"A Series of Small Serendipities" (show notes)

While pulling together this week's "Alloy" program, "A Series of Small Serendipities," I found a number of interesting things worth sharing:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center is a terrific resource for viewing live webstreamed, as well as archived concerts featuring some of the best artists in the jazz community. Just this past week they featured four performances by Bill Frisell as part of his "Up & Down The Mississippi" project. Highly recommend joining their mailing list so you are notified when they will featuer their next live performance.
  • I featured a track off Kamasi Washington's new release, "The Epic" a 17 song, 3-disc jazz opus [iTunes | Amazon]. If you want to learn more about Kamasi, hear how the album came together, and see his band play a number of tracks, live, from their album release event, check this out this documentary available on the Jazz at the Lincoln Center site.
  • I played a trio of blues/gospel-ish tunes, kind of a first for "Alloy," and discovered that Sam Cooke felt his classic song, "A Change is Gonna Come" had a kind of ominousness about it. You can listen to the trio of songs I played below:

People Get Ready by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions

A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

A Change is Gonna Come by Bill Frisell from History, Mystery

  • While searching for new podcasts to listen to I discovered two excellent ones:
    • The Talkhouse: Artists interviewing artists, great idea! Last week I listened to a one-on-one discussion/conversation between guitarist Annie Clark (St. Vincent) and guitarist Andy Gill from Gang of Four. Very engaging and worth a listen.
    • Song Exploder: If you enjoy listening to recording musicians share how they recorded one of their songs, bit-by-bit, layer-by-layer, this podcast is sure to delight. You don't even have to know or appreciate the artist or the song being dissected. I listened to Tune-Yards describe how the song "Water Fountain" was created. Hugely insightful (and I never heard of Tune-Yard before!). I also enjoyed Jim James from My Morning Jacket explain how he recorded Spring (Among the Living). Absolute fun listening to artists explaining not only the inspiration behind the song, but also how they recorded each part of a song in nice, but not too-too much detail. Highly recommend checking out this podcast if this kind of thing makes your toes tap.
  • Yes released a monster box set, "Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two (14CD Deluxe Box)"---a prog-rock lovers delight. [iTunes | Amazon] It is a massive collection of complete live recordings from seven cities, seven shows recorded during their 1972 tour of North America. I played one of my favorite tracks, "Close to the Edge" from the Durham, NC show in its entirety. I discovered this new release rather serendipitously via John Kelman, a music reviewer for All About Jazz, and someone I follow on Twitter. You can read his fine review here. You can also listen to an excerpt of "Yours is No Disgrace" captured live in Athens, Georgia.

That's it for this week. Enjoy!