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HOMETOWN HONOUR FOR JEFF LYNNE

January 23, 2014
Jeff Lynne, ELO brainchild and Travelling Wilburys enabler receives a home town Birmingham England honor.  Photo courtesy Jeff Lynn Facebook page.

Jeff Lynne, ELO brainchild and Travelling Wilburys enabler receives a home town Birmingham England honor. Photo courtesy Jeff Lynn Facebook page.

Official Press Release, 23 January 2014

The lad from Shard End, Birmingham who gained global fame as the frontman and co-founder of ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), Jeff Lynne, is to be honoured with a star on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars on Thursday 13th March 2014.

The composer, music producer and Brummie rock hero will join fellow musicians Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Roy Wood, in having a star etched with his name on Broad Street, in the heart of the city’s convention and entertainment quarter.

Last year he was awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in recognition of a vast and illustrious career that has included a highly successful production and writing career, a solo career and the creative force behind the fifty million record-selling Electric Light Orchestra. After the undoubted success of ELO, between 1972 and 1986, Lynne wrote and produced 26 Top Forty hits in the United Kingdom, and 20 Top Forty hits in the United States.

As a producer, Jeff Lynne has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Roy Orbison, Del Shannon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and remarkably, even the Beatles themselves, as well as contemporaries like Tom Petty and Joe Walsh. Together with Harrison, Orbison, Petty and Bob Dylan, Lynne was, of course, a member of the Grammy award-winning Traveling Wilburys–a super group like no other.

Last year Jeff Lynne released his first solo record in twenty years ‘Long Wave’ which went in at number 5 where it was quickly joined by the remastered ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ (debuting at 7) and ‘All Over The World – The Best Of ELO’ (debuting at 10) all in the same week! In 2014 Jeff Lynne is still working hard on his music and has written a new track for the Hollywood blockbuster, American Hustle, which was announced Winner in the best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) category at the Golden Globes on 12th January 2014.

Lynne will be presented with a duplicate of the commemorative star by his good friend, comedian Jasper Carrott, himself a recipient of a star in 2007, at a private ceremony to be held at the city’s new Library of Birmingham.

Jasper Carrott, chair of the Walk of Stars said “Jeff’s accomplishments in the field of music are almost too many to mention. As well as being responsible for some of the most classic pop songs of all time, he’s also an outstanding producer and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for music has never waned. We’re delighted that he’s found time to come home to Birmingham and take his rightful place on the Walk of Stars.”

Jeff said: “I’m thrilled to be included on the Birmingham Walk of Stars! It’s great to have my work recognised in my own hometown!”

JEFF BERLIN SETS SOME HIGH STANDARDS, HITS SOME LOW NOTES, AND TALKS IT UP WITH JEFF BOULE!

March 1, 2013
Legendary jazz/fusion bassist Jeff Berlin in a promotional picture for his 2010 release "High Standards".  Photo courtesy Jeff Berlin

Legendary jazz/fusion bassist Jeff Berlin in a promotional picture for his 2010 release “High Standards”. Photo courtesy Jeff Berlin

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  This entry is the first in many ways.  It is the first in the BouleBlog Friday Flashback series where we revisit blogs that were originally posted through the syndication.  It was also my first internet based interview.  As it is a repost, the release it refers to is a couple years old, and some of the less timely references have been removed.  Enjoy this first from the BouleBlog Friday Flashback series!

There used to be a blogger I worked with a while ago.  Anthony Medici, whom I admired for his tenacity, work ethic and integrity.  I especially respected him once he started to take on the major jazz publications and took them to task!  He also had some harsh words for a local public radio outlet near his hometown (Washington DC area).  But he knew his stuff about jazz, and were he still working for the blog, I would ask him to review Jeff Berlin’s new disc, and most likely ask him to do this interview.

It isn’t as though I am totally foreign to Berlin’s work.  I was first exposed to Jeff Berlin during his tenure with Bill Bruford’s fusion band, Bruford in the late 70’s.  Having recently purchased the “Bruford  – Rock Goes To College” DVD, I was able to watch a young Jeff Berlin toss around riffs with the likes of Bruford, Allan Holdsworth, among others.

Berlin has come a long way…

So far that, to the uninitiated with his solo career, as I (unfortunately am, but soon to be remedied), this is a gutsy move using bass as a lead instrument, especially on such highly regarded tunes as these.  Don’t worry, he pulls it off!

So instead of reviewing music I really don’t have the foundation to do, why not let the artist himself do it?!?!

The following is a transcription of an email interview between Mr. Berlin and myself:

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GATHER ROUND, KILLING JOKE REVIVES THE ANGST WHILE KEEPING IT COOL WITH MMXII!!

November 10, 2012

Killing Joke MMXII

Killing Joke is a band that has been around since the late 1970’s.  They are one of the few surviving techno-punk bands still churning out new, meaningful material today.  Their newest album, MMXII gives us the best of both worlds of their schizophrenic existence.  One side of the Killing Joke coin is heavy, gritty, anger-filled bombast.  The other side, the calmer, cooler, collected Killing Joke has come with age and experience.

Some of that calmer, polished side comes from the vast experience of returning bass player/producer/re-mix artist Youth (officially Martin Glover, first named Pig Youth, also known as Orion) who also has worked with (those damn Beatles again) Paul McCartney in a group called The Firemen, but is most notably reputed as a house and techno mix-master.  Youth replaces the late Paul Raven who, while recording in Switzerland, after a session, returned to his room, fell asleep in a chair, and passed away of a heart attack.

It was at this point Killing Joke re-evaluated where they were, where they were going.

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