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His album, Victims sold over one million copies worldwide, and in he earned a worldwide recording contract with Motown. His album Trinity was the Album) release on Tabu Records after Motown's acquisition of the label. Brutally killed in the Rosettenville suburb of Johannesburg, shot dead by carjackers; 3 men were tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in - South African reggae star, Lucky Dube was shot dead by car thieves when he was dropping his teenage son and daughter off in a Johannesburg suburb.
Police said Dube's son and daughter were already out of the car when three shots were fired through the car window, witnesses said the wounded singer tried to drive away, but lost control of his car and hit a tree. The show earned its highest ratings in 14 years with a total of 17 million viewers.
Adele who performed 'Chasing Pavements' and 'Cold Shoulder', topped the iTunes charts the following day and the singers debut album jumped thirty-five places to No. American jazz pianist; known for his "three-handed swing", and was the leading proponent of solo piano style. He started with Boots Mussulli and Charlie Ventura in the 40's, worked with many of top swing and Dixieland musicians including Woody Herman.
The trio formed the Gospelaires who often performed with the Drinkard Singers. At a performance at the Apollo Theater inthe Warwick sisters were recruited by a record producer for session work and Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, along with Doris Troy, subsequently became a prolific New York City area session singing team.
Dee Dee who is also cousin of singer, Whitney Houston is best-known for her hits during the s, including the No. Riley US country singer is born.
American bandleader, saxophonist, bassist and songwriter born in Coalton, Ohio, but grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. In he moved to Chicago, which remained his home base untilwhen he re-established himself in New York City. The Isham Jones band made a series of popular records throughout the s. He led one of the most popular dance bands in the s and s. His first successful recording, was released in under Isham Jones and his Orchestra.
This million-seller stayed twelve weeks in the U. He also toured England with his orchestra in They recorded 'Where, I Wonder Where? In the s, Isham lived in Colorado on his poultry farm, leaving occasionally for short tours, before relocating to Los Angeles and he finally moved to Hollywood, Florida in cancer. Video Notes: This is the original version from this evergreen.
Music by Isham Jones, lyrics if there were one by Gus Kahn. The Beatles were at No. Project group Country Musume is born. The bands first gigs since the death of singer Bon Scott. British cellist, acknowledged as one of the greatest players of the instrument and is particularly associated with Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor.
Sadly her career was cut short by illness, which forced her to cease performing at the age of 28 multiple sclerosis. American blues singer and guitarist, a pioneer of an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms, often played with the aid of slide guitar, and his singing often incorporated elements of southern gospel and spiritual music. Born in Riverton, Mississippi, but raised in Tallulah, Louisiana, at 15 he began a preaching career.
Son became more and more drawn to the blues, inspired by the work of Willie Wilson by his mid 20s he had taught himself guitar. Lyrically and musically they were masterpieces. When his dear friend and musical partner Willie Brown died, Son totally gave up playing guitar and left his music life behind. Al Wilson of Canned Heat helped Son back into saddle and soon he was again playing professionally.
In the summer ofwhile touring Europe, a recording of his London concerts was released by Liberty Records. Sadly Son's health deteriorated, in he was forced to retired. He later moving to Detroit, where he remained until his death. Both a live video and EP were released with material taken form this tour. He performed with Fusion Orchestra in In he joined the group Level 42 as a full time band member and played with them until his death weakened AIDS, he died of pneumonia in - Janet Leon Swedish singer; Play is born.
African-American jazz cornetest; he became well known in jazz in when he performed and recorded with Ornette Coleman, first in a quintet with pianist Paul Bley and later in what became the predominantly piano-less quartet which recorded for Atlantic Records. The band included Coleman's drummer Ed Blackwell as well as saxophonist Gato Barbieri, whom he had met while touring Europe with Ayler.
Don also ventured into the developing genre of world fusion music, incorporating influences of Middle Eastern, traditional African, and Indian music into his playing. He had studied Indian music with Vasant Rai in the early seventies. Elvis Presley and Rita Coolidge have both covered the song. American lead guitarist and a founder member of the Alice Cooper Band. They changed their name to The Spiders inthen to The Nazz into avoid legal entanglements with the Todd Rundgren-led "Nazz", Glen's band changed their name to Alice Cooper in Throughout the late '70s and '80s, he maintained a low profile, playing only occasional club gigs with obscure bands like Shrapnel and Virgin.
InRolling Stone magazine ranked Glen number 90 on the " Greatest Guitarists of All Time" pneumonia in - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the launch party of the new London venue Sound Republic. American trombone player, born in Huntington Beach, CA; better known to his fans as Dallas Cook, was one of two trombone players in third-wave ska band Suburban Legends. He attended Huntington Beach High School from —, where he was a member of the HBHS marching band, to which he attributed his love of music and performing.
After graduation, he joined local music group Suburban Legends. Dallas was well-known for his choreographed dance routines with other members of the band including flips, handstands, balancing his trombone on the palm of his hand, and jumping on the shoulders of fellow band mate and best friend Brian Robertson. He appeared on thier Bomb Squad EP and following five albums Tragically died as a result of a motorcycle accident on the Costa Mesa Freeway in Orange County, California where he collided with a Hyundai automobile.
The driver of the Hyundai fled the scene after the accident. Dallas never recovered consciousness and died on the scene. The former Smiths guitarist was set to deliver a series of workshops and masterclasses to students on the BA Popular Music and Recording degree. American c soprano who sang with many of the world's leading opera companies during the s and s.
She was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions which started her professional career. After her performance career ended she taught singing to young artists and also directed the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Program for over ten years.
Upon leaving the Met, she joined the voice faculty at the University of Kentucky. Italian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the Italian composers; he made his debut there inas Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, going on to perform world wide. Disappointingly he made few studio recordings, given the length of his career and the sheer number of internationally distinguished opera houses where he sang.
American drummer with the psychedelic folk band Kaleidoscope. Paul formed Pure Food and Drug Act in the early '70s heart attack? US singer and older sister of Steve Gaines. Cassie was a member of the female gospel vocal trio The Honkettes, who in became the backup singers for Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd air crash as above.
Assistant road manager of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band air crash as above in - Leila Josefowicz Canadian classical violinist is born. US singer; lead vocalist, primary lyricist, and a founding member of the Southern Rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was the oldest brother of. Lynyrd Skynyrd's name was inspired by a gym teacher the boys had in high school, Leonard Skinner, who disapproved of students with long hair.
Their fan base grow rapidly throughoutmainly due to their opening slot on The Who's Quadrophenia tour in the United States. Their debut self titled album produced the hit Freebird, the track achieved the No. Died in a plane crash. US guitarist and vocalist with the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. Born in Seneca, Missouri and raised in Miami, Oklahoma. He began playing guitar after seeing The Beatles in concert as a teenager. His skills were a major contribution to the band, as proven on the album Street Survivors.
S, New York. The trio had flown on low cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the UK, carrying their instruments as hand luggage. It made No. American country music singer, songwriter; born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the life and exploitation of coal miners. Among his many songs are "Sixteen Tons" and "Dark as a Dungeon".
However, it is his masterful guitar playing and his interpretations of the rich musical traditions of his native Muhlenberg County, Kentucky for which he is best known today. American tenor saxophonist from Dallas, Texas; he started out on drums and piano before switching to tenor sax. In the s he performed in Texas and parts of the Midwest, working with Jesse Stone among others. He made his recording debut while working with Louis Armstrong's band inbut is more known for his work with Earl Hines.
He was also an early figure in the bebop era doing sessions with Coleman Hawkins in In the s he led his own group and did some session work for Atlantic Records, he is the featured tenor saxophone soloist on Ruth Brown's hit, "Teardrops from My Eyes". The song was used in a Japanese commercial for Maxell audio cassettes, with altered lyrics. German conductor in both the concert hall and opera house; he was born in Berlin, Germany, and raised on a kibbutz in Israel, and relocated to the United States in to study the violin.
From tohe studied conducting under Pierre Monteux. American guitar player born in Takoma Park, Maryland; at an early age he accompanied his father on canvasses of black neighborhoods for old recordings, Henry became an avid collector, eventually coming to own tens of thousands of recordings of blues, hillbilly, country, and Cajun music.
Throughout the early to mid s Henry played in various musical configurations and eventually was hired by Frank Zappa for the original Mothers of Invention. But Henry is known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He was with the group from its start in to July In later years he played in local bands but occasionally returned to Canned Heat for a few tours and recordings.
The singer had denied attacking toilet attendant Sophie Amogbokpa, saying she only punched her in self-defence. The charges stemmed from an incident at the Drink nightclub in Guildford, Surrey, on 11 January. A spokesperson said it was likely he would be excused from serving due to the fact that he has lived in Bahrain since the trial.
She was most noted for her ability to accompany herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano while singing.
She was nominated for nine Grammy Awards during her career, winning in for Jazz Vocal Album for "I Remember Miles", a tribute to her friend and encourager. Preferring to perform in small settings, as with her trio, she recorded with orchestra too, as on the album "Here's to life", which is highly rated by her fans, the title song being generally considered as her signature song. A video documentary of Shirley's life and music was released at the same time as "Here's To Life" and shared its title.
She was officially recognized by the th US Congress for "her many achievements and contributions to the world of jazz and American culture", and performed at The White House for several U. Police said a handgun was found in Manhattan hotel Flatotel, in a room in which the rapper had been staying. Sticky Fingaz, real name Kirk Jones, was not licensed to carry a weapon. The singer was filmed backstage at in Madrid, Spain where the drug is legal. His early musical career included stints in Neon Hearts and the glam rock band, Kitsch.
UK singer, who fronted the baggy band Flowered Up, which he helped form in Camden, London in along with keyboardist Tim Dorney, guitarist Joe Maher, bassist Andy Jackson, drummer John Tovey, and Barry Mooncult, who wasn't really a member of the band but danced on-stage with a giant flower around his neck.
The band appeared on the covers of both NME and Melody Maker before releasing the club anthem 'It's On' in the summer ofwhich was followed up with 'Phobia' that autumn; both reached the Top 40 on the U.
Flowered Up were best known for their Top 20 single 'Weekender', the minute, second track being their highest charting single.
They released their only album 'A Life With Brian' in and the band split in Liam signed up to Alan McGee's Poptones record label inbut the deal fell through before anything was released. Flowered Up, reunited in for several gigs with Happy Mondays details of Liams death not yet released.
By the late seventies, they were touring as the opening act for the The Clash. Ari Up's love of reggae led The Slits into a "jungly", dub style. She was the most flamboyant member of the group.
Her wild hair and crazy stage outfits became her trademarks. Her performances with The Slits are featured in The Punk Rock Movie, a release of various punk group club performances, principally at The Roxy. After The Slits split inshe moved with her husband and twin children to jungle regions of Indonesia and Belize, living among indigenous people in those areas.
Later, they moved to Jamaica, eventually settling in Kingston. The track LP on to top the UK chart next January. American bass and double bass player born in Memphis, Tennessee, he first played music on a cigar box with a board nailed to it and with strings attached made by his father. By the age of sixteen Black was playing in local bars and clubs before an army stint and then joining Scotty Moore to form a band.
The trio rehearsed dozens of songs, from traditional country, to "Harbor Lights", to gospel. Bill Black's Combo cut more than 20 albums, toured the United States and Europe and won awards as the best instrumental group in America in and Bill's stand-up bass is today owned by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, who received it as a birthday present from his late wife Linda McCartney in the late s.
The Bill Black Combo created musical history in when they became the opening act for the Beatles on their historical city tour of America after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sadly Bill himself was not well enough to make the tour he died four months after surgery to remove a brain tumour. American poet and writer, author of Beat Generation; after the release of his book On the Road inhe got instant fame, he was hailed as a major American writer and considered by some as the King of the Beatniks as well as the Father of the Hippies, influencing the likes of Bob Dylan.
On September 7,Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin, that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal. Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place. English blues singer and guitarist favouring delta style rather than rocking out with a heavy band behind her, but with a huge voice, and a strong guitar.
Born in Streatham, London. At the end of the s, with an album on a major record label in the United States, both Johnny Winter and Canned Heat tried to recruit Jo Ann into their ranks. However, she stayed and played the UK's nightclub scene, and participated in many musical projects with her brother Dave Kelly and performed on the European circuit, with the guitarist Pete Emery or in bands, including the Terry Smith Blues Band InJo Ann began to suffer from headaches. In she had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour, she seemed to have recovered, but the following year she tragically collapsed and died after touring again with her brother.
The first run ofcopies sold out. Throughout their long career, the sisters sold over 75 million records and became the best-selling female vocal group in the history of popular music setting records that remain unsurpassed to this day. The sisters charted with Billboard hits, 46 of these reaching Top 10 status. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in Maxene started a solo career in releasing the album 'Maxene: An Andrews Sister' in He also composed his first song at this time "Change".
Richard sang backing vocals on several of the tracks, including "The Garden" and "Don't Cry". Axl also invited him to appear in the video for "Don't Cry".
InBlind Melon released their self-titled debut album, it sold poorly until the single "No Rain" was released in September of and the album went quadruple-platinum. Inthey their second album 'Soup', released in They went on tour to promote the album, which sadly was Richard's last album and tour found dead on the band's tour bus of a heart attack, due to a cocaine overdose, while in New Orleans.
He had been arrested the previous month. Folk-punk singer, mult-musician, songwriter, born in Omaha, Nebraska; his primary instrument was the guitar, but he was also proficient at piano, clarinet, bass guitar, drums, and harmonica. Elliott was a founder member of the indie rock band Heatmiser formed in Portland in After leaving Heatmiser, Elliott began his solo career in and rose to mainstream fame when his song "Miss Misery", was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in The track was also included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting.
He was working on his sixth at the time of his death he died from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. Founding member with Joan Jett of all girl group The Runaways, hailed by fans and critics alike to be one of the most groundbreaking drummers in rock and roll history.
Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in Kid Rock also had the No. He started out his recording career in Cringer then formed J Church inalongside schoolfriend and Cringer band-mate Gardner Maxam. He has released a solo acoustic record under the name 'Cilantro' after his favourite smellwas Beck's touring guitarist in and was in the final line-up of Bay Area pop-punk band Monsula in the early s.
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Being Southern helps, as does experience with listening to the blues. And as wonderful as some of these lyrics are, they are greatly enhanced by hearing them in context, sung by these brilliant musicians. The interaction of the lyrics, the singing, and the instruments is what creates the complete picture. I've listed the original issue, place and date of recording after each song.
Punctuation and line breaks are, of course, my own. Maybe the sunshine will drive these blues away. Oh, come here quick. Come on mama, You know I gotcha. Mm — mm. Victor Atlanta, Georgia; October 18, Son House is one of my favorite bluesmen, and one who really paid attention to the quality of his lyrics. Everyone will have his or her own interpretation, but to me, House's pony is himself - his soul.
Oh, my pony; saddle up, up my black mare. You know, I take him by the reins and I led him around and round. I said I take him by the reins and I, I led him around and round. You know, the way he can travel is a lowdown, oh, dirty shame. Sad days, Lonely nights Done overtaken me. Every time I see a woman, it make me think of mine. My past has put me on a habit Of nicotine and alcohol.
It serve me right to suffer; serve me right to be alone. Yeah, I hate to hear my fair brown call my name; Well, she calls so loud and the poor girl calls so plain. Yeah, I got news my baby, well, she done blowed this town. Well, I got great news — my baby done blowed this town. I knows my doggie when I hear him bark; I know my baby if I feel her in the dark.
Yeah, I know my baby… I feel her in the…. Ah, tell me woman, how can you be so mean? Give all of my money out on the brand new stream. Baby, oh tell me, woman, how can you be so…? Arhoolie Nesbit, Mississippi; August, Labels: Music I likePoetry.
I'll begin this post as so many bloggers have over the years: It's been a long time since my last post. I'll try not to let that happen again. Now, on to business: Yesterday I drove the 90 miles or so from Atlanta to Columbus, Georgia to hunt for 78s and do some geocaching. Columbus in a nice little city; the downtown area is pretty healthy, mostly due to the large number of Columbus State University students spending their money, I imagine.
After looking around downtown for awhile, I drove down 5th Avenue and was surprised to see a historical marker proclaiming "Ma Rainey Home. She was singing the blues on tours throughout the South by the time she was 20, and was one of the first Southern blues singers to record - although Bessie Smith beat her to the studios by ten months.
Rainey recorded released sides including alternate takes ; unfortunately, her entire recording career was for Paramount Records, famous for the poor quality of their recordings and pressings. But enough of her voice comes through the lousy sound to make it clear that she was the real deal - a strong, earthy singer who sounds like she grew up with the blues. I had forgotten that this great woman was from Columbus. By the time my brain had processed what I had just seen, I had passed the house.
I quickly backed up, pulled over and got out of the car. I read the marker several times, and stared at the house for awhile. It's a large house - I suspect Rainey rented out rooms - and it's painted yellow, as it apparently was when Rainey lived there between her retirement in and death in The house is now a museum, but I didn't know that - there was nothing to indicate that it was open to the public.
So I just stared. The marker indicated that Porterdale Cemetery, where Rainey is buried, was nearby. I found the cemetery about a half mile away.
Three guys were digging a grave near the entrance, so I pulled over and asked where Ma Rainey's grave was, and one of them showed me.
Rainey is buried between two of her Pridgett sisters; each has a concrete slab over her grave. Ma's just reads "Gertrude Rainey" and the date of her death, but she also has a nice new headstone proclaiming her status as "Mother of the Blues. It was very cool to run across Rainey's house more or less by chance, and to be led to her gravesite by the plaque. I'm planning to go back before too long, actually visit the museum and take some pictures.
At the cemetery, I had a gut-wrenching moment not directly related to Ma Rainey. Porterdale Cemetery was a burying ground for the black residents of Columbus - for most of the South's history, segregation didn't end with death. Near Rainey's grave was the grave of an infant.
The headstone was inscribed with the child's given name which I don't rememberthe date of her death and "Kizzie's Baby. I thought it was odd, until it hit me - Kizzie and her child didn't have last names. They were slaves. You can't live down here without frequently thinking about the terrible history of the region, but it was a powerful experience to unexpectedly come across the raw evidence of human slavery - not in a museum, not in a book, but while just wandering around.
Saturday, September 4, So Long, Donna's. Music has been a part of life on New Orleans' Rampart Street at least since the beginnings of jazz. Both of these buildings are still standing. More recently, Big Sam Williams' Funky Butt was one of the best places in the city to hear music, but the club never reopened after Katrina hit.
And now an era has ended: a couple of weeks ago Donna's, the last music club on North Rampart, closed its doors for the last time. Music clubs come and go all the time; none of them last forever - although it looks like the Village Vanguard has a shot at immortality.
So why does the closing of Donna's affect me so much? From the time that it opened in the early s I don't remember the exact yearDonna's was something special. Even to an introvert like me, who mostly just wants to be left alone, Donna's was warm and welcoming. It's kind of a cliche, but you felt like family as soon as you walked in the door. And, of course, the music was often amazing. In the early days, Donna featured brass bands; there weren't really any other clubs featuring this amazing New Orleans hybrid music at the time.
The bands would stand at one end of the room, and if you wanted to use the restroom, you had to walk through the band. The first time I heard a New Orleans brass band in the flesh was in Jackson Square, where the young Rebirth Brass Band was playing for tips, but my second exposure to this incredible sound was at Donna's, where I heard the Algiers Brass Band. It was such a stunning experience that I went back a couple of nights later to hear the Pin Stripe BB.
Later, of course, they built a bandstand against the windows facing Rampart. And expanding from brass bands, Donna booked a variety of New Orleans music mostly jazz into the club. I remember one passage in which drummer Shannon Powell was playing in a different, but related, tempo than the rest of the group. As they played the last note, a police car zoomed down North Rampart, sirens blaring. Bassist Matt Perrine laughed and said, "Oh, no - the trad police! Speaking of Mr.
Batiste - standing near him as the Treme Brass Band was playing and realizing just how interesting and creative his bass drumming is. Donna, who was sensitive to illegal shenanigans in her club, came over the bar like some sort of action hero and had the guy out the door in seconds. He stayed there all night with his horn on the bar, and whenever he felt like it, he'd pick up the trumpet and join in from his barstool. And on a couple of occasions, Donna's was where I experienced some of the best music I have ever heard in my life.
I can think of at least two evenings when Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott, playing either with a quartet or as a duo, "lifted the bandstand," as Thelonious Monk put it - they played music that transcended "good music" and touched another level. Donna's husband Charlie manned the kitchen. I still think his barbecue ribs were the best I ever had. Donna and Charlie decided to close the club for a variety of reasons. Charlie has had health problems, and Donna has been commuting to and from Florida, where she has a teaching job.
But the primary reason seems to be the condition of the building; the landlord has been unwilling to make repairs, and the building has been slowly falling apart. Incidentally, this was one of the reasons for the demise of the Funky Butt - and that building was owned by the same landlord. I don't live in New Orleans; I was a couple-of-times-a-year visitor to Donna's. I doubt anyone associated with the club would remember me.
But I owe some of my most cherished memories to that little club on the corner of North Rampart and St. So long, Donna's - I'll miss you. Posted by Jeff Crompton at AM 2 comments:. Labels: Music I likeNew Orleans. My record collecting has been out of hand for years. My wife just shakes her head when I come home with more recorded music. But until fairly recently, I could tell her, "Well, at least I don't collect 78s. Record collectors are a little nuts anyway, but collecting 78 RPM records is just over the top.
In an age when an iPod can hold hours of music, filling your home with highly breakable pieces of shellac which hold six minutes of music is just ridiculous. And they will fill your home - 78s take up a lot of room.
I'm up to seven boxes. So why bother? Well, the reason I got into 78s is that there is still some music which can't be heard any other way. Not much, these days, with some exhaustive CD reissue programs around the world, but there are still 78s that have not been reissued in any other form.
The Boyce Brown record on the Collector's Item label discussed Album) an earlier post is a prime example. I've got more than a few very cool records which are unavailable in any other form. And even though most of the stuff is available in other formats, there is still something kind of magical about hearing the music as the musicians expected it to be heard at the time. I'm not saying that they wouldn't have preferred more advanced technology if it had been available, but most of the music issued on 78s was conceived to be issued in that form.
And a well-made 78 in good condition can sound wonderful. There is always some surface noise present, but the ears quickly adjust to that. Many LP and CD reissues of material from 78s filter out the surface noise, which also takes out frequencies of the music, removing some of the "life" from the sound.
I never had any complaint about the sound quality of my CD reissue of the recordings by A. Piron's New Orleans Orchestra - until I found one of the original records in excellent condition. The 78 sounds much better than the CD. There are certain records in my collection that I cherish for their sound - I can hear Louis Armstrong's breath through his horn and hear Eddie South's bow on the strings of his violin. There's more to my love of these old records - something less tangible.
They are artifacts from the past - windows to a forgotten world. As I hold or play a 78, I often speculate on who originally owned the record - why did they buy this particular record - did they enjoy it?
I recently bought a box of records from an antique dealer in Chattanooga. There were a few records in the box which "didn't belong" - they obviously came from another source. But most of the box seemed to be from a single collection. Whose records were they? Well, the original owner was probably from the country, presumably somewhere in East Tennessee or North Georgia. The vast majority of the records are what we would now call country music, but the style was usually called "hillbilly" at the time.
Most of the records come from a ten-year period starting in ; the earliest record is a real gem from that year - an Okeh record by Henry Whitter, the first "hillbilly" artist to record.
The record buyer's tastes leaned, for the most part, toward the more commercial side of country music - Carson Robison is the most-represented artist, and his music was slicker and more "citified" than the more down-home hillbilly musicians.
The person or family who accumulated this collection was probably fairly religious - there are quite a few "white gospel" discs in the stack. He or they was probably Irish, and not too many generations removed from the Emerald Isle. There are Irish songs performed in country style like a Conqueror record by Mac and Bobbut there is one straight-up record of Irish dance tunes by the Four Provinces Orchestra, an Irish band out of Philadelphia.
My precursor's record buying tailed off aroundbut there were a few later records in the stack, like the bizarre gospel song "Television in the Sky," recorded in by the West Virginia trio of Cap, Andy and Flip.
The most recent record is a Roy Acuff. I owe this mysterious person a debt for bringing together this fascinating collection of early country music. And I'll keep buying those ten- and twelve-inch shellac discs until I totally run out of room.
Friday, June 25, Goodbye to Two Giants. I haven't posted here in awhile, and it gives me no pleasure that this post is a memorial. Two giants of avant-garde jazz for lack of a better term have died in the past few days. And tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson, 81, left us yesterday. For much of their careers, these two men were, to an extent, outsiders - even by the already marginalized standards of avant-garde improvised music. Both were founding members of organizations whose purpose was to encourage and promote the somewhat challenging music created by their members; Dixon was the primary mover behind the Jazz Composers Guild, which grew out of the October Revolution in Jazz, a week-long series of concerts he set up in It was soon apparent that his music went beyond Jazz with a capital J, however.
His magnificent record Intents and Purposes sounds like it has at least one foot in the realm of contemporary classical music.
And his trumpet style developed into one of the most distinctive and unusual in jazz - he used smears, spaces, squeezed notes, blats, sounds that were more air that pitch, and multiphonics. And it all worked; when a Dixon solo was over, it felt like a unified statement, not like a series of effects. Bill Dixon was, by many accounts, a difficult figure to deal with. I suspect that he would have responded to such a statement by saying that he was uncompromising.
He became a professor at Bennington College at Vermont in the late s, and remained there for many years. Dixon recorded infrequently in the seventies and eighties, but recordings became more frequent during the last two decades of his life.
Just as the piano, basses, and drums begin to get more agitated, Dixon enters with long, ethereal notes separated by spaces, the intervals carefully chosen. It's a beautiful moment. For many years, Fred Anderson was even more obscure than Bill Dixon, at least to the world outside of Chicago. He made strong contributions to Joseph Jarman's first two albums in andthen didn't record again for a decade.
When I was a young man learning about jazz, I knew Anderson as a somewhat legendary figure who had contributed to the Chicago avant-garde scene of the the sixties, but I had no idea if he had ever recorded again.
Somewhere along the way, he became something of a father figure to younger Chicago musicians such as Hamid Drake and Ken Vandermark. Recordings became more frequent, and he developed a strong reputation in the avant-garde jazz world.
His tenor sound was filled with history; you could hear Coleman Hawkins and Gene Ammons Album) his playing, although his influences were so well internalized that he never sounded like anyone except himself. While Dixon went into academia, Anderson became a saloon owner - his Velvet Lounge on the Near South Side of Chicago became a mecca for musicians and fans.
For those of us who never had LP chance to hear him there, there are several live albums from the Velvet Lounge, including an 80th birthday tribute CD and DVD.
Recordings by Dixon and Anderson are easier to find now than in the past, although there are still plenty of gaps in what is available. Hear them on record, since we can't hear them in person anymore. Every year, every month, fewer giants walk the earth. We've just lost two. Thursday, May 6, Brother Matthew. When I was a high school kid trying to learn all I could about jazz, I found a book in my school's library that fascinated me; I checked it out over and over again.
Even though that book was pretty outdated it was nearly 20 years old by the time I discovered itit was the first book that helped me get a handle on the complex, sometimes baffling history of the music.
I spent hours poring over the rather poorly-reproduced photographs and captions, trying to understand how all of these musicians fit together, and wondering what they sounded like, since I had only heard recordings by a few of them.
In retrospect, the Pictorial History presents a pretty flawed and incomplete view of jazz history, but it was very helpful to me at the time, and I was glad to find a battered copy in a used book store as an adult. One picture particularly intrigued me, for some reason, and I'm still not entirely sure why.
It's a picture of group that only existed for one day, and only for the purpose of making a 78 RPM record for the Collector's Item label. The only one of the five musicians who could be considered to be a fairly big name in the jazz world was cornetist Wild Bill Davidson, although pianist Mel Henke did a good bit of recording later, both in the jazz and pop worlds.
But the most interesting figure in the photograph was the small-boned, wispy man with the thinning hair who was playing the alto saxophone. Boyce Brown was described in the text as "obscure," but I somehow knew right away that he was someone I wanted to hear.
Boyce Matthew Brown was not your typical rough-and-tumble Chicago jazzman; he was introspective, temperate, and lived with his mother.
He wrote poetry, read philosophy, and listened to the music of impressionist composers like Debussy and Delius. He was musically literate, but his extremely poor eyesight made sight-reading difficult for him, so he did most of his playing in small Chicago jazz bands. Brown's playing is striking and unusual, even after the passage of many years. He improvised with great drive, but at the same time, his phrasing was often asymmetrical and off-center, and his note choices were unusual.
Boyce Brown recorded fewer than a dozen times in his career. He is a racehorse out of the gate on the first tune, "Nagasaki;" it's clear that a special talent has been turned loose. Perhaps his most well-known recordings are the four sides which Jimmy McPartland's band made for the Decca Chicago Jazz album.
This album a set of six 78 RPM records attracted a good bit of attention at the time. George Avakian's orginal liner notes are worth quoting: To most, this record "China Boy" will serve as an introduction to Boyce Brown's alto sax. He shares a chorus with Bud Jacobson and gives us a typical solo: perfectly executed, fast, full of notes, but completely logical and amazingly conceived. Boyce's personality is expressed in his music - a statement which has worn thin, but here it is the cold truth.
Boyce is unlike any musician you have ever met, and his is a completely individual and unorthodox style. Take warning that Boyce will need a lot of listening. His complexity makes a casual hearing worthless. Careful attention will be rewarded by an understanding of the subtleties of Boyce's ideas, which are distinctively his own.
Unfortunately, this was "little more than a prelude to obscurity," as writer Richard Sudhalter has said. Boyce had one more record date on which he was prominently featured: the aforementioned Collector's Item session. It's not entirely clear who the leader of the session was; there is no band name on the labels, although they do have all the musicians' names. The sides are often listed in discographies under Wild Bill Davidson's name, and the band is sometimes called the Collector's Item Cats.
The matrix numbers in the run-off groove area of the record start with the letters "BB," however, which leads me to believe that it was Boyce's date.
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