Review Corner: David Cook’s Pathway album

(Credit: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records)

Hello Taylor Nation!

David Cook is not only The Agency’s keyboard player, he’s the musical director for the Speak Now Tour. With all the cues that Taylor needs to hit, there’s music involved that has come in at certain places in every live performance. The enormity and complexity of a night’s performance is now a lot closer to live theater than the unforgettable Fearless Tour. David has a wealth of experience not only in playing music but in arranging it and composing it.

David released an album called Pathway under the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records label back in 2010. After not having any more bills to pay this month, I decided to get it from iTunes. It’s instrumental jazz. I know this may be a far cry from Taylor’s music but it is music after all. I believe you should listen to all kinds of genres. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I think you’ll find it soothing, relaxing and upbeat. If you’ve never listened to jazz or even if you have, give this a chance and you will not regret it.

You can find more about David on his own Agency Profile: David Cook page and on his own website at davidcookmusic.com.

David Cook is married to Shayna Steele, who is a singer/songwriter currently touring with Rihanna. She has a full length album, I’ll Be Anything which was written, recorded and produced with David over the course of three years.

(Source: Shayna Steele)

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • November 13: Miami, Florida at American Airlines Arena.
  • November 16: Charlotte, North Carolina at Time Warner Cable Arena. Sold Out.
  • November 17: Raleigh, North Carolina at RBC Center. Sold Out.
  • November 18: Columbia, South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena. Click here for ticket info.
  • November 20: The 2011 American Music Awards live on ABC at 8|7c from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Country Music Favorite Female Artist and Country Music Favorite Album. She is also scheduled to perform.

(Sources: iTunes, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, davidcookmusic.com, shaynasteele.com)

Review Corner: Daniel Sadownick’s There Will Be a Day

(Credit: In Time Records)

Hello Taylor Nation!

Daniel Sadownick is The Agency’s conga man. Along with David Cook and Al Wilson, they stay in the background during the concert each of them behind their own turret of intruments. Daniel plays the congas by excellence, but also adds other elements of percussion. The battery of drums are still Al’s domain. The fact that Taylor would require a separate performer to handle the congas is evidence to her performance becoming more elaborate without losing the live element.

Before the Agency, Daniel had an album out called There Will Be A Day which you can purchase on iTunes, Amazon or cdbaby. With some bills finally paid, I decide to purchase it and have a listen. It’s intrumental. Before you click away, I’d say give it a listen and try something outside your comfort zone. Jazz can be nice to listen. He integrates a lot of latin and international flavor and you can appreciate how he is an artist in his own right.

You can read more about Daniel in his Agency Profile: Daniel Sadownick page. He’s engaged to Leslie Cawal and is currently touring with The Agency on Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Tour. They both frequently tweet Taylor fans.

(Source: Leslie Cawal)

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • November 13: Miami, Florida at American Airlines Arena. Click here for ticket info.
  • November 16: Charlotte, North Carolina at Time Warner Cable Arena. Sold Out.
  • November 17: Raleigh, North Carolina at RBC Center. Sold Out.
  • November 18: Columbia, South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena. Click here for ticket info.
  • November 20: The 2011 American Music Awards live on ABC at 8|7c from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Country Music Favorite Female Artist and Country Music Favorite Album. She is also scheduled to perform.

(Sources: iTunes, Amazon, cdbaby)

I could rest my head knowing that you were mine. The Sparkly Dressed in Tampa, FLA

(Credit: Timothy Boone/Play 98.7)

Hello Taylor Nation!

The Blonde With the Sparkly Guitar played the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida last night, November 12. The St. Petersburg Times gave her high praise, calling her wise beyond her years and one artists that understands the transformation girls go through on their way to womanhood. The author even goes as far as to give an explanation of Taylor’s success, calling her “the ultimate master of the humble brag,” as Taylor having the ability to show off but remain likeable. This is one great article. Go to St. Petersburg Times for the full story.

Going back to the concert, the Sparkly Dressed opted for Guns N’ Roses lyrics. Can you believe it? The Arm Lyrics were: “I could rest my head knowing that you were mine.” from the Guns N’ Roses song, November Rain. I did not see that coming.

I have picked up David Cook‘s Pathway and Daniel Sadownick‘s There Will Be a Day albums from the iTunes store and I suggest you do too. It’s instrumental jazz music. It might not be your usual cup of tea, but sometimes it does pay to step out of your comfort zone and listen to something you don’t hear often. I do like to listen to odd jazz album once in a while so I might be biased. I’ll give them a review soon enough 🙂

Here’s Grant Mickelson signing autographs for fans outside the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on November 11. You can read more on that gathering of fans at the Florida Times-Union site. Note: I’ve also added this picture to the Jacksonville concert post so it can be seen in the right location, but I did want to call attention to it here.

(Credit: Will Dickey/The Times-Union)

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • November 13: Miami, Florida at American Airlines Arena. Click here for ticket info.
  • November 16: Charlotte, North Carolina at Time Warner Cable Arena. Sold Out.
  • November 17: Raleigh, North Carolina at RBC Center. Sold Out.
  • November 18: Columbia, South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena. Click here for ticket info.
  • November 20: The 2011 American Music Awards live on ABC at 8|7c from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. Taylor Swift is nominated for Artist of the Year, Country Music Favorite Female Artist and Country Music Favorite Album. She is also scheduled to perform.

(Sources: St. Petersburg Times, Florida Times-Union, Florida Times-Union)