Marc Myers puts Paul Desmond’s “Glad to Be Unhappy” on his list of perfect albums, and I couldn’t agree more. In case you are not familiar, I’d recommend to check it out.
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 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
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.
The fine folks at My Music Masterclass have released a video (actually two) with saxophone legend George Coleman which looks great. This was kind of an insta-purchase.
The Universe of Miles Davis is a beautiful, interactive visualization and examination of Miles Davis’ mentions on Wikipedia from the year 2017, which would have been his 90th birthday. This is very interesting and worth exploring.
Currently listening to the audiobook of Herbie Hancock’s autobiography and it works brilliant as an audiobook, since he is reading it himself. It’s almost like having him over and telling his story. Enjoying it a lot. 📚
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:
I just ran into this nice interactive version of the famous “A Great Day in Harlem” image.