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Listen to this interview with Superstar Cindy Blackman Santana as she discusses her career and new single FUN, PARTY, SPLASH.

7 Sep

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Superstar drummer, singer and songwriter Cindy Blackman Santana discusses her career and new single FUN, PARTY, SPLASH that features her husband Carlos Santana, and was produced by Narada Michael Walden. She also discusses the newSantana/Isley Brothers collaboration POWER OF PEACE album, that features her song ‘I Remember.’ www.CindyBlackmanSantana.com

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To order the “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fun-party-splash-single/id1269743526?app=itunes or http://smarturl.it/funpartysplash

For more information about Cindy Blackman Santana, please visit her social media pages or Website: http://www.cindyblackmansantana.com/

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Contemporary Fusion Reviews FEATURE: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

5 Sep

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“Jennifer Saran prolific singer Jennifer Saran – WAKE UP:  What an absolutely tasty set of music to arise to in my Great Northwest abode… one word of advice before I go any further… listen to this with the volume WAY up, or (better yet) with your headphones on!

Jennifer is based in Hong-Kong, but she must have connections… the title track/opener, “Wake Up“, features Carlos (YES, Santana), and it’s a song we NEED in these days of political babble and blab… LOVED the energy on this excellent song, and it will most assuredly help you to spread the message that needs to be sounded ’round the globe – WAKE-UP, people! One of the reasons I opted for pushing this to a FEATURED slot is the video Jennifer & friends made, which you can watch below:

The driving percussion wafting under Jennifer’s vocal on “Too Young to Know” will have you up & moving ’round the room in the immediate moment!  This definitely isn’t in the “jazz” arena, but longtime readers here know that genre doesn’t figure into my selections for review… only the ENERGY… you will become a fan of Jennifer’s RIGHT NOW when you listen to my personal favorite of the fifteen songs offered up… “Look at Me Fly” features Narada Michael Walden in a full celebration of how great life will be when your spirit is free!  I give Jennifer a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99!  Get more information at Jennifer’s website.      Rotcod Zzaj”

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Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp

 
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Ready for some new music? The Urban Music Scene just premiered Cindy Blackman Santana’s NEW Single, FUN PARTY SPLASH!

1 Sep

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Listen to Cindy Blackman Santana’s new hit, Fun Party Splash on The Urban Music Scene

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. “Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it.

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010). In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known as Another Lifetime—she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Al B. Sure, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, Buster Williams, and Angela Bofill. Cindy was part of the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band called Spectrum Road with Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, and John Medeski. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 & 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing “Bitches Brew,” a tribute to Miles Davis’ seminal album staged at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest.

More recently, Cindy has become the regular touring drummer for Santana. Having met several years earlier at a festival in Europe while she was touring with Kravitz, Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment. “They have a great band vibe. It’s nice to play with people who have grown together, built a sound together, and stayed together,” she says. “When that happens, you can create so many different levels of communication. That’s what they’ve done, and I love reacting with it and being a part of it.”

In 2016, Cindy connected with her fellow drummer and world-class producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, and together the two have been working on new material ever since. CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers and recording artists of this or any generation.

To order the “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fun-party-splash-single/id1269743526?app=itunes or http://smarturl.it/funpartysplash

For more information about Cindy Blackman Santana, please visit her social media pages or Website: http://www.cindyblackmansantana.com/

Via Nocturna Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up” (translated)

31 Aug

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Jennifer Saran is a very prolific artist. After her debut with a Christmas album, Merry Christmas You Are Loved (2015), she released Walk With Me in 2016 and already has a new album on the market. Named Wake Up, the Hong Kong-based American singer returns to work with respected Narada Michael Walden to present 15 tracks where she joins versions of her favorite artists (Patty Page , Doris Day , Bill Withers and George Michael) to a set of original pop Alternative and contemporary adult music. Highlights for the collaborations are with the South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the legendary Carlos Santana.

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RONNIE SPECTOR will be performing in Asbury Park, NJ tomorrow, August 26th!

25 Aug

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Look out, Asbury Park: Ronnie Spector is back.

“Spector, the iconic 1960s hit-maker, has reunited with her longtime group the Ronettes, and they’ll be headlining at Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 26, for Cruisin’ the Circuit.

The concert, Spector’s first performance in the city in 15 years, benefits the homeless animal support organization the Asbury Park Boardwalk Rescue.

Co-sponsored by the Asbury Park Press, Saturday’s event also will feature Shirley Alston Reeves of the Shirelles, The Crystals, the Coasters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Nicky Addeo and Pat Guadagno’s Big Band, hosted by local radio personality Big Joe Henry.

Fresh off releasing the single “Love Power” earlier this month, Spector recently took some time to chat via email about her connection with Asbury Park, her bond with Bruce Springsteen and the decision to reunite the Ronettes.

Q: Aug. 26 will be your first time in Asbury Park in 15 years. How are you feeling about getting back to the city, and do you have any particularly fond memories of playing the city in the past?

A: Are you kidding me? I can’t wait to get back there! Those were great times for me. You know I came back east in ’74 and really needed to make music. People may not know it, but I never wanted to leave rock ‘n’ roll.

Let me tell you (a) little story of how I got to Asbury Park in the first place. I am walking down the street in New York City, mid-’70s and I hear this voice yell out, “Hey Ronnie, Ronnie Ronette,” so I turn around and it’s John Lennon. I actually met John the first night we landed in the U.K. in January ’64. Anyway, John asked me how am I doing, and I tell him, “Not good, I need to make music.” John said he was busy being a house husband taking care of his son, but introduced me to his engineer, Jimmy Iovine.

That night, Jimmy invited me down to the Record Plant where he was working with a band from Jersey. When I walked into the studio, I met Little Steven (Van Zandt), who was producing Southside Johnny. And (Bruce) Springsteen was there, too, and right on spot Bruce re-wrote a song for me and Johnny to sing as a duet, “You Mean So Much to Me Baby.” They were all excited when I showed up, and more excited when I started to sing. I was surprised they knew me.

After that I started hanging out in Asbury Park with the guys, doing shows at the Stone Pony and all over the place. The second part of my career really started in Asbury Park. Those guys treated me like a sister and really helped me get back to what I loved doing, rock ‘n’ roll. They always looked out for me, and would never let me get into any trouble!

Q: You are once again making music with the Ronettes. How does it feel to have the group back together, and what made now the right time to reunite?

A: I was performing over at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. last year. There’s more than a hundred thousand people at the festival, everyone is there from Adele on down. And we get out on stage and start into “Baby I Love You” and the crowd goes nuts. All these kids are screaming, and I look over to my girls … and they are doing the routines, and right then it was back to the beginning. It hit me, boom! It was just about having FUN!

I have had lots of high points in my career, but those times from ’63 to ’66 remain magical to me. That’s before all the craziness, the ripoffs, the lawsuits. There was an innocence back then that I miss. And that’s why I am back as Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes.

Q: I love your new single, “Love Power.” What was the inspiration behind such an uplifting track?

A: At first I wanted to change the title to “Girl Power,” but Narada Michael Walden, my producer, and I were talking about it, and we both felt the same. Right now we need “Love Power.” I see people marching with Nazi flags carrying torches. What is going on in our country, in our world?

Anyway I had bumped into Narada last December at Carnegie Hall when we were both doing Sting’s “Rainforest Benefit” and we got talking, and the next thing I know I fly out to San Francisco and we recorded it. And I love it, love the sound, love the arrangement, love the production. I told Narada just what I wanted, and he gave it to me. I do believe love power is the greatest power of them all, and like the song says, “Together we can’t fall.”

Q: Is “Love Power” the first glimpse at a new LP from you and the Ronettes?

A: I honestly don’t know. I made my first record in 1961, and the business has changed so much. I have to pinch myself ’cause I can’t believe I am still here doing it. Of course I would love to make a new Ronettes album.

But I am so proud of “Love Power.” We are here to spread love. That’s what the Ronettes always sang about, “Baby I Love You,” “Do I Love You,” “Why Don’t They Let Us Fall in Love,” “Chapel of Love” and of course “Be My Baby” and so on. It was always about love for the Ronettes, and I feel we delivered that message again.

Q: On both the new single and your last album, 2016’s “English Heart,” your voice is in terrific shape. What’s your secret to preserving your instrument after all of these years of singing?

A: I don’t go out much and I don’t talk much either. I stay away from parties, and I try and eat right, lots of pineapple. And very important, lots of sleep. I have been very lucky. It’s probably in my genes. I do drink coffee every morning, and still smoke cigarettes, which I started in my late teens.

Q: Forty years ago, you partnered with the E Street Band for “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” What are your memories of working with the band on that classic single?

A: I was going back and forth to L.A., so the times in the studio with Bruce and the boys were great. The times in L.A. were very difficult for me. Everyone was working hard to find the right song for us to record. And of course Billy Joel, who wrote “Hollywood,” used to open up for the Ronettes on Long Island in the ’60s when he was in the Hassles.

I also loved the ‘B’ side which Little Steven wrote for me. Those guys were like big brothers to me. It’s the only record outside of their work with Bruce where they are credited as the E Street Band. I look back and really appreciate those days. Not one memory, lots and lots of them, so much fun and a sense of freedom for me which I desperately needed. The guys were great and exactly what I needed at that moment in my life.”

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CRUISIN’ THE CIRCUIT

WITH: Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, Shirley Alston Reeves, The Crystals, The Coasters, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Nicky Addeo and Pat Guadagno’s Big Band

WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

WHERE: The Paramount Theatre, 1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park

TICKETS: $27 to $77

INFO: www.apboardwalk.com/event/cruisin-the-circuit

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To Order LOVE POWER on iTunes please visit:  http://smarturl.it/lovepower

For more information on Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes please visit her website at: http://www.ronniespector.com/

For more information on Narada Michael Walden please visit: http://www.naradamichaelwalden.com/

For Narada Interview Requests please contact: Michael Jensen & Erin Cook / Jensen Communications MJ@jensencom.com Erin@jensencom.com Phone 626-585-9575

For Ronnie Interview Requests please contact: Seth Cohen at Seth Cohen PR sethcohenpr@earthlink.net 917-969-2019

RELEASED TODAY: ‘FUN PARTY SPLASH’ THE NEW SINGLE FROM CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA

25 Aug

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Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. “Some drummers act, some react. Some keep time, others create it. Cindy Blackman Santana is among the few who can,” writes Mike Zwerin of the International Herald Tribune.

Cindy has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010). In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known as Another Lifetime—she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 & 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing “Bitches Brew,” a tribute to Miles Davis’ seminal album staged at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest.

“I think of playing as controlled freedom, and in jazz, especially, that’s exactly what you have. I love it,” says Cindy. “You know the forms of the songs, but you have the freedom to stretch over them. You want the music to grow and breathe, and you want to invite creativity from all the musicians. As you’re going along, you can change the color, the feel, the mood in different ways, or go off the chart and open it up to something new. Controlled freedom is an incredible discipline requiring a lot of focus. Improvisation like that is art in its highest form.”

More recently, Cindy has become the regular touring drummer for Santana. Having met several years earlier at a festival in Europe while she was touring with Kravitz, Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment. “They have a great band vibe. It’s nice to play with people who have grown together, built a sound together, and stayed together,” she says. “When that happens, you can create so many different levels of communication. That’s what they’ve done, and I love interacting with it.”

Electricity onstage generated chemistry offstage—Carlos proposed to Cindy during a July 2010 concert, and they married in December. Looking ahead, they will collaborate artistically as well, on projects that will no doubt reflect their shared passion for improvisation, and belief in the transcendent nature of music. “To me, music is completely spiritual, it’s the way you connect with your higher self, with the universe,” says Cindy. “It’s also a way to share light with millions of people. They don’t need to speak your language, have your beliefs, or be in the same place you are. The music speaks, it channels good energy, and makes a difference in people’s lives. Carlos and I are both conscious of doing that.”

On her own, Cindy is continuing to develop the heady jazz-rock fusion that she drives so powerfully on 2010’s Another Lifetime. The tour de force album is a tribute to her mentor, the legendary drummer Tony Williams, and features reimagining’s of eight songs from his seminal ’70s group Lifetime, as well as three original tracks by Cindy. In its review, All About Jazz wrote, “Blackman’s sonic explorations take jazz-rock beyond where the late drummer envisioned it when he was putting heads to bed with guitarist John McLaughlin, bassist Jack Bruce and organist Larry Young… Jazz-rock as performed by Williams, and now Blackman, is very much alive and well.” The Guardian (U.K.) review called it “a fire breathing session,” adding “the mad-axeman guitar and boneshaking drumming this style invites is certainly present…but Blackman balances it with tonal splashes of abstract color.”

“I loved everything about Tony’s playing. He changed the sound of music several times with different tunings and configurations, and innovated with every limb,” says Cindy, who first met Williams in her teens when he did a clinic at the drum shop near her home in Connecticut. “His attitude and bravado behind the kit were incredible, and his technique was impeccable.” Another Lifetime was recorded on both coasts, with New York sessions featuring Mike Stern, Doug Carn, Joe Lovano, and Benny Reitveld accompanying Cindy, and L.A. sessions including Vernon Reid, Patrice Rushen, and David Santos. Going forward, Cindy is planning to incorporate more of a vocal element into her music.

Cindy remembers first asking for drums when she was three years old—“My mom says I was born hitting things and making rhythms,” she says. She graduated from a toy drum kit at age 7 to her first professional set at age 13, and went on to play in the jazz band, concert band, and orchestra in high school. Cindy was living in New York just a few years later, and took advantage of the abundant opportunities to see legendary drummers perform live, including Art Blakey, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Jack Dejonette, and Al Foster among them. Outside of the jazz realm, other greats she admires include Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix).

Her recording career began in the late ’80s, and she has released albums with an acoustic ensemble—the Cindy Blackman Quartet—as well as with her electric outfit. One she cites as among her favorites is 2000’s Works On Canvas. “I like where the band was at that point, our sound was becoming really cohesive,” she says. The review in Jazz Times noted that the album “proceeds like an impressionistic suite in which she not only functions as the main rhythmic engine of the music, but also a magnificent colorist…Works on Canvas is an amazing portrait of one of this generation’s most colorful drummers.”

Cindy is currently featured on the Santana/Isley Brothers release Power of Peace, featuring the song “I Remember” which she wrote and sings. In 2016, she connected with fellow drummer and world-class producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin) and together the two have been working on new material. Cindy Blackman Santana will release the new single titled “Fun Party Splash” on Narada Michael Walden’s Tarpan Records in the summer of 2017, and continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers, and recording artists of this or any generation.

For more information, please visit Cindy’s website at: www.cindyblackmansantana.com

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Let It Rock Review: Jennifer Saran “Wake Up”

24 Aug

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“It’s no coincidence there’s an imperative shift between 2016’s “Walk With Me” and “Wake Up”: while Jennifer Saran’s sophomore album felt like an inspired invitation to try many a route, its follow-up finds the singer take wing and take her listener way up high. That the mesmerizing “Look At Me Fly” – a duet with producer Narada Michael Walden – is this record’s centerpiece is rather telling, although such a placement can’t distract anyone from the artist’s fully-fledged ability to own not only the little gems she co-wrote but also pop classics inhabited here with, if to quote one of them, love and devotion.

To gender-bend Billy Paul’s “Me & Mrs. Jones” and swing to a strings backdrop or to reveal new emotional layer in Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me” may require a lot of self-confidence, and Saran is truly possessed with assertiveness now, easily outshining the sensual backing provided by LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO on a few numbers – first of all, on the title track where Carlos Santana’s soulful licks kick in to elevate the opener’s vibrancy. With the same rapturous throb filling the translucent “Too Young To Know” whose arrangement ebbs and flows under its melody, and with a wide-eyed delight in “Really” which rides a funky groove, Jennifer doesn’t shy away from the moonlight serenade in “Old Cape Cod”; more so her delicately passionate treatment of “Jesus To A Child” can make Sade blush.

On the opposite side of a rhythmical spectrum, silvery spiritual yet dance-inducing, “Grace Is The Champion” has the potential to become a riff-spiced mantra for an experienced party-goer, one that will deem Saran’s reading of “Aad Guray” too entrancing. But when the orchestra and choir flock into “I Will Always Be Your Home” to warm its welcome, it’s impossible not walk there with the singer and then wake up each morning with a smile and faith in the future.”

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WAKE UP was released July 7th, 2017.

Order or preview the album now on iTunes http://smarturl.it/wakeuplp

 
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Watch The “Wake Up” Music Video

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