Monthly Archives: February 2013

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

So, it seems that the media’s frontrunner for pope is a big James Brown fan. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who could become the first African pope in 1500 years (he’s from Ghana), grew up in a small shack and shimmied up … Continue reading

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The Messiah Will Come Again

It’s pretty rare to hear a rock guitarist who can really tell a story. Roy Buchanan, the man who taught Robbie Robertson to play, is an exception. For some reason I’ve been listening to an old record of his. I … Continue reading

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Like a Nightingale with a Toothache

Mingus sometimes drew a picture of a coffin rather than chords for musical direction. Erik Satie had a similarly free sense of guiding musicians. Some of our favorite things Satie wrote under musical passages: Light as an egg Like a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Nina!

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The Chord of a Coffin

There’s a nice piece in the NYRB about Charles Mingus and the recent box set The Jazz Workshop Concerts: 1964-5. Mingus composed—as he did most things—his own way. He was well versed in theory and composition, yet he used notation … Continue reading

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