Tag Archives: jazz

Let Us Now Praise the White Saviors of Black Music

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In a dialogue with fellow New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott, Manohla Dargis criticized the continuing white-centric nature of most Hollywood films: “Sully” is about professionalism and expertise, specifically those of a white hero, which is … Continue reading

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Song Du Jour: “Blue Yodel No. 9”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Ralph Peer — record producer, recording engineer, and talent scout — is one of the most influential men in the history of American music. Not only did he supervise the recording of Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues,” the song … Continue reading

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Music Du Jour: Vince Guaraldi’s “Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I’ve been exploring West Coast cool jazz and bossa nova a lot the past couple of months. This is one my favorites so far. You can listen to it here.

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Music for a Blizzard

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As this delicate, SoCal-born-and-raised boy endures his first East Coast blizzard, I’ve been forced to retreat to my Happy Place. “Getz/Gilberto,” which lives up to its reputation — the album is sly, seductive, and transporting — can … Continue reading

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What I’m Spinning Now

Blowhard, Esq. writes: My transition into middle age is proceeding nicely. Most of these can be had on Amazon for $5, which includes the CD and immediate MP3 download.

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Ginza Samba, Cal Tjader & Stan Getz Sextet, 1958. Composed by Vince Guaraldi of “Peanuts” fame, he plays piano on the track.

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A Week With Ned Corman: Day Five

Paleo Retiree writes: Welcome to the fifth episode of my q&a with first-class jazzman and music-educator extraordinaire Ned Corman. On day one, we discussed his early years; day two covered some of Ned’s teaching and gigging adventures; day three touched on the … Continue reading

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