Dave Brubeck R.I.P.

Posted by DJ • December 12, 2012 at 08:20 AM

http://youtu.be/faJE92phKzI

Last week, one of the giants of Jazz music has passed away. Dave Brubeck was a genius musician, who also helped bringing Jazz to a wider audience. He was the 2nd ever Jazz musician to be featured on the cover of Time magazine (back in 1954!). In 1959, he released the album Time Out, which was the first ever Jazz album to sell over 1 Million copies.

Brubeck’s most recognizable piece,” Take 5″, is also featured on this album – watch it here in a live version recorded in Germany in 1966.

Goodbye Dave, and thank you for the wonderful music!

 

The great disco gig in the sky

Posted by DJ • May 22, 2012 at 08:00 AM

In a less than a week, the world had lost two iconic musicians who were identified with the sound of Disco. Both were sadly defeated by cancer.

Donna Summer died at 63, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died at 62, leaving behind them an amazing musical legacy.

Summer first came to the attention with the breathtaking 17 minutes of Love to Love You Baby and after that forever changed the face of club music with I Feel Love, which offered a glimpse into the future that still sounds relevant today. Of course, credit is also due to the producer, Giorgio Moroder.

The Bee Gees (The B and G stands for Brothers Gibb) had a longer career in the business, first emerging from Australia as a psychedelic pop outfit, crafting perfect songs with breeze and ease. But they will be ultimately remembered for their late 70’s success as the Kings of Disco, bringing the sound of the new dance culture to the masses. Disco, it should be noted, started as an underground culture in gay clubs, and the Bee Gees helped it to cross-over to mainstream culture with tracks like Staying Alive, You Should Be Dancing, Tragedy and many more.

Beastie Boy forever, Adam Yauch R.I.P

Posted by DJ • May 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM

We are shocked and sad to learn of the death of Adam Yauch, a.k.a MCA, one third of the Beastie Boys.

Yauch was only 47 when his death was announced, after fighting cancer for 3 years.

The Beastie Boys were founded by Yauch, Adam Horovitz and Mike D in 1981, and shortly after became the first successful all-white rap group. They have manged to remain relevant, successful and influential for over 25 years.

Here are the Beastie Boys at one of their peaks, one of many, in a video directed by Yauch himself.

Rest in peace Adam.

 

Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

Posted by DJ • February 12, 2012 at 09:23 AM

We were saddened to learn tonight of Whitney Houston’s untimely death. She had by far one of the most amazing voices in pop music. Her life might not have been as wholesome and clean as her songs may suggest, and the mysterious circumstances of her death are perhaps just a hint to that, but still, she will be remembered and cherished by all of us as a true star. Where the hell was Kevin Costner when he was actually needed..?