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November 07, 2010


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Ron Weinstock

Marc, interesting you mention John Coltrane because I have been listening a lot to the Bear Family Christine Kittrell CD "Call My Name" and he takes a solo on one track (a vocal duet with Gay Crosse). Also, there was one session she did that included New Orleans tenor saxophonist Nat Perrilliat. Let's not forget that legendary New Orleans drummer Earl Palmer was a jazz drummer, Ed Blackwell played on some sessions and then there was the legendary James Black. And saxophonist Red Tyler recorded a straight jazz CD for Rounder. Nicely done on Fats this week.

Jan Sevens

Just caught a bit of NAMASKAR doing Evans' "Blue in Green". Wow! They perform it in the odd time signature of 7/4 (seven beats a measure). Way cool!


A number of jazz musicians were experimenting with indo-jazz fusion in the '60s, with varying degrees of success, so it's interesting to see the idiom making something of a comeback in recent years. (Perhaps largely due to the popularity of pianist Vijay Iyer.) Charlie Mariano, who will be familiar to most readers as a bop alto saxophonist, spent much of his later career exploring the idiom. Possibly the first to fuse Indian and Western music was the Indian/British composer John Mayer who was writing such stuff as early as 1952 and later collaborated with Joe Harriott in his Indo-Jazz Fusions band. Mayer's most ambitious work may be the 1976 recording Dhammapada (finally released in 2006 on Vocalion), which also incorporates elements of Chinese, Japanese, and rock music. Notable jazz players on this complex and fascinating work include Henry Lowther and Tony Coe.

Walt Gauchel

Really loved the Fats serie -- thanks!! And the video clips are super. Do you have your own YouTube channel? I'd like to check it out.


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