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Playlist: Jake Feinberg's Portfolio

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The John Densmore Interview

From Jake Feinberg | Part of the In The Land of Giants series | 18:14

Journalist Jake Feinberg sits down with John Densmore to discuss his new book, the band and everything in between.

John_densmore_small Why was the book written was to set the record straight? This is important because at one time post Jim Morrison there was a a harmony between Manzarek, Kreiger and my guest....like a spear they blazed through and became a band of melodic invention with studio cats like Ray Neopolitan Charles Lloyd, Bobbye Porter Hall and all the other ships with sails. Who do you think scouted this talent? Who do think was inside the Hollywood studios banging on vibes with Emil Richards or brought Harvey Brooks on a brief tour when Manzerek couldn't handle the bass lines ....my guest. This unison was channeled in a metaphysical sense from Maharisi Maresh Yogi who helped youthful rebels like my guest elevate to transcendental consciousness. He visited the states often, held seminars, was connected to his students in the most intimate fashion this with the spawning of legal LSD created by our government and lackadaisical music executives allowed for humanity to grow and the music to be full of all those spices. It operated in a free space, unencumbered by modern day pole testing and barrier laden music. The book was written to show that people are corruptible, even people seemed saintly can become tainted with greed and lose the balance of craft, survival and soul. The maddening attempt to justify using the name The Doors to make millions of dollars so you can buy that 5th Lamborghini, the Mitt Romney La Cholla beach house even though Manzarek and Kreiger would have been kicked to the curb before the gig got started except for one Jim Morrison who created the poet warrior with an emphasis on art and not on the trolls whose double breasted suits reak of uniformity, elimination of humanity and authenticity. Team over the one. You can do it all, you could before and it will be done again but not without insurgents like my guest providing a lineage parading through college towns touring his new book and old wisdom. How to advocate for yourself, how to swing the band and how to look a bottom line corporation in the face and say thanks but no thanks to your millions of dollars because my soul and Atma will be better off for it. Standing for principles can be like sticking your head in the sand.....but when someone stands up for the values of a long lost brother honoring the same principles infused in him by that brother there is only one way to describe it. The anti-greed gene.... He doesn't apologize for these personality traits. Some where embedded in his soul by others he learned along the way with Francisco Aquabellella, Shelly Manne, Keith Rucker and Michael Stull....... What to make of Jim Morrison I just don't know. He passed before I started this program. So i cant talk to him. As a journalist and a historian instead of watching movies or reading biographies I prefer to do primary source excavation with those still visiting this planet. John Densmore a high honor to welcome you to the JFS.....

The Dave Holland Interview

From Jake Feinberg | Part of the In The Land of Giants series | 09:46

Bassist Dave Holland started his performing career in London.

One night, he received word that a visiting musician from the states wanted to hire him. That musician was Miles Davis.

Holland accepted the gig, and for the past 40 years has been performing music with no barriers.

His ability to lock the groove while adding his own self expression has led to engagements with everyone from Joe Henderson to Bonnie Raitt to Vassar Clements.

Dholland_prx_small At times in life you feel adrift. Unable to harness the love and the passion that reins inside. When you begin to evolve in any art you start on that far away Oregon Hill with a Hawk flying overhead. Knowing that John Mclaughlins guitar might swoop up and under and around my guests bass lines. Slowly you build security in your own voice and sound so that your called upon to bluegrass country, to the Fillmore West, to Bearsville, to Europe, to a land of sunshine. My guest today is a master of all trades when it comes to music. A cat who burns creation and passion and urgency into an amalgamation of paradigms that provide a natural high. The live experience of playing three sets of music night after night after night with Miles Davis. My guest was also a prolific studio musician at a time when identities were created, linear notes were written, pictures were taken and barriers had not gone up. My guest Has played with Bonnie Raitt and Phil Wilson, Maria Muldaur, Nick Brignola, Roland Hannah and and with the perfect balance of mathematics and soul. Powerhouse Jazz or chasing Colin Walcott's dancing tables or hitting the Nashville Skyline with bluegrass fiddlers or counting off one, two free with Eric Kloss and Pat Martino. My guest remains a tour De force playing with George Cables, Jon Abercrombie Chick Corea or or at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ On October 4th for two sets of music with his band Prism. Bassist Dave Holland welcome to the JFS......

The Taj Mahal Interview

From Jake Feinberg | Part of the In The Land of Giants series | 11:13

Interview conducted by radio journalist Jake Feinberg with Roots Music Icon Taj Mahal. A discussion about the genesis of roots music and the music industry.

Taj_prx_small Just happy being myself so says the man who is held together by music. Music played with adherence to the world around us and the unique features of each enclave, village and Appalachian trailed that has been carved out by man. Sometimes I will travel back to Taiwan where my wife is from and I see the indigenous people, the Native Soil and the organic nature of life the way my guest creates music. From the earth itself..... His grunting, scrapin' tripping, to get inspired. Learning from his dad who was privy to the swing of Bird, Monk, Basie, live Basie.....his mom cooking peach cobbler and bringing a southern expectation and swagger to the table. Music is the salt of the earth. The roots must have been deep because this cat chose to play music. When harvested, cared for and loved his music transcends this earth and takes the audience with him. Although he loves the earth, he's more interested in evolving on the blues which go back to Diaspora and the lineage of all brothers. Tempo change no problem just not going to tell anyone. He's playing with guys like Bill Rich, Howard Johnson and John Simon, David Grisman and Ralph McDonald who have the musical vocabulary to swing to the center of the world. He's coming to the fox theatre October 12th. Taj Mahal welcome to the JFS.