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Pee Wee Ellis et Paul Jackson en concert à Paris les 17 et 18 mars

L’ancien sideman de James Brown et le bassiste historique des Headhunters se produiront sous le signe du groove les 17 et 18 mars prochain à Paris, au Duc des Lombards. Pee Wee Ellis et Paul Jackson avaient déjà fait parler la poudre l’an dernier au Sunset/Sunside, mais également au Montreux Jazz Festival. Extrait :


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Chronique : Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”

Certains lecteurs ont peut-être été étonnés, voire suffoqués, par la présence récurrente de Daft Punk dans ces pages virtuelles au cours des dernières semaines. En temps normal, Funk★U aurait pu vous lister la liste d’emprunts des rejetons des producteurs d’Ottawan et des Gibson Brothers, où encore gloser sur des mélodies trop catchy pour être honnêtes avant de retourner écouter Breakwater ou Quazar. C’était sans compter sur le virage analogique de Random Access Memories, le quatrième album des alter-égos casqués de Thomas Bangalter et Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Véritable disque de genre(s), RAM cale les deux tiers de son contenu sur un disco-funk pulsé par les parties défenestrantes de sessionmen qui ont tout vu, du chitlin’ circuit au Studio 54 (les noms de Nathan East, bassiste massif de Stevie Wonder et Paul Jackson, Jr., le guitariste de Thriller, circulent déjà sur quelques tracklistings). Le break crunchy de “Give Life back To Music”, porte d’entrée de 73 minutes supersoniques dont le single éclaireur “Get Lucky” n’incarne que la facette la plus accessible du projet, ne laisse aucun doute sur la présence de Nile Rodgers et ses Chic-Isms.

Privé de crédits musiciens lors des écoutes, il est difficile d’identifier l’auteur des arpèges liquides de “The Game of Love”, mid-tempo caniculaire guidé par un lick de basse télégraphique et des parties vocales à la talk-box façon Roger Troutman. Zapp produit par Chic ? Pas loin. En revanche, c’est bien Giorgio Moroder qui raconte l’histoire de l’electro dans “Giorgio By Moroder”, une suite Hi-NRG/prog hallucinogène et uptempo ponctuée par des allusions au thème de Midnight Express et des synthés latino évoquant la période brésilienne de George Duke. Aux dires d’internautes bien renseignés, Omar Hakim et John Robinson Jr., le cogneur d’Off The Wall, se partageraient les drums du funk minimaliste et salement princier de “Lose Yourself To Dance”, à nouveau chanté par Pharrell Williams sur fond de guitares scratchées et de handclaps démesurés. Et s’il n’y avait que ça… L’intro péplum de “Beyond” débouche sur un long instru Calif’, tout près de Michael McDonald et de son indéboulonnable “I Keep Forgetting”. Deux titres et le break Funky Drummer de “Motherboard” plus loin, c’est Hall & Oates et Fleetwood Mac qui semblent reprendre le flambeau de “Fragment of Time”, une dinguerie blue-eyed soul ou l’on perçoit – Choc ! – une guitare slide au fond du mix.

Et les robots dans tout ça ? En retrait derrière leurs vocoders et la vitre de la cabine de contrôle, les producteurs réinventent leur dynamique et passent du noir et blanc numérique à la couleur analogique. Fortunes diverses : Pour “Within”, un joli interlude mélancolique pianoté par Gonzales, et “Touch”, une symphonie pop SF dérangée introduite par Paul Williams, le Phantom of the Paradise en personne, le duo s’égarent dans la pop 80 pastel avec Julian Casablancas des Strokes (“Instant Crush”, sans doute recalé de la BO de Drive). Avec sa toccata liturgique et sa batterie heavy-métal, le final apocalyptique de ”Contact” hésite entre Justice et les Chemical Brothers. En tournant le dos au sampling et à l’électro stadière, Random Access Memories préfère ranimer la mémoire vive de la dance music hédoniste du tournant des années 1970 et 80, une époque où un disque capturait non pas une séquence de fichiers, mais une performance. À prendre ou à laisser. Prenez.

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Daft Punk Random Access Memories (Columbia/Sony Music). Disponible le 20 mai en CD, double LP et digital.

 


George Benson weekend in LA tribute

Un hommage à George Benson le 29 août

Ce tribute album rassemble une belle brochette de musiciens réunis pour rendre un hommage à George Benson, pourtant toujours aussi fringuant sur scène. Un exercice souvent casse gueule qui tourne bien souvent à la surenchère mais en l’espèce nous n’avons pas encore eu le plaisir de tester ce disque prévu le 29 août aux USA.

Tracklist

1. Weekend In L.A feat. Ronnie Foster & Andreas Oberg
2. Give Me The Night feat. Tim TiO Owens
3. Shiver feat. Paul Jackson Jr & Tim TiO Owens
4. Love X Love
5. Nature Boy feat. Stokley Williams
6. This Masquerade feat. George Duke, Marcus Miller, Phil Perry, Tim TiO Owens & Jeff Lacey
7. Hip Skip
8. I Just Wanna Hang Around You feat. Tim TiO Owens
9. Turn Your Love Around
10. Before You Go / Breezin feat. Patrice Rushen
11. On Broadway feat. Tim TiO Owens & Jeff Lacey

Communiqué officiel en VO
Rarely has one musician put down such a strong start as the guitarist originally from Paris, called U-Nam. Out of nowhere, he surprised the connoisseurs of smooth jazz scene with his albums The Past Builds The Future (2005), Back From the 80′s (2007) and Unanimity (2009). What unites all the albums is U-Nam’s ardent admiration for the master of Smooth Jazz George Benson. It begins with the partial selection of songs like Breezin’ M.A. or Mister GB and ends with the choice of his instruments Ibanez Guitars. What could be more than nails to do the job and create the ultimate tribute album Weekend In L.A. The album was in the air with thunder inspired by his visit at Benson’s home being invited by his buddy Robbie (one of GB’s son s) and his impressions he talked about in an interview lately. U-Nam has cut the umbilical cord of the record companies and funded his new project via Pledge Music. The album includes a mega-all-star line up of artists and musicians including but not limited to George Duke, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr, Phil Perry, Patrice Rushen, Stokley Williams ( Mint Condition ),Tim TiO; Owens, Wah Wah Watson, Andreas Oberg, Michael White, Dio Saucedo and many more. During the process of manufacturing I had the opportunity to take an inside view at the new project, which will be soon available worldwide. The album begins with Weekend In L.A. George Benson had released this Live album in 1977, a short time after his groundbreaking album Give Me The Night. U-Nam’s rendition overwhelms the listener with an abundance of guitar artistry. Give Me The Night is with large distance Benson’s No. 1 hit. It is missing on any of his concerts. Under Unam’s hands, the piece explodes into a megahit. Singer Tim TiO Owens has a major share of the goose bumps effect. Shiver from Benson’s album While The City Sleeps (1986) is pushed by Unam and Owens to a contemporary hybrid of smooth jazz, pop and techno music. Love X Love is following Unam’s principle to pump up the song into a showpiece. Nature Boy comes massive featuring vocalist Stokley Williams, lead singer of the band Mint Condition. Obviously it is the hard hip hop beat he likes and keeps him swinging and sweeping. Are there on the album also reflective moments? This Masquerade could be such a dreamy ballade. But under the direction of George Duke and Marcus Miller also this song progresses to a heavyweight. Hip Skip from Tony Williams album The Joy Of Flying (1978) reveals how deep Unam has explored Benson’s performing activity. He develops the piece into a colorful carnival of jazz rock. A shout out to Wah Wah Watson. Singer Tim Owens transfers Benson’s lyrical I Just Wanna Hang Around You from the album 20/20 (1985) into the rough reality of the present. Unam had already recorded Turn Your Love Around for his album Back From The 80′s. His new approach is bulkier with more verve and fire. On the medley Before You Go / Breezin Unam lets the melody flow. Nevertheless he cannot completely give up his fast guitar loops. However we can laid back and enjoy the melody line. The album ends with On Broadway. A bombastic blast featuring singer Tim TiO Owens, which will flash every listener. Unam’s upcoming album Weekend In L.A. demands the full attention of the listener. There is no place for soft tones. Unam rides with flying colors to Benson’s throne. –smooth-jazz.de

Product Description
Los Angeles, CA – This monumental project includes some of my superstar friends who are among the world s best known artists of our time. The man known as U-Nam, is destined to become one of the most controversial musicians and his music will give you renewed desire for powered guitar. It is an honor to be the subject of this new guitar and musical star. This project sounds FANTASTIC… – George Benson Highly acclaimed French guitarist U-Nam (#1 Hit on the Billboard Charts in 2007) has taken on the ambitious project of creating a George Benson Tribute, acknowledged as no small task by those familiar with the Legend s music. But according to GB himself, U-Nam is surely qualified for this undertaking. This album includes a MEGA ALL-STAR line up of artists and musicians including many of the talented performers that appeared on George Benson s historic albums. Some of the artists on the album include but are not limited to: George Duke, Marcus Miller, Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Phil Perry, Patrice Rushen, Paul Jackson Jr, Ronnie Foster, Andreas Oberg, Tim TiO Owens, Wah Wah Watson, Michael White, Dio Saucedo, and many more. According to U-Nam, one can, Expect the Unexpected!; as a part of the Best, Biggest, Most Exciting and Intimidating project of his life.; The album is going to follow in the footsteps of GB; with a mix of Jazz, R’n'B, Pop, Soul and musical innovation. The first three singles of the album Give Me The Night , Love X Love and Shiver have already reached Top 5 on several R n B and Jazz charts throughout the world. As said and recorded by Jeff Lacey, GB’s the King, U-Nam’s the Prince.


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