WAM : new recording of music by Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy was born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946 and studied at the Royal College of Music. He later studied in Italy with Roman Vlad. He went on to create the music department of the London School of Contemporary Dance, and has been associated as composer with many notable British dance companies. He has […]

Four Post-Bop Classics on Blue Note

Post-bop is jazz from the mid-1960s onward that assimilates hard bop, modal jazz, avant-garde and free jazz without necessarily being immediately identifiable as any of the above. According to musicologist Jeremy Yudkin, post-bop does not follow “the conventions of bop or the apparently formless freedom of the new jazz”.  He wrote in his definition of […]

Miles Davis “Lost Quintet” : Live in Europe 1969

It’s been said, “You haven’t heard Miles Davis, until you’ve experienced him live in concert.”  And with  with over 36 official live recordings (and countless unofficial bootlegs) the release in 2013 of the Miles Davis Quintet from 1969, Live in Europe, adds what amounts to one of the most important live recordings ever. “It was […]

Pets

I had never been a “cat person”.  All the cats my wife and I had were wonderful pets but were more hers than mine.  That was true until we brought Sam into our home in October of 1998. Sam had a way of engaging you with his gaze that just made you feel there was […]

Athens, Alabama-based Alabama Shakes : Sound & Color

Muscle Shoals-inspired, Athens, Alabama-based quartet Alabama Shakes formed in 2009 around the talents of Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Steve Johnson, and Heath Fogg. Originally simply called the Shakes, the band’s blend of fiery blues-rock and hard-hitting Southern soul drew comparisons to the Black Keys, Drive-By Truckers, the Detroit Cobras, and even Sharon Jones & the […]

Lucinda’s Louisiana Ghosts : Highway 20

One year after the release of her double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Lucinda Williams has released another record. The Ghosts of Highway 20 (February 5th), which focuses on a region which I know well.  Having grown up in Shreveport, Louisiana, I-20 (which Lucinda calls a highway) runs right through my home […]