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  1. Culture War, Young Lions & Trend Manufacturing

    as a would-be gigging musician, I think jazz is just lost these days - and I get this from much more successful musicians (who were working before the pandemic). Gigs didn't lead anywhere any more; this was a change from the old days when one good gig could put you on a trajectory. And the music is age-ist with a vengeance. I played Dizzy's in 2018 and sold the house out on a Wednesday night in February. People went nuts. Will they book me back? No, and they turned me down in a very insulting, yes, age-ist, way as well. To get into Dizzy's you now have to be young OR famous, and I am neither. The small venues are run by young kids who will only book other people their age. They treat musicians like shit, are non-responsive (and to much more famous people than myself). The music has little future for most of us without subsidy. And yet there are zillions of musicians and plenty of venues. But it's all like an escalator that's going sideways. As for the Young Lions and that era; look where we are now with this new, niche-jazz. Jazz has its lowest market share ever. I guess Wynton's attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful. As for other considerations, it's a good thing I had a day job all those years. I still believe jazz is an art form, and that's what I try to do.
  2. Ellington Small Groups on Columbia

    some day; it's very labor intensive. When I get better maybe I'll show some samples.
  3. How's the weather?
  4. because Vonnegut was rich and could afford to pay an indexer. Not so for most of us. I just indexed 4 of my own books.
  5. RIP Chick Corea

  6. RIP Chick Corea

    whatever the argument is here, it's fascinating to me that when I listen to two particular pianists whose careers veered all over the place - Kieth Jarrett and now Corea - I find their earliest work the best. It's as though they could hear and play too much, and in their early days they just did what they felt without getting so self conscious about it. But this Corea solo is extraordinary - actually reminds me of late '40s Hank Jones. And I am not a big Corea fan.
  7. Julius Hemphill Box Set

    just got mine
  8. Art Pepper

    to paraphrase myself from a few years back (above): I spent a memorable day with Pepper in Boston, must have been '76. Nicest guy in the world, though I eventually figured out he was having me help him drive around town looking for a drug connection. As for his playing - that night he stuck to his bebop guns and and he was brilliant. His whole attempt at being "contemporary" was a classic older musician miscalculation, a complete misunderstand of Trane's chromaticism, of modalism, of the whole way in which scales could be used instead of triads as a way of sounding vertical instead of horizontal. I have heard other players do this - even Jackie McClean one night got stuck in a very futile cycle of fifths before finally seeming to say "the hell with this" and just playing. I can remember Frank Morgan trying to play a Wayne Shorter tune and sounding a bit like Pepper, simply playing little ineffectual runs and flurries of notes. I know this sounds harsh and know-it-all, but I have just seen too many older players struggle to be "contemporary."
  9. Booker Ervin

    for me it's Booker's vibrato - a hard blast followed by a slow, yawning, shake.
  10. Booker Ervin

    when I worked for Don Schlitten in the middle 1970s he just went into a feeling Complete happiness, or whatever else, whenever Book's name came up. And I agree, as there are maybe a handful of other horn players with that level of soul.
  11. Julius Hemphill Box Set

    just ordered; Julius has always been a big inspiration to me; particularly now as I try to prepare some comprehensive final project. I have never felt a musician's soul like his. It's just there in every breath. Just love the guy.
  12. Booker Ervin

    I love Booker Ervin, and though it has been alleged he cannot play chord changes real well, check this out:
  13. Ellington Small Groups on Columbia

    Yes, I have done this many times.
  14. Ellington Small Groups on Columbia

    with the right digital eq you can do incredible things - I re-did the Morton from the BMG box and Larry Gushee, sitting in my basement, was absolutely astounded, saying he had never heard it sounding so good.
  15. Ellington Small Groups on Columbia

    I have to admit that I take some satisfaction in just being able to make stuff sound like it should. But the insanity is that, with these Ellingtons, it's not just a matter of making them sound better but like completely starting from scratch. It is idiotic.