Perry Blake Press Release/Biography
Internationally acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Perry Blake will release a new album later this year on Moochin' About/PIAS
Often described as a cross between Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, Blake’s new work is a classic return to form.
Although not very well known in Britain and Ireland, Blake has a large cult following in Europe and has collaborated with, and written for French artists such as Francoise Hardy and Emilie Simon.
He has also toured with former label mate Carla Bruni.
When Perry Blake first appeared on the scene in the late 90's his first 2 single's 'The Hunchback of San Francisco' and 'Genevieve' were chosen as singles of the week on Jo Wiley's BBC Radio 1 show.
The eponymous debut album that followed went top 30 in France upon release and he went on to release 4 critically acclaimed Studio albums,
gaining him an almost fanatical fan base along the way.
Often referred to as one of Music's best kept secrets, Perry Blake has written extensively for Film & TV in Europe.
Blake also released a live album recorded at Cirque Royale in Brussels with a full Orchestra in the noughties.
In recent years Blake was recruited as guest vocalist with the French National Jazz Orchestra, had a book of his lyrics printed in Portuguese and also wrote a Children's book 'Gatos em Lissadell' which was successful in Portugal.
Perry will play Live shows in the UK and Europe this Summer and Autumn, showcasing new material with a show that will include much of his older work from his 5 studio albums.
”Blake sounds like a cross between Bowie and Michael Nyman – only better” (UNCUT)
”A fine songwriter with a great voice – a little Blake goes a long way” (Sunday Times UK)
”One of the best debuts in ages”
”A Star is born”
(Les Inrockuptibles France)
Film noir is a genre that has attracted many jazz composers and performers over the years and now collected together, are 7 of the classic 1950's noir jazz-inspired original scores on 5 discs in an exclusively designed, deluxe box set. All original soundtracks have been enhanced by high quality professional digital remastering that surpasses that of previous CD releases for any of the scores.
The box set includes a colourful 52-page booklet with extensive, in-depth sleeve notes plus a foreword by leading international composer/noir-inspired trumpeter Guy Barker. It features some great jazz (as well as groundbreaking film music) from classics Duke Ellington's Anatomy of a Murder, Elmer Bernstein's The Man with the Golden Arm and The Sweet Smell of Success (sharing writing credits with percussionist Chico Hamilton) through to Henry Mancini's Touch of Evil and Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire as well as a few relatively unknown scores from the likes of the Modern Jazz Quartet's John Lewis (Odds Against Tomorrow) and Leith Stevens (Private Hell 36).
Beat Square & Cool is not just a collection containing some of the greatest jazz film scores ever made, but it also tells the story of how jazz (mostly drawing from the bebop that was one of the defining American subcultural and artistic developments of the post-war era) became the soundtrack to films based around the emerging anti-establishment youth movements of the era.
Now gathered together here are 8 remastered film scores on 5 discs in an exclusively designed, deluxe box set . The box set includes a colourful 60-page booklet with extensive, in-depth sleeve notes, plus a foreword by Jazzwise magazine’s editor Jon Newey.
Beat, Square & Cool starts with the first significant teen rebel movie Leith Stevens’ score to biker exploitation flick The Wild One (featuring adaptations by west coast trumpeter Shorty Rogers) followed by another, Franz Waxman’s explosive symphonic jazz suite for Crime in the Streets. Hollywood began shooting their films in the new bohemia: the San Francisco-set The Subterraneans adapted from the book by Jack Kerouac, featured the cool bop of composer-pianist Andre Previn alongside various 1950’s west coast jazz stars. The Paris Left Bank was the setting for the lesser-known proto-mod French film Les Tricheurs, with a score by a Norman Granz JATP supergroup (including Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie), and also for Paris Blues, Duke Ellington’s second major film score. Beatnik Barbara Graham is the femme fatale in I Want to Live! with Johnny Mandel music starring baritone legend Gerry Mulligan. The set ends on the brink of the 1960s with the torchbearers for a new generation of independent new wave American filmmakers. The highly influential director John Cassavetes’ Shadows, has themes written originally for the movie by Charles Mingus, and Shirley Clarke’s The Connection features Freddie Redd’s classic Blue Note quartet featuring the great saxophonist Jackie McLean.
Jazz soundtracks became just as important to the success of the New Wave cinema as handheld cameras and flashy editing. This stunning line up revels that jazz music helped reinforce and punctuate the lives of these youthful, freewheeling characters and turned stuffy old Europe into their new, cinematic playground and underscored by the pulsating beat and rhythms of the new worlds best jazz... and inspired film makers across Europe…'
Many of these films feature soundtracks with a wide spectrum of contemporary jazz material which complimented the radical, daring and avant-garde techniques perfectly…
So collected together on 6 CDs, are 11 re-mastered film scores including the Polish New Wave classic, 'Knife in The Water' directed by Roman Polanski and scored by Krzysztof Komeda... plus tracks from 'La Bride Sur Le Cou' and the title theme from 'Bob Le Flambeur’.
All original scores have been enhanced by high quality, professional jazz specialist, digitally re-mastering - surpassing that of any previous CD release for these scores…
It also includes a deluxe booklet, with exclusive sleeve notes by Richard Neupert author of 'A History of The French New Wave Cinema'.
The sequel to Moochin’ About’s stunning 2013 release (that focused mostly on the French New Wave), The New Wave II takes a more global perspective on the range of cinematic ‘New Waves’ that sprang up in the 1950s and through the 1960s. Despite the different national contexts of Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Argentina, and the United States, these independent, youth-centred film movements all embraced jazz soundtracks as part of their involvement with social and cultural change.
Chameleons Vox are the latest incarnation of Mark Burgess's Manchesters post-punk icons, The Chameleons....
Mark Burgess - vocals
Bass Neil Dwerryhouse - guitar
Chris Oliver - guitar
Yves Altana - drums
JIM FLORA:THE WIZARD OF THE SQUARE FOOT CANVAS
James (Jim) Flora's wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s) have bedazzled a growing fan base. He also wrote and illustrated seventeen popular children's books and flourished for decades as a commercial illustrator. Flora (1914-1998) was a one-man image factory. Few knew, at the time, that he was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity, and violence. Cute—and deadly. Flora's album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins, fingering cockeyed pianos and honking lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives. Taking liberties with human anatomy, he drew bonded bodies and misshapen heads, inked ghoulish skin tints and grafted mutant appendages. He was not averse to pigmenting jazz legends Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa like bedspread patterns. On some Flora figures, three legs and five arms were standard equipment, spare eyeballs optional. His fine-art works reflect the same comic yet disturbing qualities…
Moochin’ About is proud and honoured to release a new fully re-mastered collection of film scores, by the multi-instrumentalist, composer and author David Amram, rightfully hailed as a Renaissance man of American Music.
Amram plays more than 35 instruments and played a significant role in introducing the French horn to jazz more than sixty years ago while a member in the bands of many of the 1950s jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford. He also developed friendships while jamming or recording with many other jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Nina Simone, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito d'Rivera, Candido, Ray Mantilla, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thad Jones, Sonny Rollins, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Meanwhile, Amram also conducted 75 of the world’s great symphony orchestras, composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, 2 operas, 23 Broadway scores, and 20 film scores including iconic films such as, ‘Splendor in The Grass (Warren Beatty/Natalie Wood)’, ‘The Manchurian Candidate (Frank Sinatra/Lawrence Harvey)’, ‘The Young Savages (Burt Lancaster/Shelly Winters)’, ‘The Arrangement (Kirk Douglas/ Faye Dunaway/ Deborah Kerr)’ and ‘Pull My Daisy (feat the voice of Jack Kerouac)’, which are all featured on this collection in their entirety, as well as the release for the first time ever of 2015’s -‘Isn’t It Delicious’. This release also features excerpts from Amrams first ever documentary ‘Echo of An Era’ featuring the great Cecil Taylor on piano.
All of these scores have been re-mastered to the highest quality ever and the 60 page perfect bound booklet has been written by Mr.David Amram himself!
David Amram’s Jazz BIO 2018
Ever since meeting, jamming with and being mentored by Dizzy Gillespie in 1951 and Charlie Parker in 1952,.David Amram has continued over the past 66 years as one of the first pioneers, along with Julius Watkins, to include the French horn as an improvising voice in jazz. He has also pioneered the use of jazz and the all-embracing philosophy it embodies in every genre of music, as a foundation to inspire all sincere musicians to tell their story while learning, respecting and then performing all true music which is built to last.
Over the last 50 years, Amram has been acclaimed as a major pioneer of World Music but has stated publicly that his broad ranging interest of all musics which touch the heart are the foundation of what Bird and Dizzy told him to pursue long ago, when he told them of his dreams of becoming a jazz french hornist and a symphonic composer.
He credits them with steering him on the path he has pursued and shared with the world ever since those first encounters.To remain open and respectful to all forms of artistic expression and to the people and the cultures who keep these arts alive and share them
As a performer, composer and conductor, Amram has recorded with Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Oscar Pettiford, Machito, Candido, Betty Carter, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Mary Lou Williams, Thad Jones, Julius Watkins,T.S Monk,Paquito d’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and Albert Mangelsdorff.
He has performed with Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Gerry Mulligan, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Randy Weston, Kenny Burrell, Los Papines, Winton Marsalis, Stepane Grappelli, Ray Barretto, Mongo Santa Maria, Bobby Sanabria, Arturo O’Farrell, Jim Pepper and Bill Evans.
He has conducted symphony concerts for the last 50 years, inviting the participation of jazz artists as both soloists and as guest composers,decades before the term “cross-over’ was ever used.
From his first score in 1956 for the documentary film Echo of an Era (with Cecil Taylor playing piano on his first -ever recording) and the scores for the original 1962 Manchurian Candidate ( with stellar performances by Harold Land and Carmell Jones) , Splendor in the Grass (with soloists Buster Bailey and George Barrow) Jack Kerouac’s Pull My Daisy (with Sahib Shihab as soloist and Jack Kerouac narrating) and ending with the new film Isn’t it Delicious with classical artists joined by jazz luminaries Paquito d’Rivera, Alex Foster, Earl McKintyre, Jerome Harris and guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Vic Juris.
In 1966, when Leonard Bernstein chose Amram as the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever composer in residence, Bernstein encouraged Amram to continue to be an ambassador of music for young people and to always remember share with them the enduring values of European classical music and the treasures of jazz, Native American and Latin American music, all of which are of of enduring value, based on purity of intent and an exquisite choice of notes.
Today at 87 Amram continues to do that, maintaining a remarkable pace of composing new classical pieces, while making recordings and performing as a band leader, multi-instrumentalist, guest conductor, soloist and narrator in five languages.
His selected YouTube highlights, schedule and management are listed on his web page www.davidamram.com
Here is a compendium of some of the highlights of my dozens of recordings incorporating jazz where I appeared as a soloist with others, as well as ones with my own various bands I assembled over the years ad symphonic jazz -oriented works and film scores!!!
Lionel Hampton, Jazz in Paris: Lionel Hampton & His French New Sound (1955)
Oscar Pettiford Big Band (Jimmy Cleveland, Art Farmer, Osie Johnson, Sahib Shihab, Julius Watkins, Tommy Flanigan and David Amram) Paramount Records (1956)
Amram/Barrow Quartet Jazz Studio Six (with George Barrow, David Amram, Arthur Phipps)
Decca Records (1957)
Two french horns Two Baritone Saxophones (with David Amram, Juliua Watkins, Hampton Hawes, Curtis Fuller, Teddy Charles, Sahib Shihab, John Coltrane and Pepper Adams) Prestige Records (1957)
Four French horns (with Julius Watkins, David Amram, Milt Hinton, Osie Johnson, Matt Matthews, and Dick Katz) Elektra Records (1957)
Kenny Dorham, Blue Spring (with Cedar Walton, Cannonball Adderly, Cecil Payne, David Amram. Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb and Philly Joe Jones) Riverside Records (1959)
The Young Savages Amram's 1960 film score (with Harold Land, George Morrow Leon Petties, David Amram and a symphony orchestra) Columbia Records (1961)
Splendor in the Grass Amram’s 1960 film score (with Buster Bailey, Eddie Wilcox, George Barrow, Maurice Peress, Rod Leavitt and symphony orchestra) Moochin’ About Recordings (2016)
The Manchurian Candidate Amram’s score for the original 1962 soundtrack, starring Frank Sinatra.
(With Harold Land, Paul Horn, Jack Nimitiz, Lou Blackburn and symphony orchestra.)
Moochin’ About Recordings (2016)
Elia Kazan’s film The Arrangement starring Kirk Douglas and Faye Dunaway Amram’s score for the soundtrack, (with Richard Davis, George Barrow, Thad Jones. Jerry Dodgion, and Pepper Adams)
No More Walls: David Amram and Friends (Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Candido, Al Harewood, Ali Hafid, George Mgrdichian, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Midhat Serbagi, and Lynn Shefield) (1971)
Triple Concerto for Woodwind , Brass and Jazz Quintets and Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic conducted by David Zinman, with the David Amram quintet (Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Herb Bushler, and Al Harewood ) RCA RedSeal (1973)
Havana/New York Live in Cuba 1977 (with Paquito de Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Los Papines, Ray Mantilla, Eddie Gomez, Thad Jones, Pepper Adams and Billy Hart) Flying Fish/Rounder Records (1977)
T.S. Monk, Monk on Monk (with T. S. Monk, Roy Hargrove,Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry,Christian McBride,David Amram, Ron Carter, Bobby Watson,Grover Washington Jr. Nnenna Freelon, Dave Holland, Howard Johnson, Kevin Mahogany, Ronnie Mathews, Danilo Perez, Bobby Porcelli, Dianne Reeves, Wallace Roney, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Bert, and Don Sickler) Audio CD (1997
David Amram: At Home/Around the World (with Paquito de Rivera, Candido, Odetta, Pepper Adams,Victor Venegas, Candido, Patty Smythe, Ali Hafid, George Mgrdichian Flying Fish/ Rounder Records (1978)
Latin Jazz Celebration (with Paquito d’Rivera,Machito, Jerry Dodgion, Pepper Adams, David Fathead Newman, George Barrow, Joe Wilder, Jimmy Knepper, Candido, , Steve Berrios, Myra Casales,
Amram’s Score for Broadway drama “On the Waterfront”(with Jimmy Owens, Slide Hampton, Jerry Dodgion, Victor Venegas, Al Harewood) (1995)
Amram’s Score for feature film “Isn’t it Delicious” (with Earle McKintyre, Gene Harris, Erik Lawrence, Patience Higgins, Jerry Dodgion, Alex Foster, Kevin Twigg, Rene Hart, Adam Amram,
Adira Amram and Shug Moreno. Moochin’ About Records (2016)
NEWS OF 5 CD BOX SET OF CLASSIC FILM SCORES BY DAVID AMRAM
The box set, which has been released in the UK to wonderful reviews, will now be released in North America and /Canada at the end of 2018, followed by Europe, Australia, Canada, China and Japan. In addition to the five CDs, which include highlights of Amram’s score for John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate and The Young Savages, Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass and The Arrangement, and the entire original soundtrack of Jack Kerouac's narration with Amram’s music for Pull My Daisy. The box set also includes highlight from scores for the Broadway dramatic productions of Arthur Miller’s After the Fall, Budd Schulberg’s original script for the theatrical version of On the Waterfront and a100 page booklet with notes by Amram as well as photos about the making of each film.
While artists like Gerry Mulligan, Stan Kenton and David Sanborn have recorded the main themes from David Amram’s film scores, this box set includes a dazzling variety of artists from the worlds of jazz, Latin, Middle Eastern and Classical music, performing every note which Amram painstakingly composed, orchestrated, and conducted and in which he often appeared himself as a soloist.
This is the first time that lovers of film soundtracks can hear the original soundtracks of his films in one set, with the brilliant musicians whom Amram chose for each score.
Jazz luminaries on the various soundtracks include legendary clarinetist Buster Bailey, as well as Harold Land, Jimmy Owens, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Cobb, Pepper Adams, Paquito d’Rivera, Jerry Dodgion, Richard Davis, Earl McKintyre, Paul Horn, Candido, George Barrow, Vic Juris, Sahib Shihab. Alex Foster, Erik Lawrence , Laurindo Almeida, Joe Gordon, Anita Ellis and Cecil Taylor, (heard while playing on the first recording Cecil Taylor ever made in the summer of 1956 for Amram’s score for the documentary film “Echo of an Era”.)
All of the symphonic and chamber musicians were also chosen by Amram, assembled from members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Marlboro Music Festival and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Amram said recently in an interview.
“I have always been a composer, NOT a film score composer. Over the past sixty years, I have occasionally composed scores for films which I felt had lasting value and for which I knew I would have the freedom and the time to create music with the the same loving care as I still do every day when composing symphonies, operas, concertos and chamber works and when playing with creative artists from the worlds of jazz and global music..
Many of the highlights of the original scores for some of the films are finally made available to hear for the first time. Some were created over a half a century ago,
Hearing them, remastered and appearing in this box set makes me realize that it was worth the wait.
It is rewarding to hear the creativity of the all great players with whom i was fortunate enough to have had for each score, and finally gives the world the chance to hear their voices being heard.
I am grateful that after sixty years, it is possible for today’s young composers, performers and a new generation of film makers to see that creating music to enhance a film is an art, and that joyous collaborations among artists who love their work can bring out the best in everyone involved.”
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For the first time ever in their entirety, this beautifully packaged 3 CD set, lovingly remastered, brings together the complete film recordings by legendary Italian composer Piero Umiliani featuring iconic West Coast trumpeter Chet Baker…
This, the first release on the critically acclaimed Jazz On Film series dedicated to jazz icons also includes one of the rarest Umiliani soundtracks, 'Intrigo A Los Angeles'... a marvellous jazz score with the maestro himself at the piano. In 1964, C.A.M released an album with 15 mono cues (38:00 in length) that is now one of the rarest vinyl’s in their catalogue, coveted by fans of the Firenze composer and jazz lovers alike. For this CD ,the original mono master session tapes were used on which was discovered some unreleased material, bringing the total running time up to 43:12 – everything that was recorded for the movie. Audio restoration has improved the sound immensely making for a great listening experience.
Umiliani was the first Italian to bring jazz to the big screen and experimented by using legendary trumpeter Chet Baker... a collaboration and friendship that gave life to a fine collection of recordings and brought out the very best of Baker during his troubled life…
Originally recorded in 1957 on the Delyse , this extremely powerful collection of songs that have been enhanced by high quality digitally re-mastering and lovingly restored to its former glory … Moochin’ About is proud to release these stunning recordings for the first time ever on CD…
The Rhos Male Voice Choir are from the village of Rhosllannerchrugog (Rhos), some five miles south-west of Wrexham, North Wales. Formed in 1891 the choir has, since then, been in the forefront of male voice singing. It is widely recognised as being one of Wales' foremost choirs and its record in the competitive field is second to none.