Aug 232020

here’s a little something that i was listening to at work last week. unrelated to that, i’m currently readying young man with a horn by dorothy baker, which i picked up at a surprisingly good bookshop in macroom, co. cork, a couple of weeks ago (‘surprising’ as there weren’t actually very many books; small but very [Read more…]

Aug 142020

what i’ve been listening to yesterday.  it’s nice to have some jazz violin that’s not “gypsy jazz” (which i also am very fond of).  and an excellent recording, like all the other “lerond” recordings i’ve heard.  there’s also a solo performance by jenny scheinman birchmere in alexandria, posted here almost exactly 5 years ago. lately, [Read more…]

Aug 102020

well, i’m on a little vacation, but this time i did a full backup and brought along the main usb drive since we were driving.  how much padding around a usb drive is enough, really?  all good so far, including this show. omar sosa – joo kraus – gustavo ovalles schlachthof bremen, germany 14 sept [Read more…]

Jul 262020

here’s a charming piano/trumpet duo.  not trying to be fancy, just playing some great jazz really well.  i was a little disappointed not to be able to find out much about berthold brauer, but hopefully he’ll pop up again.  piano jazz is lovely, but there is so much it’s easy to take it for granted.  [Read more…]

Jul 222020
melissa aldana - 3 may 2017, bern, switzerland

a couple of shows by melissa aldana, first with aaron diehl in switzerland in 2017 and then leading her quartet in berlin in 2019, each shared by unclewolfi some months after the shows.  i found these to be a bit somber & meditative, and am not sure which of them i prefer.  very different groups [Read more…]

Jul 202020

although this was shared on dime back in feb 2019, it looks as if les légendes du jazz on france musique has aired it again just last month,  describing it as a double tribute to shelly manne on the centenary of his birth and to lee konitz who died from coronavirus on april 15.  not [Read more…]

Jul 182020
sean conly trio - 19 may 2018, ibeam, brooklyn, ny, usa

this is perhaps the sort of thing that i generally prefer live, ideally in a small venue, but this audience recording worked very well for me and feels like it captured the show quite faithfully. sean conly trio ibeam brooklyn, ny may 19 , 2018 sean conly – bass & composition michaël attias – alto [Read more…]

Jul 152020

i feel as if luck was with me tonight, picking something just right on my first try.  none of that “no, not in the mood for that” or “oh dear, that’s not really a very good recording, is it?” business.  and, curiously enough, it’s the second time that east orange has come up in as [Read more…]

Jul 152020

here’s nice line-up, led by george russell, from 1964.  i don’t remember hearing a jazz version of you are my sunshine before (and not for a long time in any other style you’d care to mention).  the last four tracks have been released on a bootleg, btw, along with 4 tracks from another show.  i [Read more…]

Jul 132020

here’s something from a little further afield that i played right after roxy coss — yes, it was all about alphabetical proximity, as you’ll no doubt agree if you like browsing in bookstores or, for that matter, music stores.  i don’t miss lp’s clicks, pops and skips, but the album covers, now… it’s interesting that [Read more…]