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Aretha Franklin (1942–2018)
“Hits like ‘Do Right Woman — Do Right Man,’ ‘Think,’ ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’ and ‘Chain of Fools’ defined a modern female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable, loving but not to be taken for granted.”
music 
19 hours ago by M.Leddy
A new old Kinks song
“Time Song,” a previously unreleased Kinks song, no doubt written by Ray Davies.
music  time 
19 hours ago by M.Leddy
Henry Butler (1948–2018)
He was a pianist of tremendous intensity, and a great unhurried conversationalist, with a dry sense of humor.
jazz  music  piano 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“The Immigrants”
A new recording from Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks: “The Immigrants.”
music  VanDykeParks 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Five questions
The Washington Post asks “the five hardest questions in pop music.”
culture  music 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
George Cameron (1947–2018)
When it comes to the Left Banke, I am very late to the show.
music 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Music for Father’s Day
I’ve listened to the last of my dad’s CDs: Lester Young.
family  jazz  music 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Clarence Fountain (1929–2018)
One small sample of Clarence Fountain’s voice that’s dear to me: “Stop Do Not Go On.”
music  Sophocles 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Beat Bop”
Ten minutes and ten seconds of K-Rob’s storytelling and cultural commentary and Rammelzee’s spectacular wordplay.
music 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
From my dad’s CDs
And now, composer, pianist, organist, singer, and bandleader Thomas “Fats” Waller.
family  jazz  music  piano 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
“God Only Knows”
The BBC Radio 4 show Soul Music now has an episode devoted to Brian Wilson and Tony Asher’s “God Only Knows.” There will be tears.
BeachBoys  BrianWilson  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
The Jazz Ambassadors
On PBS tonight, a new documentary about a U.S. State Department experiment in Cold War cultural diplomacy: The Jazz Ambassadors.
jazz  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Donald Trump is not a jazz musician
Such comparisons are an insult to improvising musicians, who know what they’re doing. They may be working from a set list (of “tunes”). Or they may be engaged in collective free improvisation. Either way, they’re always working with a high degree of sympathetic understanding, attentive to and responsive to fellow players.
jazz  music  politics 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
On Duke Ellington’s birthday, a random possible discovery
It may be coincidence, but a phrase that Bubber Miley plays and repeats in a 1927 recording sure sounds like the germ of Johnny Hodges’s “Good Queen Bess.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
On Duke Ellington’s birthday
“I am a musician who is a member of the American Federation of Labor, and who hopes one day to amount to something artistically.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
From my dad’s CDs
My dad and I never agreed about Mel Tormé.
family  jazz  music 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Cecil Taylor (1929–2018)
When I think of Taylor’s music, I think of words from David Bowie’s “Modern Love”: I try. I try. I recognize that a genius is at work and want to engage what’s happening. Sometimes I can.
jazz  music  piano 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Down and up
“I’m down to the bottom of my sound, but I’m up to the clearest understanding of my life”: the singer Sylvia Syms, at the age of seventy-four, a month before her death.
jazz  music  singers 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Dowd, Waters, and Walker
Attn: Maureen Dowd: T-Bone Walker should be credited, not Muddy Waters.
blues  music  NewYorkTimes 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Sinatra’s last performance
It’s 1995, and he’s in surprisingly good voice.
FrankSinatra  music 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
“Redemption Song”
Another great episode of Soul Music (BBC Radio 4): about Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”
music 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
The Foot Clinic sign
Los Angeles’s Foot Clinic sign (happy foot/sad foot) comes to life in a music video by YACHT.
LosAngeles  music  DavidFosterWallace 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Soul Music again
The BBC podcast Soul Music is rolling again.
music  podcasts 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
“The man that hath no music in himself”
“The man that hath no music in himself, / Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, / Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”
music  Shakespeare 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Maurice Peress (1930–2017)
A conductor known especially for his work with Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington.
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
The GRamercy Five
Artie Shaw and company.
jazz  music 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Rose Marie (1923–2017)
The Child Wonder channeled Helen Kane.
music  television  vaudeville 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
From Jazz Dance
If Weegee were to have made a film at a jazz dance, I think it would look much like this one.
dance  film  jazz  music  photography 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
There’s a New York Times obituary for Roswell Rudd.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A link to Francis Davis’s 1993 profile of Roswell Rudd.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Roswell Rudd (1935-2017)
Like Jaki Byard or Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Rudd played the whole history of jazz on his instrument.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The Savory Collection
Now for sale: music from “the Savory Collection,” audio engineer Bill Savory’s archive of 1935–1940 radio broadcasts by jazz musicians.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Sunny Murray (1936–2017)
I know Murray’s music mainly from my small cache of ESP-Disk LPs.
jazz  music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
James Rushing Esq.
Still making my way through my dad’s CDs.
jazz  music  singers 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Washington Phillips, Grammy nominee
For Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.
music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The Voyager Golden Records
The sounds of the Voyager Golden Records (there were two): coming soon, on LPs and CDs.
music 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Jon Hendricks (1921–2017)
“Dig Count Basie blow Joe’s blues away.”
jazz  music  singers 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“Dig the gonest”
Charlie Parker and Symphony Sid.
family  jazz  music 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Proustian music
Violinist Maria Milstein and pianist Nathalia Milstein are releasing a CD, The Vinteuil Sonata, with music by Claude Debussy, Reynaldo Hahn, Gabriel Pierné, and Camille Saint-Saëns.
music  Proust 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
“The Weight”
Mavis Staples, Nick Lowe, and Wilco rehearse Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight.”
music 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Nineteen hours
A New York Times critic attends a performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations .
music 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
George Blood, L.P. 78s
At the Internet Archive: 78rpm recordings digitized by George Blood, L.P. The sound is excellent, made possible by a turntable that records with four different needles.
music  records 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
a l l Gon e
The transformation of music into files ought not to mean the erasure of that music’s history.
Amazon  jazz  music  technology 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Pianos, Joel’s and Waits’s
Did Tom Waits’s “The Piano Has Been Drinking” begin life as a parody of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”?
music  TomWaits 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Roscoe Mitchell, Bells for the South Side
These two hours of music travel by in what feels like much less time.
jazz  music 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
“In a Sentimental Mood,” two takes
Ethan Iverson writes about Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, “In a Sentimental Mood,” and “scalar thought.”
DukeEllington  jazz  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Paul Oliver (1920–2017)
As a teenager, I borrowed Oliver’s The Story of the Blues (1969) from the library, again and again. The first blues record I ever bought: the Columbia double-album The Story of the Blues (1969), designed to accompany the book. A world opened.
blues  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Glen Campbell (1936–2017)
Today is a good time to check back in with Glen Campbell’s last song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”
music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
A girl with green hair
From Louis Jordan, a song that’s weirdly, hilariously relevant in 2017.
family  jazz  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
The Holiday version
“A Sailboat in the Moonlight” is to my ears a beautiful song, especially in the chord changes of the first three bars. But I think it takes Billie Holiday and company to make the song’s beauty felt.
BillieHoliday  jazz  music 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
“Oração”
Music and lyrics by Leo Fressato.
music 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
“Dedicado à Você”
Sung by Zizi Possi. Music by Dominguinhos, lyrics by Nando Cordel.
music 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Roscoe Mitchell, not fired.
jazz  music 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Roscoe Mitchell in TNYT
“I was once in the car, listening to this radio show, and then all of a sudden this saxophone player came on and I was thinking, like: Wait, every note is different. Every articulation is different.”
jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Music for Father’s Day
Coleman Hawkins and His All-Star “Jam” Band.
family  jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Roscoe Mitchell at Mills
The composer and multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell is one of eleven Mills College faculty members slated for dismissal.
jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Bach, revised
Elaine Fine reimagines The Coffee Cantata.
Bach  music  politics 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”
The subject of a Soul Music episode (BBC Radio 4).
music  podcasts 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
“Lamento Sertanejo”
This song is in my head and heart and shows no sign of leaving: “Lamento Sertanejo,” music by Dominguinhos, lyrics by Gilberto Gil .
music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Cooper-Moore on the air
From the podcast The Checkout , “The Irrepressible Ingenuity of Cooper-Moore.”
jazz  music 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
“Waterloo Sunset” at the BBC
The latest episode of BBC Radio 4 show Soul Music.
music  podcasts 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Mongol Profile
Spoof of a 1988 Dewar’s ad with Henry Threadgill.
advertising  jazz  music 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Elaine Fine on the airwaves.
fambly  music  radio 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Elaine Fine on the airwaves
Music of Our Mothers, a weekly radio show devoted to classical music written by women, will air a recording of Elaine’s More Greek Myths.
fambly  music  radio 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Mosaic Records
At a time when major labels handle the music in their vaults with indifference, or even contempt, every Mosaic release, with its extensive documentation, serves an act of cultural preservation, as if to say: these musicians and what they created will not be forgotten.
jazz  music 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Cooper-Moore in Illinois
Ashimba, balloon, three-string fretless banjo, diddley-bow, mouth bow, horizontal hoe-handle harp, wind chimes, voice.
music  stories 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
“Some Other Time”
As sung by Blossom Dearie.
music 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Duke Ellington, An Intimate Piano Session
These sixteen recordings, all made on August 25, 1972, are a considerable addition to the body of Ellington’s work as solo pianist and accompanist.
DukeEllington  jazz  music  piano 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
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