Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Some things I’ve been listening to lately.

Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, Gavin Bryars – Myths 3: La Nouvelle Serenite
Robin Guthrie – Bordeaux
Kazuhito Yamashita – Romance de Amor
Kazuhito Yamashita – Rodrigo/Castelnuovo – Tedesco Guitar Concertos
Vijay Iyler – Accelerando
Vijay Iyler and Leo Smith – a Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke
Joe McPhee – the Damage Done
Joe Zawinul – the Rise and Fall of the Third Stream
Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction
Ravi Coltrane – In Flux
Anthony Braxton – Echo Echo Mirror House Music
John McLaughlin  – After the Rain
John McLaughlin and Chick Corea – the Five Peace Band Live
King Crimson – the Road to Red, disc 20


Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday morning
King Crimson – Lizard
King Crimson – the Elements of King Crimson
Kink Crimson – Thrak
Alexander von Schlippenbach – Pakastani Pomade
Lonnie Liston Smith – Astral Traveling
Lonnie Liston Smith – Cosmic Funk
Ralph Alessi and Fred Hersh – One of Many
Ches Smith – the Bell
Tord Gustavson – What Was Said
Leo Smith – Occupy the World
Joe Morris Bass Qt – High Definition
Kris Davis – Save Your Breath
Nate Wooley – (Sit in) the Throne of Friendship
Nate Wooley – Scowl
Louis Sclavis – Eldorado Trio
John Cage – As It Is

Mary Halvorson & Jon Irabagon 2013-01-28, JACK, New York City

6662A little article from the New Yorker, Larry Young’s Self-Questioning Jazz offers this tidbit:

“But, in the booklet, John Koenig offers a remarkable sidebar regarding Young’s piano teacher in New Jersey, Olga Von Till, a native of Hungary who, in her own youth, had studied with Béla Bartók and “had been exposed to two other important Hungarian composers, Ernő Dohnányi and Zoltán Kodály”—and who also the taught the pianist Bill Evans.”

Olga Von Till taught in Highland Park, NJ. Olga also taught Barry Miles. I can imagine Larry Young taking NJ Transit down to New Brunswick or Edison from Newark and walking to her house. I grew up down the road (Rt. 27) in North Brunswick years later.

More on  Larry Young’s Tragic Genius


Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer during rehearsals for the band's 'Works' tour, at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada, February 1977. photo Michael Putland

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada, February 1977. photo Michael Putland.

my notes from Facebook…

I’m just shocked as anyone else to hear of Keith Emerson’s passing. His music was part of my teenage years, lying between the stereo speakers in the middle of the band listening to The Barbarian, Trilogy, Tarkus, Brain Salad Surgery, Knife Edge. Keith had the most amazing sounding keyboards and the heaviest compositions.

I heard my hero play three times.* Once with ELP on the Works tour in Princeton after they dropped the orchestra, Emerson, Lake and Powell at the Meadowlands arena and about 10 years ago at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville with his band.

Rest easy Keith Emerson, your suffering is over.


  • edit: make that four times, I caught the Black Moon tour at the Garden State Arts Center.



20160309_212941_20160309213512277bBarney Kessel – Autumn Leaves
Barney Kessel – Yesterday
Herbie Hancock – Live At Boston Jazz Workshop
Herbie Hancock – The Kitchen Improvises 1976-1983
Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon A Star
Alexander von Schlippenbach – So Long Eric
John Abercrombie – Night
Curved Air – Air Conditioning
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Apocalypse
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire
Larry Young – Unity
Larry Young – Testifying

20160302_105638_20160303160135456Jim Hall – Live in Tokyo
Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer – Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival
Jim Hall – Good Friday Blues
Clark Terry and Thelonious Monk – In Orbit
Steve Coleman – Black Science
Miles Davis – Miles Ahead
Glenn Alexander – Humblebrag
Herb Ellis – Ellis in Wonderland
Joe Pass – Portraits of Duke Ellington
Barney Kessel – Kessel Plays Standards
Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis – Pour Butterfly
Stephane Grappelli and Barney Kessel – Limehouse Blues
Ralph Towner – Trio
Arlid Anderson, Ralph Towner, Nana Vasconcelos – If You Look Far Enough


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