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

Pressing Issues: “Big” John Patton, Got a Good Thing Goin’ (1966 Blue Note Liberty stereo)

Original Pressing: Blue Note, BST 84229 (1966) Musicians John Patton (org), Grant Green (g), Hugh Walker (d), Richard Landrum (conga) Cover design: Reid Miles Liner notes: Alan Grant Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 26, 1966. Sometimes I hear a record for the first time and wonder, How have I never heard … Continue reading Pressing Issues: “Big” John Patton, Got a Good Thing Goin’ (1966 Blue Note Liberty stereo)

Jackie’s Got a Brand New (and Very Expensive) Bag

First, a disclaimer. My intent has never been to use this blog to cover the "inside baseball" aspects of jazz record collecting. There are other blogs that already address those sorts of issues quite well. Nevertheless, a recent auction caught my attention—as well as the attention of many others, I'm sure—and I want to take … Continue reading Jackie’s Got a Brand New (and Very Expensive) Bag

5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

I thought I'd have a little word fun this week using Blue Note album titles. From the 1500 series through the 4000 series, Blue Note released 18 records the titles of which are puns based on the artists' first or last names. I define a "punny" album title as one which uses the artist's name, … Continue reading 5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

Pressing Issues, Guest Genre Edition: The David Grisman Quintet, The David Grisman Quintet (1977 Kaleidoscope Records reissue)

Original Pressing: Kaleidoscope, F-5 Musicians David Grisman (mand), Tony Rice (g), Darol Anger (vn, mand on "Ricochet"), Todd Phillips (mand), Bill Amatneek (b) Cover design: Ted Sharpe Recorded by Bill Wolf at 1750 Arch Studios, Berkeley, California; October, November, and December 1976 Originally released in 1977 They started calling them Dawg music, The weird tunes that … Continue reading Pressing Issues, Guest Genre Edition: The David Grisman Quintet, The David Grisman Quintet (1977 Kaleidoscope Records reissue)

The Ron Carter Trio at The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, May 12, 2018

Musicians Ron Carter (b), Russell Malone (g), Donald Vega (p) Venue The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30pm (1st set) After years of neglecting to see jazz legends before they're no longer with us, I've been on a mission to correct this. In May of last year, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club presented Roy … Continue reading The Ron Carter Trio at The Regattabar, Cambridge, MA; Saturday, May 12, 2018