I am obliged, to myself as well as to you, to hold unpopular opinions.
Thelonious Monk would have turned 100 last month, but he didn’t because he’s dead.... The contemporary musicians are not only carving out new territory but entirely renegotiating the music’s relationship with the past, an absolute necessity if an art form is to stay away from decadence.
The perpetually new-found land http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGaznqY5ewNl_1fi0s6C2OQJxGJvF-2No
And think Jaco Pastorius. Jaco was an astonishing, jaw-dropping player, the kind of musician who has you at first not quite believing that the things he is doing can actually be done.
The critic's have spoken, and here's The 2016 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll : The Record : NPR.
Things will not be great in 2017 if you are an ordinary person, especially if you're not a man and not white. Things will be great for certain people, those who have the right balance of melanin and money. For example, things will be good for non-punk rock musician/Weimar-ignoramus/privileged emigrant Amanda Palmer. But not everyone … Continue reading Things To Come
The depth and range of 2016 reissues and archival releases was not as great as previous that of previous, years (especially 2015), but there were a small handful of such releases this year that were of rare quality and importance. The most notable was Decca’s release of their Mozart 225 complete edition of his works. … Continue reading Best Reanimations 2016
After listening to what is now close to 500 recordings with a 2016 release date, I feel like I’ve discovered some themes. Some of this is the elusive zeitgeist, what is on the minds of musical artists; some is longer term trends having to do with technology and pop culture; some may just be coincidence. … Continue reading 2016 Notes and Tones