You'll find some new blogs in the right-hand sidebar:
- Dinosaur Gardens: A belated but deeply thorough and essential post on James Brown is currently up. Even after his passing, though, the hardest working man in show business doesn't get any rest. The debate about where he's to be buried continues.
- Postclassic: I should've started reading this a long time ago...
- Pulse: Darcy James Argue has perhaps the most (jazz-)blogospherical presence of this composers' collective, but this site will point you to some other keen places. Impressive roster of performers, too.
Musicians (trumpetistically speaking):
- SpiderMonkey Stories: Trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum's often-informative ruminations. See also his insightful post at Destination: Out on a cornet/drums duo performance (Olu Dara and Phillip Wilson).
In the past couple days, colleagues have been pointing me to a number of Sonny Rollins-related articles, videos and the like. With all the posthumous appreciations recently, it's much nicer to read even small stories on living legends:
Also, while URGE is a download service mainly for the MTV audience, they've recently posted a Q&A with Sonny. It's brief but touches on some personal points.
Actually, I think I was institutionalized when I wrote "Doxy." The gory details, well it was back at a time when I was hooked on drugs, and while I was institutionalized my mind turned to music, and I had an opportunity to play with a band, a sort of Protestant Chapel Band -- we played hymns and such. It's not a pleasant memory. But it's fruitful in that I was able to overcome those problems.
Read the interview here. (You may be asked to download URGE if you don't already have it. The program, however, isn't Mac-compatible.)
And I had completely forgotten about the podcast series and numerous videos at his website. Look for the 1963 "Jazz Casual" interview with Sonny by Ralph J. Gleason.
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