Posts in: Music

When was the last time I link to a Slate article? Maybe never.

In any case, their “Best Jazz Albums of 2021” is excellent—introduced me to a number of albums I hadn’t yet heard; all the ones I have heard I also loved, especially the Mingus and the Shepp/Moran. 🎵 🔗

"Homeward Bound (for Ana Grace)" 🎵

The title track from Johnathan Blake’s upcoming album Homeward Bound is a beautiful tear-jerker. “Homeward Bound (for Ana Grace)” was written in memory of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the daughter of saxophonist Jimmy Greene & flutist Nelba Marquez-Greene, who died at Sandy Hook, just six years old. 🎵🔗

Current listening: Squint, jazz guitarist Julian Lage’s new album, which features the trio Lage has been playing with lately: Minnesotan Dave King on drums and bassist Jorge Roeder. 🎶

Current listening: Another Land by Dave Holland, featuring Robin Eubanks on guitar and Obed Calvaire on drums. 🎵

Dropped yesterday: Uneasy by Vijay Iyer with Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey. Three jazz musicians at the absolute pinnacle of their instruments. It’s a beautiful album. 🎶

Happy new year / public-domain day! 🎶 📚

Happy new year & happy public-domain day! The works coming out of US copyright protection this year are pretty impressive: Mrs. Dalloway, The Great Gatsby, The Trial; music by Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, & Fats Waller. Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has a detailed overview.