N'Dea Davenport is an American singer, songwriter and producer. She was the lead vocalist in the UK acid jazz band the Brand New Heavies and made pioneering contributions to the genre of acid jazz, her diverse projects include collaborations with music producers and artists, such as Mark Ronson, Louie Vega, Roger Sanchez, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Natalie Merchant, Mos Def and Robbie, J Dilla, Malcolm McLaren. Dance scholarships and music were the core of her developments as an artist and entertainer. After finishing college, she left her home of Atlanta, Georgia, en route to Los Angeles. There she engaged in theatrical productions and commercial music video and was embraced by artists in both art and popular culture, her legacy as an artist began with her involvement in the burgeoning Los Angeles underground club and rave scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Working as a dance artist and recording and commercial studio session singer, Davenport was soon connected with Fab Five Freddy, who recommended her to a DJ friend at new upstart label Delicious Vinyl.
Eurythmics member and producer Dave Stewart offered Davenport a recording contract a year prior when introduced through a collaboration with Bootsy Collins and Malcolm McLaren, where she was featured on McLaren's Waltz Darling LP. She declined Stewart’s offer at the time due to his requirement for her to relocate to London, England. To ink a solo development deal with Delicious Vinyl, who made introductions to her future bandmates, The Brand New Heavies who at the time had no singer. With the core band members based in London, she decided to relocate there; the band’s initial UK indie label Acid Jazz Records, struck a deal with London Records for distribution in Europe and the rest of the world. During this period, the band produced a string of international albums and singles, invigorating a global movement and popularized the musical term known as acid jazz. Parallel to this, Davenport completed work on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, with Guru. In 1995, Davenport left the group citing irreconcilable differences, returning to the US and choosing New Orleans as a home base while she pursued other collaborations, completed work on her solo recording with Delicious Vinyl.
Encouragement received from her associate and record producer Daniel Lanois, resulted in the completion of her debut solo effort as producer, all except for four songs, produced by Dallas Austin. While her association with Delicious Vinyl was dissolving, Davenport's project was picked up by the newly formed label owned by Sir Richard Branson. In 1997, her self-titled debut solo recording on V2 Records was released, she toured extensively in support of the album, around Europe, North America and Australia and with the concert series Lilith Fair. When the relationship at V2 came to an end she continued musically focusing on European dance music projects. Davenport held residency in New Orleans but lived in New York City, her diverse musical tastes led to an eventual stance as a New York club DJ and she continues to DJ on special events around Asia. In 2006, she re-emerged once more with the Brand New heavies for one last album release of Get Used To It, her latest project is with collaborator Katsuya Everywhere, focused in the multi-media based electronic and acoustic duo, conceived in Japan.
The acid jazz label applied to The Brand New Heavies music was popularized by Eddie Piller and British record executive Gilles Peterson in hopes that he could keep interest in the music on a par with the then-ubiquitous acid house music. The musical style was patterned after an admiration for 1970s funk ranging from James Brown to Rufus and the Average White Band. Peterson named his fledgling label Acid Jazz Records as well, the Heavies recorded for this label in the United Kingdom. Davenport recut the vocal track on "Never Stop", "Stay This Way" and "Dream Come True", after Jay Ella Ruth had ceased to be a member of the group, but preceding the major release of these recordings. Davenport participated in sessions for both Malcolm McLaren's Waltz Darling and Madonna's I'm Breathless; the similarities between the videos is a source for debate. Davenport recorded Buddy Johnson's Save Your Love For Me, a song, covered many times and was a big hit for Nancy Wilson. Davenport appeared in the music video for Breakfast Club's "Right On Track", singing back-up dressed as a singing hen in 1987.
Davenport appeared in the 1988 music video for Steve Winwood's "Roll with it", choreographed by Paula Abdul. Davenport was the female backing vocalist on Gregg Alexander's 1989 debut album Michigan Rain. Future releases by Alexander would feature Danielle Brisebois as both female backing vocalist and co-writer, but at this point the two had not met. Davenport appeared on 2 Hip 4 TV. Davenport is a drummer. Davenport is a spinto soprano. Davenport provides vocals on Michael Paulo's "One Passion." Track: "If You Ever Change Your Mind." Davenport provides vocals on Dead Prez's Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 3: Pulse Of The People. Davenport provides vocals on Dilouya's album Faithful Circus. Track "The Right Time". Davenport provides vocals on DJ Krush's album 漸-Zen. Track: "With Grace". Davenport provides vocals on the Everlast album Eat at Whitey's. Tracks: "Love for Real" and "One and the Same". Davenport provides vocals on Fred Everything's album Lost Together. Track: "Don't Nobody". Davenport provides vocals on José Padilla's album Navigator.
Track: "The Look of Love". Davenport provides vocals on Natalie Merchant's album Ophelia. Track: "Break Your Heart". Davenport provides vocals on Robbie Williams's "Lovelight"
Old Love / New Love
"Old Love / New Love" is a song by American singer-songwriter Twin Shadow featuring D'Angelo Lacy. It was written for the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V, being featured on the fictional radio station Radio Mirror Park, which Shadow hosted. To promote the video game, the song was released as a single on September 13, 2013, Rockstar Games included it on their soundtrack album The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, on the Vol. 1: Original Music side. Musically, "Old Love / New Love" is a dance and house song with R&B and Hi-NRG influences, whose lyrics describe the protagonist being confused by a phone call he received from an ex-girlfriend whom he still loves despite his heartache. In 2015, Warner Bros. released Shadow's third studio album Eclipse, where the song was added to the final track list. Upon its release, "Old Love / New Love" received critical acclaim by music critics. In the same year, the song was promoted by the singer in multiple concert shows, it was remixed by American DJ Armand Van Helden.
On September 17, 2013, Rockstar Games published the action-adventure game videogame Grand Theft Auto V. Its soundtrack contained 214 songs when it was released, including the track "Old Love / New Love", written for the videogame by George "Twin Shadow" Lewis Jr. D'Angelo Lacy and Dennis Herring. In an interview for Ouch, My Ego! Shadow, who hosted the in-game radio station named Radio Mirror Park, explained he was involved in the project because he "kind of become friends with" some developers and they wanted to work with him "for a long time", they contacted him and asked if he "wanted to host the radio show and do songs for the soundtrack", he agreed. In a conversation with Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction TV, Shadow considered the lyrics to be "a little bit about someone trying to get back into your life and have you repeat what has happened but again, you know, to the top about how sometimes doing everything all over again though it's all messed up, it's important." A music critic from Tiny Mix Tapes said "Old Love / New Love" portrays "a relationship of extremes".
Ascher Kulich from The Tufts Daily mentioned that regardless of his ex-lover "calling and hurting him", Shadow continues in love with her. The refrain of "Old Love / New Love" includes the line "Drill me to the floor, this hurts more than I expected it to do", which Christopher Monk from musicOMH considered it a "desperate death throe", Andrew Unterberger defined the phone call from the ex-girlfriend to influence "evocative and discomfiting lyrics." Both Herring and Shadow produced "Old Love / New Love". Lacy provided featured vocals, Wynne Bennett additional keyboards, Ryan Gilligan audio mixing, Ted Jensen and Joe LaPorta mastered the track. Musically, while Shadow described it as "dance-y", music critics labeled it as a dance, dance-pop, house act, influenced by R&B and'90s Hi-NRG. Tiny Mix Tapes compared the vocals to those of Michael McDonald, wrote the song features a disco-influenced guitar, a "Geiger counter" drum program, a simple house beat; the track has a tempo of 116 beats per minute, it incorporates piano house elements, drum beats, combined with a synthesizer.
Kulich said the refrain is sung with a "catchy, drum-and-piano in the background". To promote GTA V, "Old Love / New Love" was released as single, on September 13, 2013; the single cover features the black-and-white face of Shadow sticking his tongue out. On September 24, Rockstar Games released the soundtrack album The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, the song was featured on the Vol. 1: Original Music album. In March 2015, Warner Bros. released Shadow's third album titled Eclipse, which included "Old Love / New Love". In that year Shadow performed the song in different appearances, including the Troubadour, in Los Angeles, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, in New York City, the South Side Music Hall, in Dallas, at Fordham University's WFUV radio station, after a cross-country train trek, the Landmark Music Festival. In 2015, when asked about if he would film more music videos, Shadow commented about filming one for "Old Love / New Love", but it was difficult to do it because he was busy touring.
In the same year, American DJ Armand Van Helden remixed the song. After its 2013 release Dan Reilly called "Old Love / New Love" "soulful". In a Death and Taxes review, Alex Moore praised its introduction as Shadow "makes you wade through about 30 seconds of wind-up" and the singer chants the hook "about 50 seconds ". According to him, when the hook happens it is "good", lauded the conclusion, that unlike Lorde's "Team", released on the same day, "Old Love / New Love" "is your new fucking jam". Jamie Milton penned for DIY it fits to the "mass rampages and elaborate bank robberies" featured in GTA V, he compared it to David Guetta's music. Alex Young mentioned in Consequence of Sound the song was more suitable for the dance clubs than "six-star killing spree".
Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, better known by his stage name Common, is an American rapper and philanthropist. Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained an underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. Common's first major-label album Like Water for Chocolate received commercial success. In 2003, he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for the Erykah Badu single "Love of My Life", his 2005 album Be was a commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common received his second Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Southside", from his 2007 album Finding Forever, his best-of album, Thisisme Then: The Best of Common, was released in late 2007. In 2011, Common launched Think his own record label imprint, he had released music under various other labels including Relativity, GOOD Music. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song "Glory" from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.
Common's acting career includes roles in the films Smokin' Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, Terminator Salvation, Date Night, Just Wright, Happy Feet Two, New Year's Eve, Run All Night, Being Charlie, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Smallfoot. He narrated the documentary Bouncing Cats, about one man's efforts to improve the lives of children in Uganda through hip-hop/b-boy culture, he starred as Elam Ferguson on the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels. Lonnie Rashid Lynn was born on March 13, 1972 at the Chicago Osteopathic Hospital in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and former ABA basketball player turned youth counselor Lonnie Lynn Jr, he was raised in the Calumet Heights neighborhood. Lynn's parents divorced when he was six years old, resulting in his father moving to Denver, Colorado; this left Lynn to be raised by his mother. While a student at Luther High School South in Chicago, along with two of his friends formed C. D. R. A rap trio that opened for acts such as N.
W. A and Big Daddy Kane. Lynn attended Florida A&M University for two years under a scholarship and majored in business administration. After being featured in the Unsigned Hype column of The Source magazine, Lynn debuted in 1992 with the single "Take It EZ", followed by the album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, under stage name Common Sense. With the 1994 release of Resurrection, Common Sense achieved a much larger degree of critical acclaim, which extended beyond Chicago natives; the album sold well and received a strong positive reaction among alternative and underground hip hop fans at the time. Resurrection was Common Sense's last album produced entirely by his long-time production partner, No I. D. who would become a mentor to a young Kanye West. In 1996, Common Sense appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America Is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists; the CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by The Source magazine.
He would also contribute to the Red Hot Organization's Fela Kuti tribute album, Red Hot and Riot in 2002. He collaborated with Djelimady Tounkara on a remake of Kuti's track, "Years of Tears and Sorrow"; the song "I Used to Love H. E. R." from Resurrection ignited a feud with West Coast rap group Westside Connection. The lyrics of the song criticized the path hip hop music was taking, utilizing a metaphor of a woman to convey hip hop and were interpreted by some as directing blame towards the popularity of West Coast gangsta rap. Westside Connection first responded with the 1995 song "Westside Slaughterhouse," with the lyrics "Used to love H. E. R. Mad cause I fucked her". "Westside Slaughterhouse" mentioned Common Sense by name, prompting the rapper to respond with the scathing Pete Rock-produced attack song "The Bitch in Yoo". Common Sense and Westside Connection continued to insult each other back and forth before meeting with Louis Farrakhan and setting aside their dispute. Following the popularity of Resurrection, Common Sense was sued by an Orange County-based reggae band with the same name, was forced to shorten his moniker to Common.
Scheduled for an October 1996 release, Common released his third album, One Day It'll All Make Sense, in September 1997. The album took a total of two years to complete and included collaborations with artists such as Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Black Thought, Chantay Savage, Questlove – a future fellow member of the Soulquarians outfit; the album, which made a point of eschewing any gangsterism, was critically acclaimed and led to a major label contract with MCA Records. In addition to releasing One Day, Common's first child, daughter Omoye Assata Lynn, was born shortly after the release of the album; as documented by hip-hop journalist Raquel Cepeda, in the liner notes for the album, this event had a profound spiritual and mental effect on Common and enabled him to grow musically while becoming more responsible as an artist. She writes: Rashid found out that he was going to become a daddy in about 8 months. Stunned and confused, Rashid had life-altering decisions to make with Kim Jones.
The situation led to the composition of his favorite cut on O
Gary Anthony James Webb, known professionally as Gary Numan, is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. Born in West London, he first entered the music industry as frontman of the new wave band Tubeway Army. After releasing two albums with the band, Numan released his debut solo LP The Pleasure Principle in 1979, topping the UK Albums Chart, he achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the No. 1 singles "Are'Friends' Electric?" and "Cars", but maintains a cult following. Numan is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music, his signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, he is known for his distinctive voice and androgynous "android" persona. In 2017 he received an Ivor Novello Award, the Inspiration Award, from the British Academy of Songwriters and Authors. Gary Anthony James Webb was born on 8 March 1958 in Hammersmith, West London, the son of a British Airways bus driver based at Heathrow Airport.
He was educated at Town Farm Junior School in Stanwell, Ashford County Grammar School Slough Grammar School in Berkshire, followed by Brooklands Technical College in Surrey. He joined the Air Training Corps as a teenager, he briefly held various jobs including forklift truck driver, air conditioning ventilator fitter, accounts clerk. When Numan was 15 years old, his father bought him a Gibson Les Paul, which he regards as his most treasured possession, he played in various bands, including Mean Street and the Lasers, before forming Tubeway Army with his uncle, Jess Lidyard, Paul Gardiner. His initial pseudonym was "Valerian" in reference to the hero in French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline, he picked the surname "Numan" from an advert in the Yellow pages for a plumber whose surname was "Neumann". Numan came to prominence at the mid of the 1970s as lead singer and record producer for Tubeway Army. After recording an album's worth of punk-influenced demo tapes, he was signed by Beggars Banquet Records in 1978 and released two singles, "That's Too Bad" and "Bombers", neither of which charted.
A self-titled, new wave-oriented debut album that same year sold out its limited run and introduced Numan's fascination with dystopian science fiction and synthesisers. Tubeway Army's third single, the dark-themed and slow-paced "Down in the Park" failed to chart, but it would prove to be one of Numan's most enduring and oft-covered songs, it was featured with other contemporary hits on the soundtrack for the 1980 film Times Square, a live version of the song can be seen in the 1982 film Urgh! A Music War. Following exposure in a television advertisement for Lee Cooper jeans with the jingle "Don't Be a Dummy", Tubeway Army released the single "Are'Friends' Electric?" in May 1979. The single took seven weeks before reaching No. 1 at the end of June. A few months Numan found success in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with "Cars", which peaked at No. 1 in the UK in 1979, No. 1 in Canada and No. 9 in the U. S. in 1980. "Cars" and the 1979 album The Pleasure Principle were both released under Numan's own stage name.
The album reached number-one in the UK, a sell-out tour followed. The Pleasure Principle was a rock album with no guitars. A second single from the album, "Complex", made it to No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1980, Numan topped the album charts for a third time with Telekon, with the singles "We Are Glass", "I Die: You Die" released prior to the album reaching No. 5 and No. 6. "This Wreckage" taken from the album in December entered the Top 20. Telekon, the final studio album that Numan retrospectively termed the "Machine" section of his career, reintroduced guitars to Numan's music and featured a wider range of synthesisers; the same year he embarked on his second major tour with an more elaborate stage show than the Touring Principle the previous year. He announced his retirement from touring with a series of sell-out concerts at Wembley Arena in April 1981, supported by experimental musician Nash the Slash and Shock, a rock/mime/burlesque troupe whose members included Barbie Wilde and Tok, Carole Caplin.
A live two album set from the 1979 and 1980 tours released at this time reached No. 2 in the charts. Both albums individually released as Living Ornaments'79 and Living Ornaments'80 charted; the decision to retire would be short-lived. Departing from the pure electropop that he had been associated with, Numan began experimenting with jazz and ethereal, rhythmic pop, his first album after his 1981 farewell concerts was Dance. The album charted as high as No. 3 on the UK charts, with an eight-week chart run and produced one hit single reaching No. 6. The album featured several distinguished guest players. With his former backing band, Chris Payne, Russell Bell, Ced Sharpley now reformed as Dramatis, Numan contributed vocals to the minor hit "Love Needs No Disguise" from the album For Future Reference and lent vocals to the first single release by his long-term bassist Paul Gardiner, "Stormtrooper in Drag", which made the charts. However, Numan's career had begun to experience a gradual decline, he was eclipsed by acts s
New Musical Express is a British music journalism website and former magazine, published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was associated with gonzo journalism became associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons, it started as a music newspaper, moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998. An online version, NME.com, was launched in 1996. It became the world's biggest standalone music site, with over sixteen million users per month. With newsstand sales falling across the UK magazine sector, the magazine's paid circulation in the first half of 2014 was 15,830. In 2013, the list of NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the way it was conceived was criticized by the media; the printed magazine NME was relaunched in September 2015 to be distributed nationally as a free publication.
The first average circulation published in February 2016 of 307,217 copies per week was the highest in the brand's history, beating the previous best of 306,881, recorded in 1964 at the height of the Beatles' fame. By December 2017, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, average distribution of NME had fallen to 289,432 copies a week, although its publisher Time Inc. UK claimed to have more than 13m global unique users per month, including 3m in the UK. In March 2018, the publisher announced that the print edition of NME would cease publication after 66 years, leaving it as an online-only title. NME's headquarters are in Southwark, England; the brand's current editor is Charlotte Gunn, replacing Mike Williams, who stepped down in February 2018. The paper was established in 1952; the Accordion Times and Musical Express was bought by London music promoter Maurice Kinn, for the sum of £1,000, just 15 minutes before it was due to be closed. It was relaunched as the New Musical Express, was published in a non-glossy tabloid format on standard newsprint.
On 14 November 1952, taking its cue from the US magazine Billboard, it created the first UK Singles Chart, a list of the Top Twelve best-selling singles. The first of these was, in contrast to more recent charts, a top twelve sourced by the magazine itself from sales in regional stores around the UK; the first number one was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino. During the 1960s the paper championed the new British groups emerging at the time; the NME circulation peaked under Andy Gray with a figure of 306,881 for the period from January to June 1964. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were featured on the front cover; these and other artists appeared at the NME Poll Winners' Concert, an awards event that featured artists voted as most popular by the paper's readers. The concert featured a ceremony where the poll winners would collect their awards; the NME Poll Winners' Concerts took place between 1959 and 1972. From 1964 onwards they were filmed and transmitted on British television a few weeks after they had taken place.
In the mid-1960s, the NME was dedicated to pop while its older rival, Melody Maker, was known for its more serious coverage of music. Other competing titles included Record Mirror, which led the way in championing American rhythm and blues, Disc, which focused on chart news; the latter part of the decade saw the paper chart the rise of psychedelia and the continued dominance of British groups of the time. During this period some sections of pop music began to be designated as rock; the paper became engaged in a sometimes tense rivalry with Melody Maker. By the early 1970s, NME had lost ground to Melody Maker, as its coverage of music had failed to keep place with the development of rock music during the early years of psychedelia and progressive rock. In early 1972 the paper found itself on the verge of closure by its owner IPC. According to Nick Kent: After sales had plummeted to 60,000 and a review of guitar instrumentalist Duane Eddy had been printed which began with the immortal words "On this, his 35th album, we find Duane in as good as voice as ever," the NME had been told to rethink its policies or die on the vine.
Alan Smith was made editor in 1972, was told by IPC to turn things around or face closure. To achieve this and his assistant editor Nick Logan raided the underground press for writers such as Charles Shaar Murray and Nick Kent, recruited other writers such as Tony Tyler, Ian MacDonald and Californian Danny Holloway. According to The Economist, the New Musical Express "started to champion underground, up-and-coming music.... NME became the gateway to a more rebellious world. First came glamrock, bands such as T. Rex, came punk....by 1977 it had become the place to keep in touch with a cultural revolution, enthralling the nation's listless youth. Bands such as Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex and Generation X were regular cover stars, eulogised by writers such as Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons, whose nihilistic tone narrated the punk years perfectly." By the time Smith handed the editor's chair to Logan in mid-1973, the paper was selling nearly 300,000 copies per week and was outstripping Melody Maker, Record Mirror and Sounds.
According to MacDonald: I think all the other papers knew by 1974 that NME had become the best music paper in Britain. We had most of the best writers and photographers, the best layouts
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock is an American pianist, bandleader and actor. Hancock started his career with Donald Byrd, he shortly thereafter joined the Miles Davis Quintet where he helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. In the 1970s, Hancock experimented with jazz fusion and electro styles. Hancock's best-known compositions include "Cantaloupe Island", "Watermelon Man", "Maiden Voyage", "Chameleon", the singles "I Thought It Was You" and "Rockit", his 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965. Hancock was born in Chicago, the son of Winnie Belle, a secretary, Wayman Edward Hancock, a government meat inspector, his parents named him after actor Herb Jeffries. He attended the Hyde Park Academy. Like many jazz pianists, Hancock started with a classical music education, he studied from age seven, his talent was recognized early.
Considered a child prodigy, he played the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major, K. 537 at a young people's concert on February 5, 1952, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Through his teens, Hancock never developed his ear and sense of harmony, he was influenced by records of the vocal group the Hi-Lo's. He reported that:"...by the time I heard the Hi-Lo's, I started picking that stuff out. I could hear stuff and that's when I learned some much farther-out voicings – like the harmonies I used on Speak Like a Child – just being able to do that. I got that from Clare Fischer's arrangements for the Hi-Lo's. Clare Fischer was a major influence on my harmonic concept...he and Bill Evans, Ravel and Gil Evans, finally. You know, that's where it came from." In 1960, he heard Chris Anderson play just once, begged him to accept him as a student. Hancock mentions Anderson as his harmonic guru. Hancock left Grinnell College, moved to Chicago and began working with Donald Byrd and Coleman Hawkins, during which period he took courses at Roosevelt University.
Byrd was attending the Manhattan School of Music in New York at the time and suggested that Hancock study composition with Vittorio Giannini, which he did for a short time in 1960. The pianist earned a reputation, played subsequent sessions with Oliver Nelson and Phil Woods, he recorded his first solo album Takin' Off for Blue Note Records in 1962. "Watermelon Man" was to provide Mongo Santamaría with a hit single, but more for Hancock, Takin' Off caught the attention of Miles Davis, at that time assembling a new band. Hancock was introduced to Davis by a member of the new band. Hancock received considerable attention. Davis sought out Hancock, whom he saw as one of the most promising talents in jazz; the rhythm section Davis organized was young but effective, comprising bassist Ron Carter, 17-year-old drummer Williams, Hancock on piano. After George Coleman and Sam Rivers each took a turn at the saxophone spot, the quintet gelled with Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone; this quintet is regarded as one of the finest jazz ensembles yet.
While in Davis's band, Hancock found time to record dozens of sessions for the Blue Note label, both under his own name and as a sideman with other musicians such as Shorter, Grant Green, Bobby Hutcherson, Byrd, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Hancock recorded several less-well-known but still critically acclaimed albums with larger ensembles – My Point of View, Speak Like a Child and The Prisoner featured flugelhorn, alto flute and bass trombone. 1963's Inventions and Dimensions was an album of entirely improvised music, teaming Hancock with bassist Paul Chambers and two Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahua" Martinez. During this period, Hancock composed the score to Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup, the first of many film soundtracks he recorded in his career; as well as feature film soundtracks, Hancock recorded a number of musical themes used on American television commercials for such well known products as Pillsbury's Space Food Sticks, Standard Oil, Tab diet cola and Virginia Slims cigarettes.
Hancock wrote and conducted a spy type theme for a series of F. William Free commercials for Silva Thins cigarettes. Hancock liked it so much he wished to record it as a song but the ad agency would not let him, he rewrote the harmony and tone and recorded the piece as the track "He Who Lives in Fear" from his The Prisoner album of 1969. Davis had begun incorporating elements of rock and popular music into his recordings by the end of Hancock's tenure with the band. Despite some initial reluctance, Hancock began doubling on electric keyboards including the Fender Rhodes electric piano at Davis's insistence. Hancock adapted to the new instruments, which proved to be important in his future artistic endeavors. Under the pretext that he had returned late from a honeymoon in Brazil, Hancock was dismissed from Davis's band. In the summer of 1968 Hancock formed his own sextet. However, although Davis soon disbanded his quintet to search for a new sound, despite his departur
Duck Sauce is an American-Canadian DJ duo, formed in 2009 in New York City. The duo consists of Canadian DJ A-Trak, they are best known for their 2010 single "Barbra Streisand". Duck Sauce's first tracks are "aNYway" and "You're Nasty"; the track "aNYway" capitalizes "NY". The song was called "A New York Way" but was shortened; the song samples "I Can Do It" by Final Edition. Duck Sauce's debut EP Greatest Hits was released on July 15, 2010. In the summer of 2010, Duck Sauce released a track, "Barbra Streisand", named after the singer of the same name; the track samples the 1979 song "Gotta Go Home" by Boney M. which itself is based upon "Hallo Bimmelbahn" by the German band Nighttrain. The famous hookline is written by Heinz Huth. "Barbra Streisand" was first played at Miami Winter Music Conference in 2010 and gained heavy DJ and radio support in the UK, Germany, Austria, France, Romania, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka. The song peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and reached #1 on the Australian ARIA Club Chart as of 12 September 2010.
For the Billboard week ending December 18, 2010, the song reached the #1 position on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart. On April 26, 2011, the song was featured in the musical television series Glee's 18th episode of their second season; the song was featured in the Vitamin Water Revive commercial. The "Barbra Streisand" music video has over 79 million views."Big Bad Wolf" was released by Duck Sauce in 2011 on BBC Radio and samples wolves howling. The music video features genitalia replaced by human heads. A-Trak notes "When Keith came up with this idea of'crotchfaces,' we just thought it was hilarious."On June 6, 2013, announced via Facebook, a preview of the song "It's You" was shown, with the full song released on June 25, 2013. "It's You" samples the track of the same name from FirstCom's OneMusic library. The music video features a barber shop transformed into a surreal dance party which comes to life with the beat of the song; the music video earned Duck Sauce a nomination at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
In October of the same year they released "Radio Stereo". The song is a rework of "Radio", a 1982 hit by UK punk act The Members; the original chorus, "We listen to the radio! It's better than the stereo", is looped over a driving, funky bass and playful sampling. Songwriter Nigel Bennett of The Members was quoted saying that he was happy that Duck Sauce discovered his song and loved what they've done with "Radio Stereo". On October 12, 2013, they appeared on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix; the first hour of that mix, which contained many unreleased demos, was released as a mixtape titled Duck Tape. Four of these demos were released in January 2014 on the Duck Droppings EP. On the Essential Mix broadcast Duck Sauce announced a full album, Quack, to be released through Fool's Gold Records in early 2014; the album features twelve songs by the duo, including "Barbra Streisand", "aNYway", "It's You", "Radio Stereo". The album's lead single "NRG" samples Melissa Manchester's 1985 track "Energy" and was named Zane Lowe's "Hottest Record in the World" on April 3, 2014.
The album was released on April 14, 2014. As of February 2019, Duck Sauce has not released any new music. Official website