Yesterday, Jason Isbell posted a pic of Rick Rubin and himself on Instagram at what appears to be Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Isbell captioned the pic, ‘Spent the day with Rick and it was good’ and left fans with no clue of what the future may hold. We wait in anticipation…
Today, 55 years ago, Ella Fitzgerald’s bluesy, brassy version of ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ became the first Beatle’s rendition by another artist to hit the UK charts. Originally written by Paul McCartney, the song was rearranged by Frank DeVol for Fitzgerald’s 1964 album, ‘Hello Dolly’.
Recorded on a £120 budget, Dire Straits released ‘Sultans Of Swing’ today, 41 years ago. The song is regarded as the band’s first major label single and was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, London 1977. Frontman, Mark Knopfler, wrote and composed the song after witnessing a jazz band playing in a deserted pub in South London. Knopfler found it amusing that the band called themselves the “Sultans of Swing” which was contradicting to their dull appearance and surroundings.
Sasami Ashworth (SASAMI) is a Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist who, for the past decade, has been contributing member to numerous musical projects including Dirt Dress, Cherry Glazer, Vagabon, Wild Nothing and Hand Habit. She is now releasing her own work via Domino Records. This versatile artist’s instrumental capabilities stretch from the French horn, keys, guitar to piano. A graduate from the Eastman School of Music has gained a great deal of musical experience through teaching and scoring orchestral arrangements for studio albums, films and commercials. Listen to her tracks below.
Santana recently teased fans by sharing a new song ‘Yo Me Lo Merezco’ from the group’s forthcoming album,
‘Africa Speaks’ with a trip animated video. Inspired by African rhythms, sounds and melodies, fans can expect the release of the full album on June 7 via Concord Records. The group teamed up with producer, Rick Rubin and recorded 49 songs in 10 days at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Santana was quoted saying that the track is “killer, African, dynamic, vibrant, filled with exuberance. It feels like this was meant to be … like a gift from heaven to receive and give to the masses.” The album features an eight-piece band – including vocals of Afro-Latin singer Buika and Santana’s wife Cindy Blackman on drums.