#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, […]

Esther Phillips – Blues Hall of Fame

Esther Phillips is to be inducted into The Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame ((https://blues.org/hall/)).

Memorialization is a slow process but it starts with recognition. In his review of Esther’s career for the Blues Foundation ((https://blues.org/blues_hof_inductee/esther-phillips/)), Jim O’Neal touches on many of the aspects that made Esther’s career so tragic.

Downbeat – The Good, Bad & Ugly

It’s tough to be down on Downbeat. From the 1930’s until Jazz started to wane in the 1980’s years they were the definitive jazz music “organ”. It’s not been a good month for Downbeat in my eyes. My rose tinted glasses are cracked and fading. In this post I have […]

picture of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, waving, with a young David Letterman standing beside him. Letterman has his hand on Hubbard's back.

Happy Born Day Hub’s!

In the band are Will Lee(Bass), Steve Jordan(Drums), Steve Khan(Guitar) – thanks to the eagle-eyed Jean and Doug! Unusually for any artist celebrated here, I have three posts about Freddie Hubbard for today, the anniversary of Freddie Hubbard’s birthday on April 7th, 1938, 85 years ago. This post is a […]

Freddie, Jazz and People Movement

This post is the second of three to celebrate Freddie Hubbard’s born day 2023. In this post, I’m going to take a look at his involvement in the Jazz And People Movement (JPM). Despite numerous telephone calls and emails, I could only find contemporary views on the JPM, but did […]

The "songmy" album cover that includes the artists names and a Picasso war style drawing featuring soldiers and naked women

Freddie Sings A Song Of Protest

This post is the third of three to celebrate Freddie Hubbard’s born day 2023, I’m going to take a look at probably the least well known album of the Freddie Hubbard pantheon, one that received “pushback”. I think this album stands-up well 53-years later; Freddie himself was less than positive […]

Happy Birthday George Benson!

March 22nd, 2023 marks George Benson’s 80th birthday. I celebrated his born day back in 2022 with a mixlcloud mix that is repeated below. I acquired a collection of George Benson CD’s from a collector, and my collection of Benson’s music from 81 shown on the mix image, to some […]

65th GRAMMY’s

It’s good luck to Flora Purim, Ron Carter & Steve Gadd, a look at their nominations for 2023 as well as some other recommendations. I’ve set my DVR, not that I expect to see any coverage of these artists, sadly. I’m guessing we’ll see more of Ozzie Osborne, who has […]

ctproduced: Live At Absolute Vinyl

I had the opportunity to play a live set at Absolute Vinyl & Stereo[1]https://goo.gl/maps/ftMh74mukz9n2NzQ8 on Saturday and I had a blast. I’d never really aspired to be a DJ, and certainly never had the chance to practice mixing live vinyl music, it’s safe to say mistakes were made. I had […]