Sound As Memory: A Jazz DJ's Métier

Sound As Memory: A Jazz DJ's Métier

Each of us carries our own history and that of many others within as we move forward in time. Jazz musicians most certainly “carry things with them.” Those “things,” as musicologist Steve Coleman puts it, are “...other people, carried as living memories and presences in the here and now.” 

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Musings On The Birth Of A Love Bird

Musings On The Birth Of A Love Bird

Mingus ended up excusing himself from the stage by announcing to the audience that he was leaving the bandstand, thereby "...disassociating himself from what had been going on."  While Hentoff doesn't fully explain what it was that these modern minds were in disagreement over, Parker died not too long after this engagement. Mingus, through an encounter with Parker later that evening, and subsequent reflection on that man's life and music, encapsulated his thoughts and feelings about Bird in his song "Reincarnation of a Love Bird." 

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Jazz Royalty At Large

Jazz Royalty At Large

As Miles Davis asks, What indeed, is Carmen? A listen to Carmen McRae's "Live at Sugar Hill" will inform anyone with a good pair of ears of the great magic and artistry that Miss McRae possessed and will make said listener wonder why this vocalist is never placed higher on the list of  Jazz Royalty.

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