Archive for April, 2010

Simon Goulding – FAMILIA

Simon GouldingFAMILIA.

The new studio album by UK Bassist Simon Goulding. A mixture of Jazz/Fusion/Latin-Jazz. Draws heavily on Cuban influences from Rumba to Songo and beyond. Featuring Adam Linsley-Trumpet & Flugelhorn. Mat Sibley-Tenor Sax. Alan Wormald-Guitar. Nik Harrison-Guitar. Andy Blakeley- Timbales on selected tracks.

Simon Goulding had performed/recorded with the Bee Gees, Englebert Humperdink, Joe Longthorne, Rick Astley, Ronan Keating, PP Arnold, Freddie Starr, Jovenes Clasicos del son, Tony Christie, David Essex to name but a few. On his new album Familia, Simon plays, 5 & 6 string basses, EUB (electric upright bass), Keyboards, Drum & synth programming, Percussion, clave & Berimbau.

“The album is about drawing on my memories of Family past & present here and in Cuba and the experiences we’ve been through. with the 1st track ‘Familia’ (Family) setting the scene and the final track ‘Mirando al futuro’ (Looking to the future) saying where we would like to be in the future. I would say the album is HEAVILY influenced by Cuban music (Emiliano Salvador, Los Van Van, Irakere) aswell as my love of Jazz/Rock (Miles Davis, Weather Report, Lifetime). I wanted to portray all of these throughout the album”.

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April 30, 2010 at 15:51 Leave a comment

New DVD from Juan Martin – released May 24th

Guitar legend Juan Martín traces the passionate art of flamenco music and dance in his new DVD “Live in London”.

Continue Reading April 19, 2010 at 17:43 Leave a comment

We’ll Meet Again – A Musical Salute to the War Years Back By popular demand!

Raymond Gubbay presents

We’ll Meet Again – A Musical Salute to the War Years
Back By popular demand!

Following a sold-out tour in 2009, Raymond Gubbay is delighted to present a commemorative concert of timeless classics celebrating the fighting spirit of the war years.

National treasure and acclaimed actress June Whitfield is the perfect host for this special evening which takes audiences on a Sentimental Journey, recreating the fabulous forties through a nostalgic blend of swing hits and wartime chart toppers. Unforgettable numbers such as In The Mood, One O’clock Jump and The White Cliffs of Dover combine with a special Radio Days Medley in a programme that transports audiences back in time to the golden age of swing. Of course no forties concert would be complete without a good old-fashioned Singalong to favourites which include Underneath the Arches and Run Rabbit Run .

The evening’s entertainment is brought to life by a 27-piece live band and a superb line-up of artists under the command of acclaimed conductor Gavin Sutherland. Scotland’s honey-laced trio The Swingcats will perform a tribute to the much-loved Andrews Sisters whilst Ukulele player Mark Walsh evokes the inimitable George Formby with his rendition of When I’m Cleaning Windows. World Champion dancers Chris Marques and Jaclyn Spencer will dazzle with their breathtaking routines and sassy moves in numbers that include the thrilling Brazil. Finally, you can ‘get in the mood’ with special guest singer James Graeme as he performs such highlights as Sing, Sing, Sing and Goodnight Sweetheart.

We’ll Meet Again – A Musical Salute to the War Years plays:

LONDON – Royal Festival Hall – 27 March
MANCHESTER – The Bridgewater Hall – 18 April
PLYMOUTH – Pavillions – 22 April
BOURNEMOUTH – Pavilion Theatre – 23 April
GLASGOW – Royal Concert Hall – 25 April
CARDIFF – St. David’s Hall – 29 April
HARROGATE – International Centre – 6 May
BIRMINGHAM – Symphony Hall – 8 May

April 15, 2010 at 16:43 Leave a comment

Jazzmouse acquires Digidesign C24 Mixing console

I don’t like change! There I’ve said it …. however sometimes one’s hand is forced by necessity. With most mixes now in the studio pushing fifty channels plus my poor old Mackie HUI (human user interface) was struggling to keep up and so it was time to move on.
The original Control 24, despite being the best seller in it’s price range, was dogged with PSU problems and I avoided it like the plague!
Having worked on both the ICON & VENUE boards I was very familiar with the ‘current’ Digidesign layout and workflow.
The new board is in and running as of today and I am very impressed. It works (almost) straight out of the box and other than some confusion over headphone cues (it’s much simpler than it looks…. just route to output 7&8) is now working with little disruption to my working month. I allowed five days but it has only taken three.
The C24 was supplied by Mediaspec and they ensured that all the usual compatibility issues were resolved even arranging for Digidelivery of software upgrades.
I’ll write an update in six months or so but for the time being … I like ….. I like very much!

Digidesign’s blurb and picture

Sleek and stylish, the new 24-channel C|24® control surface provides direct hands-on control of Pro Tools® mixing, recording, and editing, a complete array of high-quality analog inputs, and a 5.1 analog monitor section to use with your Pro Tools I/O. As the natural evolution of its predecessor — Control|24™, one of the best-selling consoles ever in its class — C|24 integrates the latest advancements in Pro Tools software with many new features and improvements to provide an incredibly powerful and richly featured console option that’s easy to use and aggressively priced for Pro Tools|HD® and Pro Tools LE® users.

Mediaspec can be contacted here :-

9 Brunel Building
Scottish Enterprise Technology Park
East Kilbride
Scotland G75 0QD

Tel: 01355 272 500
Fax: 01355 272 202

April 5, 2010 at 12:00 1 comment

The Sounds of Burt Bacharach – UK Tour 2010

It’s difficult to think of anyone else who has delivered musical goods as impeccably and consistently as Burt Bacharach. This production, created by Chris Dean, offers up sunny classics that bring memories from four decades.

Bacharach’s exquisite arrangements show us why he is one of the truly great tunesmiths of the past century, with such a gold mine of music, each and every song is a timeless hit.

Walk on by, The look of love, Raindrops keep falling on my head, Alfie and many many more.
Set these songs along side the most accomplished musicians and singers add some sophisticated choreography and you have a stylish show that promises a heart-stopping and pulse-quickening evening.

Not to be missed !

N.B Please check all dates at theatres as they may have changed since this post was written

Tour dates :-
7th April The Hawth, Crawley
11th April Town Hall, Cheltenam
15th April, The Playhouse, Weston-Super – Mare
20th April Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
1st May Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
7th May Regent Centre, Christchurch
8th May Playhouse, Harlow
19th May Milfield, Edmonton
22nd May Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
23rd May Opera House, Buxton
25th May The Stables, Wavendon
13th September Lighthouse, Poole
1st October Palace Theare, Redditch

N.B Please check all dates at theatres as they may have changed since this post was written

April 4, 2010 at 15:30 4 comments