Keyboard - December 2014 - Dr. John
The December 2014 issue of Keyboard magazine features Dr. John. Perhaps no other name is more synonymous with the sound of New Orleans than Dr. John. His unique take on the style is likewise heavily imitated by funk, soul, blues, and rock players everywhere. Now, the legendary pianist and keyboardist pays homage to one of his own musical heroes, Louis Armstrong, on his new album Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch. He and producer/arranger Sarah Morrow sat with us for an intimate and detailed conversation.
Road Warriors – Ben Stivers and Doug Emery talk about re-creating the signature keyboard sounds and instrumental arrangements of the Bee Gees for the lead singer Barry Gibb's solo tour.
Departures – We bid farewell to jazz fusion keyboard great Joe Sample.
Talent Scout - Combining jazz, soul, and hip-hop, Kandace Springs only had to sing one song for Don Was to be offered a deal with Blue Note.
The Art of Synth Soloing – More uses for pentatonic scales: jazz edition.
Dance - Modular-style tricks for any soft synth that offers MIDI CC control.
Funk – Brian Charette shows us five ways to get down like NoLa legend Dr. John.
Theory – Experiment with new chords to take a simple melody to another level.
Rock – The Wurly electric piano is a rock standby, and a potential stand-in for other instruments.
MIDI Controller – Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S
DAW – Propellerhead Reason 8
Soft Synth – Xfer Records Serum
Sound Library – Sample Logic Cinematic Keys
All this and much more in the December 2014 issue of Keyboard!