Sunday, November 18, 2007

simplify before you synthesize

the haitus was unintentional.

but it was unavoidable. however, in all this dark silence, i have acquired music and music and music. much to suggest and to allow and to listen to. i am working on articles as we speak: on live performances by Mark Murphy and Andy Bey. Also, Andy's new album: It Ain't Necessarily So; Wynton Marsalis' Congo Square (with Yacub Addy); Terence Blanchard's A Tale of God's Will; Soulive's No Place Like Soul (with Toussaint the Liberator); Meshell Ndegeocello's The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams; and Joshua Redman's Back East (an album of stellar trios).

and some back catalogs i recently found: Stanley Clark's Children Of Forever; Gary Bartz's NTU group; Miles Davis' Cellar Door Sessions boxset.

also some newcomers, like Christian Scott's sophomore album.

Also, i think i may have found enough cash to buy Jill Scotts new album: The Real Thing.

...anyway, the point is -- don't give up on dopeness just yet. we are going to make a concerted push for the holiday season. and hit the new year running.


ps. i found some old articles from my more youthful years (like 3 years ago... i know...) that may still prove relevant.