“Living Standards” Mike Dolbear Review

Living Standards (CD) – Karl Latham, Mark Egan & Vic Juris

Featuring three incredible musicians and veterans of their instrument, ‘Living Standards’ is an 11 track compilation of some of the 20th centuries finest songs, but in a jazz fusion arrangement.

Opening with a version of the Beetles classic ‘Day Tripper’, there is also a reworking of Princes’ Cinnamon Girl, as well as ‘Riders on the Storm’ from the Doors, finishing with the Cream Classic, ‘White Room’.

I found some of the tracks were more instantly recognisable than others, which in some ways is rather nice; it’s not meant to be a straight cover of these songs after all, but a jazz fusion interpretation and I feel the band really delivered; not that you would expect any less!

Not only was Karl playing the drums for this release but he is also credited as the producer, once again proving that drummers can have a lot more input than just hitting the skins.

It’s a great release and if you’re into jazz/fusion music it’s one that’s well worth a look.

Rob Crisp

KIOS “Last Call Best of 2016”

Last Call Best of 2016

5 hours ago

1.THEO CROKER/ ESCAPE VELOCITY/OKEH RECORDS
2.DONNY McCASLIN / BEYOND NOW / MOTEMA
3.MATT WILSON’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY/ BEGINNING OF A MEMORY/PALMETTO
4.METALWOOD/TWENTY/CELLAR LIVE RECORDS
5.LOGAN RICHARDSON/SHIFT/BLUE NOTE
6.PAT METHENY/THE UNITY SESSIONS/NONESUCH
7.CUONG VU TRIO MEETS PAT METHENY/NONESUCH
8.CHARLIE HUNTER/EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN UNTIL THEY GET PUNCHED IN THE              MOUTH/GROUND UP RECORDS
9.WEATHER REPORT/THE LEGENDARY LIVE TAPES: 1978-1981/COLUMBIA-LEGACY
10.JASON MILES / TO GROVER WITH LOVE / WHALING CITY SOUND
11.WADADA LEO SMITH / AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS / CUNEIFORM
12.THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP / EXPANSIONS LIVE / WHALING CITY SOUND
13. PETER ERSKINE/DR. UM/FUZZY MUSIC
14. ESPERANZA SPALDING/EMILY’S D +EVOLUTION/CONCORD
15. KARL LATHAM / LIVING STANDARDS / DROPZONE JAZZ
16. ALLISON MILLER’S BOOM TIC BOOM / OTIS WAS A POLAR BEAR / ROYAL POTATO FAMILY

First Sub Date @ “Hamilton”

Recently I had my first subbing date for one of my heroes in life, the amazing musician/drummer and close friend Andres Forero

It was one of the most intense, challenging and rewarding moments of my career in music so far

huge gratitude to Andres for sharing this personally and spiritually enriching opportunity with me

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Big Fun(k) with Don Braden & Karl Latham at Club Bonafide

Big Fun(k) with Don Braden & Karl Latham at Club Bonafide

Club Bonafide opens at 6:00pm | 21+ admitted | 9:30pm set | Listening Room opens at 9:00pm
2 drink minimum for table service | Happy Hour 6pm-7pm | Light Bites and Cocktail Specials

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Don Braden – tenor sax, flute and alto flute

Karl Latham – drums
Nick Rolfe – keyboards
Gary Foote – bass

 

Sat, November 26, 2016

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM EST

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BIG FUN(K) – A Groove/Jazz/Soul Journey

Don Braden and Karl Latham’s Big Fun(k) explores new territories in jazz and funk with hard-hitting grooves, clever riffs and sophisticated harmonies. The band’s repertoire consists of classic songs by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire,Beyoncé, and others, as well as rich, grooving original compositions. The core group — Don Braden on tenor sax and flute, Karl Latham on drums, Nick Rolfe on keyboards and Gary Foote on bass — has “big fun” exploring this music with wit, energetic interaction, and soulfulness. The CD “Big Fun(k) Live” is available now, and a new CD is in the works, slated for release in Fall/Winter 2016/2017.

Club Bonafide

Great Hang at “Hamilton”

Was so great to hang with one of my soul brothers, amazing drummer Andres Forero and amazing bassists Alex Eckhardt and Richard Hammond at “Hamilton” the other day 🙂

simply beautiful people and absolute top tier musicians..

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