Last week when AC Entertainment and Superfly Presents dropped the initial lineup for the 11th installment of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, one of the acts that immediately caught our attention was Spectrum Road – an impressive super group consisting of legendary bass player Jack Bruce (Cream), keyboard wiz John Medeski (MMW, The Word), guitar-virtuoso Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana (Lenny Kravitz, Santana). Our first thoughts were that the band was potentially a one-off, but today Billboard filled us in a bit more on the details. The quartet, which was formed to pay homage to jazz drummer Tony Williams, and named themselves after his track Spectrum Road, and will release their self-titled debut on June 5 via Palmetto Records, and make their official live debut at the fest on June 9, as the kick off to their U.S. tour.
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Finally, following in the news that folklorist Alan Lomax’s comprehensive collection of field recordings are now available for online streaming, comes word that John Peel’s extensive music collection will also be heading to the web. The legendary UK DJ and producer, who past away in 2004, amassed a collection of “25,000 LPs, 40,000 singles and many thousands of CDs”, which will become part of The Space, a new experimental digital service being organized and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC. According to NME, The Space will run from May to October across a variety of digital platforms, with the intent to ” digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.”