Thursday, January 06, 2005

Interesting Articles

The always interesting Francis Davis has his top records of the year printed in The Village Voice:

Counting double picks, a Top 10 ballooned into a Sweet 16—suggesting that despite nothing new from Shorter, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, or Henry Threadgill, this hasn't been such a bad year for recorded jazz, even if a tragic one politically.

The Pi Records web site has a brief article from Rudresh Mahanthappa, talking about his new CD Mother Tongue:

(snip) my goal was to somehow musically convey the fact there is no single Indian language. I did this by creating compositions that are directly based on melodic transcriptions of Indian-Americans responding to such questions in their native Indian tongues. As you can see, most of the titles are simply named for a particular language (snip)

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