Bob Dylan & The Nobel Prize for Literature

“Folk songs transcended the immediate culture” -Bob Dylan

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Give or take a few hundred, two thousand seven hundred years ago there was a blind man who rambled through kingdoms, mountains, and plains, probably swayed to the rhythm of waves on the Mediterranean Sea. He earned his bread, vegetable, . . . → Read More: Bob Dylan & The Nobel Prize for Literature

Moderne: Georg Graewe at the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (I)

Moderne: Georg Graewe at the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (I)

Rimbaud: “il faut être absoluement moderne.”

Richard Feynman: “Poets do not write to be understood” from Six Easy Pieces.

Georg Graewe’s invitation to the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival was felicitous: he had not been . . . → Read More: Moderne: Georg Graewe at the 2016 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (I)

Eric Boeren: All Ellington and 4Tet at the 30th TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

At the 2010 Vancouver Festival, Eric Boeren’s 4Tet of Michael Moore (reeds), Wilbert deJoode (bass), and Han Bennink (drums) glided through an early Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) repertoire segmented into six pieces. Each piece contained multiple compositions and interpretations that made the difficult music seem as easy to execute as understanding the elegant explanation . . . → Read More: Eric Boeren: All Ellington and 4Tet at the 30th TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Book Review: Jazz Child, A Portrait of Sheila Jordan by Ellen Johnson

Special Notice: Sheila Jordan and Cameron Brown in Concert on Tuesday March 3 at the Ironworks, Vancouver, sponsored by the Coastal Jazz & Blues Society: http://www.coastaljazz.ca/sheila_jordan_and_cameron_brown

On August 27, 1962 a thirty-four year old Sheila Jordan stepped into Riverside’s New York Studio for the recording session of composer/pianist George Russell’s . . . → Read More: Book Review: Jazz Child, A Portrait of Sheila Jordan by Ellen Johnson

TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Concert Review: John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra June 20, 2014 Part I

In an exemplary display of programming fortitude, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival began its with a musical equivalent of the Big Bang: the opening set at Performance Works with 20 musicians in John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra followed by 17 musicians in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. The Hard Rubber Orchestra played . . . → Read More: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Concert Review: John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra June 20, 2014 Part I

Commentary & Book Review: Arrivals/Departures – New Horizons in Jazz

Essays by Stuart Broomer, Brian Morton, and Bill Shoemaker about Musicians

Appearing at Jazz em Agosto 1984-2012

Publisher: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon Portugal, www. musica.gulbenkian.pt/jazz

Becoming Knowledgeable about Jazz

Becoming knowledgeable about jazz is a sly proposition. You have to hear . . . → Read More: Commentary & Book Review: Arrivals/Departures – New Horizons in Jazz

Looking for Carl

There are times when we wish for what could be and mourn for what is lost. It takes time to become reconciled with the loss of a person who so personified the spirit of making the music come alive. When we lose an important person in our lives, their memory lingers on so . . . → Read More: Looking for Carl

The Roots of the Blues: Randy Weston & Billy Harper

An Essay on Randy Weston and Billy Harper’s Roots of the Blues, a CD on SunnysideRecords.com

by Laurence Svirchev

To get an idea of the breadth and depth of Roots of the Blues, take a look at a map of Africa. Geographically, the compositions cover the rivers Nile and . . . → Read More: The Roots of the Blues: Randy Weston & Billy Harper

“ZEP TEPI” Randy Weston and His African Rhythms Trio (2006): CD Review and Commentary:

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With Zep Tepi Randy Weston demonstrates why he continues to be one of the elite musicians of the international stage. He has seen every change in the jazz world from the end of the swing and big band era, right through the be-bop period and the periods of free . . . → Read More: “ZEP TEPI” Randy Weston and His African Rhythms Trio (2006): CD Review and Commentary:

The Curious Story of “Kojo no Tsuki” -or- Thelonious Monk & “Japanese Folk Song”

©Laurence Svirchev

We were sitting at the dinner table when the cell phone alert started playing “Japanese Folk Song” by Thelonious Sphere Monk. ChengYing laughed and said, “Why do you have that Japanese movie music on your mobile phone”? I could only answer, “Huh? Monk doing movie music? It’s just a . . . → Read More: The Curious Story of “Kojo no Tsuki” -or- Thelonious Monk & “Japanese Folk Song”