A friend from the military chapter of my life asked if I would republish a story that first ran on Memorial Day weekend five years ago. Presented with pleasure at the memory of an extraordinary man and sadness and sadness at his loss, here it is again. Originally posted on Rifftides on May 30, 2011 There is someone […]
This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Lou Piniella, the former Yankee left fielder and manager, for my "House Call" column (go here). Lou talked about growing up in West Tampa, Fla. and the red sauce that gets... ...
Charlie Shoemake Trio And Quartet: Central Coasting (CCJAZZI) In addition to being a premier jazz vibraphonist, Charlie Shoemake has long devoted himself to helping young musicians develop their skills. After he and his vocalist wife Sandi moved from Los Angeles to the Central California coast in 1990, his playing and teaching and playing activities continued, […]
There's nothing like starting a holiday weekend with Count Basie. Here's a fabulous four-part documentary directed by Matthew Seig and written by Albert Murray, with terrific clips. It will keep your feel moving... Here's Part 1 Here's Part 2 Here's... Related Stories Al Grey, Sinatra and the Sands Count Basie: Europe, 1972 + '76 Count Basie: Europe, 1972
In response to the terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert this week, Alexis Petridis wrote a quite wonderful paean to pop music (and experiencing it through the eyes of your daughter). If you haven’t read it, you should. I’ll wait. It’s beautiful. 20JFG have always loved pop music. Partly, no doubt, it began as anti-anti-pop-music posturing. […]
One of the giants of the jazz vibraphone has just released a fabulous new album—92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House (Whaling Cit Sound). It's a stone-cold swinging killer. Every single track on here is out-of-control great, proving that...
As pointed out in a Rifftides review earlier this year, drummer John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet… …has unity of thought, purpose and execution more often found in long-lived classical ensembles than in jazz. The difference, of course, is improvisation. Yet, Hollenbeck’s skills as composer-arranger, leader and drummer are so finely honed that it is often a […]
Roger Moore, who played a dashing secret agent in TV's The Saint and in seven James Bond films, died on May 23, 2017. He was 89. Though Roger wasn't a jazz musician and had nothing to do with music (the... Related Stories Bill Miller: Robbie Williams
If the Wicker Man was set in the post-Brexit dystopia of Preston, Lancashire… …it might look and sound quite a lot like Evil Blizzard. All of the music is a distorted bass guitar; grotesque masks thwart face-identification algorithms; the only emotion is seething mistrust. Evil Blizzard – Are You Evil? We’re off to see Evil Blizzard this […]
A week or so ago I received a call from Harry Sepulveda. Harry and I go way back. We first met in the 1970s, when I used to buy Latin-jazz albums at Record Mart, his store in the Times Square...
In the spring of 1956, bassist Oscar Pettiford (pictured above with cello), in tandem with producer Creed Taylor, began assembling musicians and arrangers for what would become one of the hippest and sexiest big bands of the mid-decade period. Two... Related Stories Manhattan Jazz Septette
A couple of weekends ago, we celebrated the result of the French Presidential Election by revisiting a bunch of French albums, including Etienne De Crécy’s seminal jazzy-disco-house compilation Super Discount. It is sobering to think that this came out more than 20 years ago, and that we were there to dance it, fresh off what […]
Rifftides readers replied in droves to our request for news about what you are listening to these days. Here is the final installment, which provides further evidence of the impressively wide range of your tastes and predilections in music. Larry Hollis, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA To One So Sweet Stay That Way: Hank Mobley […]
This week, I had the honor of interviewing film actress Charlotte Rampling for The Wall Street Journal (go here). The Swinging London icon was lovely and a pure delight. Many of you may remember her in Georgy Girl (1966), The... ...
The hauntology is strong with Weakness. That the track seems to start half way through, its world already established, eases us in to this (the proceeding track defiantly ends with silence). That high altitude, radiation damaged theremin sound that GY!BE kinda owned in the 90s, that’s here. Like wraiths orbiting a decayed world. Its an analogue […]
There are two new releases from Resonance Records: Jaco Pastorius"Truth, Liberty & Soul: Live In NYC / The Complete 1982 Jazz Alive! Recording" Recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC June 27, 1982 as part of George Wein's Kool Jazz Festival. Show More Summary
Since it's Friday, let's have a look at some of the European jazz artists I posted about this week (here, here and here) and one I didn't: Here's tenor saxophonist Wilton Gaynair in 1966... Here's alto saxophonist Joe Harriott in... Related Stories Lars Gullin: Swede and Low Joe Harriott; Free Form Wilton Gaynair: Blue Bogey
Saxophonist and bandleader Dave Pell, a prominent figure in the west coast jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, died on May 8. He was 92. Pell recorded extensively with his octet and the tribute group Prez Conference. Over the years the collective members of those bands included Art Pepper, Red Mitchell, Harry Edison, Mel Lewis, […]
Lars Gullin was a giant of jazz who just happened to be from Sweden. He should be thought of on the same level as other 1950s baritone saxophonists who excelled in small groups, including Gerry Mulligan, Serge Chaloff, Jimmy Giuffre...
Sometimes they seem like they’re the closest thing we’ve had to a British Velvet Underground. Hopeless guitar romantics Comet Gain headlined the Fortuna Pop farewell-er (a sort of cross between a farewell gig and an all-dayer, that I’ve just made up) and it was fun to dive into their now extensive songbook all over again. Sure, […]