Pressing Issues: John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (2005 Impulse! Classic Records)

Original Pressing: Impulse!, Classic Records; B0002380-01 (2005) Musicians John Coltrane (ts, ss), McCoy Tyner (p), Jimmy Garrison (b), Elvin Jones (d) Spoken introductions and announcements by Alan Grant Cover design: Greenberg Kinglsey/NYC Liner notes: Ashley Kahn, Ravi Coltrane Produced by Ravi Coltrane. Recorded live at the Half Note, New York, NY, March 26 (Sides A & B) … Continue reading Pressing Issues: John Coltrane, One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (2005 Impulse! Classic Records)

Al Di Meola at The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA; Friday, June 15, 2018

Musicians Al Di Meola (g), Evan Garr (vn), Phil Magallanes (p), Elias Tona (b), Luis Alicea (d), Gumbi Ortiz (perc) Venue The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA; Friday, June 15, 2018, 8:00pm   In 1974, a 19 year-old guitar student at Boston's Berklee College of Music was famously given the break of a life time, making … Continue reading Al Di Meola at The Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA; Friday, June 15, 2018

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

Part 1 – The 1500 Series      Part 3 – The 1500 & 4000 Series Combined This week's post is look at the most common instruments for session leaders of the 238 albums in the Blue Note 4000 series. Part 2 of 3: The Top 5 Instruments in the 4000 Series 1. Tenor sax … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 4000 Series (Part 2 of 3)

5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 Series (Part 1 of 3)

Regarding the Blue Note 1500 & 4000 series, I've always wondered which instruments were the most common for the session leaders. In other words, I knew there were lots of tenor sax and organ albums, but just how many and what other instruments would round out a "top 5"? I haven't seen this data online … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Blue Note by the Numbers – Top 5 Most Common Instruments for Session Leaders – 1500 Series (Part 1 of 3)

Strike up the Bland: Jazz Is as Popular as It Deserves to Be

Musicians are always talking about, Why isn't jazz popular? But [jazz] musicians today are completely devoid of charisma. People never really liked the music in the first place. So now you have musicians who are proficient at playing their instruments, and really, really smart, and know a lot about music, and people sit there and it's … Continue reading Strike up the Bland: Jazz Is as Popular as It Deserves to Be