Saturday, December 20, 2008

Pi-Recordings has posted part one of an extensive interview with pianist and composer Vijay Iyer: "So it’s really about the individuals involved - what they have to offer, what their comfort zones are, what their strengths are, and what they are going to teach me, and how I can build around them to empower them to set forth all of that. It’s also about orchestration - exploring the full range of the sound of a given ensemble. Those are related, really, because the individuals are represented in the music by the sounds they make."

Big Road Blues has posted the second half of their lengthy review of the life and music of bluesman Sylvester Weaver: "It’s clear from this that Weaver was in charge of bringing talent to the OKeh studio in St. Louis for the session on April 29th and 30th. The jug band mentioned in the cable is Whistler and His Jug Band which had recorded for Gennet in 1924. The others taking part in the session were Helen Humes and the Kentucky Jubilee Four."

Send comments to: Tim