SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 26, 2013 — Bob Brozman was found dead at his home in Santa Cruz, CA in the evening of April 23, 2013. Brozman, the steel-guitar innovator who got his start playing on the streets of Santa Cruz, died at age 59.
A legend in the world of blues and roots music, who integrated styles from around the world, Brozman was one of the world’s most beloved musical figures. His uniquely bold playing style and banter with the audience gave him the opportunity not just to entertain with his sharp wit, but also challenge core assumptions about the function of rhythm and sound.
“Bob is beloved to me, and to so many in so many countries,” says long-time friend and pianist, George Winston. “His legacy will live on and will no doubt become the standard-bearer to musical innovators for decades to come.”
Born in New York on March 8, 1954, Brozman was a world traveler who thrived on collaborating with the best musicians he could find from many different musical traditions. Known as the “King of the National Guitar,” his trademark guitar sound came from National steel guitars that he discovered at age 13. He wrote “The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments,” and was the world authority on vintage and modern National Reso-Phonic guitars.
His body of recorded work spanned 30+ years. His most recent release was last year’s Fire in the Mind. Since his first solo album in 1981, Bob’s repertoire of recordings has grown by over 30 titles to include 14 solo projects and at least a dozen collaborations with international friends. His ability to use the guitar as a portable translator of culture – coupled with his empathetic nature (through music, culture, and language) and seemingly boundless energy – enabled him to establish genuine musical friendships based on respect and love of music.
Bob is survived by his wife and partner of 15 years, Haley Robertson Brozman, daughter Zoe Brozman, 20, and brothers in NYC along with a tremendous international community of friends and fans. It is their desire to carry out Bob’s vision in the creation of a foundation, Global Music Aid, to help third-world musicians obtain instruments, strings, tuning gears, and basic recording equipment. To donate please go to globalmusicaid.org.
John Susi, a Colorado Winemaker and owner/winemaker at J. Susi Winery in the Colorado area, has migrated to Tennessee, where he is now the head winemaker at Natchez Hills Vineyard, Hampshire Tn.
Early in his career, prior to being a noted winemaker, he was road manager and security for storied legends like the Rolling Stones, The Who, Alice Cooper, and ZZ Top. His travels around the world took him through many a wine country, where he discovered the art of winemaking and developed an appreciation for wine from varied regions.
“I am blessed to find myself at Natchez Hills,” John shares, “making wine in a beautiful facility that combines all of my loves in one place: music, food, wine and people. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
HARDWATER – CD Reissued 2011
Their début LP, produced by David Axelrod for Capitol Records, - released in 1968 – has been reissued by Cherry Red Records in the UK. Hardwater, a talented group of song writers and vocalists, now has their first CD from that original master almost forty years later.
The Grammy winning producer David Axelrod, whose credits included producing Cannonball Adderley, Lou Rawles, Don Randi, etc. was contracted to complete the inaugural album for the group. Two singles were launched from the album.
Cherry Red Records/TuneIn in the United Kingdom has reissued (2011) the Hardwater CD in an impressive package, full of background, stories, and history of the band, is also available through Amazon.com and Ebay. This is the first CD reissue for Hardwater’s highly-rated psychedelic rock album, produced by the legendary David Axelrod (Electric Prunes et al).The LA-based band recorded their sole album for Capitol back in 1968. Hardwater had evolved out of Denver Colorado’s premier surf band the Astronauts (RCA). Combining elements of psychedelia and
country rock, they explore the same dusty roads as The Byrds and the Buffalo Springfield. Alongside their original compositions, they seamlessly fitted in interpretations of three tracks written by John Carter and Tim Gilbert of fellow Denver band the Rainy Daze.The complete album from the master tapes for the first time on CD with copious liner notes and a plethora of rare photographs.
Band Members: Rich Fifield (Guitar & Vocals), Pete “Pedro” Wyant (Guitar),
Rob McLerran (Base & Vocals), Tony Murillo (Drums)
A 1968 recording made in Los Angles at the Sound Factory was recently sampled and the track, (along with the vocals) has found its way onto a current CD and single recorded by the legendary hip-hop/rapper/MC Rakim on his latest CD, titled The Seventh Seal (SMC).
“Here we are, over 40 years since the original recording of Holy Are You by the Electric Prunes, which was packaged into the 1968 LP, Release of An Oath. The last two Electric Prune CDs were re-issued in 2006. One of the tracks has resurficed on a current hip-hop CD and a single,” says Richard Whetstone, vocalist on the original recording…”it’s hard to imagine.”
During a time when concept albums were beginning to emerge, Release Of An Oath utilized the arrangements of David Axelrod, along with a group of top LA session musicians to complete the ’68 LP that would be re-released in 2006 on Collectors Choice Music/Rhino.
Hip-hop artist Rakim utilized the version of the original recording by the Electric Prunes on his The Seventh Seal, released in Nov. 2009. Rakim’s CD debuted in the #3 spot on the hip-hop charts.
The track is titled Holy Are You, and maintains the same title on Rakim’s CD and his first single from the CD on the SMC label. The track includes the vocal loop performed on the original 1968 recording with Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye on bass, along with Howard Roberts on guitar, Don Randi on keyboards, Pete ‘Pedro’ Wyant, guitar, etc. among other top LA session players.
The current recording of Holy Are You on The Seventh Seal by Rakim features the instrumental track, along with the vocals of Richard Whetstone from the original Electric Prune recording.
Even more ironic is concept for the original Release Of An Oath built the Kol Nidre (also known as Kol Nidrei and Kal Nidre) (Aramaic) which is an Aramaic declaration recited in the synagogue before the beginning of the evening service on every Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Though not a prayer, this dry legal formula and its ceremonial accompaniment have been charged with emotional undertones since the medieval period, creating a dramatic introduction to Yom Kippur on what is often dubbed “Kol Nidrei night”.
David Axelrod composed and conducted Release Of An Oath, working with Dave Hassinger, the Electric Prunes producer and owner of the Sound Factory. All of the material for that record was composed and arranged by David Axelrod, shortly after coming off triumphs as the producer for Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley. The original recording took three nights to complete and the first single to be released from the album was Holy Are You, sung by Whetstone. Add four decades, and you can now hear the hip-hop version on Rakim’s CD and single.
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Middle East Tour Dates Announced for 2010 -
March 10, 2010 – Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs announced that the Little Joe McLerran Quartet will tour to the Middle East with The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. The blues quartet from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was selected from a pool of 132 applicants to travel abroad and promote cross-cultural understanding. International tour activities will include public concerts, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, collaborations with local musicians and media outreach.
The Little Joe McLerran Quartet is a collective of seasoned musicians drawn from the ranks of Tulsa’s finest, who came together specifically for The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. The ensemble brings blues to life through the study and performance of this unique American roots genre, and all players are deeply committed to keeping the blues alive and bringing the music to diverse audiences. Little Joe McLerran Quartet believes that blues explores music from many cultures and is filled with possibilities. In its unique approach, this ensemble presents blues and American roots as a “Soup Recipe,” which has been stirred, mixed, handed down, and revised by generations of people who brought their music from all over the world to America. Little Joe McLerran Quartet members describe their style as simple, supportive, inspired and, above all else, inventive.
The band members are: Joe McLerran (guitar), David Berntson (harmonica), Robbie Mack (bass), and Ron McRorey (drums)
As part of The Rhythm Road, Little Joe McLerran Quartet will also perform two concerts in the United States. In Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Society will present the first concert on June 3, 2010 at 7:15pm at the Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. The second concert will be presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center on June 5, 2010 at 2 pm at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Fredrick P. Rose Hall, home of the Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Little Joe McLerran Quartet will tour Bahrain (March 29 – April 2), Saudi Arabia (April 3 – 11), Kuwait (April 12 – 15), Oman (April 16 – 21). *Dates and locations subject to change
Little Joe McLerran Quartet tour will take them to Bahrain (March 29 – April 2), Saudi Arabia (April 3 – 11), Kuwait (April 12 – 15), Oman (April 16 – 21). *Dates and locations subject to change
U.S. Concert Dates:
• New York City: June 5, 2010 at 2pm at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
For more information visit The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad at jalc.org/TheRoad, now with additional elements including featured countries, bands, stories from the road, and more.
The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program is made possible with underwriting support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges National Geographic Live as the Washington, D.C. concert series partner. WPFW-FM is the media sponsor for this series.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, a jazz hall of fame and concert series, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children’s concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman Lisa Schiff and Executive Director Adrian Ellis, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world. For more information, visit jalc.org
U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and exchange programs. Through its Cultural Programs Division, the Bureau supports a variety of cultural exchanges that support U.S. foreign policy, foster America’s artistic excellence, and demonstrate America’s respect and appreciation for other cultures and traditions. The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program presents selected professional American performers on concert tours in countries with limited exposure to live American culture. For more information, visit exchanges.state.gov/cultural/rhythm.html.
Additional Information at Little Joe’s website:
Photo by R J Whetstone
Graphic by R J Whetstone
Jan. 29, 2010 – Roots Music Report is the number one independent music chart in the world. RMR compiles radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which independent artists are being played the most by what stations…
Little Joe has reached the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report in the blues catagory for the week of Jan. 29th !
Here is a sample from the RootsMusicReport, in the
blues category for Jan. 29. 2010:
|1||3||LITTLE JOE MCLERRAN||BELIEVE I’LL MAKE A CHANGE||ROOTS BLUES REBORN||TN|
|2||4||DEBBIE DAVIES||HOLDIN’ COURT||VIZZTONE||CA|
|4||50||LONG JOHN HUNTER||LOOKING FOR A PARTY||BLUES EXPRESS||TX|
|5||7||ARTHUR ADAMS||STOMP THE FLOOR||DELTA GROOVE||CA|
|6||0||ERIC BIBB||BOOKER’S GUITAR||TELARC||NY|
|7||22||VICTOR WAINWRIGHT AND THE WILDROOTS||BEALE STREET TO THE BAYOU||WILDROOTS||TN|
|8||9||ANDREW JR. BOY JONES||GETTIN’ REAL||ELECTRO-FI||TX|
|9||10||SAMUEL JAMES||FOR ROSA, MAEVE AND NOREEN||NORTHERN BLUES||ME|
|10||11||DAVID MAXWELL & LOUISIANA RED||YOU GOT TO MOVE||VIZZTONE||MA|
|11||5||DARRELL NULISCH||JUST FOR YOU||SEVERN||MA|
|12||2||JOE LOUIS WALKER||BETWEEN A ROCK AND THE BLUES||STONY PLAIN||CA|
|13||15||SUPER CHIKAN||CHIKADELIC||BLUESTOWN RECORDS||MS|
|14||21||MIKE ZITO||PEARL RIVER||ECLECTO GROOVE||TX|
|15||12||ZORA YOUNG||THE FRENCH CONNECTION||DELMARK||IL|
|16||14||SEAN CHAMBERS||TEN TIL MIDNIGHT||BLUE HEAT||FL|
|17||8||HARRISON KENNEDY||ONE DOG BARKIN’||ELECTRO-FI||NY|
|18||17||ROBERT CRAY||THIS TIME||VANGUARD||CA|
|19||18||DELBERT MCCLINTON||ACQUIRED TASTE||NEW WEST||TX|
|20||6||TINSLEY ELLIS||SPEAK NO EVIL||ALLIGATOR||GA|
Visit Roots Music Report online for expanded listings
in a multiple of catagories:
Little Joe’s website:
aka R. J. Whetstone