On May 1, Bandcamp is once again waiving their fees, so if you buy something 100% of the money goes to the artist (they’ll also be doing this at the beginning of June and July, if you want to gird your wallet).
Pi Recordings has started to issue a series called This is Now: Love in the Time of COVID, with quick and unusual new recordings from their group of artists. First is this solo album from saxophonist Steve Lehman, a very personal and idiosyncratic (and mind-blowing) set of studies he recorded in his car.
I flag this series in particular because Pi is distributing this for their artists, and the musicians get 100% of the money. Good guys all around.
Duke wrote reams and reams of wonderful music, with the perverse effect that tunes like “In a Sentimental Mood” and “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo” crowded out marvelous pieces like “Johnny Come Lately” and this, this exquisite performance of the exquisite “Passion Flower.” There’s little on the planet as sensuous as Johnny Hodges playing a ballad.
Tonight, April 29. 7:30—Timo Andres will live stream a recital he was schedule to give at Carnegie Hall, same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel. I was planning on reviewing this, so was feeling the loss, and now some gain. Tune in at his YouTube channel above or via this link.
Here’s the program, it’s the good stuff:
Robin Holcomb – Wherein Lies the Good
Donnacha Dennehy – Her Wits (About Him)
Brad Mehldau – L.A. Pastorale
Gabriella Smith – Imaginary Pancake (YOUTUBE PREMIERE)
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.
Over the past five years or so, I’ve gotten deeply into the blues. It took me a long time to get at the core of what’s happening, the fantastic range of nuance, the layers of meaning, and especially the utter lack of fucking bullshit. You cannot bullshit with the blues. It is one of the few cures in the arsenal of resistance to the crushing bullshit of late-capitalist, decadent America. Dig it.