The late Ralph Penlend born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ralph the masters the drummer's worked with: Frank Sinatra, Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Stan Getz, Hubert Laws, Dianne Reeves and Carlos Santana. Ask Penland to pick a favorite and he courteously declines. I sat down with Ralph and talk about his music, how he started playing drums .who influence him to get interested in music. Take this journey with me on the musical career of drummer Ralph Penland RIP.
This interview was recorded July 29, 2013 in Burbank Ca.
Songs in order 1, That'll ,Work 2, The Victor at Ashby, 3, Cross Purpose, 4, Journey A Dream, 5, Jamar, 6, Dance Again, from his CD Journey A Dream.
Dayna Stephens is an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
In addition to leading his own group Stephens has performed extensively withKenny Barron, Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Julian Lage, Eric Harland,Gerald Clayton, and many other contemporaries.
Stephens has released five albums as a leader: The Timeless Now (2007),Today Is Tomorrow (2012), That Nepenthetic Place (2013), I'll Take My Chances (2013), and Peace (2014) Stephens' fifth album, titled Peace, features guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Eric Harland.
Stephens grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Berkeley High School. He went on to study at the Berklee School of Music and later at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
Song in Order 1 Walk in the Parc "That Nepenthelic Place" 2 Contrafact " Reminscent" 3 Left my Heart in San Francisco "Peace" 4 Hard Boiled Wonderland "Today is Tomorrow" 5 Sugar " New Day: The Emeryville Session" For More information daynastephenssound.com
Theus was born in Los Angeles on the first day of summer in 1952. By the time he was twelve, he had played the flute, violin, trumpet, and piano before deciding that the drums were his true calling. At sixteen Sonship recorded an album and began a long-running house gig at an L.A. jazz club with pianist Larry Nash, a schoolmate. While still in school, Theus began getting calls to play with jazz artists like saxophonist John Klemmer. Another sax great, Charles Lloyd, called Theus’s mother and told her that as soon as the young drummer graduated, he wanted to take him on the road. Sure enough, once Sonship was done with school, he joined Lloyd, playing with him on and off for eleven years.
Among the qualities that made Theus unique was his unrelenting energy. He insisted that his intensity and volume—a classic image shows him stretching to play his high-mounted China cymbals—had nothing to do with insensitivity or an attempt to overwhelm the music. Rather, he made a literal connection between his aggressive approach and Psalm 150 of the Bible, which states that God likes to be praised with “high-sounding cymbals.”
Though this sounds like the behavior of an irrational or self-centered person, people close to Sonship knew him as an intelligent, sensitive, giving, sane musicianSince the early 1980s, Sonship had battled kidney problems and spent a good amount of time on dialysis, though he continued performing and recording long after most others would have given up. Eventually he succumbed to his health issues, but not before leaving an indelible mark on every musician he played with and befriended.
This was a very special interview. I wasn't able to do a part 2 with Sonship, but stay in contact with other and consider him a friend. He Is truly miss, This interview was recorded in the mid 80's at KLXU radio station in LA, CA.
songs in order 1 "The Greeting" McCoy Tyner, 2 Horace Tapscott Live, 3 "Eric Tunes" Henry Franklin 4, "Winds Through the Tree" Charles LLoyd
Charles Wright's book "UP FROM WHERE WE"VE COME" contains historical moments, where the reader will experience inserts of the author's life long before he gained his status as a musical legend. And like his music, Wrights' story is a historical account of events that could only be told in his own personal and unique style.
I had the opportunity of having a great conversation about the book and his earlier year growning up down south. Sit back and begun to take this magical journey with Charles Wright
Songs in Order 1 Love Land 2, Answer to my Prayer 3, Your Love 4, Express Yourself
From the Album Express Yourself except song #2
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