Keepnews and the jazz giants on Riverside
March 22, 2008 10:19 PM   Subscribe

Legendary jazz producer and writer Orrin Keepnews was recently interviewed for a series of podcasts for the Concord Group (formerly Riverside, and Fantasy-Prestige-Milestone Records) . They usually deal with specific recordings and run about 6-9 minutes each, many now on YouTube. Fascinating accounts of his early work for Riverside with Thelonious Monk , (and the "Town Hall" album), to Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, McCoy Tyner, and the latest one on the classic Bill Evans "Portrait in Jazz" album. Great stuff for jazz fans of the late 50s- early 60s era.
posted by Seekerofsplendor (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Very nice, Seekerofsplendor. Thanks for pointing it out.
posted by sleepy pete at 10:40 PM on March 22, 2008

Thank you! There goes my work day....
posted by blessedlyndie at 11:26 PM on March 22, 2008

Thanks... a few years ago (before internet) his liner notes were my main English reading.
posted by nicolin at 2:35 AM on March 23, 2008

Thanks. Bookmarked.
posted by Wolof at 5:43 AM on March 23, 2008

Very nice.
posted by TrialByMedia at 7:52 AM on March 23, 2008

These are excellent — thanks!
posted by Hadroed at 7:57 AM on March 23, 2008

This is great.

On a similar note, I've been digging NPR's Jazz Profiles podcasts. Insightful interviews, long clips of music and hosted by (Miss) Nancy Wilson.
posted by grabbingsand at 8:46 AM on March 23, 2008

I'm techno-dumbhead. I tried on my Dell, running XP, but after I clicked "yes" to find the needed software on the net, the Gates minions delivered a message that I would have to buy software to run the podcasts, and even then the language was vague, with some "possibly"s. Does the silly word "podcast" mean that some damn video is in some damn special format that only Macs can recognize? I thought that after Apple sold out to the Gates minions that this sort of separateness was ended. How can I watch these Keepnews nuggets?
posted by yazi at 9:40 AM on March 23, 2008

This is fantastic, thanks!
posted by digaman at 6:15 PM on March 23, 2008

It really is a holy grail, and I'm just halfway through the George Russell p-cast. Orrin is The Man.
posted by digaman at 7:38 PM on March 23, 2008

Evan's "Re: A Person I Knew" (on Moon Beams) is an anagram of his name. And a beautiful tune.
posted by ldenneau at 8:27 PM on March 24, 2008

Oops: "Re: Person I Knew".
posted by ldenneau at 8:28 PM on March 24, 2008

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