Comments on extending jazz context
commentson 12 October 2004 : 05:23, Herb sez:

The biggest reason, aside from often shifty sound quality, that I dislike the mp3 format for anthing but previewing tracks, is no liner notes. I made many new musical discoveries by going through them too.

commentson 12 October 2004 : 09:39, madsax sez:

I've avoided the MP3 format for jazz due to its tendency to render saxophones as high-frequency buzzsaws when sampled at standard bitrates. But the possibility of being able to find all those rare jazz recordings I've been hunting for, by downloading them from iTunes or whatever, is very alluring. Having the liner notes is of utmost importance, though - how else will I know who that bass player is?

commentson 12 October 2004 : 09:51, Wayne sez:

The version of article that was in Newsday/Boston Globe makes me sound a bit like a cranky old jazz purist. That's not really the case. I have a large collection of MP3s, most of them ripped from my own collection of CDs. I rip them at a higher than average bitrate and enjoy an ipod. So I'm not against the format itself for listening to what I own. I just think Apple needs to improve their AAC format before I -invest- and start buying a lot from there. I don't read liner notes of every album I buy, but at one point or another I read at least half of them. So there's no way I can buy a large number of AACs that sound good-but-not-great and have no liner notes.

Also, there are less goofy photos of me online. But thanks for the plug Justin!

commentson 12 October 2004 : 10:46, EthanB sez:

Sort of on topic...."liner notes for an entire life"...I recommend reading Bird Lives, by Ross Russell and Chasin' the Trane by J.C. Thomas. Bird Lives is the better book, but they are both cool reading. The ending of Bird's story is unbelievable.

commentson 13 October 2004 : 06:04, EthanB sez:

Not sure what happened up there to the Bird Lives link. It was the first book on jazz I ever read, so it holds a special place. If you want to move over a side-step in literature, I also recommend Home to Harlem. Not about jazz, it has a great pace and beat in and of itself. One of my favorite books, but the critics slam it. I stick by it. I also liked God's Trombones". Good out loud reading. Also, Jean Toomer's Cane.

Back on the subject of jazz itself. Ever listen to Soul Station by Hank Mobley? madsax might be happy to know that it's Mr. PC on the bass.

commentson 14 October 2004 : 16:01, Liz sez:

A&E's, City Confidential has a show about the jazz scene in Kansas City (18th & Vine area). Pretty cool stuff.

commentson 14 October 2004 : 22:35, madsax sez:

Mmmmmm Soul Station, oh so tasty. Gotta love Mr. PC.

commentson 14 October 2004 : 23:46, wayne sez:

Soul Station is a classic. At the sweet spot of the Blue Note epoch. And yeah, Mr. PC is on there making things work. (Note for the newbies: Mr. PC is Paul Chambers, most famous perhaps as Coltrane's bass player, tho has a few of his own Blue Note albums. died too young)...

Art Blakey on a few of those Hank albums from around that time, also an important part of the sound.

commentson 15 October 2004 : 13:32, Wendy sez:

Hey Justin,

I have a question. I know you're busy with school and stuff, but have you heard or thought about the latest Web "fad"--Podcasting?

Check out:

As someone who has been reading for ages, I think it would be so cool for you to do a podcast from time to time.

commentson 16 October 2004 : 17:34, Joe Stewart sez:

justin, very astute of you to compare bitches brew to matmos...a lot of people feel that bitches brew was pretty much tape music - that teo maceo, the guy who spliced together the tapes, is responsible for a lot of what went on.

improvisations later reassembled in a studio... basically matmos' production technique.

commentson 16 October 2004 : 22:07, areml sez:

hey justin.

i've been following your page for a few years now, before the concept of blogging was part of our netspeak.

so i've got a page and i've linked on it.

is that ok?

please let me know...

keep on keeping on brother.

February 2005 - comments are closed on Thanks.