Thursday, August 21, 2014


I wanted to sincerely thank everyone that read my reviews. I want to thank people like John Kelman, Steve Khan, Ivo Perelman, Bill Champlin and his family....Joey DeFrancesco. Rotem Sivan......Just too many people to list. John Mura at Gannett.....Jimmy Haslip. Jeff Lorber. Peter White. Concord, Mack Avenue.....I am done.....

I'll leave you with some line from Keith Richards that mean a great deal to me.....

"Only A Crowd Can You You Feel So Alone....."

"I've Made My Way To Heaven Cause I've Done My Time In Hell"

"Watch My Tail Lights, There Ain't A Dry Eye In The House....Lord They Are Dancing And Drinking As I Left Town."

Take care.


The Party Is Over

Is this "official" closing? No.......Coming soon health is getting far worse. The music industry  can suck it.

Obama Is A Filthy Muslim

​​A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

Have you seen this America??? A hooded Muslin coward right before he chopped the head off an American journalist and our half breed piece of shit President does nothing.......You people that elected him should think twice......The Palestinian people should be nuked. Iraq should be nuked Iran should be nuked. This is a jihad.....Kill em all.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

More From Blue Note

Norah Jones Added to the Sunrise Senior Living Jazz Festival
Presented by Blue Note Records' Chairman Emeritus Bruce Lundvall -
Final Lineup Set for All-Star Jazz Concert at Brighton Gardens of
Saddle River, New Jersey on August 24 from 2:00 - 8:00PM

Artists Performing Include Joe Lovano,
Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés, Ravi Coltrane,
Bill Charlap, Rene Rosnes and Many More

A Portion of the Proceeds Will Go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation,
Which Is Dedicated to Finding a Cure for Parkinson's Disease

The celebrated 9-time Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter, and Blue Note Records recording artist Norah Jones has been added to the Sunrise Senior Living Jazz Festival, set for this Sunday, August 24 from 2:00 - 8:00PM; this one time only experience is open to the general public. Other confirmed headliners include Joe Lovano, Dianne Reeves, Chuco Valdés, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Javon Jackson, and more. For more information, tune in to WBGO on Friday, August 22 at 2:00PM to hear Joe Lovano discuss the festival with host Bill Daughtry. 

Lundvall, who has become disabled because of Parkinson's disease, has moved into a full-time senior assisted living community, Brighton Gardens of Saddle River, not far from his home in New Jersey. "After falling down three times and having to call the police to put me back in bed, I realized moving me off of the floor was like moving a beached whale. My wife Kay and I decided it would be best for our mutual sanity if I move to a managed care facility," he says. "Thanks to Don Was and Hank Forsyth, I'm still vitally involved with Blue Note."

A lifelong champion of jazz, Lundvall had been president of the legendary jazz label Blue Note since 1984, and had previously been president of Columbia Records and Elektra Records, where he founded the jazz-oriented Elektra Musician imprint. During his career, he not only signed standout talent but also staged unlikely events, including the renowned three-day Havana Jam festival featuring Columbia's top pop and jazz artists as well as superb Cuban artists in Cuba's capital 35 years ago. He also celebrated the re-launching of the formerly dormant Blue Note Records in 1984 by staging a "miraculous" all-star jazz concert in New York's Town Hall.

The top-tier cast of stars that Lundvall has assembled is quite impressive. Saxophonist Joe Lovano will be leading his nonet (which includes vocalist Judi Silvano), Dianne Reeves will sing, and Chucho Valdés, one of jazz's greatest pianists, will be performing solo. One of the highlights of the afternoon will be pianist Bill Charlap's interpretations of Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein compositions and piano duets with his wife Renee Rosnes. Charlap will be joined by Javon Jackson, Ravi Coltrane, and the great rhythm section of Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Special festival guest will be local jazz guitar great Bucky Pizzarelli who will perform with his longtime duo mate, guitarist Ed Loeb.

All artists performing are playing pro bono, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. General admission tickets are available for $79.67. A special VIP ticket is available for $158.34 and will include VIP seating at the concert, meet and greet with musicians after the show, cocktails and an autographed copy of the biography, Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear.

A raffle for autographed photos of celebrities will also take place. Complimentary beer and wine will be served. At intermission, there will be a complimentary hour-long tapas party for concertgoers.

Tickets are on sale now at

For more information, please contact
Victoria Priore Cain · 201-818-8680
Director of Sales, Brighton Gardens Sunrise Senior Living, NJ

The Liver Chronicles / Brent Black's You Tube Videos

I have a handful of You Tube videos posted.

The only intended purpose is to help draw attention to and raise money for my medical fund. This morning I woke up to a second rate tenor player attempting to use the comment section to pimp his music.

This is the second artist to make such an attempt so thus this announcement. Unless we have a prior connection through the business, I will no longer accept independent contributions of music until further notice.

Your account will be blocked and an immediate complain filed with google plus. Think I am kidding? Try me. I don't play with vultures...If you sincere in helping and it is DESPERATELY needed to this home page here and use pay pal or the funding widget. Many Thanks!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ivo Perelman Reverie Leo 2014

The finest improvisational genius of our time...
Brent Black /
Reverie marks an important moment in the career of an artist that may be at the height of one of the most creative moments in his illustrious career. The 25th anniversary of his first recording is being celebrated by what may arguably be Perelman's best work to date. A man who has deconstructed his own ensembles, music, and occasionally aspects of his own persona teams with pianist Karl Berger for a intimate look at the possibilities that are still ahead for this "fire breathing tenor titan!" Reverie is different, not lacking in intensity but instead there is a more grounded force of lyrical intent. These are not duos but more closely resemble musical conversation. There is a zen like spirit that transcends genre. Serenity on a shiny silver disc.
Ivo Perelman does not dabble in nostalgia as he has both harmonic feet firmly planted in the future. Calling Reverie his finest work may be somewhat out of place as having known Ivo for a few years,  I suspect he might inform us his best release has yet to made. I don't write from a theoretical perspective as I feel uniquely unqualified to do so and especially in this case. I don't write for professional musicians, they already know theory. I look for a spiritual connection, does it move me on any level. Taste is subjective and while beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Ivo Perelman have moved into uncharted waters to create a release that can be both intimate and intense. I have borrowed a page from Perelman's play book. I listen and then I write. I never prep.
These are two men creating some intensely beautiful music. Berger was not previously familiar with Perelman's work but Reverie simply reinforces all you need to do is listen. Happy Anniversary!
Tracks: Transcendence; Contemplation; Pensiveness; Placidity; Reverie.
Personnel: Ivo Perelman: Tenor Saxophone; Karl Berger: Piano