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“Your first steps towards becoming a bona fide jazz fan”

Brilliant piece on “How to enjoy Jazz” on Points in Case. Just in case you would like to know.

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Focused Episode 73 with Bob Reynolds→

I enjoyed the latest episode of Focused with guest Bob Reynolds. If there ever was a podcast episode with ticked all my boxes it is this one: Jazz, Saxophone and Productivity.

I see myself referencing to this episode a lot in the future. I have been talking to the students frequently about using the Pomodoro technique as well.

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John Coltrane in 1958

Marc Myers has an article on his about the release of John Coltrane in 1958, which is the complete works by John Coltrane on Prestige.

I particularly like this period in John Coltrane music, which is mostly associated with change running. I like the clarity and logic of these lines. In fact, the first John Coltrane recording I bought, was “Settin’ the Pace”.

I think I am familiar with all the recordings in this collection, but I will use the opportunity to reconnect with them.

I recommend reading the article and the recording can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Yeah, Reeder 4!

This is very good news – Reeder 4 for iOS had been released.

I bought the original Reeder the day it got released back in the days and did the same now for version 4. It’s my favorite RSS reader and will have to dig into the new version a bit more. So far I personally am already happy about the improved keyboard navigation (J/K for the rescue) navigation on the iPad.

Matthew Cassinelli has a great review outlining all the new features.

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Finally came around listening to “The Great Leap Years”

From Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years:

It tells the story of how our lives have been transformed by a fascinating and compelling mixture of human decision and vision, greed and need.

I had this podcast on my list for a while, but never came around to finally listen to it, but now I finally managed. I guess being on a “audiobook-hiatus” helps.

I’m only three episodes in and it is very interesting. It’s somehow along the lines of his “Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets” Audible book which I read last year.

I enjoy Stephen Fry’s presentation, or reading for that matter, and it turns out that a rather large portion of the audiobooks that I read/listened last year, were read by him. Most notably the 70+ hour “Sherlock Holmes – The Definite Collection”, which was a delight to listen to.

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Two Jazz Links and my new favourite Blog

Two articles caught my attention the other day and I quickly found myself reading, bookmarking post after post, watching videos on what probably already has become my new favourite blog.

At the moment I already have the feeling I link almost daily over to Jazz Wax, but he posted a Jackie McLean documentary which I’m eager to watch.

And the next one is huge.

The year is young, but as I read on Kottke.org about the The 1959 Project I was almost sure to have found the contender for my favourite new blog for this year already.

The premise of the blog is an attempt to chronologically puzzle together the year of 1959 with it’s events and releases in Jazz history and to give some more information about them. Think liner-notes, photography (I mean seriously: check out these from a Charles Mingus gig), excerpts from newspapers… Simply fantastic.

We might not have been there, but we can put a record on, close our eyes, and imagine.

Natalie Weiner in the About-Section

Fantastic! I’ll recommend to head over there and check it out. I have the feeling that there is a lot of great stuff coming up there. And thanks to Kottke.org for sharing.

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A Chet Baker recording and a Blog

In the afternoon I played with the kids and listened to the Chet Baker Sextett (recorded in 1954), feat Bob Brookmeyer and Bud Shank, which I “found” in my Spotify library. A beautiful recording and just the right music for the last day of vacation, or for any day as a matter of fact.

I had to do some further research to get some more information on the recording (anyone remember: liner notes?) and ran into this post on the London Jazz Collector finding just that. Brilliant find!

I will have to browse around on that blog a bit more.

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‘In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming’

I enjoyed reading Neil Gaiman’s short story “I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?” on Tor.com the other day. The author of the post writes that it has become somewhat of a christmas tradition in their offices. I can imagine this to be nice even though, or especially because, this story is not really christmas-y.

What could have been even nicer, but I missed out on the opportunity, reading the story and putting on this year’s Doctor Who Yul Log at the same time. Maybe I will do that next year.