Posts Tagged ‘Ed Randazzo’

SAM LLANAS IS BACK WITH A SURPRISE CALLED “RETURN OF THE GOYA, PART 1”

March 30, 2018

You can’t beat a personalized copy of the new Sam Llanas CD Return Of The Goya, Part 1. In the name of political correctness, no international grocery aisle comments please. Photo courtesy Sam Llanas

It’s great to have Sam Llanas back on the blog! We’ve covered Sam since his debut solo album 4a.m. which remains one of my favorite pieces of work to date. I think I need to break it out again as I need to get a lot of things in the studio done (midi up live tracks, finish writing the last song on my last album…) and I LOVE to work late at night.

Llanas first came to my attention through Gary Tanin, whom I became associated with through the Roger Powell album Blue Note Ridge and then again with Fossil Poets. (Don’t go on your anti-Utopia 2018 reunion tour, Jeff, we know Powell isn’t participating and you doubt replacement Ralph Schuckett, while an extraordinary player with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, this tour promotes the newly released box set of material with Powell, NOT Schuckett, the harmonic sensibilities employed by Powell will be long lost and they are an integral charm with the REAL Utopia. Don’t be fooled by imitations! Save it for another blog…) Then Tanin had the idea of getting me involved with both Llanas and a project Llanas became involved in, a two man show with Doug Vincent detailing Vincent’s own tragic encounter with addiction and suicide, punctuated by profound performances by Llanas from his solo works.

I identified with the author of the show, Doug Vincent, so much, it became a labor of love to promote his show A Day For Grace. Check the blog search field to see if I migrated them from the syndication to the new site. I am pretty sure they are there. You can also search Sam Llanas, and see all the reviews in our history. Needless to say, Llanas is a favorite here. A particular favorite of ours here at the blog is the Absinthe album. Those songs are so dark, they immediately draw in a death hag like me (even learned a couple of tunes on guitar, fun stuff!).

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POCONOTES OFFERS AN INVITATION TO THE BLUES SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF AMERICA’S OWN MUSIC

May 13, 2013

Not much more needs to be said here.  The poster tells it all.  Courtesy Dolores Rush Hippler.

As many of you will notice, this blog has gone through some mutations in recent history.  While part of the syndication, we were exclusively dedicated to covering progressive, progressive pop, progressive rock and so on.  We hate to stagnate.  We hate to gather cobwebs.  We are not huge fans of resting on our laurels.  New and different has long been the order of things, the question remaining just how different are we willing to be?

We think we have answered that question with the recent reviews of acts like Sam Llanas and Ed Randazzo.  These artists, while different in scale, share a love of blues/roots musicians.  The core, the basis of most types of music that came after them.  Where American (and to some extent British and perhaps global) music has discovered its foundation.

It can be refreshing not having to scratch the head and attempt to decipher what time signature the piece is recorded in.  Good old 4/4, easy to listen to (as opposed to easy listening) and refreshing in its own right.  I have learned to enjoy blues/roots music recently and I feel confident that should you choose to attend the following event, you can learn to love the blues too.

Check this out from PocoNotes, a group dedicated to promoting area events featuring blues/roots musicians:

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ED RANDAZZO SHOWS, TELLS AND DELIVERS WITH HIS CD SHOW AND TELL

April 10, 2013
Local NE PA artist Ed Randazzo's latest release Show And Tell.  Out now!  Photo courtesy Ed Randazzo

Local NE PA artist Ed Randazzo’s latest release Show And Tell. Out now! Photo courtesy Ed Randazzo

Facebook is actually good for some things!  This may come as a surprise to many, but I had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of Ed Randazzo through Facebook.  While the initial conversation was not about music, we became conversational through the site and I got introduced to a whole new world of music happening (literally) in my back yard.  Randazzo invited me to one of his shows, opening for Spencer Bohren at the Tripp house in West Scranton’s Tripp’s park section.

This show was put on by a group I can’t stop going on about, PocoNotes, as they have one of the most noble operation statements I have heard of in many years of dealing with the monster that is the music business. That mission statement being, to promote blues and roots music on the local level.  I have been a proponent of local level music promotion since I was involved in playing music at the local level back in the mid to late 80’s with Rudi And The Living Dolls.  Since being fortunate enough to establish this column, first through the independent music store syndication, I was immediately barred from promoting local acts because the indie music stores weren’t able to profit from independently self-distributed products.

Products from acts like another former Rudi And The Living Dolls member, drummer Joe Tocket’s new band Instant Karma and the subject of this review, Ed Randazzo and his album Show And Tell.

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