Vinyl Crisis interviewed the one and only Billy Cobham, drumming legend. Ever since his breakthrough in the early 1970s-as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and as a drummer/leader whose recordings (such as Spectrum) and powerful, complex style of play exerted a strong influence on the course of jazz and jazz-fusion-Billy Cobham has remained a tireless musical explorer. Be sure to check out Billy’s Art of the Rhythm Section and his upcoming show!
Vinyl Crisis interviewed the one and only Fred Wesley, the Father of Funk. Fred is the dynamic trombonist who worked with James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the second half of the 1970s and was the leader of Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns.
Wesley’s 35-year career includes playing with and arranging for a wide variety of other artists including Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Randy Crawford, Vanessa Williams, The SOS Band, Cameo, Van Morrison, Socalled and rappers De La Soul, to name but a few. Listen to our talk with the man who helped define the world of Funk. Find his vinyl on Discogs
Vinyl Crisis was blessed to have spent time on the airwaves with the incredible Ebo Taylor. Ebo Taylor is the legendary Ghanaian guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and arranger whose music was instrumental in highlife and afrobeat music. Learn more about Ebo either via his Facebook or Discogs page and buy his vinyl from our buddies Mr. Bongo!
Vinyl Crisis had the incredible honor of interviewing Orlando Julius. Starting in the 60’s Orlando performed and recorded in his native Nigeria, and also spent many years in the United States working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela. Orlando and his music helped shape the funk that we all listen to and love. Discover Orlando’s music on Discogs.
Vinyl Crisis pays tribute to one of the great musicians of the 20th Century, Grammy Award winner Cal Tjader. Vic and Ben have been lucky enough to interview a handful of Cal’s finer collaborators including Eddie Palmieri, Airto and Chuck Rainey.
Over a career spanning 40 years, Cal released almost 80 albums (almost two new records for each year of his recording life). A Fantasy records legend who then moved to Verve in the mid 60s, Cal was Missouri born (to Swedish parents) percussionist and drummer who later moved to the Vibraphone. He spent his life performing all over the world and resided for mush of it on the west coast. As a non Latino man, his influence on both Latin and Jazz worlds remains untouched and all who knew him speak so highly…Vinyl Crisis had to discuss what his music means to us. Enjoy and spread the word!
Vinyl Crisis just hung out with the one and only Jimmy Heath. During his career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader. Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon. Jimmy has also composed extended works – seven suites and two string quartets – and he premiered his first symphonic work, “Three Ears,” in 1988 at Queens College (CUNY) with Maurice Peress conducting. W O W !
Vinyl Crisis was lucky enough to spend time with the great Reuben Wilson. Reuben is a jazz organist that recorded some of the funkiest cuts anywhere! In addition to playing with jazz musicians Melvin Sparks and Willis Jackson, Wilson led the local band Wildare Express. Listen to this rare interview with one of the masters of the HB3 and check out his music on Discogs.
It took a while…but Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with the one & only Ivan “Boogaloo” Joe Jones. There is not a tremendous amount of info on this cat, but let’s just say if you ever listened to Prestige or Fantasy Records, he was one of the funkiest cats around. Ivan is doing well, still happy to talk about the music that has inspired us for a long, long time.
Vinyl Crisis was blessed to have spent time in the studio with Eddie Palmieri. Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri. We were lucky enough to hear a sneak peek of the new LP, “Sabiduria” that drops on April 21st…and all we can say is W O W! Pre-Order on iTunes or learn more at Palmieri Music .
He was the Founding member of both The Mar-Keys (originally named The Royal Spades) in the late 1950’s, and Stax’ in-house band Booker T & The MG’s in the early 1960’s. Steve did it all, including being label A&R manager, musician, one-time solo artist, engineer, producer and songwriter, co-writing classic songs such as Knock On Wood, The Dock Of The Bay and In the Midnight Hour. It was a real treat to talk music and that unique Memphis sound with Steve.
Vinyl Crisis played a 1 hour set of 45s on dublab to get your morning started. Listen and share if you like it!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with the Director of the amazing Blues Documentary, Sidemen: Long Road To Glory. This is an award-winning documentary film about the lives, legacies and music of bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The film is complete and has enjoyed a successful festival run since its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. Please support this very important project by clicking unto their Kickstarter!
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with Johnny Blas. Johnny is a hard hitting conguero who has performed and recorded in Jazz and Latin music for over 25 years. Johnny is a seasoned performer whose musicality extends as a percussionist, saxophonist, composer and band leader…and one of our favorite musicians.
Vinyl Crisis spent time on the airwaves with the one and only Kenny Burrell. Kenny is one of the most respected jazz artists in the world. He has been active from 1956 to the present as a guitarist and composer in a variety of musical contexts including solo, small combo, large ensemble and symphony orchestra. He is a producer and recording artist whose extensive discography includes the critically acclaimed Guitar Forms; Ellington is Forever; and Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane. He has recorded 97 albums under his own name and several hundred with other artists. He has performed and recorded with many of the most influential musicians in jazz history including Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Billy Holiday, Quincy Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and Louis Armstrong.
Burrell, recipient of many awards, was named a 2005 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a title awarded annually to a handful of living figures in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the field of jazz. He also received a 2004 Jazz Educator of the Year award from DownBeat magazine for academic achievement and excellence in jazz education. He is a recognized authority on the music of Duke Ellington and in 1978 developed the first regular college course on Ellington ever taught in the United States, at UCLA. In 1996, he was appointed director of the then new Jazz Studies Program, where he has brought to the faculty such jazz notables as George Bohanon, Billy Childs, Billy Higgins, Harold Land, Bobby Rodriguez, Anthony Wilson, and Barbara Morrison.
Benefit concert to honor UCLA jazz legend Kenny Burrell for his 85th birthday: Click Here for Tickets for his Dec. 3 Concert @ UCLA