I have dozens of Jordi Savall recordings, and this is the one I…

I have dozens of Jordi Savall record­ings, and this is the one I come back to most fre­quently http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

I have dozens of Jordi Savall recordings, and this is the one I…

I have dozens of Jordi Savall record­ings, and this is the one I come back to most fre­quently http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Now this is unexpected … In case anyone asks you if Charlie…

Now this is unex­pected … In case any­one asks you if Char­lie Haden, Nick Cave and Toots Thiele­mans ever played together. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

No More, Please

Got a press release from an ensem­ble I’m not going to name, announc­ing their new “recon­cep­tu­al­iza­tion” of Sketches of Spain. Why? The release quotes an estab­lished critic, who I also will not name, say­ing: “One has to think that Miles Davis would have been intrigued, given his own his­tory of ignor­ing rules and con­tin­u­ously reinventing(…)

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As an editor, I’m hoping this goes pandemic.

As an edi­tor, I’m hop­ing this goes pan­demic. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

mosaicrecords: Underrated GemErskine Hawkins Orchestra:…

mosaicrecords: Under­rated GemErsk­ine Hawkins Orches­tra: 1937 The only film appear­ance of one of the great bands of the Swing Era. It comes from a 10 minute inde­pen­dent film (Pic­tuReels) titled “Dev­iled Hams.” Fol­low: Mosaic Records Face­book Tum­blr Twit­ter http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

The Weather Report for July, just how I like it this time of…

The Weather Report for July, just how I like it this time of year. http://thesmallercity.tumblr.com

Charlie Haden

Fine obit from Nate Chi­nen here. Every­one is post­ing their favorite mem­o­ries and/or per­for­mances. I caught Quar­tet West sev­eral times, a superb group. To my ears his great­est play­ing is on the duet record with Ornette, Soap­suds Soap­suds: The record seems to be gen­er­ally unavail­able except for resellers. For another great, less well known record,(…)

The Kings of Ambience

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Bitches Brew

… They are not whom you, or Sasha-Frere Jones, think: he did some­thing that was extremely mod­ern, some­thing you can only do on records, which is, he took the per­for­mance to pieces, spa­tially. Now, those things were done by a group of musi­cians in a room, all sit­ting closet to one another … but they(…)