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July 30, 2018

Ionarts A Radio Interview About Othmar Schoeck

Deal Hudson of Ave Maria Radio’s “Church and Culture” (tagline: “Church and Culture engages all aspects of our culture with the aim of discussing “cultural apologetics.”) was kind enough to have me on his show to talk “Schoeck”, dedicating an hour’s worth of airtime to the Swiss composer – with a focus on his masterpiece, Notturno… and studded with plenty of excerpts from his music.


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Ionarts A Radio Interview About Othmar Schoeck

Goldmine Magazine Music Reviews – Linda Clifford

Linda Clifford  If My Friends Could See Me Now Let Me Be Your Woman Here’s My Love I’m Yours (Blixa Sounds) You can say whatever you like about disco – when it was born, when it died, and whether or …

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Ionarts Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Tasty Danishes (Piano Trio Edition)

Ionarts Forbes Classical CD Of The Week: Tasty Danishes (Piano Trio Edition)

…finally, there is the little ten-minute “Mountain Flowers” Piano Trio by Rued Langgaard (1893-1952). Langgaard-lovers – and if you get into Langgaard at all it is difficult not to become a card-carrying member) might say: ‘Woha! This Trio strikes my ears as familiar’ Yes, because it became the excellently-ambitious First Symphony’s second movement. It’s the part where he stops to smell the

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The Real Mick Rock “I don’t go into a session intending to make any kind of…

Classic Album Sundays Classic Album Sundays Chicago presents Jane’s Addiction ‘Nothing’s Shocking’

Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-80s, Jane’s Addiction set a standard for driving, passionate and sonically crushing alternative rock before the term was even coined. They were flamboyant and provocative, with an equal interest in visual art, fashion, and 70s era guitar riffs.

Like most great bands, it was not a single member whose contribution was greater: Perry Farrell’s unique voice and lyrics, Dave Navarro’s guitar riffs and wailing leads, Eric Avery’s sturdy basslines, and one of rock’s greatest and most powerful drummers, Stephen Perkins. Nothing’s Shocking remains one of the most important alternative albums of all time.

Join us to experience this album as never before.

The album is available to buy here.


Date and Time: Sunday August 26th 2018 5:30pm – 8:30pm


Saturday Audio Exchange, 1021 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago IL, 60647


$5 in advance soon


Jim Burchill from CHIRP Radio

Audio Menu: Klipschorns provided by Klipsch Audio and McIntosh Tube amps provided by Saturday Audio

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Richer Unsigned Artist Of The Week: Martha Hill

We’ve selected Martha Hill as our Artist Of The Week! After growing up in rural Scotland, she left home at 17 to tour Europe as a busker, before finally settling down in Newcastle. Her take on pop music is refreshing, working in elements of hip-hop’s swinging drums and echo-drenched guitars and horns reminiscent of indie/surf rock. We love her single “Spiders” a lot, and we feel you will, too:

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JazzWax Jimmy Smith: Portuguese Soul

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One of organist Jimmy Smith’s most interesting albums is Portuguese Soul. Recorded for Verve in February 1973, the album remains unknown by many, largely because it was out of print for years. The album wasn’t helped by the cover, which has a horror film poster thing going on in the design. Those who do know the album are often surprised to learn that it was arranged by Thad Jones, who conducted a large orchestra that sadly remains uncredited.


As Smith writes in the album’s liner notes, “It all started at 4 a.m., Sunday, November 13, 1972, after our segment of the Newport Jazz Festival had just wrapped up our last concert of the three-month European tour, in Cascals, a little town on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. We were packed and the other guys had crashed, but this guy was pacing with all sorts of music twisting my head, going in so many directions. I knew it couldn’t be just another tune or two tunes, but a whole damn suite.

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“I was rapping on tables, glasses, suitcases—anything that would get near the sounds I heard. I stayed on this ‘musical high’ for days and when I felt I had it all together, there was no double who the one man was who could musically dissect my brain, hear what was there and get on the same trip, and that was Thad Jones.”


The music on the album is fascinating. The recording opens with Don McLean’s And I Love You So, which Smith first heard in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He missed the first verse with his tape recorder and the title but captured enough of it to know he had to record it. Next up is Blap, a 10:53 original that must have come from the banging on tables and glasses. It completes Side 1.

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On Side 2, there’s a four-minute opening instrumental prologue. Next comes three movements that finish the album. The second movement is by Jones. What’s fascinating about this side is that the music is heavily perfumed with Jones’s arranging style and a big thrashing band punctuated by Smith’s organ throughout. It’s also deeply complex and moody music.

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What’s unfortunate is that the musicians on the date aren’t listed. Saxophonist Bill Kirchner, who knew Thad Jones and set in with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Band at the Village Vanguard, tells me that Grady Tate played drums and Mel Lewis played percussion. If I have time, I’ll reach out to Local 802 to see if they have the session sheets.

Jimmy Smith died in 2005:

JazzWax tracks: Fortunately, Jimmy Smith’s Portuguese Soul is available as a download for only $6.99 here.

The album also is available at Spotify.

JazzWax clip: Here’s And I Love Her So


A special thanks to Bill Kirchner and David Langner.

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