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Archive for May, 2011

25
May

Q&A: Cuong Vu

Cuong Vu has been one of the most creative musicians in jazz since the late 1990’s. I remember first hearing his album Bound in 2000 and being blown away by the sheer scale of the music featured on that recording. His later album called Come Play With Me was even better. In 2003, I remember seeing him perform brilliantly with Pat Metheny Group – a stint that lasted for many years. Read moreRead more

24
May

Jazz Backstage: Roy Haynes & Chick Corea

Legendary drummer Roy Haynes continues to blow people away when they hear his performance on the 1968 classic trio album by Chick Corea, Now He Sing Now He Sobs. Even after 40 years, Roy’s ride cymbal sound, as perfectly captured on the tracks “Steps/What Was” and “The Matrix,” is still the stuff worthy of lengthly discussions among drummers of all sorts, jazz and beyond. Read moreRead more

19
May

Jazz Takes a Back Seat at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

This was originally posted by Brian Ross (Managing Editor of Truth-2-Power.com) on The Huffington Post on 5/8/11. Brian makes some excellent points about the state of the music today. Feel free to discuss below.

Yes, I speak jazz heresy: Maybe it is time that the promoters of the annual April/May music festival in New Orleans fess up. Jazz may get top billing on the signage and the posters at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but it rides the back of the bus on the fairgrounds. Read moreRead more

18
May

Brilliant Sketches: Marcus Miller

The brilliant Miles Davis recording Sketches of Spain turned 50 in 2009 and on behalf of Legacy Recordings, who reissued a special collector’s edition CD that same year, I produced a podcast series celebrating this masterpiece. Read moreRead more