Hello there! How’s it going? Welcome to another addition of the long-standing Liner Notes series here on Sounds Good. As of right now I haven’t written anything in about a month so this is almost guaranteed to be awful. 338 more words
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This album rarely gets discussed. It was the second Weather Report album I ever owned (Heavy Weather being the first), and the first that I spent my own money on. 1,235 more words
Best of birthdays to trumpet master Jim Rotondi, who has been teaching the last several years in Austria at the University of Graz. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing liner notes for three of Jim’s CDs for Criss Cross, the first of which — for… 1,840 more words
For the 89th Birthday Anniversary of Pianist Kenny Drew (1928-1993), My Liner Note for the Reissue of the Xanadu Album "Home Is Where The Soul Is"
Today’s the 89th birth anniversary of pianist Kenny Drew (1928-1993), one of the great acolytes of Bud Powell. I had an opportunity to delve into his musical production while writing the liner notes for a reissue of a trio date that he made for Xanadu in 1978, with Leroy Vinnegar and Frank Butler. 1,449 more words
For Donny McCaslin's birthday, a 2009 interview and Liner Notes For The Arabesque CD "Seen From Above" and the Criss Cross CD "Give 'n' Go"
Tenor saxophonist-composer Donny McCaslin turned 50 recently, which seems like a good reason to post an interesting interview he did with me in 2009 for a Downbeat piece in which I interviewed four tenor players (Ron Blake, Seamus Blake and Frank Catalano were the others) on developing one’s own sound, as well as liner notes I’ve had the honor to write for an album he recorded for Arabesque in 2000 and another album for Criss Cross in 2005. 7,518 more words