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Lou Volpe's Jazz Cast

If you love music join NYC guitar artist Lou Volpe on his weekly podcast. The “Jazz Cast” will feature interviews from industry insiders, tips on guitar technique (solo style and with a group), composition, some interesting stories about performing and recording with various musical artists and of course Lou’s jazz music. Visit us online at www.louvolpejazz.com and be sure to subscribe to our podcast.
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If you love music join NYC guitar artist Lou Volpe on his weekly podcast. The “Jazz Cast” will feature interviews from industry insiders, tips on guitar technique (solo style and with a group), composition, some interesting stories about performing and recording with various musical artists and of course Lou’s jazz music. 

Oct 23, 2020

In these trying times, Studio "V" offers this latest episode dedicated to understanding through music. The clear tones and straight forward joyful harmonies and rhythms featured here are Lou's offering to peace and love being featured and highlighted  in our lives.

DARK STREET BLUE, MOUNTAIN'S EDGE, IN THE CLEAR, and CHANGE OF SCENERY are our new compositions for this week.

Enjoy!

Oct 16, 2020

This episode features a new phase of Lou"s composing/melodic content displayed in the latest tunes: "ON THE TRAIL', "COOL COMMENT", "TWILIGHT , AND THEN THE STARS" and culminating  with "SONATA INSPIRE".

Of course, crystal clear tones are also on display throughout this latest release from Studio "V".

Enjoy!

Oct 9, 2020

Listen to the swing groove on "SEPTEMBER SKY" to start off this collection of current Jazz Guitar harmonies and rhythms.

The latest from Studio "V", Episode #59, features Lou exploring the "question & answer" technique in the back and forth going on between rhythm and lead guitars like in "AT THE (SPEED OF) SOUND", "CASTAWAYS", "YOU CAN'T MISS IT" and others.

We hope you like it!

Oct 2, 2020

Lou blends some Les Paul sounds in with his pure Cleartone Jazz colors on this latest batch of new compositions. Groove and rhythm are the foundation for this episode.

On some of these arrangements, you can hear the rhythm guitar trade front stage spotlight with the lead or melody lead.

We hope you like it!

Sep 25, 2020

2 and 3 guitar orchestration continues to shine on this episode of Lou's newest tunes highlighting tone, harmony and rhythm with a dedication to his former boss, the great Judy Collins.

The songs: "Ever New And Blue", "Village Vista" (inspired by Lou's time with the brilliant pianist, Tanya Maria in Morocco.), "Clear Night", "High Mark","Finer Vision", and "On The Country Side".

Enjoy!

 

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Sep 18, 2020

This latest Jazzcast features Lou talking about Guitar (and Flumpet) tone and textures as he recounts his introduction to the intriguing tone and phrasing of jazz great, Art Farmer.

Listen to his performances showcasing tone, harmony and expression on the new- "SOFT TOUCH", "CANNON GROOVE", "EXPRESSION CAFE", "AT THE JUNCTION" and "GOING GOING GONE".

Enjoy!

 

Sep 11, 2020

This new edition of louvolpejazz.com presents the latest compositions and rhythmic ventures in solo guitar pieces along with some double or triple guitar orchestrations.

Listen to these melodies and  rhythms along with occasional "vignettes" or short "motifs" in between the tunes, such as: NEW OLD CITY, DOMENICO BLUE, UPSTREAMIN', I LOVE AUGUST, ADMIRATION AND WONDER, SEA RIFF, MOTIF #1, MOTIVATE, 2 STEP 3 STEP... and a few others.

We hope you enjoy Lou's latest!

Sep 4, 2020

This newest episode features some adventurous harmonies and rhythms in Lou's most recent compositions.

Also included is a dedication to Les Paul, "JAMMiN' ON 46th STREET". Lou talks about the jam sessions after his guitar lesson at Sal Salvador's studio where Les Paul joined the group every Thursday night! A good time was had by all.

Straight ahead jazz tones and crystal clear sounds are featured throughout this new set of music.

Enjoy!

Aug 28, 2020

This episode starts off simply with some basic chord sounds and harmonies and then showcases a more intricate multi-guitar arrangement of the new "ALL AROUND TOWN".

Also in this jazzcast, Lou remembers his recording sessions with the great jazz organist (and trumpeter), Joey Di Francesco. And talks about his empathy with the blues. "UP FRONT STREET" is dedicated to Joey.

Enjoy!

Aug 21, 2020

This episode continues to showcase Lou's latest compositions.

Also included is a dedication to one of Volpe's favorite guitarists: studio musician and Strat-master, John Platania. Lou met John on a Judy Collins tour and became a fan and friend.

Listen to the ever-changing grooves, tones and harmony on: OVER AGAIN, EMOTIONAL RELAY,FANCY STYLE, IN TOWN, and  PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT.

Enjoy!

Aug 14, 2020

Lou talks about and demonstrates different cadences or chord changes behind a more lyrical melody.

This episode presents 5 new pieces: (ALLEY TALK, TWO TIMES, FOR ONLY ONE, FEEL IT ALL, INTENTIONS ARE GOOD) featuring harmony and solo-style leads over a strong rhythm groove. Plus, a re-visit to "TWO FACES".

Hope you like it!

Aug 7, 2020

We can't believe this is our 50th Jazzcast! Thanks for listening.

This latest episode features Lou's latest tunes with an emphasis on the Blues and Jazz sounds. 

Check out the "percolating" rhythm section on the new "RIVER WIDE" which also features some lush harmony and colors in the background.

Plus"BLUE STAR", "RIFF TIDES", "FORWARD EMOTION", "EVERYTIME" and "SOLO-ETTE". Enjoy!

Jul 31, 2020

Soul and tone are the main ingredients for Lou's latest collection of new songs and rhythms. Also included is a story about the loss of the beloved 1954 Fender Stratocaster!

Listen in to the sounds on: "NIGHTWALK", "WHAT YOU MEAN", "BE TRUE TO YOU", "IN A JAM", "OCCASIONAL DISCUSSION", and "EASY ONE".

Enjoy!

Jul 24, 2020

The latest songs and rhythm techniques are introduced in Lou's new collection of original compositions.

Modes and melodies are the theme of this newest episode! 

Hear Volpe demonstrate a "stop the beat" style of melodic statement where multiple guitars and bass all play a unison line.

Enjoy.

Jul 17, 2020

You can feel the beat, the rhythm and the groove for sure on this latest episode. A different way to state the melody is used on Lou's newest "EVENING RUSH HOUR" where he "doubles" the solo-type lead line with 2 guitars playing in unison.

Also featured in these latest compositions are "FINEST LINE", "FREE JAM", "TIME RIVER", and a special dedication to one of Lou's good friends with "STANDING BY".

Enjoy the music!

Jul 10, 2020

Lou uses multiple clear-tone guitars playing the melodies to these vibrant new works.

Somewhat reminiscent, at times to the multi guitar leads of the Allman Brothers, but with a Jazz or a  Samba attitude. Some of the "heads" are harmonized for multiple guitars the way you would arrange for a saxophone or woodwind section.

We hope you like it!

Jul 3, 2020

This latest Jazzcast unveils Lou's most recent creations with the memory and feeling of his time with the great Herbie Hancock woven into each song. "His comping behind my solos edged me on to wonderful ideas and rhythms", Volpe says.

Hear the latest songs to come out of Studio "V":

THE NIGHT BECOMES YOU, BY THE BOULEVARD, LIGHT VIGIL, FANTASY 2 COUPE, GRATITUDE and OUT THERE AND BACK.

Jun 26, 2020

The great San Kenton called his big band "THE COLORS IN SOUND to hint at the various sound textures he used (blending the instruments tones. A lyrical melody is enhanced (or colored) with another instrument doubling the line.

Stan Kenton did it using different instruments (for example: french horn and saxophone or). In this episode, Lou has two guitars with different tone qualities playing the melody, like a "doubling" effect. It can be like a burst of colorful tone.

Enjoy!

 

Jun 19, 2020

EPISODE #43 PRESENTS A PALETTE OF CLEAR TONES ON ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC JAZZ GUITAR SOUNDS.

Hear a new take on Lou's "KEEP ON DANCING THE DANCE" along with the country type groove on "BEE'S FLAT ON THE RANGE", "SAMBA GALORE", "PROWLER RIDE II" (with a strong bass line at the pulse). An alternate take on "COMING MY WAY" (featuring Mel Davis on keys), and a Miles influenced "QUIET DAYLIGHT" round out this set of original ventures.

We had a blast putting this one together, hope you like it. Enjoy!

Jun 12, 2020

This episode unveils Lou's latest songs in a colorful setting using different tones and layers of guitar sound to present a new soundscape for original music. Jazz, samba, blues and rock rhythms are featured here.

Giving your best and your all are discussed as Lou talks about some recording sessions with the great drummer, Steve Gadd, who showed him how important it is to always play with your best game and full enthusiasm and intensity. The wonderful bassist, Ron Carter was also on that date!

Also featured are a couple of studio pieces recorded with the band, Buddy Williams-drums, Stanley Banks-bass, and Onaje,Mel Davis and Delmar Brown-piano & keyboards. Enjoy!

Jun 5, 2020

Hear Lou's newest songs with the thoughts and feelings of some of his early idols like John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Charles Earland, Herbie Hancock and others (most of which he actually played with later in his career!).

Featured in this episode are "Haven Raven", "Ambush II", "Blues to You Too", "Coltrane of Thought", and his orchestral "Cousin's Concerto".

Enjoy!

May 29, 2020

SOME DIFFERENT HARMONIES AND RHYTHMS ARE EXPLORED IN THIS NEW JAZZCAST WHILE SPOTLIGHTING A MORE LIBERAL FRESH INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MELODY LINE. A MORE SOLO-ISTIC STYLE.

LOU TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER'S LOVE OF THE BIG BAND STARS LIKE COUNT BASIE, CHARLIE BARNET AND THE DUKE.

INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION OF ORIGINALS ARE A FEW OF LOU'S CHOICE AND LATEST TUNES AND TOE-TAPPING GROOVES LIKE THE NEW "QUESTION AND ANSWER" AND "CLEAR THOUGHT".

May 22, 2020

Lou talks about the group in the studio, where the band is featured on his arrangement of "Go To My Head".

Also highlighted in this episode are a few rousing and rhythmic new compositions. One blues tune is built on a strong bass line for the groove. Hope you like it!

May 15, 2020

Lou previews the new version of his "Seriously", which he wrote and produced after a week in the studio with Miles and Bassist Marcus Miller.

This episode starts off featuring rhythm and groove with a tribute to Brazilian percussionist, the late and great Dom Um Romao, soars through with some recent compositions and ends with Lou's most recent "Think About That". Enjoy!

May 8, 2020

Lou unveils his new song dedicated to the magic of living in Hollywood and the beautiful Laurel Canyon in L.A.

Hear about Lou's guitar feature during the Judy Collins Show. A song called "Fine Wine" is highlighted here.

Fresh new original songs are also featured along with his group of Bob Cranshaw on bass, Onaje on piano and Buddy Williams on the drums. Plus, an acoustic version Lou's soon to be released "A TO Z". Enjoy!

May 1, 2020

This new episode has Lou talking about his "discovery" of Big Bands when on the way home from his guitar lesson, he saw the great Maynard Ferguson playing with the big band at the Metropole on this tiny stage! A lasting impression was made. Right after that, Lou started studying arranging with some top arrangers around town.

Hear Jazz Guitar play orchestrations on multiple guitars to simulate the different horn sections in a big band. WE HOPE YOU LIKE IT!

Apr 24, 2020

Hear Lou talk about and perform music associated with and played by the great Cannonball Adderely. His music played an important role  on Lou's studies, and developing a tone and technique. Lou demonstrates how the saxophone master affected his playing and composing. A "feel good" groove was one of Cannon's trademarks. (And Miles had both Cannonball and Trane in his band at one time!)

Also, this episode includes some of Lou's latest compositions, many of which were truly influenced by the great alto saxophonist's sound and rhythm.

Plus a "live" and rousing up tempo of "Things".

Hope you enjoy!

Apr 17, 2020

Hear Lou play 10 snippets of his latest songs for an upcoming project along with a salute to one of his most influential mentors, Mc Coy Tyner. Different rhythms and harmonies are explored with various guitar tones to make this latest podcast truly special. We hope you like it!

Apr 10, 2020

This episode features Lou playing "clear tone" style on some of his songs from the past, a few spontaneous compositions arranged for two guitars, and a story about meeting and playing with guitar great, Larry Coryell. Hear Lou's new JAZZY "BLUES TO LARRY". Plus a solo take on his original "PRECIOUS JEWEL" Hope you like it!

Apr 3, 2020

More of Lou's recent compositions are on display along with originals and standards he recorded or played with 2 of his favorite former employers: Chaka Khan and Herbie Mann. Hear Lou talk about and play music from his time at the iconic Atlantic Records recording studio. He got to know and play for the great producer Arif Mardin while working at Atlantic. Enjoy the set!

Mar 27, 2020

This latest episode presents Lou's latest writings in sketch form along with a totally orchestrated master recording. The sketches demonstrate the different grooves and rhythms of these harmonically rich new tunes. Enjoy!

Mar 20, 2020

Hear Lou play PART 2 of his JAZZ GUITAR AND BLUESY new songs. A strong tone and a solo-istic approach to the melody statement gives these tunes a new twist and vibrant color. Enjoy!

Mar 13, 2020

This episode features melodies and"heads" or lead lines performed with a feeling of playing a solo rather than a rigid statement of the melody. 

Lou performs some of his latest compositions with this concept in mind while demonstrating a soulful portrayal of these new songs.

Also included are a few brand new renditions of some of Lou's tunes which were released on previous recordings. Enjoy.

Mar 6, 2020

GUITAR VOICES ON ORIGINAL AND CLASSIC COMPOSITIONS are featured in this week's new episode. Hear Lou play solo guitar versions of some standards along with refreshing new takes of previously released and soon to be released renditions of his own tunes and riffs! 

Feb 28, 2020

Spontaneous renditions of these original and classic songs meet studio/arranged versions showing the different attitudes of these 2 methods of performance. Sometimes the "off the cuff" recordings are more powerful than the thought out, pre-determined ones. Plus, a few new compositions added to the mix. Hope you enjoy!

Feb 21, 2020

This new episode continues last week's format with PART 2 of BLUESY-JAZZY Guitar renditions of Lou's latest compositions featuring demos and their Master versions as he introduces excerpts from the soon-to-be released "BEFORE AND AFTER" album on Jazz Guitar Records.

A few new songs are also performed with a look back at a Herbie Mann classic groove from when he was writing and playing for the great flutist.

Hope you like it!

Feb 14, 2020

Guitarist Lou Volpe takes you on a tour of demos to Masters of his latest creations showing original demo versions and the evolution to final Masters. Different Contemporary and Latin rhythms are used to make unique and strong grooves for the soon to be released "BEFORE AND AFTER" and beyond. Enjoy!

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