Zuleikha had a concert with her “old” band yesterday, which is called “Brass & Co.” (she’s now a member of the Big Band which is more on a senior grade age level than the former). And during that concert yesterday we also heard several other bands from other schools and music schools, and some performances were really nice.
Like a girl in a small rock group who played keys and sang this one from Stevie Nicks:
Another brass band played Mark Ronson’s / Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, and while I like the original (which I played on the TV later at home for Zuleikha), I even prefer a newer video edit of it:
The same goes for “The Hanging Tree”, from “Mockingjay” of “The Hunger Games”, where Jennifer Lawrence’s original is good – but I like another one even more. This one is from Adriana Figueroa who also calls herself “adrisaurus”:
And here is Zuleikha playing it, without sound (don’t have a video of it):
As always, thanks for reading / viewing / listening.
Hm – I thought I had written about them before. Cannot find it, so here we go again; listen to this fine version of Desafinado:
Marc (Eliane’s husband) is playing an Eminence Upright here, quite a fine instrument when properly amplified – and I think on top of his rig I also see an Avalon preamp/DI, quite a nice way to get a signal from a bass 🙂
But listen to those musicians: Eliane Elias: piano, vocal – Rubens De La Gorte, guitar – Marc Johnson, bass – Rafael Barata, drums – all of them exceptional.
In my post from Sunday I showed you a picture with two CDs, the latest one from Snarky Puppy, and one from Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley which is some 62 years older.
Currently I’m sitting at work where I turned on the Snarky Puppy one in my Rhythmbox Music Player – and turned it off again after roundabout 6 minutes or so. The reason? Too loud. And no, I don’t mean the peak but the average loudness. Have a look at the opening piece “Chonks” in Audacity:
Loud, from start to finish. Look at the opening piece “So what” from Miles’ CD for a comparison:
Aaahh, what a relief! It’s loud as well, but not all the time. What a difference to hear some nice and dynamic music instead of a harsh attack.
Those guys 62 years ago like Fred Plaut and/or Rudy van Gelder simply did it better. Much better.