Friday, February 20, 2009

Interesting articles from NY Times

The Times posts an obituary of the legendary New Orleans bluesman Snooks Eaglin, who recently passed away:

“He played with a certain finger style that was highly unusual,” said the pianist Allan Toussaint, who was 13 when he formed a band with Mr. Eaglin. “He was unlimited on the guitar. Folks would assume, ‘I can do this or I can do that,’ but Snooks wouldn’t. There was nothing he couldn’t do. It was extraordinary.”

The Times also reviews a concert by Andrew D'Angelo's provocatively titled free jazz trio Gay Disco:

"Andrew D’Angelo’s new band is called Gay Disco Trio, which sounds funny and is at first misleading. It makes lean, rickety explosions for saxophone, bass and drums: not exactly dance music. Sometimes, in its gig on Wednesday night at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope, Brooklyn, it sounded a little like a scaled-down version of Prime Time, Ornette Coleman’s band from the 1980s, but with more aggression and tension and repetition."

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