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Sweded two minute take on San Jose’s Joy Dawn Hackett doing bubble version of Esperanza Spalding ‘Ebony and Ivy’

While this was loading I was checking out the original versions: reminds me of early Stew and The Negro Problem which became “Passing Strange” plus Enorchestra Brian Eno “Taking Tiger Mountain” plus Nicole Mitchell / Lisa Harris “Earth Seed” based … Continue reading

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Etude on Jarrett

Keith Jarrett’s American combo, 1967-1976: Dewey wow them and how! (after E.I., 2021) Nine albums: All music guides lists 1,318 credits.All music guides lists discography of 104 albums (Although it lists “At Blue Note” as one cd, and says that … Continue reading

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‘No Sleep til Brooklyn’ VS ‘Gotta Get Some Sleep’

This is shameful I admit. One is a Beastie Boys still frame where they are wearing rock and roll wigs. The other is Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian in the 1970s, during the era that they produced 17 … Continue reading

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Sneak peek new year’s preview of Dayna Stephens song-cycle regarding human archetypes

Dayna Stephens told me that 2020 was both his loneliest year and his most productive as a jazz composer. An annus horribilis plus. Besides two cds released and at least one other major commission, he wrote and demo’d a song cycle … Continue reading

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The royal Nonesuch

I bought a Sam Gendel cd on bandcamp both download and on vinyl, because he was in a year-end LA Times story. It looks like he got signed to Nonesuch — a supreme imprimateur — through a chance association and … Continue reading

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Steve Lacy twice

I’m not going to fault Veronica DeJesus for embellishing Steve Lacy’s resume: “played w/Muddy Waters”. I don’t think Steve played with Muddy — the person who might know is Bob Margolin, or Eric Hanson. More people think of Steve as … Continue reading

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Two hundred posts later, I wish more people had noticed the free Clarinet Thing concert from June or February

June: 41 postsJuly: 42 postsAugust: 45 postsSeptember: 33 postsOctober: 28 postsNovember: 15 postsBut I am making sticky something I posted in June, a photo of Beth Custer and I, at her Clarinet Thing concert here in February, and the recording … Continue reading

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Stanley Crouch, 74

“I affirm whatever I think has the best chance of working, of being both inspirational and unsentimental, of reasoning across the categories of false division and beyond the decoy of race.”   bw  

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Still grooving on, intrigued by Nicole Mitchell Lisa A. Harris ‘EarthSeed’ oratorio and tribute to Octavia Butler

It’s a complex work, but it’s chipping away at me. I’ve bought two Octavia Butler books, and noted that both Veronica DeJesus, the visual artist, and Rebecca Eisenberg, the activist, feel her. I was streaming it from a link provided … Continue reading

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Belgian drummer with cool tattoos revealed, released

BLUF good luck to About Raf Vertessen and his new cd and sorry about the gratuitous reggae reference courtesy of or to Fully Altered I mention below or above (I forget – which way you scroll or which way history flows, … Continue reading

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