Sonny Rollins and Paul Bley: 2013 and 2002.
April 27, 2013 1:21 AM
Two wonderful online interviews were floating around this week:
1) Sonny Rollins - interviewed in the Wall Street Journal:
I used to be a ferocious practicer, but I can't physically do that anymore. These days, if I can practice two to three hours a day, that's great. I'll usually practice in the afternoon, starting at noon, or in the evening from 8 p.m. on.
Just perfect. The world is a better place with Sonny Rollins in it -- still practicing; still a beautiful soul. Thank you, Sonny!
2) Paul Bley blindfold test by Ted Panken in 2002:
Brad Mehldau, "Quit" (from TRIO PROGRESSION, Warner Brothers, 2001) (Mehldau, p; Larry Grenadier, b; Jorge Rossy, d) -- (5 stars)
Ted plays him over 10 selections and Paul's comments are just priceless. You gotta check it out...
Live Music's Charms, Soothing Premature Hearts
April 16, 2013 1:35 AM
Even the Beatles would have had trouble recognizing their peppy song in the lullaby that Andrea Zalkin sang to the tiny, fragile baby clutched to her chest in the neonatal unit. But there was something unintentionally poignant in the title she chose for her son: "Eight Days a Week" is more time than can fit on the calendar. Ms. Zalkin's baby, Hudson, born 13 weeks early, has had too little time.
The accompanying video is poignant, too.
And here's the study from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Day Dream & Talk Time.
April 13, 2013 3:29 PM
postscript: I'll be bringing another quartet into the same club this Tuesday, April 16th, and will post an update in a few days!
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