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Charlie Patton (1891-1934): Father of the Blues? – Part 3

[Don’t miss the the first and second parts of this post] Charlie Patton recorded 57 songs between 1929 and 1934 which sold exceptionally well and catapulted him into relative stardom. His legacy lives on, 80 years after he stopped doing so. Even though he has … Continue reading

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Charlie Patton (1891-1934): Father of the Blues? – Part 2

[If you want to know the story so far, see the first part to this post] Back at Dockery’s, by the time Sloan had left, Charlie Patton was an accomplished 19-year old performer and songwriter. How he had reached this level … Continue reading

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Charlie Patton (1891-1934): Father of the Blues? – Part 1

Charlie Patton died April 28, 1934. His legacy, the music we call the Delta Blues. That’s a huge legacy for one person to leave: Founding Father of the Delta Blues. But, how many people know his name compared to the … Continue reading

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Ha muerto Paco de Lucía

Some days I find I’m too sad to even breath. Today is such a day. Paco de Lucia is dead and although in impossibly beautiful circumstance, playing with his grandchildren on a sun-kissed beach, this had to be too soon. Why … Continue reading

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When Morty met Vera

I’ve been researching and writing about American, avant-garde composer Morton Feldman for the last couple of years: this is an excerpt of a recent piece from December 2013. _______________ Morton “Morty” Feldman was born in New York on 12 January … Continue reading

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Happiness Stan

*Are you sitty comftybold, two-square on your botty? Then I’ll begin … Once upon a time in the land of dreams Where the sky was silky soft and full of coloured dreams Deep inside a rainbow lived Happiness Stan in … Continue reading

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21st Century V-Bop

More new excitement from the world of jazz fusion …

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Songs From Another Blue Planet

Today there was a thunderstorm in Edinburgh to compete with the torrential rainforest type downpours I have experienced in Sumatra and Borneo, and the flash-flood inducing carnage of Namibia and Botswana and other semiarid environs, each following the same pattern: … Continue reading

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The Wait Of A Lifetime

Exciting news for music lovers of jazz and jazzrock fusion, upon the release of newly remastered versions of two classic albums which never reached their full potential. That is, until now.

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Writing About Music Is Like Dancing About Architecture

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”, but reading musical biography and narrative does tell you about a wealth of music that you may not have found otherwise. Therefore, is it always necessary to not know about a music … Continue reading

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