Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Anthony Braxton on Woody Shaw


Thanks, Woody Shaw III for sharing this historically significant reference. Quoting Professor Braxton, from his interview --

"He was a brilliant man. And he was fighting for his music, even though he had proved so much, there was still a struggle he was involved with to get the jazz world to acknowledge him, that he was separate from Freddie Hubbard, that his music was evolving in its own space. He was involved in his own struggle to advance his music."







Saturday, September 1, 2012

repost: Sonny Simmons Quartet @ Cafe Oto 13.05.10

A masterful quartet performance. It works because everyone is listening !

Musicians, if a bandleader tells you to NOT listen to each other, you should exit that group immediately !

Thanks to the artists for sharing this recording.




Thursday, January 26, 2012

priceless words by Andrew Hill

"...Parker was important, and it was with him that I first discovered that it is not enough to play melody, but that rhythm is also important and that melody is rhythm..."

"...Jazz is part of a tradition from before the word 'jazz' was invented; there was ragtime and other music building on harmony, and Afro-centric in that melody and harmony were an appendix to the rhythm. To keep the structure. It's important to check out the rhythm first. Do you understand it, or does it need more of an explanation? The rhythm was dominant, but to be what we call jazz, music must consist of certain elements of structure and form. In the Western world, melody is most important with rhythm and harmony as accompaniment. Always check out the rhythm, if it's static it means the music is dead. If you use an academic approach, you can learn the melodies, but they will lack rhythmic interaction..."

link to article

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cookie Marenco: "From Performance Capture to Digital Delivery... It's What I Do," or "The Hardest Article I've Ever Written! An Introduction to Me"

A brilliant, must-read essay by Cookie Marenco, master engineer and owner of OTR Studios in the San Francisco Bay Area --

"...More artists began to record at home and were obsessed by fixing every nuance in the music...There were too many digital "fix-it" tools and not enough passionate performances, and these were taking over the industry..."

Link to essay: marenco