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.

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.

Tiny Desk

For some reason NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts have popped up both in my feeds and at work quite a few times so that I had to check it out myself. Turns out there is a lot of great stuff in there. I totally like the setting, just like in an office corner.

There is so much material that I had no time whatsoever to listen more than a few so far, but the following performances I will have to check out a bit more: