Tag Archives: Jazz

Mardi Gras: Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain is how I first learned of the existence of New Orleans. When I was a little kid, my grandpa took me to hear Pete Fountain and Al Hirt in concert. Then I got a double-cassette collection of Pete’s … Continue reading

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A terrifying fact from music history

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Record Of The Day: A.R.C by Chick Corea/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul

This band features three-fourths of the band Circle (the missing member is Anthony Braxton). Right out of the gate, the trio is forceful and free-flying in their take on Wayne Shorter’s “Nefertiti.” And then on the next track, it’s “gaze … Continue reading

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I just recorded my first interview since last summer

Tonight I interviewed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa about his forthcoming album Bird Calls. The album comes out on Feb. 10. It features Matt Mitchell on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, Rudy Royston on drums and Adam O’Farrill on trumpet. You’ll hear … Continue reading

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POEM: napkin poem

napkin poem how many times in how many bars on how many napkins text bleeding into the cheap paper better suited for soaking up condensation and mistakes the band is playing “A Felicidade” we are talking but not talking text … Continue reading

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POEM: whale song

A poem inspired by a conversation with saxophonist Sarah Manning.. / / / whale song she goes each day to the ocean to look for the whales, she says that’s why she stays despite the pull of the opposite shore … Continue reading

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