Duke Ellington, April 29, 1899. This is about the best of America, and this, not the middle-aged white guys in midwestern diners that David Brooks and those who want to be him talk with (or invent) to get the pulse of “real” America, this is the real America.
Herbie turned a forever-ageless 80 earlier this month. He still makes music and plays like this. “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” is my very favorite track from his funk era, it’s on Man-Child which you should own, along with Thrust, Sextant, and Head Hunters. This stuff is all at back-catologue prices—Thrust is $4.99!!!!!— and is …
This music gives me an ache, one that I’m not always prepared for. That means they’re reaching me.
Roswell Rudd was a great trombonist, not just in handling the instrument and playing in bands, but in the way of the rollicking, gutbucket spirit of the instrument.
I came to Konitz fairly late. Like another altoist, Jackie McLean, I listened to him but it took me many years to hear what he was doing. And like McLean, I came to love what he was doing, even if I didn’t always like it.
Starting today, Sunday, March 22, pianist Fred Hersch will be streaming sets from his home on his Facebook page, 1pm EST daily.