Prompted by Miles Okazaki and myself, Dan Voss graphs "Acknowledgment" in Schenkerian fashion. Heavy stuff.
Also via Twitter, Darcy James Argue pointed the way to a much lesser musical analysis, where Slate "investigates" the mildly complex mixed-meter theme to The Terminator. Frankly I think everyone involved in this essay looks like a bit of an idiot, from the writer to the composer to all those folks making over 200 (mostly) absurd comments. My own contribution to the Twitter discusssion was bringing up the first theme to The Transformers, which is genuinely pretty mysterious. Probably there is some tape-splicing going on? Dan Schmidt suggested that they needed exactly 30 seconds, and cut a finished track down in strange places. (According to Schmidt, a surprising "missing" bar in the theme to Community is because of a post-production edit due to time concerns.)
I really enjoyed Jeff Watts with Azar Lawrence last week, and will definitely try to see his quartet with Ravi Coltrane (who is also playing better than ever these days) at the Vanguard before going off on tour again Thursday.
Also on the dance card is David Virelles at Drom on tomorrow. Haven't heard the latest record yet, but I've heard great things about it.
Sadly I will miss Vijay Iyer's BAM event starting Thursday, which seems like something everyone interested in modern jazz should make an attempt to see. Nate Chinen has the rundown.
My old pals a Klavierhaus have a new space. I haven't been there yet, but would certainly go to Dave Burrell's show on December 22 if I could. (Read "Dave Burrell: A Kinda Dukish Pianist," by Eugene Holley Jr. in this month's Hot House.)
Holiday concerts are generally of minimal interest to DTM. But supposing I had children, I suppose I'd have to take the whole fam to Town Hall on December 19: GOTHAM HOLIDAY SWING featuring VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS: Music from the 1920’s, ’30s, and ‘40s and stories and poems about New York City’s holiday season. GUESTS: Ira Glass / Monica Bill Barnes / Anna Bass / Buster Poindexter / Regina Carter / Pedrito Martinez / Bria Skonberg / Sofia Rei / The Xylopholks / Molly Ryan....
Also very curious about what Seamus Blake and Guillermo Klien are going to get up to at Mezzrow on Sunday 21.
There's so much more going on. Wish I could make it to even 5% of what NYC has to offer.
Willard Jenkins writes of Island Exports and Descendants, an important topic. Most of these players I don't know yet but I've played with and admire bassist Jonathan Michel.
Lara Pellegrinelli covers 80 years of Ellis Marsalis.
Of course I always link to Soho: Holy crap, a meditation on In C, Taylor Swift, and much else - including some telling Ellington.
TBP dates (copied from website)
18 Cleveland, OH -- Music Box
19 Milwaukee, WI -- The Jazz Estate
20 Milwaukee, WI -- The Jazz Estate
21 Detroit, MI -- Cliff Bell’s
25 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota Jazz Club
26 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota Jazz Club
27 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota Jazz Club
28 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota Jazz Club
30 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
31 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
01 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
02 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
03 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
04 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
07 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz At The Bistro
08 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz At The Bistro
09 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz At The Bistro
10 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz At The Bistro