John Coltrane’s Lost Tapes

Marc Myers on the imminent release of John Coltrane’s lost tapes:

So where was this tape hiding all these years? The tape sat on the shelf at Van Gelder’s studio until Coltrane died in July 1967, when Impulse executives came to retrieve them. After ABC Records relocated to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the tape went into storage. Soon, cost-cutting led ABC to discard reels of warehoused tapes that hadn’t been released as albums. Coltrane’s March 6 recording was purged.

This is exciting news and I already placed a pre-order. Marc has as always a very informative article and background information on the recording. Can’t wait for it to be released in the next week.

Joel Frahm: ‘It’s the how we play’

Joel Frahm in Smallsville Workshop Podcast:

On of the things talking about Jazz tradition is the fact that there’s is a feeling that is passed down, it’s not just the notes, it’s not just the what we play, it’s the how we play.

Joel is one of my favourite players and this is just a great interview in which he talks about his youth, his career and shares his insights. Also you might want to check The Smalls Live Workshop site, there is many more interviews and transcriptions (also some of Joel Frahm’s solos).