Thoughts of death prompted Joe Sample to bring his decades-dormant band, the Jazz Crusaders, back to life. – Houston Chronicle

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Joe Sample” by Tom Beetz @ Sample. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Amongst other sources, I found this today upon hearing the sad news that piano titan Joe Sample, co-founder of the Jazz Crusaders, has passed on. R.I.P, Mr. Sample!
Thoughts of death prompted Joe Sample to bring his decades-dormant band, the Jazz Crusaders, back to life. – Houston Chronicle.

Gene Simmons: Rock Is Finally Dead – Esquire

Gene Simmons: ‘Rock Is Finally Dead’ – Esquire. (found on Katherine Gilraine’s Facebook wall)

Hm. Some far stretches there. Patriotism fuelled the music industry then? Huh?! And technology killed ambition? I tend to be all doom-and-gloom myself. But on the other hand: There is bands – or rather: projects – like Snarky Puppy, there is Dirty Loops, there is this young kid from Britain – what’s his face… Jacob Callier or something like that? – and the list goes on. Are they iconic stars filling stadiums and festival areas? You tell me, as I’ve been living under a rock for the past 8 years and can only say from what I see in my immediate vicinity and on the new media. But from those bands and talent that I’ve mentioned, I’d like to derive some optimism: As long as someone has the PASSION to express themselves like this and is willing to SACRIFICE the incredible amount of hours of – at first unrewarding – practice it takes to get there, as long as young artists like that follow their heart and joy – someone some day will be able to make them some money from it. Or so I’m forcing MYSELF to believe.

Finally! Domain Registration!

I’m pleased to inform you that as of now, my web page and blog will be accessible by typing “” into your browser’s address bar. Or simply click and save it in your browser’s bookmarks, like this (on Mac and using Safari – it may look a little different in your browser, especially on a mobile phone):

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The Distortion of Sound [Full Film] – YouTube

The Distortion of Sound [Full Film] – YouTube.

As long as there are people and artists being concerned about this, there is hope:

I miss liner notes and sitting in a room with a couple of friends appreciating the same music terribly, too!

P.S. Find the entire interview with Quincy Jones here.