(Jamal Moss), head of Mathematics Records
, is an old school Chicago House DJ who jams together a messy clump of styles to try to keep things "giddy, impatient and unpredictable."
Sun Ra, Peter Gabriel, Native American chants, Brian Eno, and Mr. Fingers all bump up comfortably next to each other. To get you through your Monday afternoon...
Ten years ago today saw the English launch of a quirky Japanese puzzler, a sleeper hit
that would go down as one of the most endearing, original, and gleefully weird
gaming stories of the 2000s: Katamari Damacy
Its fever-dream plot has the record-scratching, Freddie Mercury-esque King of All Cosmos
destroy the stars in a drunken fugue, and you, the diminutive Prince, must restore them with the Katamari -- a magical sticky ball that snowballs through cluttered environments
, rolling up paperclips, flowerpots, cows, buses, houses, skyscrapers, and continents into new constellations.
It also boasts one of the most infectiously joyous soundtracks of all time
-- an eccentric, richly produced
, and incredibly catchy blend of funk
, bossa nova
, experimental electronica
, bamboo flute
, hair metal
, buoyant parade music
, soaring children's choirs
, Macintalk fanfares
, and the finest theme song this side of Super Mario Bros
Called a consumerist critique
by sculptor-turned-developer Keita Takahashi
(who after one sequel
moved on to Glitch
, the supremely odd Noby Noby Boy
, and playground design
), the series has inspired much celebration
] on its way from budget bin to MoMA exhibit
. Look inside for essays, artwork, comics, lyrics, more music, hopes, dreams... my, the internet really is full of things. [more inside]
Those of you here who are jazz fans may have heard a little about Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild. Her nickname "Nica" is enshrined in many a jazz composition's title, for example Nica's Tempo
, Nica's Dream
, Blues for Nica
and, simpy, Nica
. She was, as you'd imagine, a devoted lover of jazz, and an inestimably important benefactor, patron and enabler of many of the jazz legends of her time, especially the great Thelonius Monk. Learn more about her in this Guardian article: The jazz baroness and the bebop king
performs 3 covers:
feat. Postmodern Jukebox - Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass
at New York Humane Society - Katy Perry's Roar
and three years ago on the Lennon Bus - Imagine [more inside]
This a little story 'bout this one time, we got booked to play a show, right? It was down in the Keys, we wuz makin' our way - and we ran into the Tiki Bar
“Funk cruises through the Caribbean picking up Afro sounds from Cuba and Puerto Rico. Reggae meets rock in a head-on collision. Jazz and electro hook up for a sidewalk makeout session. Hip-hop seems to hum from the very pavement, and R&B drifts in on the night wind. Suenalo reaches to far-flung corners and retrieves all these, takes them and mashing them together, marrying them—disparate players melded into a somehow harmonious blend. [more inside]
interviews Joe Pass and Count Basie for his 1980 show "Words and Music." [more inside]
Jim Henson's colorful animation of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's
piece, "Drums West".
According to the Daptone Gold
compilation liner notes
(auto-playing music, click on "Biography"to read the notes), written by Pitchfork contributor Douglas Wolk
, "the world capital of soul" has moved from the US ("between Memphis and Detroit, with occasional stopovers in New Orleans, Cincinnati and elsewhere") in the 1960, to Lagos in the 1970s, then it went into hiding, finally reappearing in Brooklyn, with Daptone Records
. Let's go back - why Lagos in the 1970s? [more inside]
On July 31st the New Yorker posted on Shouts and Murmurs: "Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words
BY DJANGO GOLD". Plenty of people
were not pleased
. Including, yes, Sonny Rollins himself.
(The editor's note on Shouts and Murmurs was added afterwards and was not part of the initial publishing of the piece)
(1895-1963) was a blues singer from New Orleans. (Her music was recently featured during the closing credits of Blue Jasmine
.) Less well-known are her two half-siblings, blues singer Edna Hicks
(1895-1925), and jazz trumpeter and vocalist Herb Morand
(1905-1952). [more inside]
Born in 1913, Rose Murphy
was an imaginative and percussive jazz pianist and singer nicknamed "the Chee-Chee Girl" for obvious reasons.
Although she didn't make many recordings, she continued to perform up until her death in 1989. [more inside]
Fans book burial plots to be near jazz greats.
"Nearly all the 70 burial plots which were advertised for sale earlier this year in 'Jazz Corner' – right behind the shiny, granite gravestone of Miles Davis, etched with his trumpet and bearing the honorific 'Sir' to mark the knighthood bestowed on him by the Knights of Malta – have already been taken." Other jazz greats interred at Woodlawn: Celia Cruz
, Illinois Jacquet
, Duke Ellington
Jazz at Woodlawn, June 11, 2014;
Photos from the concert.
, in comments.)
NPR's Bob Boilen (host of All Songs Considered
): "People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.
" (video) [more inside]
Jazz and Rain
Feeling stressed? Listen to some cool jazz and the relaxing sound of rain.
The great jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Horace Silver
has died at age 85
. [more inside]
HELLO TO ALL YOU SATURNIANS,
THIS CHANNEL IS DEDICATED TO JAZZ, TO SUN RA AND HIS JAZZ SPACE MUSIC. SPREAD THE WORD, PLEASE, BECAUSE THE SATURNIAN CULTURE ALWAYS HAS TO REMAINS ALIVE INSIDE US, SHARE MY VIDEOS, VOTE AND COMMENT. I HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT ALL.
It's Ascension Day in the Netherlands and what better way to celebrate a four day weekend than by watching a great slab of Afrofuturist jazz extravaganza, courtesy of Youtube channel Sun Ra Soul
: the complete 1974 Sun Ra movie Space is the Place
Coltrane in "A love supreme" sessions.
"Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart
was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes. Recently, his son David was browsing through his archives when he found six undeveloped rolls of film from December 1964, 50 years ago.. They portrayed saxophonist John Coltrane . . . with his quartet, making a work that would soon be hailed as a masterpiece and a landmark of 20th-century music: A Love Supreme." [more inside]
Nat King Cole. Eartha Kitt. Mahalia Jackson. Pearl Bailey. Cab Calloway. Ella Fitzgerald. Billy Preston. All assembled for a single musical
: the 1958 W.C. Handy biopic St. Louis Blues
. [more inside]
Later this year will mark the 45th anniversary of Bill Cosby's first self-titled sitcom
, The Bill Cosby Show
. Ten years ago, the original jam sessions were released, which are notable for the "various collection of notables who steal the show with contributions at various points."
Pianist Les McCann, sax man Ernie Watts, and guitarist Arthur Adams get things going on "Groovy Gravy
," Tom Scott shows some legit chops on "Toe Jam
," while Jimmy Smith offers sampling of his Hammond B3 on the interlude "Jimmy Cookin' On Top
." If seeing Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby get top billing confused you, the album credits reference their roles
, which are not front-and-center, except for some vocal improv by Cosby on "Hikky-Burr
." You can hear more tracks on Grooveshark
, and if you're into more of that modern dance remixery, you might (also) enjoy The New Mixes, Vol. 1
, which can also be sampled on Grooveshark
45 years ago today
, Miles Davis and the remnants of the second quintet recorded In a Silent Way
. Produced by Teo Macero
, its release in July of 1969 marked (for some) the beginning of something different
. [more inside]
The Studio One Story. 2. Described by Chris Blackwell as the Motown of Jamaica, or ‘The University of Reggae’, Studio One is where the careers of literally hundreds of reggae artists began: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Burning Spear and Sugar Minott, to name but a few! Studio One is the ‘foundation’ label of Jamaican Reggae and Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd is seen by many as its father.
Richard Pryor moved to New York City in 1963
, where he performed regularly in clubs alongside performers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Allen. He even opened for singer and pianist Nina Simone, who talked of his early nervousness, when she put her "arms around him there in the dark and rocked him like a baby until he calmed down." You can see something of that young man in this clip of Pryor singing a bit of jazzy blues in 1966
. The performance is also available on YouTube
with slightly better quality, but faded in from different scene. [more inside]
Today was marked by the passing
of the venerable Yusef Lateef
. Perhaps best known for his Eastern Sounds
, he notably played with the Cannonball Adderly sextet
. A largish (89 song) youtube playlist
Bill Adler's Xmas Jollies 2013, via LAtino USA this year.
Christmas music. It is bad. There is no escaping it. This playlist might help. [more inside]
If You Didn't Know Already
Morgan was killed in the early hours of February 19, 1972, at Slug's Saloon, a jazz club in New York City's East Village where his band was performing. Following an altercation between sets, Morgan's common-law wife Helen More (a.k.a. Morgan), shot him. The injuries were not immediately fatal, but the ambulance service was reluctant to go into the neighborhood where the club was located. They took so long to get there that Morgan bled to death. He was 33 years old. According to an eyewitness, Miss More (13 years his senior) walked out of the club just before the last set. She returned and the band was already on stage. Lee was trying to get up there, but was talking with some people. He just started to get up the stage, when she entered and called his name. He turned around and she shot him. She then turned the gun on the club's doorman Ernie Holman, who grabbed her wrist and took the gun away from her. She started to scream, "Baby, what have I done?" and ran to him. She was later committed to a mental institution for some time. Soon after, Helen Morgan returned to her native North Carolina. Reportedly she never spoke publicly of the incident, until she granted an interview a month before her death. She died in Wilmington, NC, from a heart condition, in March 1996. [more inside]
The jazz guitarist Jim Hall
The New York Times reports:
Jim Hall, a jazz guitarist who for more than 50 years was admired by critics, aficionados and especially his fellow musicians for his impeccable technique and the warmth and subtlety of his playing, died on Tuesday at his home in Greenwich Village. He was 83. [more inside]
The Charles Mingus Sextet featuring Eric Dolphy perform
Take the "A" Train
Live in Norway, April 12, 1964 [more inside]
A jazz cover of Lourde's "Royals" by Postmodern Jukebox, featuring guest vocalist "Puddles"
- Trigger Warning: Real Life Angry Clown Giant Lounge Singer (who's really good, which makes it scarier) [SLYT]
On the Lovecraftian Mode
- Gord Sellar on why he writes lovecraftian fiction. Elizabeth Bear
on the same question. I. N. J. Culbard on adapting Lovecraft
"Edward Bland’s 1959 documentary The Cry of Jazz is one of the most remarkable films I’ve ever seen. An early statement of the black nationalism that would become famous in the late 60s, Bland argues in this 30 minute film that only African-Americans have the soul and history to play jazz and that whites need to understand their inferiority in the genre is precisely because of their racist history. It’s an amazing film.
" -- Apart from articulating a debate that's perhaps as old as jazz itself, The Cry of Jazz
also is the earliest recorded appearance of Sun Ra and his Arkestra
Historically, the state of Utah has had little relation to jazz music, giving the Utah Jazz the title (the team's only title) of the most incongruously named franchise in the world of sports. Would the Utah Hip Hop be more fitting?
This mix was made using only my dad's records. Every one of them an original pressing, stuff he bought when he was about as old as I am now--give or take a decade. My dad never played an instrument really, and my mom always joked that he was actually tone-deaf. But man, what a taste in music--and in his own way, what an ear too.
"Plays Pretty Just For You" is a new mix by Dave Harrington of the band Darkside
, which has just released its debut album Psychic. Previously
Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (full album stream)
is the second instalment in Matana Roberts
's projected 12 part Coin Coin series of albums, "using the language of acoustic jazz to look at ideas of race, class and gender politics in American society".
Coin Coin was the nickname of a totemic figure from African-American history, Marie Thérèse Metoyer – a freed slave who founded a community along the Cane River in Louisiana in the late 18th century where people of colour enjoyed greater freedoms and opportunities than they could in most other places in the South. [more inside]
Finnish jazz pianist + beat boxer + guitarist = Iiro Rantala's Shit Catapault
. Equal parts hilarious, bouncy, groovy, and unexpectedly moving.
Have you heard the music of Tiny Parham
? Though not as celebrated a name as some of his early jazz contemporaries like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong or King Oliver, Tiny's arrangements were inventive, lively and big fun to listen to, and his bands were full of fine players. Here are three slow to medium tempo numbers selected by The Mainspring Press Record Collectors blog
that are a good starting point. Then, if you want to get things jumping a little hotter, try Nervous Tension
and Sud Buster's Dream
. We'll round it out with Tiny's Stomp
. Thanks for the music, big man!
Though Cy Coleman
enjoyed early success as a jazz pianist, the songwriter would eventually make his biggest mark on Broadway with scores for musicals such as "Wildcat" and "Sweet Charity". Before he died in 2004, he had won five Tonys, two Emmys and the lasting admiration of a great many artists. But enough of the balloon juice; get to the music! [more inside]
I am not really quite sure how to describe the website MELT
except to warn you to prepare to be away for a very long time. (NSFW).
Incorporating works of artists
(Be sure to scroll down) both surreal
and so much more.
Probably the best way to get around is to just click on the various labels.
Somewhere in-between the space-age bachelor pad sounds of Esquivel
and the gimmicky novelty of Spike Jonze
sits Mel Henke
, one of the most overlooked originators of the mid-century lounge sound. While most famous for versions of All That Meat
, 77 Sunset Strip
, and Pennies From Heaven
, his largely instrumental wink-wink-nudge-nudge album La Dolce Henke
is considered his masterpiece - The Lively Ones
- The Twisters
- You're Driving Me Crazy
- Woman In Space
- Farmer John
- Old McDonald Had A Girl
- See The USA In Your Chevrolet
- Last Night On The Back Porch
(Warning, historical sexism, erotic car metaphors)
Henry Hey did it to Bush
. Drewsif Stalin did it to the "Have you ever had a dream?" kid
. And now Dan Weiss has done it to auctioneer Ty Thompson
. There's music in people's words.
Obit page on NPR
"Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95." - from the lead of the article