What Goes Around

Tommorow is the next free masterclass. Details under the new button, "Upcoming." (Thanks to my team of Justin Neely and Wayne Bremser for the incredibly fast "new button service.")

The old address "ethan(dot)teaches" is now defunct; I'm not going to do an email list anymore. Check back here to see when the classes and gigs are.


Terry Teachout and I caught up last week before one of the Vanguard gigs. On his blog -- which has been going daily for ten years! -- Terry recapitulated some nice stuff about our history.

I really appreciated how Terry's biography Pops from a couple of years ago treated Louis Armstrong as an American popular musician.  Not that Terry is arguing that Armstrong isn't serious jazz! But it's good to remember how incredibly influential some of our jazz heroes were in general, non-connoisseur terms.

There's no doubt that The Bad Plus believes in outreach to a general audience. We were all pleased with Terry's review of These Are the Vistas from about a decade ago (quoted in the same post). 

Terry's exciting new book is a biography of Duke. I'm planning to start reading it later tonight...


On the connoisseur side, Mosaic Records now has a tumblr with lots of lovely historical jazz stuff. Of course, for collectors, nothing beats the Mosaic boxes. During high school I saved up and ordered their LP sets of Monk, Mingus, Powell, and Herbie Nichols. In addition to the astonishing music, the booklets were fascinating, especially Roswell Rudd's detailed notes to the Nichols. That booklet is absolutely proto-DTM: a musician talking about jazz from the inside.

Michael Cuscuna is at Mosaic, and occasionally has linked over to DTM from the tumblr. Let me take an opportunity to thank you again, Mr. Cuscuna, for the Savoy LP reissue/new compilation of Paul Bley's Turns. Your extensive liner notes were the first time I had seen any written history of Bley, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, and John Gilmore. This is hard to believe now, but I mailed you a thank you letter for those notes in about 1989! 


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