Thursday, April 16, 2009

Around the Blogs

Destination Out takes another look at the enigmatic composer, keyboardist, philosopher Sun Ra: "What makes the double-album Other Voices special is the rare opportunity to hear Sun Ra in a quartet setting. It’s easier to focus on his resourceful keyboard acumen, the invigorating interplay between the musicians, the etched fireworks of John Gilmore’s sax and dramatically emotional trumpet of Michael Ray."

Big Road Blues looks at the field recordings of John and Alan Lomax in their most recent essay called Dangerous Blues: "In July they acquired a state-of-the-art, 315-pound acetate phonograph disk recorder. Installing it in the trunk of his Ford sedan, Lomax soon used it to record, at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, a twelve-string guitar player by the name of Huddie Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” whom they considered one of their most significant finds. During the next year and a half, father and son continued to make disc recordings of musicians throughout the South."

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