Posting will be light in August. I've got a few extra things on my plate at the moment that require most of my time, but I'll pop in from time to time and get back up to speed in September. Here are a few things to check out today while you're trying to escape the heat.
- It's Newport time again, and NPR is streaming some of today's performances, including Matt Wilson, Dave Douglas' Brass Ecstasy, John Faddis, and the Wynton Marsalis-Dave Brubeck collaboration. Yesterday's action included Fly, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, and the JD Allen Trio.
- Also at NPR this week, Patrick J. nerds out to some Guillemo Klein. Great stuff.
- Fred Kaplan discusses the recent onslaught of audiophile pressings of classic Blue Note albums in the New York Times today.
- Finally, Andrew Durkin shares a choice quote about technique and improvisation. Spot on.
- Finally, George Wein spoke to Mark Myers recently about the 1960 Newport Rebel Festival, which spawned an unlikely collaboration on record featuring Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Jo Jones, and Roy Eldridge, among others.
Photo: JD Allen at Newport via NPR