Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The online journal Point of Departure, edited by Bill Shoemaker has a new issue available:
As Lacy listed the names of musicians that hung out with Monk in his kitchen – Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane; generally, a cross-section of the era’s innovators – I looked over to see how much tape was left on the first side of the cassette. Usually, I try to keep the recorder directly in front of me; but the layout of the room forced me to put the machine on a table behind my shoulder. To my astonishment, the machine had somehow jammed and hundreds of feet of tape were in a spaghetti-like pile.
Allmusic's blog has an interesting piece on Elvis Costello's new album:
That quicksilver speed is the key to Momofuku, what separates it from all the albums Elvis Costello has cut in the decade since he signed with Universal. Almost every record from 1998’s Painted from Memory on has had a conceptual thrust - even 2002’s When I Was Cruel was designed as a back-to-basics - but not this. It’s merely a collection of 12 songs, all bashed out in a matter of weeks, not an album that’s been labored over for months.
Ross Lawson's latest Illasounds podcast is The Time Machine 2: 1958 -
Take a trip back in time to hear jazz recorded May to August 1958: featuring Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Bud Powell, Cannonball Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Gil Evans, Cecil Taylor, Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel, Clark Terry, Blue Mitchell (above), Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis and Gene Ammons.
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