Have you seen the headline? Jazz is officially the least popular genre of music in the United States. Quite obviously, there’s nowhere to go but up for jazz. And while I don’t see jazz supplanting mainstream pop anytime soon, its status as the music nobody listens to anymore is bound to give it an appeal … Continue reading Talkin’ All That Jazz
So after fighting through not one, but two Asia albums in a row and peeking ahead at the next slab of vinyl on the shelf and realizing it’s a record that actually belongs to my wife, I have decided to throw the first curveball and grab an “A” record out of the jazz bin.
Last fall, over several beers, we asked a jazzbo friend of ours for a Top Ten list of the essential jazz albums. The jazz man pretty much refused to cooperate, but we ended up with a good article out of the deal. To further prove that jazz aficionados are unwilling to unsheathe their pruning shears, … Continue reading 100 Essential Jazz Albums
Speaking of jazz, if you’re a fan of classic hip-hop you might be interested in an upcoming compilation from Blue Note that collects some of the label’s most heavily sampled source material. These innovative hip hop artists and beyond did their part to bring to light some of the gems of the Blue Note catalog. … Continue reading Blue Note Drops Some Science
Or how moldy is that fig anyway? You ask a jazzbo for a simple list of ten must-have jazz albums and he turns in 5,000 words on the comprehensive history of everything. And (eventually) a list.
And here is one more review by Lester Bangs. This one is a double review of a couple jazz albums. It originally appeared in the August 5, 1971 issue of Rolling $tone, and hasn’t been published since…