Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ross has been putting great Illasounds podcasts up faster than I can listen to them, but I can heartily recommend Blow, Mr. Dexter:

"An 85th birthday tribute to saxophonist Dexter Gordon with Bud Powell, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Drew, Tete Montoliu, Sonny Clark, Palle Mikkelborg, Barry Harris, Melba Liston, Carl Perkins, Thad Jones, Neils Henning Orsted Pedersen, Stanley Clarke, Paul Chambers, Leroy Vinnegar, Sam Jones, Bob Cranshaw, Butch Warren, Philly Joe Jones, Billy Higgins, Art Taylor, Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Al Foster, Louis Hayes and Kenny Clarke."

Ethan Iverson has a thoughtful tribute to the late bassist Dennis Irwin on blog of The Bad Plus:

"When these major players leave, the knowledge leaves. You can listen to recordings and practice obsessively, but a few words of wisdom from someone like Dennis Irwin (especially when you are opened up after seeing him play a great set) is worth innumerable hours of flailing about on your own."

Jeff has a nice post on Big Road Blues, breaking down his most recent radio show, Blues and Hard Times - The Panic is On:

Todays show focuses on blues songs about hard times; songs about the 29’ depression, job loss, inflation, recession and welfare are just some of the themes touched upon in the songs played today. While hard times touched both whites and blacks, it always hurt the poorest, which in the segregation area meant the black population."

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