Sonny Landreth – The Ultimate Slide Guitar Lesson – YouTube

What a great guitar player. Landreth really breaks down the nuts and bolts of playing electric slide guitar, bringing out some of the subtleties of vibrato and string dampening. He also has a great way of showing off his behind-the-slide fretting to create different scale and chordal textures. Great stuff.

Yoko Ono Will Share Credit for John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ – The New York Times

Yoko Ono

Source: Yoko Ono Will Share Credit for John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ – The New York Times

I wouldn’t have imagined this (pun intended), but the reasoning behind including Yoko Ono in the songwriting credits for “Imagine” are certainly solid. I can’t say I am a fan of Ms. Ono’s art, but she certainly is, and has been since before I was born, an intellectual. It is clear to me that John Lennon would have valued her ideas, so songwriting credit…sure, why not. Or better yet, hell yes. read more

Fela Kuti – Mr.grammarticalogylisatitionalism is the boss – YouTube

This is a great groove with Fela’s sly humor poking fun at the pompously educated intellectual class in Nigeria. Mr. Grammarticalogylisationalism uses his education as a cynical weapon against so-called ordinary people.

“Talking oyinbo” means to speak like a European – to put on the false pretenses of an educated “gentleman.” From Fela’s perspective, Africans should act like Africans: educated in their own way and not needing to copy Europeans in order to seem educated. read more

Fela Kuti – Mr. Follow Follow – YouTube

“My brother make you no follow book-oo,
look now man use your sense”

“Mr. Follow Follow” is, from my perspective, one of the more directly poetic tunes Fela composed. It’s political in an interpersonal sense, appealing directly to the listener to use one’s brain and think for oneself.

“Some they follow follow, they close them eye,
Some they follow follow, they close them ear,
Some they follow follow, they close them mouth,
Some they follow follow, they close them sense” read more

Tony Levin’s Road Diary

Tony Levin

Bass player Tony Levin’s website archives. New site at tonylevin.com.

Source: Tony Levin’s Road Diary

Tony Levin is a greatly creative musician, but also a prolific blogger. His posts are primarily photos with short blurbs, but he’s been doing it since the mid-1990s. Despite all of this, Levin is an incredibly humble player. My all-time favorite electric bassist, for sure (Mingus would be my favorite upright player).

Sun Ra All Stars and the Sun Ra Arkestra with Archie Shepp Berlin 10/291983 – YouTube

This is a fascinating performance. Sun Ra with Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, Philly Jo Jones, and most of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. This is textural free jazz. When Sun Ra’s piano comes in it’s thrilling. What a fantastic free piano player. I love this.

Learning To Play Afrobeat: Colonial Mentality by Fela Kuti pt.1 – YouTube

This is way cool. This dude has transcribed a bunch of Fela’s tunes and then run down his transcriptions in a series of screencasts. I could easily do the same with my transcription of “Mr. Follow Follow,” and I have been meaning to transcribe more of Fela’s and Sun Ra’s music. More work ahead of me, I suppose.

And just in case this transcription isn’t enough, here’s Fela playing the tune.

Sun Ra Arkestra – Face the Music / Space is the Place – YouTube

What do you do when you know that you know,
that you know that you’re wrong?
You’ve got to face the music,
you’ve got to listen to the cosmos song.

Two of my very favorite Sun Ra tunes on a show from the late 80s that I remember well. Check out David Sanborn. Very 80s hair and glasses.

Sun Ra himself sounds in great form. I love the fact that his comping is fairly old school even while his music is our-there avant garde. This is an inspiring performance for me.

djembe rhythms & african drum rhythms – djembefola.com

Learn traditional djembe rhythms and other West African drum rhythms with our extensive free reference.

Source: djembe rhythms & african drum rhythms – djembefola.com

This is way cool. The list of djembe rhythms at the bottom of the page is great. Each rhythm is presented in notation with a midi file rendering of the rhythm. I could learn a lot from a site like this…if only I owned a djembe drum.