Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on May 30, 1994 · 12
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Edmonton Journal from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada · 12

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Monday, May 30, 1994
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BEST OOPY AVMLABjE A12 The Edmonton Journal, Monday, May 30, 1994 Meircy Singer-songwriter DAVID HOWELL Journal Music Writer Edmonton Calgary singer-songwriter Jann Arden dominated the eighth annual Alberta Recording Industry Association awards Sunday with wins in six major categories, including best album and best single. The awards were presented at Edmonton's Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, but Arden wasn't there to collect her prizes. She was shooting a video in Calgary. In her absence, Arden's debut A&M album, Time for Mercy, was named best album. Her passionate ballad, J Would Die For You, was named best single. Arden also won as best songwritercomposer, best female recording artist, best poplight rock artist and most promising artist. And the recognition extended beyond Arden herself to others involved in her burgeoning career. The award for best music video went to director Jeth Weinrich, for Would Die For You. Arden's co-managers, Neil MacGonigill and Rudi LeValley, were named managers of the year. And Edmontoni-an Mike Lent, who plays bass with Arden in concert, was named musician of the year. Multiple winners Besides Arden's big showing, the only other multiple winners were country duo the Great Western Or Dr. John treats the blues with ROGER LEVESQUE Special to The Journal Edmonton 1 TELEVISION Dr. John GRPMCA 53 minutes Who better to update the blues with a big, brassy, funky sound than Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John)? The album has smooth song-writing with deadly hooks. If not for his hard-hitting keyboard swing and crusty vocal presence, as enthusiastic as ever, the production values would be slicked up too much. The blues only really flow when it slows down a little. Starting with the title opener, Rebennack's lyrics are bound up in street-smart irony and steady persuasion. The second tune, Lissen, pushes genuine communication Hindi Jurassic alarms India's VIJAY JOSHI The Associated Press New Delhi Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg's lavish dinosaur drama, is frightening India's gigantic film industry. Only the fourth Hollywood movie to be dubbed in India's dominant language, Hindi, Jurassic Park is one of the biggest hits this spring. Indian producers fear the Spielberg spectacle will spur a rash of Hollywood-in-Hindi productions that may trample them in their own backyard. "If Jurassic Park is any indication, a number of other American movies will be dubbed and they will cut off our playing time," said Santosh Singh Jain, president of Films Federation of India, a national group of producers, distributors and theatre owners. As 150 cinemas across India cashed in on the dinomania for the third week, the Film Federation of India called on the government to impose restrictions on dubbing of Hollywood films in Hindi. While the federation does not speak for the entire industry, it reflects the insecurity of many Indian movie-makers who produce low-grade three-hour films of musical kitsch with thin plots. India's film industry is the largest in the world, releasing 800 movies a year from its production capital in Bombay, commonly called Bollywood. Jain said the technical excellence of Hollywood films is the main Magnificent p-1 - A 'Y k , ' . Mariana Paunova, Contralto Richard Eaton Singers Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble I V a . iai?sS?" Airdlemi colllectis taQff a dozen) AID adds Alberta music industry awards to growing list of tributes chestra and Edmonton folkrock band Feeding Like Butterflies. The Great Western Orchestra David Wilkie and Stewart Mac-Dougall was named best group recording artist and best roots traditionalethnic artist. Feeding Like Butterflies was the only nominated act to beat Arden out of an award. The band won the people's choice award. Fans voted by phone for their choice of five nominees, including Arden. Feeding Like Butterflies was named best alternative artist on record for its extended-play cassette Once A Farm, Always A Cow. Band leader Jason Johnson won the best album design award for the same cassette. "This is quite a pleasant surprise," Johnson joked while accepting the album design award. "I actually thought Jann Arden was going to take everything." Butterflies perform Feeding Like Butterflies performed a new song called A Hand and a Happy Man in one of four showcase spots during the show. Other artists who performed included singers Anna Beaumont, Crystal Plamondon and Mike Shields. Arden's ARIA wins come on the heels of national recognition. At the Juno awards in March, she was named Canada's best new solo artist. Frank Stachow, ARIA's president, said Arden sets an example Bobby McFerrin over television, and Shut D Fonk Up pokes fun at the self-absorption of the funk genre. Park film-makers fat iiV Sam Nelll, right, and Arlana Richards face a Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park threat to slap-dash Bollywood products. "The opening shot of Jurassic Park alone has as much entertainment value as an entire Indian movie," he said. Already, two more Hollywood productions are planned to be dubbed. Both are action films starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, said Sarabjit Singh, general manager of Paramount Films of India, which distributed Jurassic Park in India. Some experts feel the fears are unjustified. Foreign films rarely have appealed to Indians because of wide cultural differences in the themes. Master Series RAVEL Valse Nobles et Sentimentales DEBUSSY LaMer Saturday, June 4th, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 5th, 2:00 p.m. Hfl CBCi Uri Mayer, Conductor rater ff K - ) Jk for all other recording artists in the province. "It didn't happen overnight for her," Stachow said. "She played a lot of spots all around Alberta, like a lot of other artists are doing now in hopes of doing what she's doing." He said he hopes her armload of ARIA awards "will be encouraging to other artists in Alberta (to see) that people from Alberta do go on to bigger and better things and still retain their Alberta roots and be part of building the industry here." Strong skills Stachow expects Arden's popularity will keep building because she's got such strong skills as a songwriter. "I think she's just starting out. The impact is going to be even greater. This next album I'm sure is going to be fantastic." (The record, due out in August, features a duet with California singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.) Arden wasn't the only award winner who didn't show up Sunday. Multi-talented pianist, conductor, arranger and composer Tommy Banks was awarded the Award of Distinction for giving Alberta national and international recognition for musical excellence. But Banks was in Winnipeg, conducting that city's symphony in a concert that had been arranged 18 months ago. Other winners singers Ian Ty Wynton Marsalis But as the deep, grinding bass lines of Sly Stone's Thank You (Falletin Me Be 'Mice Elf Again) jNAL BLOCK oTlCKETS on SALE TODAY for PERFORMANCES through SEPTEMBER 5, 1994. ll ii ih ii ii is ii llIMKO)IMia m llAlll son and Cindy Church, bluesman Amos Garrett and the Great Western Orchestra were all no-shows. Tyson was named best male recording artist. Church won as best country artist. Garrett took the award for best bluesR&Bsoul artist. "It's unfortunate that they couldn't be here, but they're busy, and that's the business of music," Stachow said. "A lot of people were trying to make an effort to be here, but things are scheduled months or years in advance sometimes and it's hard to balance it all off." Other winners in performance categories included adventurous Edmonton quartet Hammerhead Consort, named best classical artist on record. City band wins And veteran Edmonton band Jr. Gone Wild won as best rockheavy metal artists on record. Jr. Gone Wild isn't heavy metal but it is rock, said group leader Mike McDonald. "We're known for our country music . . . but if you go and listen to most of our stuff, you'll find it's deeply influenced by punk rock and heavy rock from the '60s." Public radio station CKUA won ARIA's Award of Excellence in recognition of its support of Alberta recorded music throughout the 67 years it has been broadcasting. Highlights from the awards ceremony will be shown on Edmonton cable television in the near future. a brassy, suggest, this album is really a loving tribute to the funk, complete with a thick vocal chorus behind the doctor (the rock'n'roll hit Money has rarely, if ever been so funked up). The exquisite jazz and r'n'b performers mix regular band members with guests like David "Fathead" Newman and Randy Brecker. IN THIS HOUSE, ON THIS MORNING Wynton Marsalis Septet ColumbiaSony 2 discs: 5758 minutes Like many jazz and blues musicians, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and most of his group grew up playing in the church. Hence the inspiration for this two-hour, three-section suite which was written to roughly parallel the ritual and release in a church service, complete with the Sunday dinner afterwards. J m& r r..,.M rVl m ill1 i'MlfilMpr hMm- CrA Nfc k if ' Jp Jann Arden dominated the ARIA funky sound Marsalis' composing takes off with a New Orleans bluesgospel flavor to borrow liberally from an Ellingtonian style of layered harmonies. His septet of several years gur gles and growls with shades of dixieland heading into something outside, eventually including vocalist Marion Williams on Prayer. Parts of it suggest the trumpeter was working on his own answer to Coltrane's famous suite, A Love Supreme, but this is more deliberately devotional, less secular. There's fine sometimes exceptional playing all around. The irony is that it comes with a calculated air that often snuffs out any genuine sense of playful spontaneity. Some parts have a sanctified solemnity that's ponderous. Guess we couldn't believe Stanley Crouch's exhaustive liner notes, which set new limits of puffed-up pretension. JmIiITIi imh As File photo awards A CELEBRATION I The Modern Jazz Quartet ! Atlantic JazzWarner ' 71 minutes Here's one long set of "greatest hits" from the ultimate chamber jazz band recorded with a series of special guests to mark the MJQ's 40th anniversary. - Bobby McFerrin sings in a wonderful vocalese-style for the opener Bags' Groove and the closer Billy's Bounce. In between it's all instrumentalists with solos from Phil Woods, Wynton and Branford Mari salis, Freddie Hubbard and twd tracks with the efforts of Illinois Jacquet and Harry "Sweets" Edi-i son. A ballad from the Montreux' Jazz Festival has the supple sax of Nino Tempo. . 4 Note-perfect as most of it is, the music floats on a champagne sea of swinging momentum something the MJQ does effortlessly. Their own solo work (especially Milt Jackson's vibes) isn't featured enough, but it clicks along nicely. rum 11 J Wl IIIMIMHU-II IIPI! Ill III II mi II I i ii ilia II vH S7WT7WT r.Z V. U f?F 13 ffXTi. f

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