Tag Archives: Jazz

The First Contact Sheet of the Counterculture

“It was a typical Village Voice front page from 1967: Over the left two columns, a street portrait of the ‘dean of American pacifists,’ A.J. Muste; over the right two, an action shot of police arresting Charlotte Moorman, the Juilliard-trained … Continue reading

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The Jack Kerouac Collection

“This triple-disc box set is centered on the reissue and restoration of Jack Kerouac‘s three long-players: Poetry for the Beat Generation (1959), Blues and Haikus (1959), as well as Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation(1960). The Jack Kerouac … Continue reading

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Impulse! Records

“Impulse! Records is an American jazz record company and label established by Creed Taylor in 1960. John Coltrane was among Impulse!’s earliest signings. Thanks to consistent sales and positive critiques of his recordings, the label came to be known as … Continue reading

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Dexter Gordon – Night in Tunisia, Whats New, Blues Walk (1964-64)

“… When the performances on this DVD were filmed in Europe in 1963 and 1964, Dexter Gordon was not on tour from the United States. He was living in Copenhagen, Denmark, working for months at a time at the Montmartre … Continue reading

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Sharp suits, thin ties and the coolest musicians on Earth: Jazz 625 is back!

Singular vision … Bill Evans in the BBC studio. “The camera holds its close-up on the pianist’s hands, his long fingers adding delicate inner voicings to the familiar melody of Come Rain or Come Shine. Then, very slowly, the camera … Continue reading

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Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) – Jack Kerouac (1959)

“Mexico City Blues is a poem published by Jack Kerouac in 1959 composed of 242 ‘choruses’ or stanzas. Written between 1954 and 1957, the poem is the product of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose, his Buddhism, and his disappointment at his failure … Continue reading

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#10 The Best of Chicago Blues (1970)

“These mostly ’60s recordings of tough Chicago blues were produced by Samuel Charters and feature James Cotton, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Buddy Guy, J.B. Hutto, Homesick James, Big Walter Horton, and Johnny Young. They’re very successful snapshots of what was … Continue reading

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