Emerging from the tragic bankruptcy of Stiff Records, James Taylor, founding member of the infamous group The Prisoners, formed The James Taylor Quartet. JTQ's first single, Blow Up was released on the Re Elect The President (Acid Jazz) label in 1985. It was a huge success, immediately attracting the attention of John Peel who championed it; the track appearing in Peel's annual Festive Fifty chart.
This is a quite unique collaboration, an unexpected one between the italian composer Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld, leader of Einstürzende Neubauten and former Bad Seeds. They first met during the realization of Ingiuria, a theatre pièce and right after that they collaborated on a song for a soundtrack, "A Quite Life". That song started the whole process of writing and producing an album together where songs and more experimental pieces could find a common ground.
Dr. Lonnie Smith (not to be confused with Lonnie Liston Smith) was born in Lackawanna, New York, (just outside of Buffalo). His affinity for R&B melded with his own personal style, and he quickly became a local legend. He moved to New York City, where he met George Benson, the guitarist for Jack McDuff's band. Benson and Smith connected on a personal level, and the two formed the George Benson Quartet featuring Lonnie Smith in 1966.
Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (March 12, 1837 - March 29, 1911) was a French organist and composer. Alexandre Guilmant was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer. A student of his father, then of Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens, he became an organist and teacher in his place of birth. In 1871 he was appointed as organist of la Trinité church in Paris, a position that he held for 25 years. From then on he followed a career as a virtuoso; he gave concerts in Europe as well as in the United States. He died in Meudon in 1911.
Cameron Carpenter is an American organist born in 1981, known for his showmanship and novel interpretation of the organ repertoire. "MUSIC IS IT”
In July 2007, Cameron gave his first performance of Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude" in a live webcast concert from New York City. Immediately a sensation on YouTube and the blogosphere, Cameron's unorthodox arrangement transposed Chopin's flying left-hand runs to his feet, a stunning marriage of physical prowess and rousing showmanship. The performance won Cameron a multi-album recording contract with Telarc International.
The Skywalkers is a freakbeat-duo founded in Zwaag (The Netherlands) in November 2009.
Maurice Duruflé (11 January, 1902 in Louviers – 16 June, 1986 in Paris) was a French composer, organist and pedagogue. In 1912, Duruflé became chorister at the Rouen Cathedral Choir School, where he studied piano and organ with Jules Haelling. At age 17, he moved to Paris. He took private organ lessons with Charles Tournemire, whose assistant he was at Ste. Clotilde until 1927. In 1920, Duruflé entered the Conservatoire de Paris. Duruflé left the Conservatoire with first prizes in organ, harmony, piano accompaniment, and composition.
Reuben Wilson (born April 9, 1935) is a jazz organist, performer of the Hammond B3. He plays acid jazz, though he also performed in the soul jazz idiom. Wilson began performing in the 1960s. Partial discography:
- On Broadway (Blue Note, 1968)
- Love Bug (Blue Note, 1969)
- Blue Mode (Blue Note, 1969)
- Groovy Situation (Blue Note, 1970)
- Set Us Free (Blue Note, 1971)
- The Sweet Life (Groove Merchant, 1972)
- Bad Stuff (Groove Merchant, 1973)
- The Cisco Kid (Groove Merchant, 1974)