Pop And Jazz Jocks On The Radio

Billboard Magazine’s October 12th, 1963 issue explores the fusion of jazz with popular music, highlighting Creed Taylor’s impact on presenting jazz artists to the pop scene. Here I have two Bill Coss authored features on this topic. Discussed is the trend of pop jockeys blending more jazz into their shows as audiences become sophisticated listeners, while jazz deejays remain cautious of trend slavery in pop jazz. An spoken audio texts are included as an experiment.

The Paul Desmond Album That Was CTI and Isn’t

With the Grammys coming up, I thought it a good time to take a first look at Paul Desmond’s career and his association with CTI Records, along with a discussion about his albums and Grammy nominations. I also apparently have some work to do on Wikipedia inaccuracies but mostly this is a look at Desmond’s non-CTI A&M recording and Grammy nominated “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Black Music ’75 Live Apollo Theater Hubbard & McCann

Kim Paris from the FM Radio Archive Collection recently shared a interesting live set from 1974 featuring Freddie Hubbard and Les McCann at the Apollo’s Black Music ’75 show. This ambitious event aimed to showcase jazz legends to the Harlem audience. The performance, while receiving mixed reviews, provides a nostalgic glimpse into an iconic era of jazz music.

Discogs Artist Page #fail

Discogs have implemented a new web ui and backend interface that removes a large reason to use it for research. I wanted to layout my complaints graphically with images on the off chance that a product manager or someone with influence at #Discogs would see it. I posted most of […]

On This Day: “Bird Lives!”

The lullaby of Bird lingers lovingly on by Greg Murphy, published in the Liverpool Daily Post, Saturday August 29th, 1970 While searching through an archive looking for some details on the Creed Taylor, CTI Rhythmstick project, I found this UK Newspaper clipping. The 1990 version of the CTI All-Stars covered […]

Black Rhythm Revolution!

Not that this album would have been included, but I need to get back and update the reissue list, there have been five or six reissues of Taylor-produced albums since the last update. However, I thought it worth getting out in front of this one. If you don’t have an […]

All Vinyl DJ Set – May 20th

I’ll be playing another all vinyl DJ set at the “Times Collaborative” in Longmont, Colorado on May 20th. I’ll update this post with my set time when I know it. The sessions run from 7-11pm though, so it will be early rather than a midnight stint. Jill aka “Body Music” […]

#AirtoFloraDay

Most of my music collection consists of vinyl records from the 1960’s, 70’s and assorted years since then. Probably two thirds of that is original, purchased new. When I buy records these days it’s most likely used. Musicians get zip/nothing/nada from second hand sales, they also get very little from, […]