Wednesday, August 01, 2007

There were some very interesting blog posts this week from Dave Douglas and Ethan Iverson. First off, Douglas comments on a continuing thread of the jazz blogosphere, the best albums of the 1980's and '90's. He also writes of the wellsprings of musical creativity:

"But it seemed like there was a lack of awareness that all music ultimately has to arise out a completely untethered form of creative consciousness. It's only after that we funnel it into various ways of working. Context, language. Freedom of choice. It's important to know as many sides of music as we can. But it's also essential and unavoidable that we make choices. Those choices that each musician must make are what make the world of music so infinitely large. And what make a musician's output unique and personal. Urgent."

Ethan Iverson's posts have been less frequent of late, but more lengthy in scope. Exhibit A is an amazing overview of the recorded work of bassist Ron Carter:

"You can always hear Ron Carter. This is not true of every bassist. Indeed, I will go so far as to say that Ron is the ONLY acoustic bassist I can think of where I can hear enough of him on every record and in every live situation. I admit I also heard a duo performance at Knickerbocker's once where he was three times as loud as the pianist, and that was not good. But as Ron says in the interview, a lot of this music comes from the bass, more than is usually recognized. We need to hear the bass."

Finally, the Arts for Art, Patricia Nicholson Parker's group responsible for the Vision Festival and other arts programs in New York City has received a matching grant, to fund a performance space. They are looking for donations and volunteers interested in fund raising. E-mail them for more information:

"Two generous donors have offered a 2 to 1 matching grant if we are able to raise $17,000 over the next few months. This support is arriving just when we need it most, as we are now in the initial stages of the search for a space or building which will be dedicated to the presentation of New York's Creative Music. This venue will feature a broader representation than the Vision Festival is able to present. This is something that is desperately needed in a city where so many live music venues have been forced to close in the last few years."

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