Chronology 13 is about Old and New Dreams.
Chronology 14 is about Larry Young and Woody Shaw.
New DTM page: Surely This is Going to Work Correctly Eventually, music that consciously combines jazz and classical techniques.
Included in the overview:
Friedrich Gulda, Music for 4 soloists and Band No. 1
Dedicated to Eric Dolphy
The American Jazz Ensemble New Dimensions
Noel DaCosta Ukom Memory Songs
Noel DaCosta Four Preludes, Jes’ Grew, and Five Verses with Vamps
The Modern Jazz Ensemble Little David’s Fugue
The Modern Jazz Quartet In Memoriam
Roland Hanna Child of Gemini
Freddie Hubbard and İlhan Mimaroğlu, Sing Me a Song of Songmy
Michael Mantler/Carla Bley 13 for Piano and Two Orchestras — 3/4 for Piano and Orchestra
New DTM page: Valuable Jazz Anthologies. Included in the overview:
I Remember Bebop Al Haig, Duke Jordan, John Lewis, Sadik Hakim, Walter Bishop, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Rowles
Cafe Society J.C. Heard, Mary Lou Williams, Edmond Hall, Maxine Sullivan
Chicago’s Boss Tenors Gene Ammons, Tom Archia, Claude McLin, and Johnny Griffin
Jazz Women: A Feminist Retrospective
The New Breed Cecil Taylor, Charles Tolliver, Grachan Moncur, Archie Shepp
Jazz Greats: Art Tatum: The Shout (curated by Brian Priestley)
Jazz Greats: Boogie Woogie: Roll ‘Em (curated by Brian Priestley and Tony Russell)
Highly recommended: Vinnie Sperrazza’s online course, History of North American Drumming, 1895-2020. STARTS TONIGHT.
Vinnie’s my man, I’ve learned a lot from him, and will be checking some of this out myself. Sign up here.
The great bassist passed away at 85 last week. I recently wrote about his early years for JazzTimes. Gary and I spoke briefly on the phone before publication, he appreciated the comments and said they were accurate.
One to listen for a memorial is December Poems, which is mostly solo, elegiac in tone, and quite gorgeous. All of Peacock’s work with Paul Bley is by definition outstanding. However the last disc of the ’60s, Mr. Joy with Billy Elgart, is a notable masterpiece and should be better known.
Peacock is now most famous for the extraordinary trio with Keith Jarrett and Jack Dejohnette. All their records have value, but I will always have a special soft spot for the freewheeling early sessions, the 1983 studio music, Standards Live, and Still Live.
New DTM page: Establishment Espionage, about the tv show The Sandbaggers and the short stories of Michael Gilbert.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a major multi-part DTM deep dive, but tomorrow is an important date….
Featuring interviews with six vital musicians, one guest post, a new piece of Iverson pedagogy, and a glance at Bird in print.
CHARLIE PARKER CENTENNIAL
4) Bertha Hope
5) Live Bird is the Best Bird (by Mark Stryker)
6) Bird is the Word (five famous solos and commentary)
7) Words about Bird (reception history, featuring Hampton Hawes)
New DTM page, a guest post by composer Keane Southard: A look at three classical music “covers” from the 2009 record For All I Care by the Bad Plus.
New DTM guest page: One That Got Away: Steve Grossman, 1951-2020 (by Mark Stryker)