Monday, December 27, 2010

Gianni Bardaro

After a short delay I am here this evening to jazz things up a bit with another musician who asked to be friends through YouTube. Gianni Bardaro, composer and musician grew up in Italy and later moved throughout Europe studying the Jazz Saxophone while winning much acclaim as a band leader as well as a sideman to various other musicians.

So sit back and enjoy a change of pace here with this too short list of jazz musings of Gianni Bardaro.

YouTube Channel

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

In Memoriam
Captain Beefheart

My record collection consists of many early obscure albums of various artists. To a great extent I shied away from the Pop Culture stuff and tended to lose interest in bands once they claimed commercial success. Don Van Vliet was no exception.

It was 1969 and I was at a friend's house when he brought out an album with a pink cover featuring a person with an odd hat and a fish mask. The title was Trout Mask Replica, although the fish looked more like a Koi. The artist called himself Captain Beefheart. My friend informed me that the album was produced by Frank Zappa, another favorite of mine, therefore I was eager to hear it.

Upon the first play I was dazed and confused by the seemingly chaotic nature, similar to some of The Mother's of Invention's works, but even further out there. Upon subsequent listenings it grew on me as the chaos gave way to the complexity of it.

Van Vliet's style was a blend of Blues, Rock, Experimental and Psychedelic with vocals sung in his unmistakable gravely voice and is considered to have "greatly influenced" New Wave artists such as David Byrne of Talking Heads, Blondie, Devo and The B-52s.

Tom Waits' shift in artistic direction, starting with 1983's Swordfishtrombones, was, Waits claims, a result of his wife Kathleen Brennan introducing him to Van Vliet's music. "Once you've heard Beefheart," said Waits, "it's hard to wash him out of your clothes. It stains, like coffee or blood."

Captain Beefheart and Magic Band went on to record a number of albums which, although gaining critical acclaim, never gained a large following or commercial success.
Performing with various configurations of the Magic Band through 1982, he left the music scene to concentrate on his artwork.

The Captain passed away yesterday at the age of 69 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. May he rest in peace...

Tonight I bring you a collection of his live performances followed by a documentary on his life and works and then wrap it up with a 14 minute performance with Frank Zappa. A song which I used to visualize as pertaining to the mid-evil days but now realize speaks of our current government as well - The Torture Never Stops.



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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Matt Gresham

A several months ago I received a friend invite through YouTube from an Australian musician by the name of Matt Gresham. I took a cruise over to his YouTube channel and was impressed by his song "Jack & Jill" which he was running on his channel at the time. So I added Matt as a friend at my channel and tonight I bring you a selection of tunes from Matt. Please bear with Matt as he performs at a number of rather rowdy bars!

Matt's YouTube Channel


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tommy Emmanuel

Last weekend I was cruising through the channel guide looking for anything on the TV worthwhile of my time. I came across a PBS pledge drive show featuring an artist I had never heard of. I figured it was worth at least a few minutes of sitting through their begging for funds while waiting to see what this artist was all about.

To make a long story short, when he opened with the percussive guitar piece titled Mombasa,I was immediately blown away and hooked! I stayed for the entire show, suffering through the pledge drive drivel. It was well worth it!

Tonight I bring you Tommy Emmanuel from Australia. The first five selections are from his early years when he played electric guitar with a band. The sixth piece is Mombasa, the number that swept me off my feet. Mombasa and the rest of the show are all from his acoustic catalog.

Tommy's Website


Thursday, November 25, 2010


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After taking the summer off here at the Vault, I've returned with music to celebrate this Thanksgiving Holiday. Today I honor not Columbus nor the Pilgrims, but rather those who lived on this great land before the Illegal Immigrants arrived.

This is a collection of Native American music, most with modern interpretations accompanied by various slide shows. After you have stuffed yourself with turkey sit back and drift off to what once was the beauty this land offered.

Be sure to click either the photo or link above for an eye-opening look at this day we celebrate.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ode to the Gulf Coast

Tonight I pay tribute to the folks living on and near the Gulf Coast in their battle against the oil being poured into the Gulf of Mexico, their marshes and upon their beaches.
Still struggling to recover from the damages done by Hurricane Katrina, they are now faced with the specter of a dying ocean, loss of wages and jobs due to the pollution of the the fishing and shrimping grounds of which 19% are currently closed.

I begin with a sampling of Cajun and Zydeco music and then I'll take you down to New Orleans for a sampling of New Orleans Jazz and Blues as performed by various street musicians.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Robbie Robertson

One Saturday afternoon in 1968 I went downstairs at Steiner Hall, my dorm at WSU - Stevens Point, to visit my friend Ray. Ray brought out a new album he had bought titled Music from Big Pink. It was by a group with the odd name of The Band and featured a painting by Bob Dylan on the front and the title in big block letters with picture of a pink house on the back.

Before the first song, Dylan's wrenching Tears of Rage, was over, I was hooked. The sound was raw and rough, a departure from the highly polished works popular at the time. The guitar work of Robbie Robertson was my main draw.

Over the years, after The Band gave us their Last Waltz, I seem to have lost track of Robbie. I can no longer afford to cruise record stores as I used to and radio is pathetic, so I was unaware of his recent works.

Then a couple weeks ago my friend 99 featured one of his videos at her site and I was once again hooked!

Tonight I begin with a number of his works from Robbie Robertson and The Red Road Ensemble's Music for the Native Americans followby a number of Robbie's works with the band and other works over the years.

Tonight's show is dedicated to my friend, the eminent Agent 99.

Robbie's Website - coming soon
Robbie's Myspace
The Band Website


Saturday, April 3, 2010

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Gil Scott-Heron

Born in Chicago, 1949, Gil Scott-Heron's parents divorced and he was sent to live with his grandmother in Tennessee. Soon racial tensions at school caused him to move back with his mother who had moved to the Bronx and later to the Chelsea neighborhood.
By the age of 13 he had already written a book of poetry and later wrote a novel entitled "The Vulture" after leaving college.
He released his first album 'New Black Poet: Small Talk at 125th and Lennox' in 1970. It contained the spoken word song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" - a response to the Governments interference with the media at the time. (My how things have changed!)
Gil followed it the next year with "Pieces of Man" featuring John Coltrane and Lady Day and a more toned down political slant.

Gil's spoken word pieces are often attributed as the origin of Rap.

Tonight I first bring you a one hour documentary on Gil followed by a number of his works.




Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Blues

Update 1/22/11 - I found that this collection was fairly decimated by removed videos at YouTube. I've restored as many as possible and added a few new ones. Enjoy

Tonight I bring you a collection of The Blues, 60 songs to keep you going all night.
Starting with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on an old show titled Rainbow Quest hosted by Pete Seeger. Mississippi John Hurt also makes an appearance on the show.

From there we move to Chicago for some hits by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Siegal Schwall Blues Band, also a number of Michael Bloomfield songs with Electric Flag and the Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills Supersession.

Next we hop the Atlantic, or fly over the pole if you wish, to England for the British take on things with Savoy Brown, Cream, Blind Faith, John Mayall and Jimmy Hendrix.

Finally we return stateside for some Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

I've tried to find live versions as much as possible although a few only have slide shows but are worth it for the music. Obviously this is only a sampling of the many great blues performers out there. Enjoy!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Eddie From Ohio

A year or so ago, while browsing the list of bands at the Internet Archives my eye was caught by an unusual name. I sampled their music and fell in love with them immediately. Downloaded to my mp3 player I listen to them as I ride my bike and they are one of the mp3 CD's in my truck stereo.

I wasn't able to find a large selection of videos at YouTube, but here is a baker's dozen to give you a sampling of their music.
From Virginia, I bring you Eddie From Ohio!

Internet Archive free downloads of live shows.