All of old DTM is finally moved to this new URL.
The biggest overhaul was done to Bud Powell Anthology. Among the upgrades are new transcriptions of both hands on “Cherokee,” “Tempus Fugit,” Celia,” plus single lines on “The Street Beat” and Fats Navarro on “Ornithology.” The last page is updated with brief thoughts about Guthrie P. Ramsey’s recent book and there’s even a fresh coda, a consideration of other pianists playing Bud Powell tunes.
The Lester Young Centennial also got a serious makeover, including a brand new transcription of “These Foolish Things.”
Much editing was done to the overview of Ornette Coleman, which connects to material on Gunther Schuller. Since Ornette and Gunther are both gone now, I felt freer to state certain opinions, especially about Harmolodics and in a postscript about Gunther’s contribution to the classical canon. The careful listen to early Ornette is surely DTM at its best: That section now concludes with an extensive analysis of Science Fiction.
The Lennie Tristano essay keeps improving over the years with judicious editing. When I first published ten years ago it felt heretical but now it feels almost tame.
Recently Rolling Stone offered a ranked list of the 100 greatest drummers. They claim to deal with rock, not jazz, yet somehow Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa place ahead of Elvin Jones and Tony Williams. This is classic institutional racism. The Whiplash post was about exactly this kind of racism, and is now updated with a link to Rolling Stone and little bit of tart commentary.
Reminder: Starting tomorrow, going through Sunday, six days, sets at 8:30 and 10:30: The Ethan Iverson quartet featuring Houston Person with Ben Street and Billy Hart at the Village Vanguard.
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