Jim Beard and the Keyboard In the Sky

Back right around the time life was returning to the new normal after the great intermission, I made contact with Jim Beard again and offered him a bottle of his favorite bourbon to finally agree on a date for an interview. Jim had plans to tour with Steely Dan, and I was busy with life. We exchanged a few more emails, but the interview never happened. Sadly, it’s been posted on social media via friends and contacts that Jim passed away last week.

Montreux Jazz Festival Poster for1969 - Shows the back of a naked woman holding a trumpet plus a list of the concert events and artists.

They All Came Out To Montreux

If there was ever a party that you knew about, and wished you could have attended, this would be it for me. I wish I could have been at the Montreux Jazz festival in 1969, or possibly 1972. My awareness of the power of music started with the 1969, the Les McCann & Eddie Harris album, “Swiss Movement” [1]Ahmad Jamal […]


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, streaming services. Reissues (new music) provides a limited income and […]

Let’s talk about CTI/A&M Covers

Opinions about how to clean your vinyl records are 10-a-penny. You can purchase equipment that costs thousands of dollars, or you can do it yourself with a few carefully chosen chemicals and a brushes. I’m a squeekyclean Vinyl Record Cleaning machine myself[1]https://squeakycleanvinyl.com/products/squeakycleanvinyl-mk-iii. This post isn’t about that, it’s about something I’ve never seen before, cleaning the actual vinyl album sleeves. […]

All Things Ron Carter

Even before the pandemic was over Sir Ron had been busy. Ron does regular member only zoom calls, which are both instructive and entertaining. If you don’t get emails from Ron’s team, I can recommend signing-up at https://roncarterjazz.com you can also get a 15% coupon for merch’ and ever-increasing catalogue of material. This post though is to summarize a big […]

The Music Came First

The Snapshots Foundation, Johnathan Bewley produced bio-pic of Creed Taylor has been released on Vimeo. A great number of contributions from Herb Alpert, Ron Carter, Bob James, Harvey Mason, Lenny White, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Ashley Kahn and more. In many ways, as Creed would have wanted, it’s as much a tribute to those artists, than it is to Creed. […]

One-Night Stand: A Keyboard Event

Today, May 10th, 2022, Ron Carter returns to Carnegie Hall as part of the celebration of his 85th birthday. Unfortunately I won’t be there, and I thought it would be interesting to look back at one of Ron’s prior appearances at Carnegie Hall. It came as part of an incredibly ambitious pair of events conceived by George Butler and produced […]

Poster advertising the 2022 NEA Jazz Master concert

NEA Jazz Masters 2022

Congratulations to this year’s musicians recognized as 2022 NEA Jazz Masters—Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Jr., Billy Hart, and Cassandra Wilson. There will be a concert tonight live in San Francisco that will also be live streamed and available via many radio stations. For details of the coverage online and on radio, the concert starts at 7:30pm Pacific Time and all the details can […]

picture of the 1965 Getz/Gilberto vinyl album

The Risks Of Buying Or Selling Records Online

Buying or selling vinyl music online can be problematical, but I doubt Astrud Gilberto would have expected to be involved in a scheme to arrest someone over it. For me, apart from one package which went AWOL, and another package that arrived pretty destroyed. The bad news is that package had contained a rare Esther Phillips test pressing that was […]

Picture of Freddie Hubbard and Don Sebesky

First Light Live

It’s September 14th, this year marks 50-years of the start of recording at the Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey of Freddie Hubbard’s Grammy winning album “First Light“. I wrote about it on this date last year[1]On This Day: First Light – Creed Taylor Produced (ctproduced.com) This year, I have a video of the title track from the album, along […]