Aug 27, 2019
Vocalist, composer, and tickler of the ivories, Blossom Dearie’s playfully girlish voice is sometimes described as an acquired taste. If that’s true, I think it’s because her masterful phrasing might get lost behind the subtlety of her vocal delivery- but not if you’re actually listening.
Aug 01, 2019
Be As You Are
Kenney Chesney had the top-grossing country music tour of the year with his 2007 “Flip-Flop Summer Tour.” Flip-Flop refers to just what you’d wear on your feet while walking on a beach.
Jun 28, 2019
Jeff Sanford’s Jazz Orchestra
The Music of Lenny Carlson
This CD’s happy brilliance is the result of a group of local world-class musicians who play together regularly and who have bribed,
May 31, 2019
This is the first of four books in The Vinyl Detective series, and as it’s the only one in the series I’ve read, it is my “music pick” for this month’s Muse. “Written in Dead Wax” may be a recommendation that would interest you if you like mystery stories in general, or cats (?), but particularly if you like vinyl records and stories about the birth of Jazz and the music industry, albeit with some literary license applied to the tale. And there are actual references to recordings that you could listen to while reading this novel. Hence, I think this qualifies as a music pick, sort of.
May 28, 2019
Hope is a 1994 live album by South African jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Although it’s over 20 years old, it’s a great introduction to the powerful, soulful and poignant genre of South African music. It is re-issued by Analogue Productions and available as a heavy weight 200g 2 X 45rpm vinyl pressing by Quality Records. It’s a classic.
May 16, 2019
My album pick for this month is untitled with just the musician’s names. Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitous and Terje Rypdal ECM records 1979 vinyl.
Mar 31, 2019
My pick this month is Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ Like Someone in Love, Blue Note vinyl ST 84245 (thanks Bruce!).