Friday, December 22, 2017


                                            Hello Desert Live Music Fans

I want to give everyone a heads-up about another wonderful live music event that I am sure you won't want to miss.  On Monday, January 8th, 2018,  Rose Kingsley and Bob Corwin will be presenting, "Blues In The Night, A Musical Evening For Blues Lovers" at the So Cal Piano Recital Hall, 74111 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA.  There will be a group of world-class Musicians playing at this concert including Richard Turner on Piano, Andrew Ford on Bass, Doug McDonald on Guitar and Craig Chestnut on Drums.  It will be a great way to spend a Monday night!

The tickets are a bargain at $20 and includes wine and cheese.  The concert kicks off at 7:00PM and you can buy tickets now at:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

CD Review: 3D Rhythm Of Life, "Fantasy"


It has been quite a while since I came across a Latin-Tropical-Soul band that was worthy of a review on the "Music Man Blog", but that changed when I received a new CD, "Fantasy" from "3D Rhythm Of Life". This group's name is an acronym for Diverse, Dynamic and Danceable, the band's signature sound. This amazing Latin group has put together music that includes Multi-dimensional sounds, a fusion of Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms that blend into a variety of genres including Blues, Jazz, Reggae and Rock.  The results will lift you off your chair and carry you onto the dance floor.  It's everything you would expect from a Latin-Tropical-Soul band.  The players involved in this band and in this project have impressive resumes including playing with some of the biggest superstars in the music business such as Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Chaka Khan.

The leader of this talented group is Drummer Michael Tate.  Michael has lots of playing experience under his belt including playing with the renowned international music group, "Kid Creole and the Coconuts" whose fans included Michael Jackson and Prince.  He has done a marvelous job putting this 8 piece multi-tanlented band together.  This is a CD that you will constantly play as all of the tracks are infectious and never get old no matter how many times they are played.

The opening track is a cover of  "Fantasy" and a tribute to the award winning mega-hit by "Earth, Wind and Fire".  The vocal on this track is sung by Nuyorican vocalist, Chris Alfinez and it's a knockout performance.  I located a "YouTube" for you to sample.  Feel free to get up and dance as you are listening to this wonderful track.

1. "Fantasy"
2. "Quiero Saber"
3. "Things Will Change"
4. "I Wonder Why"
5. "Spell on You"
6. "Que Siga La Rumba- (Dance Mix)
7. "Oyelo- (Dance Mis)
8. "Fantasy- (Instrumental)
9. "I Wonder Why-` (Instrumental)

Michael Tate-Drums
Chris Amelar-Guitar
Lenny Underwood-Kbd, Bass
Ricky Gonzales-Kbd, Bass
George Mena-Kbd, Bass
Chris Alfinez-Vocals
Herman Oliver-Vocals
Bonny Bonaparte-Vocals
Ray Viera-BV
Willy Torres-BV
Chris Hierro-Vox Rap
Luisito Quintero-Percusion
Ozzie Melendes-Trombone
Raul Agraz-Trumpet
Rock Steady Freddie-Sax
Robert Stringer-Trombone
Marin Sebastian-Guitar
Andy Bassford-Guitar
Lino Iglesias-Vocal Translations 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hello to all my music loving friends in the warm California desert!  The winter music scene is now happily fully engaged again and the great live music is playing all over the Coachella Valley.  I wanted all to know that "The Jeff Stover All-Star Big Band" Starring Frank DiSalvo will be presenting a tribute celebrating Frank Sinatra's 102nd Birthday on December 12 at the Indian Wells Theater.    Frank DiSalvo is always a treat to hear but nothing can match the magic of Frank singing Sinatra arrangements backed by an 18 piece Band! 
This event is sure to be a sellout so get your tickets in advance at:  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

CE Review: John Vanore's "Stolen Moments": Celebrating Oliver Nelson



Philadelphia Composer/Trumpeter John Vanore has been an appreciative fan of Legendary Composer/Arranger Oliver Nelson for over 50 years.  Vanore encountered Nelson's music first-hand one summer via the National Stage Band Camp at Indiana University with Nelson himself conducting the band. Vanore recalls, "I'd never heard anything like that.  It was just unbelievable. It was that kind of moment where you're just taken by everything about it.  His writing was never bombastic big band writing; there was so much more content, and that touched all my buttons as an analytical thinker.  It was the turning point for me".

This new CD titled " Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson" was named for Nelson's best known composition.  John Vanore has done a marvelous job of writing, arranging and adding his own voice to songs written by Oliver Nelson.  In John's words, "My charge was to re-imagine and arrange for a unique ensemble in the spirit of Oliver and invigorate the repertoire".  Mission accomplished!  John put together a group of hand picked world-class musicians.  His band, "Abstract Truth" has a unique make-up with two French Horns and just two Saxophonists.  The band produces a group sound that is both fresh and new, while at the same time familiar.  This CD is a magnificent example of creative band arranging that celebrates the talents of Oliver Nelson and the brilliance of Composer/Arranger, John Vanore.

1. "Self Help Is Needed"
2. "A Taste of Honey"
3. "Stolen Moments"
4. "El Gato"
5. "St. Louis Blues"
6. "Blues & The Abstract Truth"
7. "Greensleeves"
8. "I Hope In Time A Change Will Come"
9. "Reuben's Rondo"

Supporting Players:
Steve Wilson- Alto, Soprano Sax, Flute
Bob Mallach-Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet
Tony Kadleck, Augie Haas, Jon Owens, Dave Ballou, John Vanore-Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Ryan Keberle-Trombone 
Dave Taylor-Bass Trombone
George Barnett, Adam Unsworth-French Horns
Mike Richmond-Bass
Danny Gottlieb-Drums
Jim Ridl-Piano
Greg Kettinger-Guitar
Beth Gottlieb-Percussion

I found an interesting "YouTube" that tells the story of this CD from the perspective of the players involved in its making.  I found it interesting how excited these veteran musicians were to participate in this recording.  The background music from various tracks on the CD is also wonderful to hear.  Enjoy!

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