Monday, September 18, 2017

R.I.P.: Pete Turner (1934-2017)

R.I.P.: Pete Turner, at age 83 (the picture shows Turner working on the image of Jorge Pescara's Grooves In The Temple album that I produced.) 

My favorite photographer ever. Simply the best and most creative photographer ever. The association with Bob Ciano and Sam Antupit during the CTI years is historical. 

Last year we lost Rudy Van Gelder. Now, Pete Turner. Creed is suffering a lot, we are all suffering a lot. Too many losses in the CTI family in recent years. Can't find enough words to describe my admiration for him. I was blessed with the chance to have his photos on albums that I produced (Jorge Pescara's Grooves In The Temple, and Rodrigo Lima's Saga) for my JSR label, as well as to be associated with him through several CD reissues of CTI/Kudu albums I produced or supervised and/or annotated, thanks to Creed and Douglas Payne. Among them: several reissues of Deodato's "Prelude" and "In Concert - Live At Felt Forum," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Stone Flower," Hank Crawford's "I Hear A Symphony," Stanley Turrentine's "Salt Song" etc.

One of the saddest days in my entire life. Btw, i'ts also important to mention that Pete's immense and brilliant body of work didn't end in the 70s. Neither his association with Creed Taylor ended in the 70s. CTI didn't ended in the 70s (although the label heyday happened in that period.) Pete continued to collaborate with Creed during the 80s, 90s and 2000s, not only in album covers for CTI, but also as director of cinematography of such CTI video releases like Jim Beard's "Song Of The Sun" LaserDisc (1991). The last Pete Turner work for CTI was CTI All-Stars' "Live At Montreux 2009" released on Blu-ray, DVD and CD formats in 2010.

My condolences to his wife Reine Turner, their son Alex, and all the Turner Family. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

R.I.P.: Laudir de Oliveira (1940-2017)

(born Laudir Soares de Oliveira on January 6, 1940 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil;
died on September 17, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil)

Brazilian percussionist and composer Laudir De Oliveira, who was a member of the Chicago band as well as of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77, just passed away. He was my friend exactly for 40 years, since 1977, and I had the big honor to work with him several times in concerts (with Ithamara Koorax and, most recently, Rodrigo Lima) as well as on albums I produced for Dom Um Romao ("Rhythm Traveller"), Ithamara Koorax ("Serenade In Blue," "Exclusively For My Friends," "Brazilian Butterfly / Tributo À Stellinha Egg," "All Around The World," "IK Sings Getz/Gilberto," and the EP "Ithamara Koorax & Friends"), Jorge Pescara (Grooves In The Temple and a forthcoming set), Rodrigo Lima (Saga) etc.

One track he recorded with Pescara - Deodato's "Black Widow" - was included on the JSR All-Stars album "Friends From Brazil 2001" (released in the USA as Brazil All-Stars' "Rio Strut").

Laudir also recorded with Joe Cocker (the big hit "Feelin' Alright" from the album With A Little Help From My Friends), Chick Corea (the fantastic albums Touchstone and Tap Step), Herb Alpert, Paul Winter, Earl Klugh, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons, Sadao Watanabe, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Paul Anka, Hermeto Pascoal, Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, José Roberto Bertrami, Maria Bethania, Gal Costa, Gerry Mulligan, Pelé and countless others.

As a composer, Laudir co-wrote many songs with Marcos Valle that were recorded by Chicago, Leon Ware and Valle himself. He recently collaborated on recordings with DJ Nu-Mark.

His first recording session in the U.S. was in 1969, on Joe Cocker's album "With A Little Help From My Friends." He later joined Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 in 1972, appearing on such albums as "Primal Roots" (on which he is the lead singer on all those fascinating Macumba chants like "Cabloco Ubiratan"), "Love Music" and "Sergio Menes & The New Brasil 77."

Laudir later joined the pop supergroup Chicago, being featured on such huge hits as "Happy Man" and "If You Leave Me Now."

He kept very active in the busy L.A. studio scene of the '70s, recording with Chick Corea, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, The Jacksons and many others.

After having returned to his native Brazil in the late 80s, he often performed and recorded with Marcos Valle (with whom he co-wrote many songs covered by Leon Ware), Ithamara Koorax and José Roberto Bertrami. In 2014, he joined Rodrigo Lima's SAGA band.

We have met for the last time in July 2017, when I interviewed him for a documentary movie, to which he also played some of those amazing Macumba chants.
(Laudir de Oliveira, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Jorge Pescara, 2004)
(Laudir de Oliveira & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, 2014)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Laudir de Oliveira, July 2017)
(Jadir de Castro, Dom Um Romão, Gegê, Maria Fattoruso, Laudir de Oliveira and Arnaldo DeSouteiro, 1997)
(Laudir de Oliveira, Ithamara Koorax & Arnaldo DeSouteiro, in my house, 2000)
(Laudir de Oliveira, Anna Carolina Albernaz & Carlos Pontual, in my house, 2000)
(Ithamara Koorax taking a picture of Laudir de Oliveira during the recording sessions for Koorax's "Brazilian Butterfly" album, released in 2005)
(Laudir de Oliveira & Ithamara Koorax during the recording sessions for the "Brazilian Butterfly" album, 2005)
(Laudir de Oliveira & Jorge Pescara during the recording sessions for the "Friends From Brazil 2001" (aka "Rio Strut") project
(Laudir de Oliveira & Dom Um Romão during recording sessions)
All photos by Arnaldo DeSouteiro and cannot be reproduced without permission
Perder um amigo é sempre complicado. Perder um grande amigo que é um dos seus ídolos desde a adolescência, um músico excepcional e um ser humano da mais alta qualidade, extremamente generoso e amigo há "apenas" 40 anos, é muito mais complicado. Os Deuses e Orixás concederam a Laudir a "melhor" morte possível. No palco, tocando, fulminante. Sem dor, sem sofrimento, sem hospital. Segue no som e na paz. Respeito eterno.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

John Tropea live, next Saturday

One of my favorite guitar heroes, since I heard his epic solos on Deodato's "Prelude" 44 years ago, John Tropea will be leading his superband this next Saturday, Sept 16 @ Yonkers River Fest in NY.

Featuring: Chris Palmaro (Hammond organ), Zev Katz (bass), Lee Finkelstein (drums), Tommy "Pipes" McDonnell (percussion), Lou Marini & Bill Harris (sax), Don Harris (trumpet) and Larry Farrell (trombone).

If you love jazz-rock and jazz-funk, don't miss it!

Scot Albertson & Joe Carter in CT, tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ray Obiedo @ Blue Note Napa, Sept 14

This Thursday, Sept 14th, don't miss guitar ace Ray Obiedo with Peter Horvath, Dewayne Pate, Alex Murzyn, Colin Douglas and Jon Bendich.
Blue Note Napa
1030 Main Street, Napa, CA

Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Many Moods of Paul McCartney" with Roger Kellaway & Mike Lang in LA, this Sunday

Jazz Bakery presents a 2-piano tribute to Paul McCartney.
"Many Moods of McCartney" @ Zipper Hall at the Colburn
"With this display of virtuosity you can expect a transformative evening of musical invention." --Ruth Price

Sunday, Sepember 10, 2017 - 7pm
general $35, students $25


VENUE: Zipper Concert Hall -The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012

Zipper Hall provides an absolutly brilliant acoustical experience for artist and audience alike. Convenient parking nearby at Disney Hall or at MOCA. KJAZZ 88.1 - official media sponsor.

Jazz Station Gallery - "Claudia Telles' concert @ Rio Othon Bossa Nova Festival"

(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Claudia Telles, Anna Monteiro, Andrea Montezuma & Chico Batera)
(Chico Batera, Andrea Montezuma, Claudia Telles & Arnaldo DeSouteiro)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Anna Monteiro, Andrea Montezuma & Chico Batera)
(Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Lourenço, Anna Monteiro & Ugo Marotta)
                                         (Laura Carvalho)

                                         (Chico Batera)
(Laura Carvalho, Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Chico Batera & Anna Monteiro)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)
(Marcelo Lessa, Claudia Telles, Cassio Acioli, Anna Monteiro, Arnaldo DeSouteiro & Ugo Marotta)