Marco Benevento Takes Us On A Journey With New Live EP, “Woodstock Sessions” [Stream/Review]

first_imgThe venerable Marco Benevento has released his 7-song live Woodstock Sessions EP via Royal Potato Family and Woodstock Sessions today. The session was recorded in one take at Applehead Recording studio in Woodstock, NY in front of a live audience. Benevento, along with bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Andy Borger, performed a set that spanned the keyboardist’s entire solo catalog.The set starts off with three songs from his most recent studio album, The Story of Fred Short, including “Dropkick,” which sounds like a 50’s pop rock tune that could be heard on an old-school diner jukebox over a cheeseburger and some soda pop. The 22-minute opus “The Story of Fred Short” is a futuristic indie-sounding number, cut into various sections, that bears witness to a wild build segment of jamming from the trio, before making its way into a dance-inspired finale.“Bus Ride” from 2008’s Invisible Baby makes an appearance in the set with some heavy synth work from Benevento on keys, showcasing his masterful skills. He beseeches the crowd to “Make some noise….now or never” as the group goes into the 2014 track “At The Show” from Swift; never a boring moment at a live Benevento show. “Greenpoint” from 2010’s Between The Needles & Nightfall brings the album to a resounding close, finding some beautiful interplay between each member of the group. As always, Benevento and company take you on an incredible journey, and the Woodstock Sessions EP is keeps in that tradition.The album is currently streaming in full on Spotify, and you can take a listen below:last_img read more

WHO vows reform after Ebola ‘shocks’

first_img Share 114 Views   no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint WHO vows reform after Ebola ‘shocks’ by: BBC News – January 27, 2015 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Ebola testing at the African Cup of Nations football tournament in Bata, Equatorial GuineaThe World Health Organization (WHO) has set out plans for reform, admitting that it was too slow to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.At an emergency session in Geneva, director-general Margaret Chan said Ebola had taught the world and the WHO how they must act in the future.She said the corner had been turned on infections but warned over complacency.More than 8,500 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.Contingency fundDr Chan said: “This was West Africa’s first experience with the virus and it delivered some horrific shocks and surprises.“The world, including WHO, was too slow to see what was unfolding before us. Ebola is a tragedy that has taught the world, including WHO, many lessons about how to prevent similar events in the future.”The WHO says patient database figures give the best representation of the history of the epidemic. However, data for more recent weeks are sometimes less complete than in the regular situation reports.Dr Chan said that although disease outbreaks would continue to deliver shocks, “never again should the world be caught by surprise, unprepared”.The reforms announced included a “dedicated contingency fund to support rapid responses to outbreaks and emergencies”.There would also be improvements in international co-ordination and greater support for countries that needed to respond quickly to emergencies.Dr Margaret Chan, 25 JanDr Chan: “We must maintain the momentum and guard against complacency”This would also require vaccines and drugs to be brought to the market more speedily.Liberia announced on Friday that it was down to just five confirmed cases – there were 500 a week in September. Guinea and Sierra Leone have both also experienced falls in infection rates.Dr Chan said the worst-case scenario had been avoided, but warned: “We must maintain the momentum and guard against complacency and donor fatigue.”WHO figures show 21,724 reported cases of Ebola in the outbreak , with 8,641 deaths. Tweetlast_img read more