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Book Review: Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley – The Genius


Continuing in my reading about jazz, I just finished the masterpiece Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley. It was an incredible read about a largely misunderstood genius. I have always enjoyed listening to Monk, but never exactly understood why. … Continue reading

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Debates about Jazz – Mtume vs Crouch back in 2010


A colleague passed me a link to this Mtume/Crouch debate, and it was fascinating. I am realising that in Jazz Criticism there is a sort of more conservative school lead by Ken Burns / Stanley Crouch / Wynton Marsalis, and … Continue reading

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Reading about Jazz: Giddins, Trane, Pepper and Miles – oh and Dylan too


I have been on a jazz kick for nearly a month. Well, for years actually but recently, more obsessed tha n usual. I had a copy of Gary Giddins’ Visions of Jazz staring at me accusingly from my bookshelf for … Continue reading

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Music: My discovery of instrumental metal – Animals as Leaders and Intervals


Thanks to a tiny little post by Metal Wani on Facebook, I learned of the existence of a genre that is officially called prog metal but which I qualify as instrumental metal. The two bands I checked out were both … Continue reading

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Music Review: Stuff I liked in 2013


As I usually do, here is some of the music released in 2013 that I liked best. Overall, 2013 was not as great a comeback year as 2012 but I think my tastes broadened a bit from last year’s list. … Continue reading

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Jay-Z, Kanye, and Me -or- Catching Up with Hip-Hop


From time to time, I find it edifying to delve into some aspect of popular culture that I have normally ignored. For the last few years, it has been TV series. These last few weeks, I decided to get up … Continue reading

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Concert Review – Black Sabbath at Paris-Bercy 9 Dec 2013 – The Oz Still Rocks


  Sometimes you think, man, will these dinosaurs of rock just give it up? I mean, the Stones like 153th tour, c’mon! Well, believe it or not but the reunited Geezer-Iommi-Ozzy plus the masterful Brad Wilk on drums rocked our … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad Mania: looking back at Problem Dog


Like many other BB fanatics, I am going stir-crazy in anticipation of the final 8 episodes of Walt/Heisenberg and the coming confrontation with Hank. I know it will be explosive. I have been off and on trying to re-watch all … Continue reading

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New Orleans and Jazz Fest 2013: A Chronicle


It has been 20 years since I cast my shadow on the hallowed fairgrounds where the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is held every year. Back in the early 90s, I went to the festival three times and held … Continue reading

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Classic Rock Battle: U2’s Achtung Baby vs Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon


At first glance, these are two very different albums separated by 18 years from two groups with vastly different sounds. And yet, for each group the album represents the exact middle of their studio recordings and was both a milestone … Continue reading

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