Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Stormy Monday

They call it stormy Moday, but Tuesday's just as bad
They call it stormy Moday, but Tuesday's just as bad
Wednesday's worse, and Thursday's also sad

Yes the eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday I go out to play
Eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday I go out to play
Sunday I go to church, then I kneel down and pray

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, my heart's in misery
Crazy about my baby, yes, send her back to me

Monday, December 07, 2009

Cotie Stark, in the grand tradition ....

Great video documentary on Piedmont Blues guitarist John Miller, aka Cotie Stark.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Lightnin Hopkins

We are wandering far from jazz .....

Monday, November 30, 2009

It Might Get Loud

Very cool "article" on this movie, here.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Guitar Lesson Heaven

can be found right here .....


An example:

Sunday, June 07, 2009

David Hamburger Sample Lesson

Very nice sample lesson from David Hamburger on acousticguitareworkshop.com, using Freddie Green chord voicings on slow E chord progression.

Saw Hamburger at guitar show in Boston couple of years ago, and he left a lasting impression. His "New School" finger style blues is sort of a jazzed blues style, from what I have seen. Regardless of what you call it, very nice stuff, and he has a pleasant, clear teaching style that is well produced.

Click on the "New School" tab at bottom of the video screen.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Two fantastic new albums on emusic by Jimmy Raney, "the natural"



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Glenn Gould

Sure, you've heard Glenn Gould. You probably assuming he was overdubbing. Wrong.

Jimmy Raney

Jimmy Raney was a natural. His son has posted several videos where Raney is teaching ....

Friday, February 06, 2009


So, you think you're a pretty hot guitarist .... you're maybe 28, 32, you've been playing for almost 20 years, you've been in bands. Then you learn that a kid down the street plays guitar. You suggest that he bring his guitar over so you can "jam." You try not to be condescending, but hey, that's hard to do when you're a local guitar legend.

The kid shows up. He's sixteen, and here's how he plays, with his friend Philip Catherine.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ben Ratliff's Top Ten Jazz Albums Since 2002

Andrew Hill: "Time Lines"
Gonzalo Rubalcaba: "Avatar"
Jason Moran: "Modernistic"
Guillermo Klein: "Filtros"
Maria Schneider: "Cerulean Skies"
Wayne Shorter Quartet: "Beyond the Sound Barrier"
Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Kinsmen"
Ravi Coltrane: "In Flux"
Miguel Zenón: "Jibaro"
Branford Marsalis: "Braggtown"

Link to article on nyt.com
(subscription likely to be required).

Link to Ratliff's book, The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Kurt Rosenwinkel Live at the Village Vanguard -

Downloads gratis, thanks to Kurt and NPR:


p.s. almost 2 1/2 hours of fantastic music at 192 kbps or higher

Monday, January 05, 2009

Film: Let Yourself Go - The Lives of Fred Hersch

The New Yorker Fred Hersch is one of the best pianists and composers of contemporary Jazz. His musical work is remarkable, and so is his way of life.

Hersch, now 53 years old, has been HIV positive for twenty years. His disease progressed to AIDS only a few years ago. He was one of the first Jazz musicians who 1994 publicly came out as gay and HIV-positive.

Openly and well-humoured, he speaks on this DVD about his life, his career with all its ups and downs and about his music - the vital force that empowers him to live with his illness.

Filmmaker Katja Duregger has followed Fred Hersch over a period of two years. She shot much of the material by herself, which enabled her to produce a very intimate and moving portrait of this exceptional musician.

Continue reading ...

Thursday, January 01, 2009

AllMusic’s Favorite Jazz Albums of 2008

The first ten:

- Butterfly

Brian Blade Fellowship
- Season of Changes

Anthony Braxton
- Beyond Quantum

James Carter
- Present Tense

Francisco Mora Catlett
- Outerzone

Gerald Cleaver
- Gerald Cleaver’s Detroit

Bill Dixon/Exploding Star Orchestra
- Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra

Dave Douglas & Keystone
- Moonshine

Lisle Ellis
- Sucker Punch Requiem

Kenny Garrett
- Sketches of MD