September 28, 2002
In response to the issue of the Beastie Boys' use of sampling the musical sound from composer-flutist James Newton's recorded composition "Choir" ("A Musician Writes It, a Rapper Borrows It; A Swap or a Threat?" by Geoff Boucher, Sept. 21), Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch misses the point when he states, "What we used is three notes and three notes do not constitute a composition." It is not the three notes that they used, it is the unmistakable sound of those three notes of James Newton in both his performance and composition.
September 21, 2002 |
If You Can Feel What I'm Feeling Then It's a Musical Masterpiece But If You Can Hear What I'm Dealing With Then That's Cool at Least --"Pass the Mic" by the Beastie Boys The embittered jazz musician calls it rhymin' and stealing. The shocked rappers argue that it's about a minor player manufacturing a musical controversy. Either way, James W. Newton Jr. vs. the Beastie Boys is the latest example of hip-hop artists getting grief from musicians who view rap song collages as artistic shoplifting.
March 31, 2002 |
When a choreographer sits in a music studio, or a composer watches a dance rehearsal, both movement and sound tend to take fresh creative swerves. Or at least that was what happened when veteran dance-maker Donald McKayle and flutist-composer James Newton got together to make "Cross Roads," which has its West Coast premiere Friday night, during a two-day engagement of the Jose Limon Dance Company at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
February 24, 2001 |
There's a new jazz big band in town, and it's coming from a fresh place. Leave it to James Newton, the famed flutist-composer-bandleader-educator, to pull it off, leading the adventurous, newly founded Luckman Jazz Orchestra, based at Cal State Los Angeles. One afternoon this week, Newton, a large, friendly presence under a porkpie hat, could be found rehearsing his new band, warming up for tonight's inaugural concert at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.
November 25, 2000 |
It's fairly common for an A-list film composer to be booked months in advance, sometimes even a year or more. Directors like to be assured that the composer they want will be available during post-production. What's much rarer is for a director to ask the composer to begin writing his score even before a frame of film has been shot. That's what happened to James Newton Howard on "Unbreakable," the Bruce Willis-Samuel L. Jackson film that opened Wednesday. Director-writer-producer M.
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May 8, 2000 |
Taking the stage in a bright blue choir robe, flutist James Newton made no secret that he intended to turn Saturday's event at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's intimate Founders Hall into something of a revival meeting. "If you take the spiritual out of jazz," he warned the audience, "you have no jazz."