This album is a trip. Opened for them Monday and it was nutty. Snarky played the headlining theatre set earlier that evening, so Ghost-Note had guest appearances from Shaun Martin, Justin Stanton, Maz, Chris Bullock, Larnell Lewis, Mark Lettieri, and Marcelo Iforgethislastnamepercussionist. The album also has a bunch of interesting guests.
Eric Website Rhodes Mk 1 Stage 73; Kurzweil SP-6; Roland FP-4, Juno-106; Nord Stage 3C; Studiologic Sledge; DSI Mopho KB; Moog Minitaur; Stuff
I pay no attention to grammys and pop music in general. I have always loved vocal albums (acapella or just vocal-centric groups). So I was maybe the last person on the planet to have heard of pentatonix.
So this is old hat to many, just wasn't to me
This vid brings a giant smile to my face. Besides just being cool, the amazing things to me: 1. all vocal sounds, including drums 2. they do this live, there are no overdubs in the studio video O_O. Or to be more precise, no extra parts that they can't do live. I've seen them on a camera phone video at an impromptu request...the bass guy does an overtone thing for the swooshy synth AND bass simultaneously...the "autotune" in the studio vid they do on purpose (I can't fathom being good enough as a singer to simulate autotune...). The weird little vibrato that sounds like an effect--yep, they do that as well.
More traditional vocals...man this is just beautiful.
I should bug Vince for a score. That'd be a interesting one to follow along with. I've purchased a few scores from his site. You can get conductors scores for $40 there and learn a lot from going through them. A few years ago I asked him if I could get a study score of his arrangement of Alfie. He told me he couldn't do it because of a publishing thing. Several months later he made it available. What a guy!!
KC's own Mitch Towne coax some magic from his Mojo with the Steve Grismore Trio at the Iowa City Jazz Festival. If you get a chance to hear Mitch, just do it!
And then on the main stage, "Still Dreaming" which is Josh Redman's homage to his father's band "Old and New Dreams". Redman was already one of my favorite sax players, but I was simply blown away by their set. Smart, joyful, and sacred.
Here is a taste:
Nord Stage 3 88, Korg Kronos 2 61, Moog Sub 37, Yamaha U1 Upright, Spacestation V.3, QSC K10.2 www.stickmanor.com There's a thin white line between fear and fury - Stickman
So I was maybe the last person on the planet to have heard of pentatonix.
Always loved these guys, and am jazzed that an acapella group can achieve some mainstream acclaim. Unfortunately, they have lost the incredible bass voice of Avi Kaplan, who has struck out on his own. And if you can tolerate yet another version of Cohen’s Hallelujah, this doesn’t suck:
Yamaha P515, Yamaha KX88, Edirol PCR-800 (2), Korg microKey 61 Air, Mainstage, iOS, assorted other controllers and retired boards.
Wanted to share my golden finding of recent days with you all guys: The album 'Footprints' by Toots Thielemans. All tracks on that one are really tender, sensitive and affectionate (I wonder if I didn't mess the translation to english here). That's also the first record where I've heard Satie being played in jazz. Anyways, here is a link to the first track of an album on youtube, couldn't find the others: