The blues is a musical genre spawned by spirituals, work songs and field hollers from the South. But it’s also the forefather of so many more contemporary American roots music forms, from rock & roll to jazz to R&B.
And last Saturday night, the Saratoga acoustic blues duo Low ‘N Lonesome and their friends traced the history of the blues from the ’20s to the dawn of rock & roll in a sprawling, across-the-years concert at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … an album called “The Early Beatles.” It was compilation of early Beatles songs, though technically I didn’t buy it. I was five years old, and I begged and begged my parents to buy me a Beatles album for my birthday. That and a pony. I never got the pony, but I did get the album. To read more about this, you can go to my blog.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden. My friend’s brother chaperoned. I still have the t-shirt that I bought at that show. We had what is often referred to as “the nose-bleed seats.” All the way at the top. Looking down from those seats, he was the size of peanut. Nevertheless, I was in awe of the man and just thrilled to be there.
Malcolm Cecil at Justin's on March 5, 2010. Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk
If you were at Justin’s in Albany last Friday night, you probably noticed the white-haired gentleman crouched over the over-sized mixing board. While jazz guitar master Ron Petrides was firing up his six-string alongside dynamic Castleton drummer David Calarco and bassist extraordinaire John Menegon, engineer Malcolm Cecil was busy recording and filming the evening’s musical magic for an upcoming live DVD release.
This Saturday night, Cecil will take off his headphones, pick up his bass and step into the spotlight to join Petrides and cellist Garfield Moore as they kick off the 2010 concert season at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park. The trio calls themselves SuperStringz.
But that’s only the latest chapter in the long and revolutionary musical career of London-born Malcolm Cecil.
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