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Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 8 December 2011

Coming Through Slaughter (1976)(Novel)  By Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient (1992), Anil’s Ghost (2000), Divisadero (2007), The Cat’s Table (2011)).   This slim, unconventional novel takes place in New Orleans in the early 1900s and takes as its theme the inspired tragic life of the cornetist Buddy Bolden, one of the mythical fathers of jazz.  And as the birth of jazz, from fragments of blues and religious hymns is the backdrop for Coming Through Slaughter, Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje‘s novel is a lyrical,evocative mosaic of fragments: fictional first and third person observations, commentary and confessions, asylum records, photos, lists and more.  Coming Through Slaughter is an intimate, tragic and poetically contemporary look at the colorful, ebullient and iconoclastic life of a mythic and gritty, down and dirty early 20th century New Orleans amid rumors of jazz.  A must-read novel. (PR)

See our post on Michael Ondaatje’s novel, The English Patient, winner of the 1992 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and his novel Divisadero.  And for more on the theme of early 20th century jazz (and much more), our post on the marvelous novel Jazz, by the multi-award-winning author Toni Morrison.

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Jazz, by Toni Morrison

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 24 November 2011

Jazz (1992)(Novel)  by Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye (1970), Beloved (1987), Paradise (1997) and others)   Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison‘s magnificent jazz symphony of city voices and country hums, Jazz is a lyrical, moving, haunting novel, a multi-voiced human improvisation on love, fidelity and errancy.  Truly exceptional.  More than a must-read. (PR)

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Monk’s Life: A Thelonius Sphere

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 2 January 2010

David Yaffe has written a very interesting article, entitled “Misterioso” appearing in the Arts/Culture/Entertainment section of The Nation (online), which looks at the complicated, often very difficult, life, and wonderful, inspired music of one of jazz music’s greatest contributors, Thelonius Monk.  If you’re interested in jazz, or even the lives of, perhaps, wacked geniuses, or the burdens of creativity or anything at all, we’re certain that you, too, will find the article fascinating. 

Read the article, then go to Spotify and listen to what it’s all about, then do your bit for the music industry, and the economy in general and purchase some, or all, of Monk’s albums.

Wikipedia on Thelonius Monk, here.

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1959 Live, Today: Great Free Streaming Of Concerts From The Newport Jazz Festival Archives

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 17 November 2009

We do love jazz, as you’ve perhaps remarked, and so must take this opportunity to point you (should you wish to be so pointed…) to an article by Ben Ratliff in the Music section of The New York Times entitled “Historic Sounds of Newport, Newly Online” which, beyond simple coincidence, discusses The Newport Jazz Festival (and a bit about The Newport Folk Festival, for you folkies), its history and its archival recordings.  These recordings, live, with the grunting and groaning of musicians, occasional false notes, and wonderful, almost raw, physical sound, of concerts beginning in 1959 (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and many others) are now available for free streaming from the site (one can also purchase recordings of the concerts) and you honestly must listen to them. 

For now, the concerts from The Newport Jazz Festival available online, are limited in number but there are promises of much more to come (more or less 40 years worth of live concert recordings!!).  And if your musical curiosity (or appreciation) encompasses styles other than jazz, Wolfgang, whoever he may be, seems to have quite a wide selection of concerts available now online.  Anyone for Big Brother and the Holding Company?

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The 100 Best Jazz Recordings. Ever.

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 15 November 2009

While we may feel that some recordings are missing, and perhaps that some of those included could have, possibly, been left out, we have to admire Martin Gayford’s dedication in even attempting such a  list.  His article, entitled, oddly enough, “100 Best Jazz Recordings” in The Telegraph (online) including his quite pithy commentary notes on each recording (we’d prefer to call them albums, but we’re a bit old-fashioned), is really an absolute must for anyone interested in jazz, in its diverse forms.

Our recommendation is to read Gayford’s article while connected to the truly wonderful Spotify so that you can listen, more or less instantly, to some of the work that you may not be familiar with, and then go on to purchase those you like.  You can think that you’re doing your bit to relance the economy, or save the recording industry, or feel simply that you can’t go on living without some of this truly beautiful music.

Just a quick note:  If you don’t already have a (free or otherwise) Spotify ID, request an invitation to join, as it’s by invitation only.  You can do this on their site.  It is well worth the wait, and you will be ever after, eternally happy.

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