Monday, October 22, 2007

Odds 'n' Ends

My friend John e-mailed me saying that he will be filling in on the Friday Rock 'n' Roll Show from 11:00 - 2:00 a.m. on WNMC. He has agreat taste in music, so check him out if you can.

Taran Singh will be hosting his annual 12-hour live broadcast of free jazz & creative music from USA, Canada, Europe, Japan; live music, poetry, dance, noon to midnight Paris time, on October 27.

Book review: Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica (33 1/3) by Kevin Courrier
The 33 1/3 series takes great rock and roll albums and discusses them is depth. This entry concerns Captain Beefheart's avant-garde rock classic. Courrier puts the album in its historical context and discusses the genesis of the music, the recording sessions and the critical response to the released album. It's very interesting to read about Beefheart, an untrained musical polymath interact with his highly trained band and producer Frank Zappa. He drew on blues and R&B along with avant-garde jazz masters like John Coltrane and Albert Ayler to make a unique and original music. Beefheart was also a painter and a sculptor and this artistic viewpoint influenced his musical development. He was a bit of a tyrant in dealing with musicians and the recording sessions were always on the verge of breaking down, but somehow everything came together almost magically into one of the most unusual and fascinating albums of the rock and roll era.

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