Andrew Hill : uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator

Whenever the thumbnail sketch of the 1960s American jazz avant-garde is drawn, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor or Sun Ra appear in the foreground - and even a half-dozen other faces might materialize before that of Andrew Hill, who died at age 75 of lung cancer on this date in 2007. A uniquely gifted … Continue reading Andrew Hill : uniquely gifted composer, pianist and educator

Merle Haggard dies today at age 79

I wrote the following article earlier today before it was announced that Merle Haggard had died.  Very, very sad loss.  He was one of a kind and a songwriter and musician of unparalleled excellence.   "Merle Haggard has always been as deep as deep gets," Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone in 2009. "Totally himself. Herculean. Even too … Continue reading Merle Haggard dies today at age 79

Bob Dylan’s Amazing Multimedia Late Career Work

Until recently it could have been argued that Bob Dylan peaked in the Sixties.  The series of albums he released from 1962-1966 stands as one of the greatest achievements in American music.  Then he confused his fans and critics with his next few recordings, the frustration climaxing with the release of Self-Portrait in 1970.  It … Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Amazing Multimedia Late Career Work