Peter Furlong

Book Review
3:53 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Book Review: Herbie Hancock - In the Moment

In this book, Possibilities, by Herbie Hancock, the words seem to flow as the author’s music career has evolved—smoothly and naturally. Herbie’s musical talent was apparent at age eleven, when he won a contest right to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. An early aptitude for understanding technical material and analysis, plus joy in taking things apart, foretold a career in engineering. His practical parents used an uncle’s South Chicago address in the Hyde Park High School district to qualify him a place at a desired school. His classes were easy.

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Book Review
12:52 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Book Review: Santana - Pioneering Latin Rock

As I work through the autobiography of any rock guitarist, (e.g. Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and now Carlos Santana), I speculate on the actual writing involvement of the subject.

In this memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light, journalist Ashley Kahn and tour companion/musician Hal Miller headline the “Acknowledgements” page.

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Book Review
2:03 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Gil Scott-Heron: Is That Jazz? A book review

Chroniclers of the life of Gil-Scot Heron (GSH) describe him as a contradiction—the lead evidence is his self-destructive drug use while musically preaching the dangers of drugs to others. Critics also cite parent Gil’s neglect of his children despite having been pained by the absence of his own father. These and other tales of failings and accomplishments are here—the compassion and neglect, the engagement and denial, the creativity and ambivalence.

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Book Review
4:16 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

SRV: The Pride of Austin - a book review

Stevie and older brother Jimmie Vaughan taught themselves to play guitar. “He taught me how to teach myself,” remembered Stevie. “And, that’s the right way.” The boys would listen closely to a tune repeatedly and pick it out themselves. Stevie’s first electric guitar was the hand-me-down when Jimmie bought a new one. “Keep your hands off my guitar,” Jimmie warned when Stevie got caught. Sibling rivalry prevailed, but Stevie always idolized his brother’s playing ability and leadership of the band The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

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Music Notes
3:20 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Regular Gig: An Interview with Bobby Trujillo

Credit www.bobbytrujillomusic.com

Denver drummer and percussionist Bobby Trujillo leads the quartet SaZon, joined by co-leader Norma Tell, vocalist, Ed Stephan, guitar, and Joe Lopez, bass.

PF: Describe for us your early days as a professional musician—was there a period of struggle?

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