UPDATE: The webinar went very well. Jon and Angelika were fonts of knowledge and inspiration. Alex Rodriguez had the cadence of a learned vet. Veronica Grandison is on our radar around these parts. If you didn't get the chance to hear the discussion, the JJA has posted the whole talk on their YouTube page. Check out some of the best jazz writers of our day.
Part of me feels like I'm procrastinating about reviewing all this year's releases. Part of me is still recovering from last week. I'm not saying these shows are lacking, I'm just saying I have a lot on my mind.
The Line-Up for 9 November 2012
Every now and then, it's important to look outside of format. These aren't overwhelmingly scary words in the realm of jazz nowadays. When there seemed to be blood on the page of jazz magazines and daggers in the eyes of fans wondering what happened to the swinging music they loved, meant forever to be frozen in time, these kinds of ideas were blasphemous. Now, to paraphrase ELEW, pretty much any and everything swinging and non-swinging has passed for jazz by now. The most heralded jazz albums this year come from the likes of Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, and others who aren't afraid to show a little eclecticism. Their successes come in part not only because of their awe-inspiring talent but also because of their openmindedness. This almost ubuntu spirit of music -- an interconnectedness of taste -- facilitates an "outreachification" that is in some ways the continued life blood of their home genre. Through the recognition of the strengths of other niche genres can we discover new ideas.
I normally have mixed feelings about dedicating whole stand-alone posts to other folks' journalism work. However, when there's video of Robert Glasper interviewing fellow Blue Note labelmate José James, that's certainly an exception I can make with such mastercraft journalism work. Check out the two talk about James' upcoming album, No Beginning, No End.
Drummer Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin and Wood) and organist Will Blades released their latest album, Shimmy, on the Royal Potato Family label this past May. In support of the album, check out a video of the duo performing "Toe Thumb" live and see these two as they tour throughout the month of November.