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Artist Profiles: Robben Ford

Robben Ford

Robben Ford was born on December 16, 1951 in Woodlake, California, U.S.A.

Robben Ford’s earliest musical steps were in the blues playing with his brothers in the Charles Ford band and backing harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite. Robben then joined the legendary Jimmy Witherspoon. But his career took an unexpected turn in 1974 when he was discovered by saxophonist Tom Scott.

Ford began to perform and record with Scott’s jazz-fusion band L.A. Express and joined them in backing songwriter Joni Mitchell for two years. He played on her Court and Spark tour and double album Miles of Isles (1974) as well as contributing his guitar work to The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975).

Based on his live work with Mitchell, Ford was recruited to join George Harrison on what would be the ex-Beatles only solo tour ever. In the program book for the Dark Horse tour it is noted ‘Only once in a blue moon is there an artist so natural to the blues and to jazz as Robben Ford.”

In 1979, Ford released his solo debut album, a fusion-flavored production called The Inside Story. Out of that recording came the legendary group Yellowjackets that would go on to record two albums for Warner Records.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Ford worked with so many different artists that he was labeled a “fusion guitar player.” Robben says “it just wasn’t true. Not in my heart anyway. And it wasn’t until my second album Talk to Your Daughter in 1988 that I got to make my first blues offering.” That album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Recording.

The promotional tour for Talk to Your Daughter eventually led to the formation of a full time blues-based band called Robben Ford and the Blue Line, with Roscoe Beck on bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums. The trio recorded a series of landmark albums including a self-titled debut in 1992 Robben Ford & the Blue Line, Mystic Mile in 1993 and 1995’s Handful of Blues.

By the second half of the decade Robben was again ready for a change. After a friendly split with the Blue Line he recorded Tiger Walk in 1997, backed by Keith Richards’ rhythm section. “Tiger Walk was an instrumental rock and R&B record which was nothing that my audience expected at the time,” says Robben. “And the next record Supernatural (1999) was an even further departure.” The album Supernatural was well received and “In the Beginning” (from Tiger Walk) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Instrumental Rock category.

Robben returned to blues with Blue Moon in 2002 and Keep on Running in 2003. Keep on Running includes a core group of first class players: bassist Jimmy Earl and drummers Toss Panos and Steve Potts.

Discography:

Discovering the Blues Live (1972) (Live)
Sunrise (1972)
Jimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford Live (1976)
Schizophonic (1976)
The Inside Story (Elektra, 1979)
Love’s a Heartache (1983)
Talk to Your Daughter (Warner Bros., 1988)
Words and Music (Warner Bros., 1988)
Robben Ford (Warner Bros., 1988)
A Song I Thought I Heard Buddy Sing (ITM, 1992)
Handful of Blues (Blue Thumb, 1995)
Blues Connotation (1996)
Tiger Walk (1997)
Supernatural (Universal Classics & Jazz, 1999)
Blue Moon (Concord Jazz, 2002)
Keep on Running (Concord Jazz, 2003)
The Color of Things (2005)
City Life (Westwind, 2006)
Truth (Concord, 2007)
Soul on Ten (Concord, 2009)
Bringing It Back Home (Provogue, 2013)
A Day in Nashville (Provogue, 2014)
Live at Rockpalast (Repertoire, 2014)
Into the Sun (Provogue, 2015)
Lost in Paris Blues Band (Ear Music, 2016)
Supremo (2017)

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Artist profiles: Hugo Fattoruso

Hugo Fattoruso

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Hugo Fattoruso began his musical career as a prodigious and somewhat reluctant piano student at the age of four. By the time he was nine his father Antonio formed El Trio Fattoruso by drafting Hugo’s younger brother Jorge on drums with Hugo on accordion and Antonio on “inverted bucket bass” (using a broom as the neck and a cord as the instrument’s single string).

This trio performed in street festivals covering the variety of styles used in Uruguay’s carnivals (boleros, murgas, tangos, etc.) and giving Hugo an education in the rich harmonic stuff of disparate musical styles. At the age of 16 Hugo moved to the upright bass and began his tenure as the under-aged member of The Hot Blowers a swing band that toured throughout Latin America in the late 195s. This period could be seen as a second important milestone in Hugo’s harmonic education hammering home the concepts of improvisation and musical interplay.

By the early 196s rock ‘n’ roll began to shake the world’s foundation and Hugo set out to express himself in that medium by forming Los Shakers where he and his brother shared song writing singing and guitar responsibilities. Los Shakers Hugo Fattoruso (guitar voice) Osvaldo Fattoruso (guitar voice) Roberto “Pelin” Capobianco (bass voice) Carlos “Caio” Vila (drums voice) were a huge success throughout Latin America as they were able to mold the complexities of bossa’s harmonies Uruguay’s urban song style candombe rhythms and the backbeat of rock into a new and contagious form.

By the late 1960s the influence of jazz and of the Afro-Uruguayan rhythm of candombe took Hugo to New York City where he formed the group Opa. In Opa Hugo played keyboards and sang while his brother played drums and childhood friend Ringo Thielmann played bass. Opa’s mixture of jazz, rock, Brazilian harmonies and rhythms and Uruguay’s African-flavored music (candombe) gave this band a distinctive voice and garnered them recognition among musicians in the then growing “Latin jazz” scene. Opa released two albums produced by Airto Moreira, ‘Goldenwings’ and ‘Magic Time’. Opa’s music served to influence the next generation of Uruguayan musicians continuing the Fattoruso’s impact on Uruguayan musical culture.

From that point on Hugo traveled the U.S. and worked with a variety of artists ranging from Hermeto Pascoal to Ron Carter to The Dixie Dregs. After working in the U.S. with Milton Nascimento Hugo spent several years living in Rio de Janeiro where he worked with several prominent Brazilian artists including Djavan Geraldo Azevedo Chico Buarque de Holanda Nana Vasconcelos and Toninho Horta.

He has recorded extensively with Milton Nascimento on the records ‘Milton’ ‘Journey To Dawn’ ‘Planeta Blue Na Estrada Do Sol’ ‘Angelus’ and most recently the CD ‘Nascimento’ winner of the 1997 World Music Grammy Award. In addition to his piano and accordion playing the compositions on the release ‘Nascimento’ were co-arranged by Milton and Hugo.

Discography:

Varios Nombres (Melopea CDMSE 518)

En Blanco y Negro РLas Aventuras de Fattoruso y Rada with Rub̩n Rada (Melopea CDMSE 511, 1991)

Homework (Big World, 1998)

with Opa:

Goldenwings (LP: Milestone 969 CD: Milestone 4774-2, 1976)

Magic Time (Milestone, 1977)

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Artist Profiles: Pedro Aznar

Pedro Aznar

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer, Pedro Aznar is one of the most prestigious and respected artists to emerge from South America in recent times.

His far-reaching experience includes being a founding member of Seru Giran, one of the most influential rock (classic rock, progressive rock) groups in Argentina, and his three-time Grammy Award winning work with the internationally acclaimed Pat Metheny Group. He’s also a celebrated pop singer.

The writer of several movie scores, he has also published a book of poetry, Pruebas de Fuego Ordeals by Fire.

Pedro’s virtuoso bass playing and unmistakable vocal style, explores the roots of Argentine and South American music from a broad base, as respectful of old traditions as it is open to new directions.

On his 2006 recording, A Roar of Southern Clouds, Pedro Aznar led the listener on a journey through a rich musical tradition ranging across three continents: the ancestral song of the Andean peoples, the rhythmic legacy of Africa, and the European musical heritage, all seen through a contemporary prism with many facets.

Pedro worked with David Lebón in 2007, releasing an album titled Aznar-Lebón. That same year he was appointed as Musical Director of Estudio Urbano, the first institution to teach all things related to the music industry, with free of charge access to all courses and facilities. He also co-produced with Shakira two songs for the Love in the Time of Cholera soundtrack. The film is based on the novel by the same name by Gabriel García Márquez.

Also in 2007, Aznar performed “Canterurías”, by Chabuca Granda, for “Folklore por los chicos”, a benefit album for Garrahan Pediatric Hospital .

In 2008 Aznar recorded and co-produced with Roger Waters a song for the Alas Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to improve education, nutrition and health programs for Latin American children. The recording also features Gustavo Cerati and various guest artists.

Aznar won the Gardel Award in 2008 the Sound Engineering category for the Aznar-Lebon album, with Ariel Lavigna and Andrés Mayo.

He formed a new band that same year with Federico Dannemann and Julián Semprini, and played a concert at Alas – The concert for children. The festival, which took place in Buenos Aires and Mexico City simultaneously, was heard live by over 400,000 people, and seen on TV by 200 million. The featured artists were, among others: Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Gustavo Cerati, Ricky Martin, Calle 13, Fito Páez and Jorge Drexler.

Quebrado, a double album featuring new songs written by Aznar, came out in 2008 with pieces by Pedro and versions of songs by some of his favorite songwriters.
Aznar composed music for the film No mires para abajo (Don’t Look Down), by Eliseo Subiela.

He presented his book Pruebas de Fuego at the 2008 Santiago de Chile Book Fair, mixing poetry reading with songs.

In 2009 he records with Mercedes Sosa (who died later that year), Suna Rocha, Aca Seca, Power 3, Gabo Ferro, Cuban singer Haydée Milanés, Spanish Basque musician Kepa Junkera and Brazilian singer-songwriter Paulinho Moska.

Aznar won three Gardel Awards for his album Quebrado, in the categories Best Male Pop Singer, Production of the Year and Sound Engineering (the latter, with Ariel Lavigna and Andrés Mayo). The album also reached Gold Record status.

Quebrado Vivo, a live double album recorded at Teatro Coliseo, Buenos Aires, was released on CD and DVD.

Aznar published in 2009 his second book of poetry, Dos pasajes a la noche, presenting it at the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and the Santiago de Chile International Book Fair, alternating poetry reading with songs.

Discography

* Serú Girán, with Seru Giran (1978)
* La grasa de las capitales, with Seru Giran (1979)
* Bicicleta, with Seru Giran (1980)
* Peperina with Seru Giran (1981)
* Pedro Aznar (1982)
* http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005LNQI?ie=UTF8&tag=musidelmund-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00005LNQI | No llores por mi, Argentina with Seru Giran (1982)
* First circle, with Pat Metheny (1984)
* Contemplación (1985)
* The Falcon and the Snowman, with Pat Metheny (1985)
* Fotos de Tokyo (1986)
* Tango, with Charly Garcia (1986)
* Hombre mirando al sudeste (1987)
* Letter from Home, with Pat Metheny Group (Geffen, 1989)
* Ultimas imágenes del naufragio (1990)
* Tango 4, with Charly Garcia (1991)
* Radio Pinti, with Charly Garcia (Sony Music, 1991)
* Seru Giran ’92 with Seru Giran (1992)
* Seru Giran en vivo, with Seru Giran (1993)
* The Road to You, with Pat Metheny Group (Geffen, 1993)
* David y Goliath (1995)
* No te mueras sin decirme a donde vas (1995)
* Cuerpo y alma (1998)
* Caja de música (2000)
* Yo no quiero volverme tan loco, with Seru Giran (2000)
* Huellas en la luz (2001)
* Parte de volar (2002)
* Cuando la lluvia te bese los pies (2002)
* Pedro Aznar en vivo (2003)
* Mudras – canciones de dos a dos (2003)
* Aznar Canta Brasil (Tabriz DBN 51894, 2005)
* A Roar of Southern Clouds (O Plus music, 2006)
* Quebrado (Tabriz DBN 52013, 2008)
* Celebracion, with Eugenio Toussaint (2008)
* Quebrado Vivo (Tabriz DBN 52100, 2009)
* A solas con el mundo (2010)
* Ahora (2012)
* Puentes Amarillos – Aznar celebra la música de Spinetta (2012)
* Mil noches y un instante (2013)
* Contraluz (2016)

web site: http://www.pedroaznar.com.ar

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Artist Profiles: Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla

Gustavo Santaolalla has been a force in Latin American music since the 1960s. He is one of a small group of musicians who created the hugely popular “Argentine Rock” movement, which included very creative bands that played progressive rock, jazz fusion, and other genres, sometimes combined with Latin American melodies and rhythms.

Santaolalla’s professional music career started in 1967 at the age of 16, when he founded the seminal group Arco Iris, making history as the pioneer in the fusion of rock and Latin American folk. Santaolalla’s work as bandleader (Arco Iris, Soluna, Wet Picnic); solo artist (Santaolalla, GAS, Ronroco); and record producer (Cafe Tacuba, Kronos Quartet) showcases his expertise in a wide variety of other musical styles.

For a few years, Santaolla lived between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. Eventually, he settled in Los Angeles in the 1980s.

He has since become the most important name in Latin Alternative music in North America, having won Grammy awardss for his work with Cafe Tacuba and Juanes and has also produced critical and commercial successes for million-selling Mexican group Molotov, as well as Julieta Venegas, Maldita Vecindad, Caifanes, Leon Gieco, Los Prisioneros and Divididos, amongst others.

After the launching of his label Surco, he also played a major role in producing music for his label’s roster of artists, including Bersuit, Erica Garcia, Arbol and La Vela Puerca. Gustavo later entered the world of film music by scoring the music and producing the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated and Cannes Film Festival-winning film Amores Perros, and again teamed up with Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Izarritu to work on his film, 21 Grams. Since then, he has composed numerous scores for film, TV and video games.

Santaolalla is the producer of Carnabailito, by Gaby Kerpel, the third Nonesuch project with which he has been involved. Proving once again his versatility, Santaolalla co-produced Kronos Quartet’s Nuevo, which pays homage to the rich musical styles of Mexico.

Gustavo Santaolalla’s musical style fuses rock, soul, African rhythms, and Latin American folk.

Discography

Santaolalla (1982)
Gas (1995)
Ronroco (Nonesuch, 1998)
21 Grams, soundtrack (Varese Sarabande, 2003)
The Motorcycle Diaries: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deutsche Grammophon, 2004)
Café de los Maestros (Universal, 2005)
Brokeback Mountain, soundtrack (Verve Forecast, 2005)
North country (Sony Music, 2005)
Babel (Concord Records, 2006)
I Come With The Rain (2009)
The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom (2009)
Nanga Parbat (2010)
Biutiful (Relativity Music, 2010)
Dhobi Ghaat (2010)
On the Road (2012)
The Last of Us (Sony Masterworks, 2013)
August: Osage County (2013)
The Book of Life (Sony Masterworks, 2014)
Wild Tales (Quartet Records, 2014)
Camino (Sony Masterworks, 2014)
Making a Murderer (2015)
Borrowed Time (2015)
Before the Flood (2016)

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