Ken Dryden

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About Ken Dryden

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  • Birthday 10/03/1954

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  1. John Coltrane Prestige Box Set

    It ought to be illegal to sell CDRs without labeling them as such. I've been the victim of them a few times through ImportCDs, I refuse to pay a full retail price for lesser quality products.
  2. John Coltrane Prestige Box Set

    Buy up labels and delete their catalogs en masse... What a mess!
  3. I hosted Timeless Jazz out of my collection on WUTC-FM betwen 1987 and 2002 and it returned to the station beginning February 3. It airs on WUTC.org (88.1 FM in greater Chattanooga Sundays from 2 to 4 pm ET, the HD-2 broadcast can be heard on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon). The program won't always have a specific topic, though for Sunday, Feburary 17, I will be focusing on Japanese CDs exclusively. No podcasts as yet, but we are working on that. I decided that it was silly to be the only one enjoying portions of a collecton accumulated over 45+ years. I will likely include some interviews, some of which were previously aired but with different music, others have never been broadcast. I plan to tape new interviews as well. I hope you'll tune in to the show.
  4. *** Frank Zappa ***

    It is always fun to see yourself cited in a new book and/or thanked in the author's preface.
  5. I have rarely given much thought to saving press kits, except for some that went far beyond a glossy artist photo and the press bio. I didn't save most of the photos though some have the outline of the CDs packed with them. I usually save the ones that I have written, though I did keep the one that came with the first 10 CD Billie Holiday set.
  6. I have rarely given much thought to saving press kits, except for some that went far beyond d a glossy artist photo and the press bio. I didn't save most of the photos though some have the outline of the CDs packed with them.
  7. I wrote the liner notes for this 2 LP set, which was available only by pre-order as a limited edition. Obviously Louisiana Music Factory in the French Quarter ordered a good number of them, but I don't know how widely it will be available at retail. https://www.louisianamusicfactory.com/shop/vinyl-long-play/ellis-marsalis-an-80th-birthday-celebration-vinyl-2-lp-set/
  8. Great news. I never saw in person, but he was a delightful phone interview.
  9. I can't say she is among my favorite vocalists, but then again, neither is Gregory Porter.
  10. I think there are only around 150-175 critics voting in the NPR poll. Francis Davis invited me some time ago, as I have been voting since at least 2008.
  11. One thing I can tell you is not every voter was sent or has heard each release. I had to go through quite a few titles in the best releases before I found anything that I own.
  12. 2019: Blue Note's 80th Anniversary

    That's a nice surprise. Maybe Zev will uncover some of the things that Michael Cuscuna couldn't find, no doubt many of which were misfiled or mislabeled, as is always the case when jazz labels get swallowed up by conglomerates.
  13. I interviewed Ted Rosenthal on December 20th and it was published today on AllAboutJazz.com. Most of the interview is about his jazz opera Dear Erich, inspired by the letters that Ted's German grandmother wrote to his father after he fled the Nazis to come to the U.S. It premieres in New York City this Wednesday, January 9th. Additional videos of earlier readings with music can be found on the website DearErich.com. https://www.allaboutjazz.com/ted-rosenthal-dear-erich-a-jazz-opera-ted-rosenthal-by-ken-dryden.php
  14. 12 New Jazz Artists to Watch in 2019

    I reviewed Chris Beck's recent CD and can recommend it. I've only heard one track by Veronica Swift on another artist's CD, but Ken Peplowski told me she is one of his favorite vocalists.
  15. I voted but haven't seen the cumulative results, which Francis Davis usually posts before year's end. Maybe he had a hectic December...