. Show Notes: For our final show of 2014 we have a diverse mix show spanning the 1920's through the 1970's and along the way we pay tribute to two blues ladies who recently passed; we end the year on a somber note with tributes to Detroit singer Alberta Adams and L.A. singer Mickey […]
Chelsea’s U21s closed out 2014 last week on a high note, as the young Blues thrashed Norwich U21s 5-0. The headline grabber for the Blues was striker Dom Solanke, who claimed a brace in the whitewash over the Canaries. Alex Kiwomya’s sweet volley gave the hosts the lead midway through the opening half, while Norwich defender Adel […]
Everything from overhunting and a peasant uprising to deforestation and an alien invasion has been proposed to explain why the Mayan civilization collapsed, Smithsonian notes. But one theory has been gaining ground in recent years: extreme drought. Now more evidence has surfaced to support the drought postulation—and the proof...
Stymied again! I really like m: Kenny Burrell, and I really want this CD. It's a great record. You just can't buy it easily or cheaply, at least not on Blue Note. First, consider the record and the artist. Kenny Burrell is the quintessential cool jazz guitarist, whether leading his own gr...
Show Notes: I've been doing a Christmas blues show for many years and was always frustrated with the lack of a really good collection of early blues Christmas songs. In 2005 I hooked up with the Document label to put together a 2-CD, 52 track collection of blues and gospel songs from the 1920's to […]
Profcyclist told students that they could bring a 3"x5" card to an exam; a clever student wrote overlapping notes in blue and red ink and brought in gels to read them.
Talk about kind of blue. How do you visualize the decades-long career of a jazz titan? Songs written? Records recorded? Notes played? In this beautiful visualization, which looks almost like a record shot into space, the prolific body of work left behind by jazz great Miles Davis is visualized by the lives of the artists he touched. Read Full Story
Chelsea center back Kurt Zouma received a hard knock during the club's Capital One Cup clash with Derby County. His status is not immediately known. The Blues noted the injury occurred as goalkeeper Petr Cech punched the ball clear of...Show More Summary
A few years ago, a reader from California named Charlie F. started a provocative discussion in the All About Jazz forums with the title: "I've decided not to buy any more Blue Note albums." Oh boy. He began, "Recently, I came to notice something about Blue Note albums of the 50s-60s, which was that...
Show Notes: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton is probably best remembered for two songs that became huge for Elvis and later Janis Joplin. "Hound Dog" held down the top slot on Billboard's R&B charts for seven weeks in 1953 and Elvis had an even bigger hit with it in 1956. Joplin covered "Ball and Chain" […]
There is an appealing weariness in Freddy Cole’s treatment of a Bobby Bland recording “This Time I’m Gone For Good,” that is on his new High Note album, “Singing the Blues,” On this release, Cole handles classic blues themes and some originals that also include mournful ballads. Show More Summary
The first week I was in college I had no friends. I went to school in Montreal, where the drinking age was 18, and there was a university-sanctioned and remarkably debauched introduction to campus life called "Frosh Week" where people got hammered, sang songs, and inevitably wound up at a full-contact strip club called Supersexe. Read more...
m: J.R. Monterose is that rare bird at Blue Note Records--the guy who got one shot at leading a band, then practically vanished from the face of the earth. It's odd because the history of Blue Note is filled with famous guys (almost never gals) who took up residence and stayed just about...
Show Notes: From the 1960's through the 80's there were folklorists, researchers and dedicated fans such as David Evans, George Mitchell, Sam Charters, Chris Stratwichz, Mack McCormick, Bruce Jackson, Peter B. Lowry, Tary Owens, Art Rosenbaum, Pete Welding, Bengt Olsson, Glenn Hinson, Tim Duffy, Axel Küstner and Kip Lornell who actively sought out and recorded […]
Show Notes: An entertaining mix show for today featuring several tracks by Papa Charlie Jackson who was spotlighted in last week's show on blues banjo. In addition we spina set of sides revolving around the song Jackson made famous, "Salty Dog", a couple of songs revolving around both Sonny Boy's, plus we hear from several […]
At first whiff, I was hooked. Winter has notes of pine and blue spruce and smells like Christmas — but a very sophisticated Christmas. The debut fragrance from perfumer Dasein, Winter’s piquant woody frame is softened by lavender and cardamom, scents that creator Samantha Radar says add an element of... More »
It's not every day we stumble upon a piece that's affordable and versatile, so when we do, we take note! Enter Ikea's Raskog cart ($50). This multitiered, rollable storage unit comes in a glossy charcoal and robin's egg blue (our favorite option!). Show More Summary
(Most of) Wu-Tang Clan performed on Letterman last night and they’ve followed that up by releasing the title track from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow. The track samples the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Teddy Pendergrass collaboration “Wake Up Everybody.” It follows a long string of singles that have included “Ron O’Neal,” [...]