New York City PBS affiliate WNET have digitized 9 episodes of Soul!
, a early 1970's live music program, providing a groovy video interface with chapters to break down each hour long episode. [more inside]
posted by myopicman
on Apr 23, 2009 -
April Fools Day, 2009 also means happy 60th birthday
to one of my favorite musicians, Gil Scott-Heron
From his popular early works like the heavily referenced
"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
", "Whitey On The Moon
", and "The Bottle
", to his continued productions and tours over the decades
, he's had a few hurdles
, but never stopped
. For more on his life and music, here's a great documentary from a few years back (MLYT): pt. 1
posted by p3t3
on Mar 31, 2009 -
, an astounding mp3 blog devoted to mostly out-of-print free jazz and improv records, has been linked a few times on Ask, but never gotten the main-page exposure it deserves. Until now
. The editors' selections are always interesting and written about well, and they're ready to go to the mat
for the music. (The interview with Marsalis
by the Bad Plus to which that's a response is also well worth reading.) But the real impetus for this post is only tangentially related to jazz: recently they got saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa
to do a guest post
on Indian (mostly Carnatic) music, and it won't be long before the links expire. Fall to! [more inside]
posted by kenko
on Mar 9, 2009 -
As jazz fans know, fifty years ago on March 2, 1959, Miles Davis, Bill Evans
, John Coltrane
, Cannonball Adderley,
Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb met at the Columbia 30th Street Studios in NYC for the first session of Miles new album, Kind of Blue
. (Link goes to the 50th anniversary collector's box set edition page at amazon.) It was the touchstone for many other future recordings bearing its mighty influence and it fostered several high profile careers, and a new modal sound for jazz. Kind of Blue
went on to be certified platinum, selling 4 million records,
the most ever for a jazz album. Bill Evans had left the band in late 1958, but was called back by Miles for the sessions, which included his new pianist Wynton Kelly on one track only, Freddie Freeloader.
The tunes they did that day, "So What"
, "Blue in Green"
(written by Evans, though credited to Miles) and "Freeloader" all became standards as did "All Blues" from the April session. Documentaries and entire books have been written on this one album alone. The phenomenon lives on. (previously
on AskMeFi, but just on Trane and Miles.)
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Mar 3, 2009 -
29 year old Hiromi Uehara
first mesmerized the jazz community with her 2003 Telarc debut, Another Mind. 4 albums later she continues to astonish and inspire. On February 3rd, she released the album Duet
, a collaboration with Chick Corea, having first played with Corea at age 17. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music
, Hiromi tours relentlessly
with her crack band. I defy your jaw not to drop at their performances here
, and here
. [more inside]
posted by Roach
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Estranged father and son Chucho and Bebo Valdés, both pioneers of Cuban jazz, sat down and immediately played a duet after years of being apart. This recording of their reunion beautifully captures the range of emotions that could only be expressed without words
posted by roaring beast
on Feb 23, 2009 -
At Sammy's at 2016 Main, on September 8, a historic jam session occurred, an impromptu reunion of many of the city of New Orleans's finest musicians. Each player who walked in the door was much more than a mere musician that night -- they were an affirmation of life. Not only did their attendance indicate that they had survived the storm, but their collective presence also indicated that their music would survive, too.
The New Birth Brass Band
(and friends) tears it the hell up in downtown Houston post-Katrina. The whole show is great
, but if you're short on time, parts one
are especially smoking.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Dec 14, 2008 -
In 1972 Lady Sings the Blues
was released. Ostensibly a biopic about the life of Billie Holiday
, it was a travesty of made up history and glaring ommissions. In response to that release a symposium was held on Lady Day's life and work which included storytelling from Artie Shaw
(about hiring her in 1938) and Carmen McRae
(about her drug life). The CBC recently put together an excellent podcast
with these stories and some interview tape from Billie Holiday herself.
posted by salishsea
on Nov 9, 2008 -
The iconic photographer William Claxton has died
at the age of 80. His unforgettable shots of Miles Davis, Steve McQueen
(the book of his Baker photos here
), Bob Dylan
, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles
, John Coltrane,
Billie Holiday, Bill Evans
, Lenny Bruce
, Frank Sinatra
and so many others are legend. His books "Jazz Life"
and "Photographic Memory"
are great collections, but his official site
is probably the best way to appreciate the amazing legacy of work he left behind.
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Oct 12, 2008 -
Who you are is what you listen to:
Prof. Adrian North of Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University recently published results of what the Beeb calls "the largest study of its kind" linking music listening habits to personality characteristics. His breakthrough conclusions? Heavy metal listeners, contrary to public perception, are not a "suicidally depressed" or a "danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things." [more inside]
posted by beelzbubba
on Sep 5, 2008 -
The Guardian has compiled a list of their top fifty arts videos
, the majority being from either rare or obscure sources and uploaded onto YouTube.
posted by djgh
on Aug 30, 2008 -
Filter) It's rare that jazz videos venture beyond filming live performances. This makes the exceptions all the more notable.
Animation seems the medium of choice: from George Griffin's 1988 paper collage for Charlie Parker's "Ko Ko
" to Len Lye's swinging The Lambeth Walk
(1939), or (stretching musical definitions just a bit) his 1958 masterpiece "Free Radicals
". More recent jazz seems to fit just as well: witness Lung's psychotic piece for Ladyscraper's "Thou Art Fucking Dead
". [more inside]
posted by progosk
on Jul 14, 2008 -
September 14, 1998 "the Tan Canary" passes away. He started out as a gospel singer but went on to perform blues, soul, county, and jazz. In 1968 he covered the country standard "Release Me"
and it became a hit. His audience grew, but stardom outside of his home in New Orleans was not to be his. [more inside]
posted by nola
on Jul 6, 2008 -
has hosted a jazz program for the past twenty-seven years on WKCR,
Columbia University’s radio station with unapologetic passion and a depth of familiarity that comes, in part, from the personal relationships he had with the musicians themselves.
posted by semmi
on May 12, 2008 -
Regarding the 'Creole Beethoven' Wardell Quezergue
, composer, arranger, big band leader, master of Second Line funk, who brought us Earl King's Trick Bag
, the Dixie Cups' Iko Iko
and Chapel of Love
, King FLoyd's Groove Me, Baby
, Jean Knight's Mr. Big Stuff
to name but a few--not to mention A Creole Mass
--and who, later in life, survived Katrina
, to become, among other things of late, according to Home of the Groove's Quezergue Onstage and Behind The Scenes
, a street performer in the French Quarter. His is a name that ought not be forgotten. [more inside]
posted by y2karl
on Feb 23, 2008 -