Various Artists – Freedom Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-82 2009 Soul Jazz Records I apologize for my absence during these challenging times of turmoil. The truth is I am exhausted by everything happening in the world, but not anywhere near as exhausted as my black friends, especially those in the United States. I feel like those who know me, know where I stand.
Al Jarreau – Glow 1976 Reprise MS2248 This reissue, late-80’s German CD pressing There has been another round of recent deaths of talented people in the arts, and I might be tempted to print another list here or to work up a bunch of “tribute” posts on this blog. But my last post here was a bit ‘heavy’ and I thought I would change things up again for something more upbeat and life-affirming. If you are the kind of … Continue reading
Henry Cow Western Culture 1980 Interzone IZ 1001 Original UK release – 1978 Broadcast Records May Day, 2020. Not long ago, the hashtag #notdying4WallStreet was trending on Twitter, as Vulture Capitalism quite literally proposed killing untold thousands to buoy their stock portfolios. And this week a conglomeration of far-right Christians praying for the next apocalypse to spew forth from their divine vehicle’s tanning bed puckered sphincter-larynx, in a suicidal love-tryst with armed angry white men posing on the steps of … Continue reading
Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa ’70 With Ginger Baker – Live! (1971) As the newly-revived “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has made abundantly clear, it is far to late to wish you all a happy new year. In fact, I managed not to post anything at all in the first month of the new decade. I had originally hoped to share this landmark Fela / Ginger Baker collaboration in late December, as a throwback to my old tradition of highlighting musicians who … Continue reading