01-01-2016, 11:58 AM,
There is only one other artist that impacts me musically as much as Natalie did and that is Haley. Even though I just saw Haley perform with PMJ and will see two more PMJ shows in Vegas, this is a sad day for me.
01-01-2016, 01:17 PM,
(01-01-2016, 11:35 AM)riley Wrote: R.I.P. Natalie Cole - I loved the Unforgettable duet she did with her Dad years ago a true classic.

I'm both stunned and saddened by this. Thanks to technology, that "duet" she did with her dad was "unforgettable." Indeed, Natalie, RIP.
01-01-2016, 01:54 PM,
(01-01-2016, 11:35 AM)riley Wrote: R.I.P. Natalie Cole - I loved the Unforgettable duet she did with her Dad years ago a true classic.

01-11-2016, 01:13 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2016, 05:29 AM by john.)
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Quote:David Bowie
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January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.

Didn't see that one coming Sad

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Quote:David Bowie, Pop Star Who Transcended Music, Art and Fashion, Dies at 69

This video was released a few days ago, as was his latest album. Jeez. Disturbing.

Quote:...“Lazarus” includes David Bowie songs spanning more than four decades, but it would be ridiculous to describe it as another jukebox musical. The nonstop two-hour piece revisits Thomas Newton, the stranded alien, years after Bowie portrayed him in the 1976 movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” But it would be wrong to expect a conventional sequel to the Walter Tevis novel that inspired both works.

Let’s start instead by calling Bowie’s first musical a riveting multimedia meditation — a visceral, disturbing, hallucinatory experience that’s as nonlinear and chameleonic as the rock star himself...

Quote:An insider's look behind the making of David Bowie's secretive 'Blackstar' album

Interview from 2000 ... some interesting comments about his use of characters, and of the music industry and the internet

Under Pressure. David Bowie - Annie Lennox
01-11-2016, 07:50 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2016, 07:51 AM by Miguel.)
I didn't know David Bowie had been ill. I didn't reccall he shared a birthday with Elvis either until Haley posted this picture Friday:

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"His last album, 'Blackstar,' a collaboration with a jazz quintet that was typically enigmatic and exploratory, was released on Friday"

Pitchfork gave it an 8.5 out of 10 before his death. The review begins:

Quote:David Bowie has died many deaths yet he is still with us. He is popular music’s ultimate Lazarus: Just as that Biblical figure was beckoned by Jesus to emerge from his tomb after four days of nothingness, Bowie has put many of his selves to rest over the last half-century, only to rise again with a different guise. This is astounding to watch, but it's more treacherous to live through; following Lazarus’ return, priests plotted to kill him, fearing the power of his story. And imagine actually being such a miracle man—resurrection is a hard act to follow.
01-11-2016, 11:40 AM,
Slow start to the workday so I've begun exploring David Bowie's last album. This YT comment struck me as the best summation.

Quote:This guy made his own death art.

Blackstar is the title track off the album. It was released in November. Some people took it to be about the darkside of religion. But I think "blackstar" either refers to him (a dead star or a controversial one when living) or Jesus (before his death, his wife tweeted: "the struggle is real, but so is God")." The video is ten minutes long and features a dead astronaut at the beginning (Major Tom?).

Lazarus might become the signature song associated with his passing. The video was just published last Thursday. It begins, "Look up here, I'm in heaven."

There's another song titled,"'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore." Someone interpreted the whore to be cancer. I think that might be right. It begins, "Man, she punched me like a dude. Hold your mad hands, I cried"

I haven't had time to delve into the other songs yet.
01-11-2016, 11:44 AM,
BBC page that aggragates reactions to Bowie's death:
01-11-2016, 12:02 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2016, 12:10 PM by Miguel.)
From that ^:

Quote:Brian Eno, who produced Bowie's Berlin Trilogy - Low, Heroes and Lodger - said he was in contact with Bowie last week.

"David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now. We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were Mr Showbiz, Milton Keynes, Rhoda Borrocks and the Duke of Ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that. I received an email from him seven days ago.

It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot and it was signed dawn I realise now he was saying goodbye.”

Some background info on the album from the Telegraph's revew:

Quote:A new single, Lazarus, released today, may kick off in the vague realm of contemporary music, with spectral guitar and stuttering rhythms calling to mind the young British trio the xx, but it is not long before those saxophones are sighing and the beat is fragmenting.

Just about holding it together are the familiar tones of Bowie’s teeth-gritted, tight-chested whisper of a vocal, proclaiming it is “This way or no way / You know I’ll be free / Just like that bluebird / Now ain’t that just like me?” Sure sounds like jazz to me.

...Bowie recruited his core band from the 55 Bar, a venerable jazz club in New York’s West Village, not far from his home in SoHo, where he has lived since 2003 with his wife Iman and 15-year-old daughter.

He stopped by unannounced one Sunday night in 2014 to watch a quartet led by inventive saxophonist Donny McCaslin, featuring drummer Mark Guiliana, bassist Tim Lefebvre and keyboardist Jason Lindner.

Bowie would have been treated to a set of dazzling, freewheeling improvised instrumentals, with roots in the early Seventies jazz fusion of Miles Davis, Weather Report and the Yellowjackets. Bowie subsequently invited the band to secret recording sessions with long-serving producer Tony Visconti in January this year at the Magic Shop, a discreet, surprisingly small and very old school studio near Bowie’s home where he recorded The Next Day.

What Bowie has created with this hardcore jazz crew, though, is not something any jazz fan would recognise and is all the better for it. At its best, free jazz is amongst the most technically advanced and audacious music ever heard but it can be uncompromisingly difficult to listen to for the non-aficionado.

The improvisational elements that make it so gladiatorial and hypnotic live can make it over complex and inaccessible on record. Bowie’s intriguing experiment has been to take this wild, abstract form and try to turn it into songs. Blackstar is an album on which words and melody gradually rise from a sonic swamp to sink their hooks in. It is probably as close as free jazz has ever got to pop.
01-11-2016, 12:03 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2016, 01:04 PM by john.)
(01-11-2016, 11:40 AM)Miguel Wrote: Slow start to the workday so I've begun exploring David Bowie's last album. This YT comment struck me as the best summation.

Quote:This guy made his own death art.

I was looking into this material last night but couldn't make it through Blackstar -- it was just too depressing at the time. I did think "artist to the end" and I guess that is a similar sentiment.

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01-11-2016, 01:26 PM, (This post was last modified: 01-11-2016, 02:12 PM by john.)
Quote:haleyreinhart Hard to believe this cosmic creator could ever leave us.. But then again, he never really was the earthling type. My mother and I would watch the Labyrinth on repeat growin up. I recognized the enchantment he had over all of us back then, but it wasn't until the last few years that I truly discovered how seriously innovative he was.. From his music, to his style, sexual orientation, etc. Nothing could hold him back from living out his personal legend. Thank you for being you David Bowie, which in turn allows me to be me, and the world to be whatever it wants to be. #davidbowie #goblinking
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