Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Prof, Interrupted

Technical difficulties, personal entanglemnets, professional responsibilities--most have been solved. So the prof will be back in effect mode forthwith (especially now that his computer "issues" have been resolved). So many artists to whom we must bid adieu...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stan Getz and Kenny Barron: "People Time" revisited and expanded

A great record has become greater now that we have all the concert recordings.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Christgau on Teachout on Armstrong

The dean on the recent biography and on the significance of Gatemouth the Magnificent here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Hank Jones has died

A poet of the keyboard, with an inimitable touch, and what Giddins calls "a regal but nimble bearing." For early piano solos try the twofer that contains "The Talented Touch" and "Porgy and Bess." For tasty piano duets find "Our Delights" with the sympatico Tommy Flanagan.
Jones was a great accompanist of horns and singers as you can hear with Coleman Hawkins on "The High and Mighty Hawk" and with Ella Fitzgerald on the to-die-for "Pure Ella." Jones resurgence as an eminence gris in the last two decades meant he got a lot of opportunity to record. The recent "Kids" with Joe Lavano is bracing, but my favorite Jones is on the spirituals-only set with Charlie Haden, "Steal Away."
NYTimes obit is here.
A wonderful appreciation by Giddins in The New Yorker is here.

Friday, April 30, 2010

200th Birthday Chopin Mazurkathon!

Vladimir Sofronitsky
Andej Wasowski

Ignaz Friedman

Alexander Brailowski

Yakov Fliere

Artur Rubinstein

Fou T'song

Happy 200th, Freddy

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Blog Alert: Michael Sragow at Baltimore Sun

A former student at the school where I teach, author of Victor Fleming's biography, critic for, among others, The Boston Phoenix, The New Yorker, and now The Baltimore Sun, and a Prof Pal for some time. Read his new blog at:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

RIP Alex Chilton








Appreciations: Paul Westerberg. Ann Powers.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Irish Rep's Production of The Emperor Jones at Soho Rep

You don't need to hear ALL the details, dear readers, but the golden weekend that began with debauchery at J & R music world, continued with a twilit stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, reached a seeming apex with the Tuli benefit, just got better and better. After a scrumptious lunch and a beer with the TA, yours professingly and Monsieur Rose made their ways to the Soho Playhouse for this performance. It is one of the five greatest theater performances I've ever been fortunate to witness.
See Ben Brantley's review.

The Prof Returns: Tuli Kupferberg Benefit

Hey there, cats and kittenheads, it's your old prof again, back from the travails of mid-year grading and endless colds that hang onto your respiratory system like that dead turtle grips that branch in Cool Hand Luke. Because of the clever machinations of Mr. Pink and his bride, the Prof was hustled unknowing to the very doors of St. Ann's Warehouse a few weeks ago and surprised to find he was being treated to a seat at the Tuli Benefit. Furiously texting the TA as the lights went down, the Prof basked in the glow of Tuli-love as a sundry roster of performers performed a set of (mostly) Kupferburg kovers.

Jean Simmons

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Afropop Extravaganza II: Ouaga Affair

The TA emailed me his list, The Dean posted his at Barnes & Noble's site, and all the mags are printing and posting them: the best of 2009. The Prof don't make lists, see? But I will be looking back at some great spins from last year I haven't mentioned yet and this is one of the best.