The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

Rationale Like many jazz obsessives, I consider Blue Note's '50s and '60s LP catalog to be the pinnacle of the art form. And I say this referring strictly to the music. [Blue Note should make any "Greatest Jazz Discography" short list because of either Rudy Van Gelder or Reid Miles alone, but that's another topic.] … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Listening Project

5 for Friday: 5 Pairs of Jazzmen Born on the Same Day

Ah, the random things that will catch your eye when you're studying jazz history. I have found 5 pairs of jazz musicians who share the same birth date. Not just the same day, but the same year, too. Useful? Probably not. Mildly interesting? I guess that's up to the reader. One observation is that for … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Pairs of Jazzmen Born on the Same Day

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

5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

It's still April, so I'm taking a look at some of the standout versions of Vernon Duke's "April in Paris" (AIP hereon), a standard that has always put a (groan) spring in my step this time of year. In chronological order... 1. Charlie Parker from Charlie Parker with Strings, Mercury MC-C-101, 1950 To paraphrase Jon Lovitz … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

Ben Sidran’s Talking Jazz project

Updated on 4/18/18: In the list at the bottom, I added links to the few of the interviews that are available on YouTube. Also, here's a link to a playlist of Talking Jazz Singles, which are 3-4 minute clips of many of the interviews. About a year ago, I stumbled upon a collection of interviews on Apple Music … Continue reading Ben Sidran’s Talking Jazz project

New Blue Note Film Coming Up: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

I wasn't planning another post for this weekend, but then I found out about this new film, and I am sending this out as an "emergency post": Just after I finished the post on great jazz movies, I learned about this, and it looks like it might be another for the list: Blue Note Records: Beyond … Continue reading New Blue Note Film Coming Up: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes