from the New England Conservatory - "extraordinary contributions to music"

1990 - St. Louis Walk of Fame

1990 - Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

1998 - Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

2006 - Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

...To name a few.  A full list can be found on Wikipedia.


Image result for images of miles davis
(Source:  Wikipedia)
 
Miles Davis
May 26, 1926 - September 28, 1991

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Miles Davis Series : A History of Kind of Blue


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(Source:  Wikipedia)


In the trending post, Miles Davis on Rainy Days, I promoted Kind of Blue.  In this post, I will focus on the history of the Kind of Blue album.

Kind of Blue was released on August 17, 1959.  The album featured Miles Davis's chosen sextet - Bill Evans (on piano), Jimmy Cobb (on drums), Paul Chambers (on bass), John Coltrane (on tenor sax), Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (on alto sax), and of course Miles.  Wynton Kelly briefly replaced Bill Evans when Evans left the sextet.  Kelly played only one song for the album - a blues style in the name of "Freddie Freeloader."  Bill Evans returned to the sextet as well as the production of Kind of Blue.

The production of Kind of Blue was rather unique.  Miles Davis provided only sketch frameworks for the members to work with and improvise.  This allowed for a fresh approach to each track.

A healthy amount of success and recognition followed the release of the Kind of Blue album -

In 1977, Kind of Blue landed #37 status on the U.S. Billboard Music Charts under the category Jazz Albums.

In 1987, Kind of Blue landed #10 status on the U.S. Billboard Music Charts under the category Top Jazz Albums.

In 2001, Kind of Blue landed #14 status on the U.S. Billboard Music Charts under the category Top Internet Albums.

In 2002, Kind of Blue was one of 50 albums chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

In 2003, Kind of Blue landed #12 status on the Rolling Stone list of 500 greatest albums of all time.

In 2009, the United States House of Representatives passed a resolution to honor the album and "reaffirm jazz as a national treasure."

Kind of Blue is the best-selling jazz album of all time -

United States - 4 million copies & Quadruple Platinum certification

Australia - 70,000 copies & Platinum certification

Belgium - 25,000 copies & Gold certification

Italy - 100,000 copies & Platinum certification

United Kingdom - 300,000 copies & Platinum certification

I imagine the greatest honor for Kind of Blue is its enormous influence on musicians not only in jazz, but in rock and classical genres as well.

(Source:  Wikipedia)

My musical interests encompass several genres, but jazz is a core.  For some time, I was intrigued by swing jazz.  I will always love smooth jazz.  However, classic jazz is my preferred selection.  Miles Davis defines classic jazz.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Miles Davis Series : A History of Miles Davis

Miles Davis on Rainy Days is a trending post on Set List.  I feel compelled to write a series about Miles Davis - a brief bio and the history of the iconic Kind of Blue.  In this post, I will write about the history of Miles Davis as a jazz trumpet musician.

Miles Dewey Davis III was born on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. 

In 1927, Miles and his family moved to East St. Louis, Illinois.

At the age of 13, Miles's father introduced him to the trumpet and arranged for lessons.  (Note of interest - The choice of trumpet may have been to spite Miles's mother, who despised the sound of the trumpet and actually played the piano.)

At the age of 16, Miles was a member of the music society in his high school and played professionally at the local Elks Club in East St. Louis.

At the age of 17, Miles was offered the chance to join the Tiny Bradshaw band.  However, his mother wanted her son to graduate from high school.  Miles graduated from East St. Louis Lincoln High School in 1944.

In 1944, Miles Davis had a brief opportunity to play with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in the Billy Eckstine band in East St. Louis.  After this first opportunity, Miles moved to New York City to study at the Juilliard School of Music.  While in New York, Miles sought out Charlie Parker and held nightly jam sessions in Harlem nightclubs.  He was joined by Fats Navarro, Freddie Webster, J. J. Johnson (all future leaders of the bebop revolution), Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke, and many others.

At this point, Miles dropped out of Juilliard, citing his main reason as "centering too much on the classical European and "white' repertoire."  However, he did admit his improving trumpet playing technique and valuable grounding in music theory.

In 1945, Miles experienced being in a recording studio for the first time, as part of Herbie Field's group.

In 1946, Miles recorded in a studio as leader for an occasional Miles Davis Sextet.  He was also a member of the Charlie Parker Quintet, where he was in the studio often and went on national tours.  Miles left in 1948 due to growing tension and confrontation with Charlie Parker.

In 1948, Miles Davis took on a nonet project that included himself, Max Rouch (on drums), Gerry Mulligan (on baritone sax), Bill Barber (on tuba), and Lee Konitz (on alto sax).  A critical member that lasted throughout the better part of Miles's career was Gil Evans - a Canadian composer and arranger.

The nonet project emphasized relaxed, melodic approach to improvisations.

The nonet project landed the members a Capitol Records contract offering recording from January 1949 to April 1950.  The resulting album, Birth of the Cool, released in 1956, honored the cool jazz movement.  The project was ultimately not a success commercially.  The cool jazz movement was only later appreciated by white musicians.

In the early to mid-1950s, Miles Davis went through personal severity.  In 1949, he went on a Paris tour and found himself in a relationship with French actress and singer, Juliette Greco.  On return to New York, he fell into a deep depression.

Top reasons for Miles's depression include his separation from Greco and feeling under-appreciated by critics.  Miles also suffered from a heroin addiction lasting four years.  In 1953, his drug addiction sorely impacted his playing.  Miles was also arrested for drug possession in Los Angeles while on tour.

In 1954, Miles returned to St. Louis to live with his father and, more specifically, lock himself in a room to go through withdrawal and finally end his addiction.

Miles went on to play in Midwestern towns where there was little to no drug activity.

In 1951, a Prestige Records contract was landed and the primary members for recording sessions were Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Art Blakey.  During this time, Miles created his signature trumpet sound - a Harmon mute held close to the microphone, which allows space, melody, and relaxed tone.  This signature has impacted jazz trumpet players since.

A point of interest took place in 1955 - Miles had throat surgery and absolutely could not talk for ten days.  Miles got into an argument with someone while healing and yelled in anger.  This caused permanent damage to his vocal cords, causing the raspy voice well-known.

In 1955, Miles performed at the Newport Jazz Festival and received great praise by critics as the "return of Miles Davis."

At this time, Miles created his "first great quintet" - himself, John Coltrane (on tenor sax), Red Garland (on piano), Paul Chambers (on bass), and Philly Joe Jones (on drums).  Ironic note - Outside of Miles, no one else was known.

The "first great quintet" landed a Columbia Records contract with debut success in the name of 'Round About Midnight.

In 1956, Miles followed through with his remaining obligation to Prestige Records.  The ensuing albums include:

Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet*
*Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet is a feature promotion in the Miles Davis on Rainy Days post (refer to the link in the opening of this post).

Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet

All four albums had the "structure and feel of a live performance, with several first takes on each album."  (This is indeed true as I own the Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet album.  There is a sense of being in the recording studio with a few tracks incorporating background talk.)

The albums established the "first great quintet" as one of the best in jazz.  In 1957, however, the quintet split due to problems that Miles blamed the drug addiction of the other members.

In 1958, a sextet was formed - Miles Davis, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (on alto sax), John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Red Garland, and Paul Chambers.  Milestones as an album suggested a new direction in Miles's music.  The sextet was short-lived - Garland and Jones were fired & Bill Evans (on piano) and Jimmy Cobb (on drums) replaced the former two.  Ironic note - Bill Evans left only eight months into the sextet tour.

From 1957 to 1963, Miles Davis worked closely with Gil Evans.  Miles Ahead included jazz big band, classical music, and orchestral passages between tracks.  In 1958, Porgy and Bess was arranged from the work of George Gershwin.  In 1959 to 1960, Sketches of Spain was produced.

In 1964, the "second great quintet" was formed with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter (on sax), Herbie Hancock (on piano), Ron Carter (on bass), and Tony Williams (on drums).

In the 1960s, Miles was influenced by rock and funk.  He adapted to electric instruments for live and studio works.

In 1969, In a Silent Way was produced.  In 1976, Bitches Brew was produced and went Gold certified.  Both albums were the first fusion of jazz and rock in being commercially successful.

(Source:  Wikipedia)

A full list of Miles Davis albums can be found here:  Wikipedia.

Miles Davis held an honorable career over the course of 30+ years.  In a soon coming post to follow, I will list a few out of several honors received.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Duran Duran Series : Live from London DVD




If a live Duran Duran concert is not possible, The Duran Duran - Live From London DVD is an excellent alternative.  In fact, if you run your television at full volume, the energy of the audience will make you feel like you were there!

The DVD on the left is just a DVD.  The DVD on the right comes with a bonus CD featuring select songs from the concert.  Both DVDs have a follow-up documentary as a selection.  Just to let you know.

The set list from this Duran Duran - Live From London concert DVD is:

1)  (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
2)  Hungry Like The Wolf
3)  Something I Should Know
4)  Union of the Snake
5)  Come Undone
6)  A View to A Kill
7)  What Happens Tomorrow
8)  The Chauffer
9)  Planet Earth
10)  I Don't Want Your Love
11)  New Religion
12)  Ordinary World
13)  Night Boat
14)  Save A Prayer
15)  Notorious
16)  The Reflex
17)  Careless Memories
18)  Wild Boys
19)  Girls On Film
20)  Rio

Personal notes -

Hungry Like The Wolf - Look for Simon Le Bon and John Taylor getting up close with Roger Taylor.  The moment is supposed to be humorous.  However, in my mind, Roger looks like he wants to tell them he is trying to work.  Alas, with the original lineup back together, the moment is humorous.

Union of the Snake - The opening is electric, with the visual overlaying Andy Taylor's guitar.  Pretty cool.

Planet Earth - Stare at the lighting rig...Just stare.

I Don't Want Your Love - The opening is unbelievable.  For every moment Simon is silent, Roger prepares for his next blast on his drums, Nick steps back from his keyboards, and John and Andy help increase the already intense energy in the audience.  For every moment Simon is silent, the screams are deafening...exactly the way the band wants it.

Night Boat - In one singular second and off camera, Nick Rhodes taps the beat to the opening of "Save A Prayer."

There are overall camera shots of the guys chatting with each other as they played.

The experience just watching the DVD cannot be put into words.  If I had to, though, I would say flat out fun and addictive.  The Amazon DVD on the left is the copy I received as a Christmas present in 2007.  I was on my last winter break as a college undergraduate.  I literally - not kidding- watched the DVD every day, concert and documentary.

Either or both DVDs is a strong recommendation to all Duran Duran fans.