Sunday, September 26, 2010

Glen Browne's acoustic guitar still strums

Though he has been a bass player for over 30 years, Glen Browne is best known for his distinctive acoustic guitar work on Untold Stories, one of the hit songs from Buju Banton's classic 1995 album 'Til Shiloh.

"I didn't expect the song to take off, really, but it was a great communication that hit the mark," Browne said recently. When he got the call from Banton's mentor and producer, Donovan Germain, to play on 'Til Shiloh, Browne was already an established musician

He played for years on the north coast circuit, and toured and recorded with high-profile acts like Jimmy Cliff and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Brazil's beat seduces jazz greats

OLINDA, Brazil (AFP) - Brazil's unique tropical blend of samba-rock-guitar known as MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) has exerted an irrepressible influence on modern jazz, masters of the genre say.

"Since I played with John Coltrane in 1961, I started using open intervals on the chords, distributing the notes of each chord broadly on the piano so the other musicians could play their solos," McCoy Tyner, a US pianist considered one of jazz's all-time greats, told AFP.

That technique mirrored one also used in MPB, a trademark, urban Brazilian style that emerged in the 1960s as an evolution and a reaction to the smooth, languorous Bossa Nova wave. Tyner and fellow musicians Mike.....
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