Guitarist – Jose Carlos Matos http://josecarlosmatos.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:09:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://josecarlosmatos.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Guitarist – Jose Carlos Matos http://josecarlosmatos.com/ 32 32 Goose Cements Their Reputation As The Hottest New Jam Band On Epic Tour With Trey Anastasio https://josecarlosmatos.com/goose-cements-their-reputation-as-the-hottest-new-jam-band-on-epic-tour-with-trey-anastasio/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:09:55 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/goose-cements-their-reputation-as-the-hottest-new-jam-band-on-epic-tour-with-trey-anastasio/

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“There was certainly way more waffles than people that night,” says Rick Mitarotonda, lead singer and guitarist of goose. He reflects on the band’s 2017 gig at Funk N Waffles, a 200-seat venue in Syracuse, New York, just half a mile from where he and his bandmates are meeting that November Friday night — at the Oncenter War Memorial in 7,000 seats.

Earlier this summer, rolling stone talked to Goose — the hottest in the country jam band – on adapting their live sound for the studio to record their album drip field. Last weekend we caught up with the band on the road on their tour with Trey Anastasio’s groupa double poster that had jam lovers turning in the aisles.

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Syracuse was the penultimate show of an eight-date Northeast tour with Anastasio, the Phish frontman who has arguably become the jam scene’s de facto leader since the Grateful Dead guitarist‘s 1995 death. Jerry Garcia.

“I admired [Trey] for a long time as a musician, music maker, bandleader and role model,” says Mitarotonda. “And the fact that he wanted to do this [tour with us]I feel immense gratitude.

“Even two years ago we wouldn’t have imagined all this,” says Peter Anspach, the band’s keyboardist and guitarist. “Growing up a fan of Trey and Phish, playing alongside him on stage is pretty ridiculous. When you’re in the crowd at a Phish show, you’d never think it was going to happen.

When the co-headlining tour (dubbed “Taboose”) was announced in August, it came with high expectations for artists and fans alike. Remarkably, they were almost all satisfied. Even the notoriously high standards of the Phish Phreaks were met during Anastasio and Goose’s nightly sit-ins in each other’s sets. And Thursday’s show in Fairfax, Va., at the EagleBank Arena achieved instant classic status when guitar wizard Billy Strings joined TAB and Goose for several songs, including a whirlwind cover of “Carini” from Phish.

“The lesson learned from this tour was this incredible learning experience of what can happen through the stages of your career,” says Anspach. “And how to approach all these things, these changes and evolve musically.”

Anastasio first entered the fold when he watched one of Goose’s riveting livestreams last year and reached out. They bumped into each other last spring in Atlanta at the Sweetwater 420 Festival and brainstormed ideas for collaborating. In June, Anastasio took the stage at Goose’s sold-out Radio City Music Hall and talks began soon after for the “Taboose” fall tour.

“For whatever reason, [Trey] wanted to do something [with us]“recalls Mitarotonda. “Even if it wasn’t us, the fact that he wants to take the next generation under his wing is a pretty cool thing.”

Formed in Connecticut in 2014, Goose followed the normal routine that many New England jam-rock bands, including Phish, go through: nonstop tours through college towns and dive bars, rehearsals constants and a focus on the “you had to be there” times. live improvisation. Before the pandemic, they were moving a few hundred tickets per show, but emerged from the shutdown like a live powerhouse, selling out legendary venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

In an aging landscape that sometimes feels melodically stuck in molasses, Goose is a breath of fresh air. It’s an arena-level jam band that millennials can finally call their own after years of older fans telling them, “You should have been here back then.” Goose, however, is happening right now.

“[Trey] told us about the 1990s when [Phish] was coming up and there was so much competition – a lot of different, very creative people doing a lot of things,” Mitarotonda says. “And he said there was a passage [after that]where he felt like it wasn’t happening, and he was getting nervous about creativity and the future of the [jam] stage.

“I kind of saw that in all areas [nowadays], with a creativity that does not tend upwards. Technology makes it harder to be truly original and creative,” Mitarotonda continues. “So I think [Trey] wants to draw attention to creativity and encourage creativity [with this tour].”

With 2023 on the horizon, there’s already a lot going on in Camp Goose. The band just released their new EP, Undecidedwith tracks tested on the road, finally processed in the studio and recorded during the drip field scrapbook sessions.

Before the end of the year, the group will organize its “Goosemasholiday blowout at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, and will ring in the New Year with a pair of sold-out shows at the Andrew J. Brady Music Center in Cincinnati. They also have an already sold-out five-night spring run at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.

“Whatever impact we have, we do everything we can to make it a positive impact. Something beyond that? To be the next “torchbearers”? It doesn’t matter,” says Mitarotonda. “[The jam scene] has always been an ecosystem, and it always should be an ecosystem – all we can really hope for is to be part of the ecosystem.

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says Abu Dhabi F1 is “another level to reach” https://josecarlosmatos.com/def-leppard-guitarist-phil-collen-says-abu-dhabi-f1-is-another-level-to-reach/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:04:29 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/def-leppard-guitarist-phil-collen-says-abu-dhabi-f1-is-another-level-to-reach/

In a saturated concert market, one tour in particular is a resounding success.

British group Def LeppardThe trek with fellow Motley Crue rockers killed US stadiums throughout the summer, selling 1.3 million tickets and earning $173.5 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Four decades into their career, not only is this Def Leppard’s biggest ever tour, but it sets the stage for a series of stadium gigs across the UK and Ireland next summer.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will get the hype on Sunday, when the band perform the prestigious race day concert.

In an exclusive interview with The Nationalguitarist Phil Collen says the band will arrive in the UAE capital a well-oiled machine.

As a boxing fan, he appeals to the former heavyweight champion mike tyson as an analogy to explain the sustainability of the group.

“He was the most dangerous fighter in the world and he only really lost when he stopped training and putting in the work,” Collen said.

“That’s how we’ve always approached it as a band and why we’re still here. You have to follow the work you’re doing or it will slip away.”

Another reason the Def Leppard star stays bright, says Collen, is because they’re one of a handful of bands offering the kind of anthemic, guilt-free rock thrills increasingly absent from the current generation. guitar groups.

“It’s about celebration. It means loud guitars, big lyrics and everyone singing,” he says.

“We come from that time and it’s hard to find that now because a lot of people don’t have that kind of stamina.

“And that’s really the thing: it’s about coming to the other side singing and playing better.”

“A cross between AC/DC and Queen”

Formed in Sheffield in 1977, Def Leppard carved out a profile as the leader of a movement dubbed the “new wave of British heavy metal” and found success with a string of well-received debut albums, including 1981’s. Raised and dryincluding the single Bring the heartache became one of the first rock videos broadcast on the fledgling music channel MTV.

Then with the release of the 1987 album Hysteria, Def Leppard have become world stars.

Their energetic mix of muscle rock and euphoric hooks spawned half a dozen hits, including Pour sugar on me and Animaland the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.

In addition to releasing “the rock version” of michael jackson1982 hit album Thriller, Collins says Hysteria is the fulfillment of Def Leppard’s career mission.

“We wanted our music to be a cross between AC/DC and Queen,” he says.

“It’s about having that powerful sound with great melodies.”

It was an approach that initially was not welcomed by the harder sounds of the British metal communities.

“We realized early on that we don’t have to worry about it and that the goal is to create things we like in hopes that someone else will like them too,” he says.

“Since we liked bands, we thought ‘wouldn’t it be great to create a hybrid of the two’.

“We wanted to create music that we could personally be fans of.”

And that meant overcoming challenges inside and outside the studio.

The recording of Hysteria was plagued with difficulties, including a cost explosion that made the $3.5 million release one of the most expensive rock albums ever.

Even more impressive were the dynamic tracks performed by drummer Rick Allen after losing his left arm in a horrific car accident just before the first batch of recording sessions in 1984.

Then there were the songs themselves, like love bites and gods of war, all impeccably produced by the Svengali Mutt Lange band and featuring intricate three-part harmonies and interlocking guitar arpeggios.

love bites is basically a studio song because it has all these great vocals and it went to number one on the Billboard charts before we even played it live,” Collen said.

“So we had to go back into the studio and learn how to play it live at concerts. It was really scary at first, but eventually it worked and now it’s a big part of the show.”

Ready for the challenge

An interesting aspect of the Abu Dhabi concert will be the songs performed from the new album Diamond star halos.

Released in May, the band’s first album in seven years finds them channeling the heady sounds of Hysteria era with explosive and good-humored tracks, like the churning liquid dust and ironic U Rock Mi.

At over an hour in length, it’s one of Def Leppard’s longest albums and it was born out of the monotony of Covid-19.

“We were really only supposed to do a four-song EP and go on tour, but with the tour constantly delayed, we kept writing,” he says.

“There was a lot of inspiration. We were all apart, we kept sending each other parts of songs, and we found a way to create something good out of the whole Covid experience.

With the album hitting the top 10 on the US charts and new songs slipping easily into an extensive greatest hits list, Collen is confident that Def Leppard’s show in Abu Dhabi will put a smile on the crowd’s face.

“We all feel good, we sound good and we’ll go that extra mile. I know I’ll be in the gym kicking the punching bag the morning of the show,” Collen said.

“It’s a huge ambition that got us to where we are today and I think we still have it. We’ve played in stadiums before, but not with this consistency and quality every night.

“And with Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, it’s just another level for us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Def Leppard performs as part of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix on Sunday. Access to the show is restricted to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders. Tickets are available online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Center at 800 927 or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.

Updated: November 18, 2022, 6:02 p.m.

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JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist RICHIE FAULKNER performs at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction – ‘I didn’t need to be there, but the guys thought it was important that I was there to represent the group in 2022″ https://josecarlosmatos.com/judas-priest-guitarist-richie-faulkner-performs-at-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction-i-didnt-need-to-be-there-but-the-guys-thought-it-was-important-that-i-was-there-to-represent-the-group/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 07:20:56 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/judas-priest-guitarist-richie-faulkner-performs-at-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction-i-didnt-need-to-be-there-but-the-guys-thought-it-was-important-that-i-was-there-to-represent-the-group/

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announced the class of 2022 inductees earlier this year, including British metal gods Judas Priest, who received the “Musical Excellence” award at the Nov. 5 event. Former KK members Downing (guitar) and Les Binks (drums) joined singer Rob Halford, guitarist Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and Downing replacement Richie Faulkner for a medley of “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, “Breaking the Law”, and “Living After Midnight”.

Metal Rules’ Robert Cavuoto recently caught up with Faulkner, who discussed the performance he previously described as “surreal”, and talked about the band’s upcoming studio album. Check out the interview below.

On the performance of the induction ceremony

Faulkner: “I was just happy to be there to support the rest of the guys. I offered to abstain, I didn’t need to be there, (but) the guys wanted me to be part of the band even though I wasn’t inducted, so to speak. They thought it was important for me to represent the band in 2022, so that was really nice of them. It was a great night.

Faulkner shared a message on Instagram after the induction ceremony:

“A life I’m gonna live!! What a night! I’m sure it was a flood of emotions for everyone involved and for all the fans, but being up there with GT and KK as part of a Guitar TRIO with Judas Priest was an experience I will never forget. A big shout out to all the amazing guys and artists who were inducted last night. It was truly surreal to be there.

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50s and 60s style band The Boulevards rocks the Arts Center https://josecarlosmatos.com/50s-and-60s-style-band-the-boulevards-rocks-the-arts-center/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/50s-and-60s-style-band-the-boulevards-rocks-the-arts-center/ Many bands focus on a certain genre/era of music, but it takes special dedication to bring the music to life.

The Boulevards, a vintage-style rock and roll band performing the greatest hits of the 1950s and early 1960s, aim for that level of dedication, as evidenced by the public reaction to their appearance at the Salisbury Arts Center on Thursday November 3.

It was a follow-up to the group’s successful shows at the Playhouse in 2020 and 2021, the first of which was a pilot show to test a socially distanced audience protocol and help the theater reopen.

They said the show at the Arts Theater last week was a welcome return to Salisbury.

They performed two 45 minute sets of rock and roll classics including Rock Around The Clock, Wake Up Little Susie, The Wanderer, Move It, That’ll Be The Day, C’mon Everybody, Be Bop A Lula, Jailhouse Rock, A Teenager. In Love and ending with an encore of Johnny B. Goode.

The group was formed in 2018 by a group of musicians who had worked together in the West End and number one touring musicals such as Dreamboats and Petticoats.

The five-piece band includes vocalist and lead guitarist Sandy Grigelis, bassist Mike Slader, keyboardist Sheridan Lloyd, drummer Gareth Thompson and lead guitarist Patrick Burbridge.

While many bands that pay homage to a particular era may feature individuals who were alive at that time, The Boulevards’ quest to bring 1950s and 1960s music to younger generations is reinforced by the age of the band members. themselves, ranging from 28 to 36 years old.

As well as Salisbury, the effort took them to audiences in Blackpool, Newbury and their native London.

Patrick said: “We are really determined to carry the torch of this music. It’s a truly important milestone in music history and should be celebrated, played and never forgotten. We want to play rock and roll not only for those who loved it before, but also to bring it to a new younger generation in a fresh, exciting and authentic way.

“We are delighted to have established a great relationship with the team at Wiltshire Creative and it’s great to see so many people in the audience enjoying our performances. Hopefully we’ll be back soon! ”

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Jeff Cook, guitarist and co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at 73 https://josecarlosmatos.com/jeff-cook-guitarist-and-co-founder-of-country-band-alabama-dies-at-73/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:40:32 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/jeff-cook-guitarist-and-co-founder-of-country-band-alabama-dies-at-73/

Legendary country musician Jeff Cook sadly passed away.

The famous guitarist was a co-founding member of the country band Alabamaalongside his cousins, Randy Owen and gentleman teddy bear.

A group representative confirmed that I f died at the age of 73, at his vacation home in Destin, Florida, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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Tributes to I f flocked to social media, including a heartfelt from Kenny Chesney.

“Jeff Cook and all the guys in Alabama were so generous with wisdom and fun when I was able to tour with them as a young artist”, Kenny shared said in a statement. “They showed a kid in a T-shirt that country music could be rock, could be real, could be someone who looked like me. Growing up in East Tennessee gave me the heart to pursue that dream.

original name wild countryas Alabama the group achieved many milestones together, including eight number one songs, including “Tennessee River”, “Feels So Right”, and “Mountain Music”.

Their most famous songs are “Dixieland Delight”, “Song of the South” and “I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)”.

Alabama also achieved a rare feat by winning CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award for three consecutive years, in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

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Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction Revisit the Glory Days of Gen X in St. Paul https://josecarlosmatos.com/smashing-pumpkins-and-janes-addiction-revisit-the-glory-days-of-gen-x-in-st-paul/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 03:57:57 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/smashing-pumpkins-and-janes-addiction-revisit-the-glory-days-of-gen-x-in-st-paul/

Nearly 30 years after he first sang about living in the moment in his hit song “Today”, Billy Corgan finally seems to recognize that Smashing Pumpkins are largely a band of yesterday.

The Chicago rocker and his bouncy band did a smashing job playing the nostalgia card on Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center, where they teamed up with fellow big band from their early ’90s era, Jane’s Addiction.

Having Jane’s crew on board—plus flashy art rocker Poppy for a warm-up number (think: Lady Gaga-turned-metal)—benefited the Pumpkins more than just a boost in attendance to over 11,000 ticket buyers.

Corgan & Co. also had to drastically reduce their setup time to around 100 minutes. It was really a good thing after their last concert at the Xcel Center in 2018, a nearly three-hour set in which their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” wasn’t even the show’s most pumped-up feature. This time around, the Pumpkins largely stuck to their hits and other fan favorites and seemingly embraced their status as a greatest hits nostalgia act.

It was also great to have Jane’s Addiction because – duh! — Jane’s Addiction almost always delivers an electrifying set.

Playing their first date in Twin Cities since the dangerously overcrowded Brick nightclub opened in 2012, the gutter-glam-rock band from Los Angeles have risen to the challenge yet again, even without Dave Navarro. The co-founding guitarist had to pull out of the tour due to long-lasting COVID symptoms.

Navarro’s bandmates quickly proved they could get along without him early in the set during “Ocean Size” and “Had a Dad.” Replacement guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (most recently on Queens of the Stone Age) nailed the wavy lead and guitar solos of the 1988 tunes. The “temp” made a permanent strong impression in the mid-show epic “Three Days”, also a centerpiece for drummer Stephen Perkins and bass is Eric Avery (the latter’s first tour with the band since the 2000s).

Singer Perry Farrell wasn’t as precise when it came to hitting his old notes. Maybe instead of the three lithe burlesque dancers writhing behind him, he should consider employing a backup singer (like the one the Pumpkins now feature).

However, the cosmically charismatic leader has always carried the torch for his fiery group. He was particularly exuberant later in the set as he led the crowd in mass songs to “Jane Says”, “Been Caught Stealing” and a particularly imposing “Mountain Song”.

While Farrell donned a bright, quizzical look that was part of Howdy Doody and Buzz Lightyear, Corgan stepped out in his usual ultra-dark Uncle Fester appearance, including the black monk cape. He did, however, seem a lot lighter on the mood right off the bat.

The 55-year-old singer smiled sweetly during ‘Today’ – which came second in the set after ‘Empires’. He also appeared to be smirking as he raged through the rat anthem in the cage “Bullet With Butterfly Wings.”

“We are so happy and touched to have you with us tonight,” Corgan said a few songs later, one of many times he addressed the crowd lovingly.

Considerably tighter than 2018, the Pumpkins sounded as monstrous as ever in the heaviest, most manic rockers near the end, including “Cherub Rock”, “Zero” and the full-tilt finale “Silver[bleep].” The show’s best moments, however, were the sweetest and sweetest.

Corgan performed “Tonight, Tonight” accompanied only by guitarist James Iha, who joined the band in 2018 and now seems irreplaceable. The singer and the audience then had their own bonding moment in “1979,” singing lyrics together about growing old without growing old. Both Friday groups are doing well in that department now.

Here are the setlists for Friday’s concert:

Jane’s Addiction

  • “Kettle Whistle”
  • “whores”
  • “Size of the Ocean”
  • “I had a daddy”
  • “Three days”
  • “Jane says”
  • “Stop”
  • “Ted, admit it”
  • “Song of the Mountain”
  • “I was caught stealing”

Smash pumpkins

  • “Empires”
  • “Ball with Butterfly Wings”
  • “Today”
  • “We only go out at night”
  • “Cyr”
  • “Once in a Lifetime” (Talking Heads cover)
  • “Solar”
  • “Eye”
  • “Ava Loves”
  • “Tonight Tonight”
  • “Stand Inside Your Love”
  • “Me of Mourning”
  • “Cherub Rock”
  • “Zero”
  • “1979”
  • “Seduce”
  • “Silverf–“
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King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and wife Toyah Willcox cover Black Sabbath Classic https://josecarlosmatos.com/king-crimson-guitarist-robert-fripp-and-wife-toyah-willcox-cover-black-sabbath-classic/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 00:09:51 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/king-crimson-guitarist-robert-fripp-and-wife-toyah-willcox-cover-black-sabbath-classic/

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Black Sabbath, “Heaven and Hell Cover” – Story by Anne Erickson

Watch King Crimson Guitarist Robert Fripp and Wife Toyah Willcox Perform Their Own Version of ‘Children of the Grave’

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife, singer, Toyah Willcox, host a “Sunday Lunch” series, in which they do wild covers of classic songs. For the Halloween edition of the series, the duo released the Black Sabbath classic “Children of the Grave.”

As always, they were dressed to the nines. The look was very appropriate for Halloween, with Fripp dressing up with large spiders on her head and shoulder and Toyah wearing a sheer top with a giant spider leg across her chest.

“Children of the Grave” is the second Black Sabbath song the two have covered. When they started doing their “Sunday Lunch” series, they covered “Paranoid.” Other previous “Sunday Lunch” covers include Fountains of Wayne’s classic “Stacy’s Mom”, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”, Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell” and many more.

Fripp says not everyone is happy with his “Sunday Lunch” videos with his wife. Granted, the videos are often weird, but regardless, Tripp is totally behind what he’s doing. Talk with The Telegraph (Going through Stronger), he said, “[The series has] upset some King Crimson fans. “At the start of the lockdown, my wife handed me a tutu and a pair of her black tights and took me to the end of the garden and put me on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. My wife insists that the artists have a responsibility to lift people’s spirits in difficult times. Do I respect that? My answer is yes, completely and totally I do.

He added: “We are fully aware of what people have been through during the lockdown. I mean, getting fucked in a small apartment while your mom is dying and you can’t go to the funeral. My wife told me, if all we’ve done in two years is help someone through their bad times, it’s worth it.

He continued, “So I’m not sure it meets a criterion of serving what’s highest in music, but for me it’s a real commitment that I respect. And I’m totally willing to strap on a guitar and get into a classic riff to achieve that. At 76, why should I give a fuck? It’s my life.”

The couple’s “Sunday Lunch” performances have been so popular that the two are taking the show on the road. They are announced to be touring in 2023, but dates have yet to be announced. Watch their spicy version of “Children of the Grave” via the video below.

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Guitarist, arranger and Jojo Records founder Simon Belelty’s new PEE WEE disc is out now https://josecarlosmatos.com/guitarist-arranger-and-jojo-records-founder-simon-beleltys-new-pee-wee-disc-is-out-now/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 19:34:14 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/guitarist-arranger-and-jojo-records-founder-simon-beleltys-new-pee-wee-disc-is-out-now/

Guitarist, arranger and Jojo Records founder Simon Belelty has released Pee Wee, a masterful display capturing thoughtful melody and the unique beauty of every moment, available today via Jojo Records.

Guitarist Simon Belelty is no stranger to the music scene, with nearly thirty years as a professional arranger, sideman and producer under his belt. Equally important, Belelty’s performance experience over these years gave him a deeply intertwined connection between the beauty of life and the development of a musician’s unique voice. His latest result is Pee Wee, a sonic paradise with a kindness and authenticity listeners never knew they needed, out today on Jojo Records.

Belelty’s deep love for jazz began in his childhood home in Jerusalem. His father, jazz drummer Jojo Belelty, would share his vinyl records with his family and the contagious joy the records brought him. Jojo Records, the label founded by Simon Belelty, is named after his father and seeks to carry on the tradition of spreading the wonder and delight his father brought to others through jazz. The bubbling spirit of Belelty’s father is undeniably continued with Pee Wee, an album born out of Belelty’s happiness as he contemplated music. “The melodies on this album were in my heart long before I could put my finger on them,” Belelty says. “That energy was part of me for a while.”

Pee Wee is, in many ways, a tribute to a melody’s ability to convey the emotional integrity of a moment. As an arranger, Belelty knows this truth intimately: his writings act as vehicles for melodies, moving generously on a path to the human heart. Whether they soar freely or whisper subtly, Pee Wee’s melodies and their unique organic presentation are what set this record apart in the most truthful and intimate way. “A lot of those melodies have stuck with me since I was 15,” Belelty says. “Sometimes you feel ideas and melodies, but they’re not strong enough to pass on to someone else. I try to put them on paper and see them clearly enough to be able to explain them to others. “

Beyond framing, Belelty points out how his musical company on such a recording can have a dramatic impact on the creation and execution of the melody. In fact, Kirk Lightsey, longtime Belelty collaborator and star pianist of Pee Wee, was the first to introduce the bandleader to his title track, “Pee Wee.” [Lightsey] played this song throughout his career in many bands and for me this is one of the songs that represents him more than many other songs,” says Belelty. “I really wanted to take this opportunity to have Kirk on my record. , to play this song with him.”

The title of the album is derived from much of the same reasoning as the title track was included on the record, as a tribute to the friendship and as a tribute to the composer behind, Tony Williams. “This particular melody sounds very melodic and easy, but it’s not that easy,” Belelty says. “It’s like the way Tony Williams plays – when he plays it looks easy but it really isn’t.” The music on this album and the concept behind it belong to a similar category. Although the tunes are easily recognizable, it is the authentic presentation of the music that none other than master craftsmen could have achieved. For Belelty, the melody of “Pee Wee” is one that mixes emotions in a complex way. This emotional maturity is found throughout the album. “This song is one I love deeply, and I feel good – but also sad – when I hear it. Good and sad aren’t always opposites – certainly not in music,” Belelty says. “So it’s a sad song, with an upbeat flavor. That’s why I chose it for the album.”

Along with the title track, Pee Wee showcases Belelty’s distinctive arranging style through seven other tracks, some of which are better known, while others are performed less often. Among the former are Wayne Shorter’s famous tracks “Witch Hunt” and “United”. Both tracks were rearranged by Belelty for touring with Kirk Lightsey and the late great Jerry Gonzalez, in whose memory Belelty’s band recorded the tracks. “The songs on this tour make me feel at home,” Belelty expresses. “I think it was good for us to play them again.” “Lady Luck” by Thad Jones, a track Belelty regularly performs live, has remained a theme in his musical life since he was 14, and therefore makes an appearance on this recording. The album ends with “Never Let Me Go”, a sonic experience the band had not experienced together before. “It was perfect, so we decided to integrate it”, comments Belelty.

Pee Wee features a distinguished cast consisting of Simon Belelty (guitar), Kirk Lightsey (piano), Jason Brown (drums), Gilles Naturel (bass), Asaf Yuria (soprano and tenor saxophones) and Josh Evans (trumpet). Special guests John Betsch (drums) and Darryl Hall (bass) arrive on tracks 3 and 4, temporarily replacing Brown and Naturel to heighten the specificity of Belelty’s vision for each track. “It’s the communication and understanding of each musician that produces a unique sound. These tracks were chosen specifically with these musicians in mind.”

A subtle, handcrafted display of the brilliance of emotion, Pee Wee is a portrait of both sound and silence, an illustration that reaches beyond ideas and into the depths of form and feeling. A musical statement with a warm embrace, Pee Wee is an immeasurable display of esteemed musicality, detailed by the essence that shapes and defines humanity itself.

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Guitarist JEFF LOOMIS shares live fan cam video with “Miles Of Machines” performance https://josecarlosmatos.com/guitarist-jeff-loomis-shares-live-fan-cam-video-with-miles-of-machines-performance/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 10:05:15 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/guitarist-jeff-loomis-shares-live-fan-cam-video-with-miles-of-machines-performance/

Guitarist Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore) shared another live solo performance video via his official YouTube channel. Check it out below.

Loomis: “Found this cool video of my performance of ‘Miles Of Machines’ in Winnipeg, Canada. Thanks to the user who uploaded this. Super cool of you, man!”

Loomis, who was one of the founding members of Nevermore, recently shared a new instructional video on how to play the band’s song “Born.” The track is taken from Nevermore’s 2005 album This Godless Endeavour.

Nevermore was formed in 1991, releasing seven albums before going on indefinite hiatus in 2011. In April 2015 frontman Warrel Dane confirmed that Nevermore had not disbanded and there was a possibility for them to continue in the next two years with another album. However, Dane passed away in December 2017, ending hopes of a reunion.

In partnership with All-Pedal, Loomis has announced the release of their signature pedal, “The Devil’s Triad”, which will be available exclusively on Reverb.

Says Loomis, “We put so much blood, sweat and tears into this project to absolutely dial in my tone. From circuit development to artwork design, we had a blast putting this thing together for you guys, and I really hope you all enjoy it. I can’t wait to see you shred with this stuff!

Designed by Loomis to be his all-in-one pedal, The Devil’s Triad has drive, boost, delay and reverb functionality, and can be used as a preamp. Loomis also worked with All-Pedal to replicate his presets in Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Delay Cascade options.

Even better – everyone who purchases one of The Devil’s Triad signature pedals will be entered to win a Jeff Loomis Signature Jackson 7-String Guitar, Gator Hardshell Guitar Case, and Gator Guitar Stand through All-Pedal.

Check out the full video of Loomis shredding through his pedal walkthrough below, and find more information. here.

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ARCH ENEMY Guitarist JEFF LOOMIS Shares One Take Video Of JASON BECKER’s “Perpetual Burn” https://josecarlosmatos.com/arch-enemy-guitarist-jeff-loomis-shares-one-take-video-of-jason-beckers-perpetual-burn/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 20:17:31 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/arch-enemy-guitarist-jeff-loomis-shares-one-take-video-of-jason-beckers-perpetual-burn/

Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis shared another video from home. Check it out below.

Loomis: “I originally downloaded it a while ago, but it left for some reason. Here we go again! This is my only reading of Jason Becker’s ‘Perpetual Burn’. It was very fun and quite difficult to learn this. …but it’s worth the cost!”

Loomis, who was one of the founding members of Nevermore, recently shared a new instructional video on how to play the band’s song “Born.” The track is taken from Nevermore’s 2005 album This Godless Endeavour.

Nevermore was formed in 1991, releasing seven albums before going on indefinite hiatus in 2011. In April 2015 frontman Warrel Dane confirmed that Nevermore had not disbanded and there was a possibility for them to continue in the next two years with another album. However, Dane passed away in December 2017, ending hopes of a reunion.

in partnership with All-Pedal, announced the release of their signature pedal, “The Devil’s Triad”, which will be available exclusively on Reverb.

Says Loomis, “We put so much blood, sweat and tears into this project to absolutely dial in my tone. From circuit development to artwork design, we had a blast putting this thing together for you guys, and I really hope you all enjoy it. I can’t wait to see you shred with this stuff!

Designed by Loomis to be his all-in-one pedal, The Devil’s Triad has drive, boost, delay and reverb functionality, and can be used as a preamp. Loomis also worked with All-Pedal to replicate his presets in Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Delay Cascade options.

Even better – everyone who purchases one of The Devil’s Triad signature pedals will be entered to win a Jeff Loomis Signature Jackson 7-String Guitar, Gator Hardshell Guitar Case, and Gator Guitar Stand through All-Pedal.

Check out the full video of Loomis shredding through his pedal walkthrough below, and find more information. here.

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