Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jeremy interviewed by The Worcester Telegram and Gazette

Victor D. Infante, of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette has a column called "What Are You Listening To," and our Music Director Jeremy Valadez gave these answers:

Here's Jeremy's list:

1. King Curtis – “Memphis Soul Stew” Live at the Fillmore West. One of the best Live performances All-Time! You can't go wrong with Aretha backed by King Curtis.

2. “Check the Rhime”
A Tribe called Quest. (They used a lot of sampling in this album. This particular track has the saxophone line from “Love Your Life” by Average White Band.)

“Bad Luck” - Hank Carbo (We pay homage to Hank by sometimes playing “Hot Pants” Thursdays at the Cantab.)

“Gentle Thoughts”- Herbie Hancock, from the album "Secrets." (My favorite Herbie tune of all time. It just sounds… right.) On this YouTube link you'll find a sampling of all the tracks on "Secrets."

“The World Is Round” - Rufus Thomas. Another classic from Rufus.

“On Fire” - JJ Grey & Mofro via YouTube, l
ive at The Second Annual Blackwater Soul Revue in Saint Augustine, FL,2008. It’s raw, gritty, and the music video would do the song justice, I’d have to imagine.

“Danseuses De Delphes”Claude Debussy ‘Debussy: Preludes Book 1’ I like listening to Debussy in the winter. Very serene; ephemeral. On the other hand “Minstrels” from the same Preludes Book is, what I believe, a jovial jaunt between some musicians on the street busking and fighting over which one deserves the tips from the next patron.

“Nothing Can Change This Love” – Sam Cooke. A beautiful ballad that I want to add to our repertoire. Sam's voice is oh, so smooth.

“Hip City” aka “Do That Shing A Ling - Jr. Walker and the All Stars Live on Soul Train.
His range is absolutely amazing! He just keeps popping out all of those “F’s”!

10. "Show Me Something Beautiful" -
Trombone Shorty
. If you don’t know who this is, you’ll need to find out as quickly as humanly possible. I had the pleasure of meeting him back in 2000 in New Orleans when he was just a teenager. He had the most clear, crisp, and precise tone I’ve ever heard come out of that horn. That night aI got a lesson on self-expression. I knew he was going to be big, but damn! I saw him again when I played in a brass band that opened Sound Session 2010 in Providence, RI. Great guy, too. He is the new sound of New Orleans.

Thanks, Victor!