Great Blossom Dearie is one of the most underrated jazz vocalists of all time. Dearie's phrasing and piano playing within the small group arrangements were unique.Her sweet and soft, yet fresh and strongly backed voice has performed the widest array of songs possible. She can perform almost any material like no one else. The name "Blossom" was given to her because when she was born, her brothers brought fresh pear blossoms into the house. Her name (Dearie) originates from Scotland/Ireland, it is a Celtic name, yes Blossom Dearie is her real name. Her recordings range from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. She is, by all odds, a mystery woman.
The Ohio Players / Is anybody gonna be saved? (1974)
The legendary funk band the Ohio Players were formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchables, an R&B studio backing band. Led by vocalist Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, the group evolved into the Ohio Players, which, by the early 1970s, adopted their trademark funky sound and sexy image and landed a deal with Westbound Records. In 1974 the combo moved to Mercury Records with Skin Tight, which brought them widespread acclaim and featured the funk classics "Jive Turkey" and "Streakin' Cheek To Cheek". Unfortunately, the Ohio Players disappeared from the mainstream in the late 1970s, though they continued to record periodically and tour constantly during the 1980s and '90s. Meanwhile their music lived on, frequently sampled by hip hop artists and, recently, covered by funk-inspired rock groups such as Primus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Jose Feliciano / Hi-Heel Sneakers (1970)
Since the 1970's, Jose Feliciano has been a huge presence in the music world. His playing style is completely unique in that it blends percussive flamenco with classical techniques and the speed and improvisational skills of a jazz player. And all of this is going on while he's singing! What a voice! If one of his songs comes on the radio you know who it is by the second word. Nobody else sounds like that. Jose, born in Puerto Rico, is the youngest of eleven children and is the only member of the family to become a musician and famous. Even as a child of six, he would just sit around all day playing his guitar and singing. Jose's "Light My Fire" album was number one in the United States and he has had many other hits as well. His own Christmas composition, "Feliz Navidad," is now a holiday standard. He has turned out English and Spanish albums by the score and has been nominated Acoustic Guitar Player of the Year more times than he has wall space to celebrate with.
Bohannon / Hurry, Mr. Sunshine (1980)
Hamilton Bohannon was the drummer in Stevie Wonder's band from 1965 to 1967, and he worked as a bandleader and arranger on tours by Motown Records artists into the mid-'70s. He launched a solo recording career in 1973 and scored ten R&B-chart singles through 1980, the most successful of which was the Top Ten hit "Let's Start the Dance" (1978). Bohannon dominated the clubs and r&b charts in disco's heyday, but found the going tougher in the 1980's. as always, Bohannon has some dance grooves to shake your booty too!
Bebeto / Neguinho Poeta (1980)
Bebeto is an artist devoted to the blending of samba with soul music, much in the lines opened by Cassiano, Tim Maia, and Jorge Ben Jor. Since 1978, he has been highly popular in the working-class suburbs of the north side of Rio de Janeiro. He has recorded more than 20 albums between his first release.
Marlena Shaw / Wade in the Water (1969)
b. 22nd September, 1942 in New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A. Marlena Shaw is one of the most versatile and charismatic jazz vocalists. Her performances are marked by an artful blend of pop standards and straightahead jazz tunes. Her extroverted stage presence gives her an edge over other vocalists, and clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable. Through her uncle, she was brought to the attention of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis and bandleader Count Basie, and she ended up singing with the Basie band for four years. In 1972, after leaving the Basie Orchestra, Shaw was the first female vocalist signed to Blue Note Records, and she toured for a while with the late Sammy Davis, Jr.
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Der Regisseur Michael Haneke zu Gast bei Elisabeth Scharang
Michael Haneke hat sich in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten kontinuierlich seinen Platz im europäischen Arthauskino erarbeitet. In einem zweistündigen Gespräch mit Elisabeth Scharang erzählt Hanke über seinen Ruf als einer, der seine MitarbeiterInnen zeitweise zum Weinen bringt: "Ich mag auch nicht, wenn man mich 'behandelt' - weder gut noch schlecht. Ich bin für harte Kritik und so gehe ich auch mit denen um, die mit mir arbeiten. Schließlich bleibt es an mir hängen, wenn ein Film schlecht wird."
Close Up: Shutka - Stadt der Roma Shutka, 15 Autominuten von der mazedonischen Hauptstadt Skopje entfernt, ist die inoffizielle Hauptstadt der Roma. Eine Stadt, die direkt einem Emir Kusturica Film entsprungen zu sein scheint - mit merkwürdigen Ritualen, grotesken Situationen und interessanten Menschen. Dokumentarisches mischt sich in diesem Film mit schauspielerischen Einlagen der Einwohner - so entsteht ein skurriles Portrait über Shutka und seine Bewohner. (Pamela Rußmann)