Alan Evans (Soulive, Matador! Soul Sounds) has announced the coming release of his first-ever solo album, Nothing To Say, set to arrive on May 10th via Vintage League Music. In addition to playing drums on the record, Nothing To Say also sees Evans step out from behind to kit to man vocal, guitar, and bass duties, traversing elements psychedelic rock, funk, soul to produce a unique sound and a powerful set of songs.Alan’s wide-ranging musicianship on the album is complemented by contributions from his brother and Soulive bandmate Neal Evans as well as Danny Mayer (Star Kitchen, Eric Krasno Band), Kris Yunker (Jen Durkin Band), Darby Wolf, Beau Sasser (Kung Fu), and Ryan Hommel.Recorded over a period of 4 years, the record brings together all the aspects of the music-making for which Alan is known and respected throughout the live music scene—from quality, tasteful songwriting to incredible drumming—and adds some of his lesser-known strengths like his gripping vocal performances.Below, you can check out a sneak preview of Alan Evans’ upcoming solo debut, Nothing To Say:Alan Evans – Nothing To Say – Teaser Video[Video: Vintage League]Alan Evans’ new album comes along with a pair of other spring releases from Vintage League. On April 12th, they will release Crowd Company‘s Live at the Jazz Café, which follows the band’s acclaimed, Alan Evans-produced album Stone & Sky. Led by Rob Fleming, one of the label’s partners, Crowd Company’s new live album brims with energy, catchy hooks, and vintage organ funk.Finally, on June 1st, Vintage Music will release The Wild Root, the debut album from Ae3—the Alan Evans Trio—a new collaborative project comprised of Alan Evans, Danny Mayer, and Kris Yunker. As the press release notes, the trio’s sound is hard-driving and groovy with deep, funky melodies and powerful, rhythmic counterplay. You can get a taste of the talented new group below:Ae3 – Nothing To Say – Teaser Video[Video: Vintage League]Vintage League Music is a boutique record label that creates a place where musicians and music lovers can come together and bond over their shared love of soulful music. As Evans notes in a press release, “We are not trying to recreate the past with our music but we are taking what we like from the past and present to create our distinct future.” Label partner Fleming adds, “Our label philosophy is quality over quantity. We want to keep our roster highly curated, with the common thread of soulfulness spanning the releases that span funk, psychedelic rock and soul. We are also striking the balance to embrace modern music technology, but still believe there is a strong place for analog releases and vinyl. We believe each release to be high quality in terms of the music and detailed attention to the overall release including artwork and packaging. We want to appeal to genuine music lovers.”For more info about Vintage League Music, head to the label website here.
Steve Pikiell didn’t know what to expect from his Stony Brook team this year. After graduating four seniors last season, the head coach wasn’t sure the kind of team the Seawolves would be.“We lost a great senior class,” said Pikiell, a former Connecticut point guard now in his eighth season as SBU’s head coach. “I was most worried that we graduated such veteran guys that have been around and won two league championships.”Those four seniors – two of whom are etched in the Seawolves’ record books – each signed a contract to play professionally overseas in Europe and Australia. Even with their absences, Stony Brook (13-5, 4-1 America East Conference) has maintained its position in the upper half of the AEC. The leadership of fifth-year senior forward Tommy Brenton, coupled with the emergence of freshman Jameel Warney, has SBU in contention for the conference title and an NCAA Tournament bid.But the Seawolves wouldn’t be where they are now without that group of seniors. The class’ first season at SBU, the 2008-09 campaign, was only Stony Brook’s second winning season since 1993-94, and first ever as a Division-I program.“We kind of like to say we were the founding fathers in the basketball program because we kind of started a winning tradition and that was huge for Stony Brook,” Brenton said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textForward Dallis Joyner graduated as the second all-time-leading rebounder and leader in blocked shots in SBU’s D-I history. Then-senior Al Rapier averaged almost eight points and five rebounds per game last season, while forward Danny Carter earned a professional contract in his native England.But guard Bryan Dougher arguably had the biggest effect in that four-year span. He left Stony Brook as the program’s leading scorer in its Division-I tenure, which started in 1999, with 1,609 points. Dougher also holds the Seawolves’ record for most career 3-pointers with 337.Dougher’s influence expanded beyond the numbers, Brenton said, pointing out the guard’s leadership qualities.“He was always the one that we looked up to,” Brenton said. “If there was a big play in the game, we’d look to him.”But with Dougher graduated and signed to play in Australia, a void surfaced in the Stony Brook locker room. That’s when Brenton assumed the role, continuing the legacy of the class that moved on without him.Brenton, who redshirted after his sophomore season due to injury, ranks fourth in the AEC with 8.1 rebounds per game and third in steals with 1.7 per game, the two statistical categories in which he holds SBU’s career record.On top of that, the versatile 6-foot-5 forward – the most “unique” player in the nation, Pikiell called him – leads the conference with 4.7 assists per game.“You really have to play with him to appreciate all of the things he does on the court,” Dougher said of Brenton, his four-year roommate. “He’s one of the best I’ve ever played with.”While Brenton, the AEC’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, supplies a veteran presence for the Seawolves, the next youth movement is well underway. Warney just garnered America East Rookie of the Week honors for the seventh time this year. The 6-foot-8, 255-pound forward has established himself as one of the conference’s premier big men. He leads Stony Brook with 12.4 points per game and tops the AEC with a 61.6 field-goal percentage and 1.8 blocks per contest.Last year, the Seawolves boasted one of the AEC’s best defenses, and Warney has only improved it. SBU’s scoring defense ranks best in the league, as it was last season. After finishing last in blocks and fifth in opponents’ field-goal percentage, the Seawolves top those columns this year.Brenton said Warney’s defensive presence allows the Seawolves to put more pressure on opposing guards, with knowledge that the big man is right behind them to block, or at the very least alter, any shots at the rim.“Very rarely do you get big guys who are ready to go from day one,” Pikiell said. “We played Maryland, and he was the best big guy on the floor at Maryland. We played UConn, he was the best big guy on the floor against UConn.”A week ago, Stony Brook was tied for first in the AEC. But a loss Friday at Vermont – which beat SBU in March for the conference championship and automatic NCAA Tournament bid – snapped a five-game winning streak and put a one in the Seawolves’ in-conference loss column.The Seawolves finished 9-4 in the nonconference part of its schedule, but they have plenty of season left to work their way to the top of the standings. Pikiell emphasized his team’s need to play at its highest level during the remaining conference schedule and the AEC tournament to accomplish its dream of an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in March.“That’s a hard thing to do that people don’t realize at this level – you have to have three great years to accomplish one goal,” Pikiell said. “Three home runs, I say to people. I think we have the ability and the talent to do that.” Comments Published on January 22, 2013 at 1:00 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+
Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/APAdvertisement 7z45NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vso4awWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E76j( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) craseWould you ever consider trying this?😱7a40eCan your students do this? 🌚46Roller skating! Powered by Firework Gary Neville has given his two cents about the future of his former club Manchester United, as he believes the Red Devils will return to their former glory days sooner than Liverpool does.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/APTaking a look at last season stats, Klopp’s side performed much better, finishing second in the EPL table with just one loss, and also went on to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy. Whereas, United fell back at a 6th place finish at the table, missing out on Champions League entry.During an episode of Sky Bet’s The Big Debate, the former England international spoke on being hopeful on his Old Trafford teammate and close friend Solskjær and his boys.Advertisement “I don’t sit here every day as a United fan and think my world’s ending. I just see it as a cycle. “I grew up for the first 18 years of my life and I didn’t see a league title at Manchester United. And the next 20 or 25 years was glorious. It was like heaven.”“But now it’s tough. It genuinely does not concern me because it can be corrected by a little bit of money on the stadium and good decisions in the boardroom and good decisions in the recruitment department.” he added.Advertisement United’s last Premier League trophy came back in 2013, under Ferguson’s last tenure. But, Neville believes his former club will taste silverware very soon.“Eventually they will stumble upon the right recruitment system, the right recruitment people, they’ll get a great manager – hopefully that’s Ole – and they’ll start to win again. That’s going to happen.”- the 44 year old is hopeful on his Old Trafford ex-teammate and close friend Solskjær and his boys.“I can guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again. They’ll probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion. And that’s not being disrespectful, they’ll probably win the league before Liverpool.” he added. Advertisement
ARKANSAS TRAVELER ALL THE RAGE FOR DERBYESPINOZA SAYS PHAROAH DID IT ALL ON HIS OWNMILLER GOES FOR TRAINING CROWN FROM AFARLEGENDARY YCAZA ON HAND FOR WOOLF AWARD Drayden Van Dyke22323282610%$1,506,413 Martin Pedroza18018272310%$781,994 MANNY YCAZA, WINNER OF 1964 WOOLF AWARD ON HAND TODAY Known as “The Fiery Panamanian” throughout his legendary career, Manuel Ycaza, a winner of the 1964 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, will be on hand for today’s Woolf Ceremony honoring Mike Luzzi.“This is the first time I’ve been to Santa Anita in about 25 years,” said Ycaza, 77, who retired with a lifetime win percentage of 22.4. “I first came here when I was 16, in 1954 and I lived in a dormitory. Everything looks about the same and I’m finding my way around pretty good.”Known as a tremendous finisher who due to his intensity “led the league” in riding suspensions, Ycaza noted that he was indeed a pioneer. “I was the first Panamanian and the first Latin jockey to come here,” he said Sunday morning. “Milo Valenzuela was riding here and doing well, but he was born in Texas. I’m very proud that some great Panamanians followed me. Guys like Laffit (Pincay), Braulio (Baeza) and Jacinto Vasquez.”Although Ycaza is commonly associated with several stakes horses trained by James Maloney in the late 1960s such as Gamely, who won the 1968 Santa Margarita Stakes with Ycaza, his first added-money success came much earlier.“I had been leading rider at Golden Gate and my agent, George O’Bryan, got me on a nice filly here named Born Rich. She won the 1958 Santa Margarita and that was my first stakes win here at Santa Anita.”Ycaza, who retired due to injury in 1971, was inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1977, and made a brief return to the saddle in 1983. When asked to name the best horse he ever rode, he said, “I rode a lot of great horses, Dr. Fager, Lamb Chop, Ridan, Gamely, Dark Mirage, Damascus, Quadrangle, but the best horse I ever rode I think was Bald Eagle. He won the (Washington) D.C. International in 1959 and we came back and won it again in 1960. That was a really big race back then, at a mile and a half on the grass.”Great memories, great riders–What else would you expect when the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award trophy is on display? Santiago Gonzalez14219152113%$843,304 Philip D’Amato8420121524%$940,050 Mark Glatt8615171217%$664,202 Jack Carava55710813%$223,370 Rafael Bejarano29971464124%$3,530,888 Peter Miller16230282019%$1,471,756 Tyler Baze32947433514%$2,717,778 PHAROAH SHOWS NEW DIMENSION IN ARKANSAS ROMPThe buzz on the backstretch at Santa Anita Sunday morning was all about AmericanPharoah, and it ranged from spectacular to speechless.For those who might have missed it, American Pharoah emphatically enhanced his position as favorite for the 141st Kentucky Derby on May 2 with a jaw-dropping eight length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.Even Neil Drysdale was impressed. Said Jerry Hollendorfer: “Words can’t describe it.”Pharoah’s victory, the first in which he did not lead virtually from start to finish, as he did in his previous three triumphs, by a combined margin of 14 ¼ lengths, showed a new dimension, as if he needed one–stalking.Bridget’s Big Luvy, at 38-1, led until the three-quarter marker in the mile and an eighth race, then Victor Espinoza “moved at will to collar the leader in the second turn” . . . and the bay son of Pioneerof the Nile owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat “drew out as he pleased through the stretch without being asked for his best,” according to the Equibase chart.Espinoza never moved on the horse through the lane.“Moved?” observed one insider, eyebrows raised. “Hell, he never even said ‘giddy up.’”Bob Baffert watched the race on TV from his base at Santa Anita, leaving the maneuvers of execution to assistant Jim Barnes.“I was ecstatic,” Baffert said Sunday morning of American Pharoah’s performance. “I liked the way he shut it down. We thought he might be able to do that, but you don’t know until you actually do it in a race, because the adrenalin’s going through and everything else.“He got bumped leaving there a bit, and sometimes that gets them all charged up. But he was just so professional. I couldn’t have been happier the way it turned out. He got some things his own way, but it was good he showed he was not one dimensional; that’s a big plus.”Undefeated Dortmund, the gargantuan Santa Anita Derby winner and the other half of Baffert’s one-two Derby punch–call them The Dazzler and The Diesel–will leave Santa Anita for Kentucky April 26, Baffert said. American Pharoah leaves Arkansas tomorrow for Louisville, while Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane will ship to Louisville on an as-yet-to-be determined date.As American Pharoah and Dortmund continued to trump each other en route to the Derby, the fact remains that the playoffs are now over, and a full field of 20 could enter the starting gate for the mile and a quarter classic.Or not. Perhaps the 2015 Run for the Roses is a fait accompli.“If there ever was a year there shouldn’t be 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby,” said trainer Jim Cassidy, “it’s this year.” Mario Gutierrez1141016109%$559,052 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 Peter Eurton8815131517%$880,676 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Ron Ellis651551023%$605,440 Aaron Gryder9071188%$447,670 John Sadler14222201915%$1,485,820 Fernando Perez2101824279%$880,888 Edwin Maldonado12918131414%$625,704 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Thomas Proctor5787314%$582,078 Doug O’Neill18923172512%$1,127,792 Steve Knapp4172317%$289,447 Felipe Valdez9813121613%$429,837 (Current Through Saturday, April 11) Flavien Prat16018182011%$989,114 Brice Blanc6273511%$343,340 Richard Baltas841715720%$751,585 Martin Garcia15130201720%$2,758,740 Jerry Hollendorfer17230222617%$3,323,658 Bob Baffert11326191523%$2,961,522 Elvis Trujillo23926352511%$1,545,808 Richard Mandella7217101324%$1,027,996 Michael Pender5489615%$221,950 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Eddie Truman2574228%$349,170 Victor Espinoza18535352619%$2,437,156 J. Eric Kruljac5977812%$361,610 Hector Palma3775219%$191,600 -30- James Cassidy751081313%$440,800 Mark Casse63106916%$810,186 Mike Puype10914151513%$606,946 Steven Miyadi4596620%$305,070 Tiago Pereira1311891514%$516,362 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kent Desormeaux21334382816%$2,100,220 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won CONFIDENT ESPINOZA ‘SLOWED DOWN’ PHAROAH Victor Espinoza, back at Santa Anita bright and early Sunday morning after steering American Pharoah to a geared-down victory in the Arkansas Derby, was not a victim of jet lag flying in from Arkansas.He flew in on a private jet owned by the Hronis brothers.“I was very confident in American Pharoah,” Espinoza said in a classic understatement, since the colt was favored at 10 cents on the dollar. “This was the first time I rode him that he was behind another horse, but I just went by him like he was standing still.“Into the stretch, it didn’t feel like I was going that fast, and I was excited. I wanted to let him run a little, but I looked back and I was so far in front, I slowed him down a little bit. He did it all on his own, basically.“Bob Baffert didn’t want me to win by that many lengths, but sometimes you can’t help it. I know it’s only three weeks until the Kentucky Derby and you want to save as much as you can for that race.“But with a horse like him, he does things so easy, it was all I could do.” FINISH LINES: Peter Miller, currently tied with Jerry Hollendorfer for Santa Anita’s training lead at 30 wins each, has horses entered in four races today in an attempt to take the lead. Hollendorfer has 8-5 morning line favorite The Kentuckian going in race eight, the San Pedro Stakes. Winning would be more special, Miller said, “because I don’t think there’s ever been a trainer who’s won a meet from a training center. We’re going to try. We’re going to run everything we can. Jerry’s won enough titles.” Miller is based at San Luis Rey Downs . . . Hollendorfer said Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief is scheduled to breeze Tuesday at Golden Gate Fields and leave Wednesday for Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia . . . Trivia question: approximately how many Americans work in the horse industry? 2.1 million, 4.6 million, 500,000, or 5.8 million . . . Richard Mandella said two-time champion Beholder came out of her 2015 debut romp in the Santa Lucia Stakes in good order and is ticketed for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9 and a possible meeting with streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda, trained by Craig Lewis. It would be mindful of the 1995 Santa Anita Derby, when Larry the Legend, trained by Lewis, lunged at the last second to hang a desperation head defeat on Afternoon Deelites, trained by Mandella. “That,” recalled Mandella, “was a nightmare.” . . . Trivia answer: 4.6 million. Mike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Gary Stevens10218151818%$1,606,738
OWNER QUOTESPERRY BASS, SON OF OWNER RAMONA BASS, AVENGE, WINNER: “It’s my parents’ anniversary today, so they’re in Italy, and I know they stayed up to watch. I wish they were here, but it’s good to be here in their stead. We didn’t know if she could get the mile and a quarter, and we didn’t know if she could get the mile and an eighth in the Mabee. She surprised us there, and she got the lead here. She just cruised, and Flav rode great. (Richard) Mandella and the whole barn were incredible. She has a lot of speed and she can rate, but there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race. The Stidham horse (Zipessa) was the only other speed. As long as Avenge relaxed, we thought we’d be OK out there, and she obviously did it.” JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, AVENGE, WINNER: “She’s getting better with each race. She really surprised me out there today. Once I let go she really got comfortable and took the lead. Honestly, that was a lot of fun and we’ll see how she does for the Breeders’ Cup; it’s a big one.” -30- NOTES: The winning owner is Ramona Bass of Fort Worth, Texas.