Arts: Rescuing a Lost Era of Jazz History - nytimes.com/video
Pianist and renowned Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter delivers a brilliant commentary on the selection “Psalm” from “A Love Supreme.”
A Conversation with John Coltrane: Listen
This extensive 1958 Coltrane interview by Augie Blume is more like a conversation. It’s interesting to hear Coltrane’s voice and speech patterns on this priceless tape. . At around 15 minutes, he starts talking about Wayne Shorter, who at the time was in the army. Trane presciently predicts that Wayne would make a significant contribution to jazz as a player and as a composer.
The Story of Bethlehem Records
Bethlehem has to be one of the strangest independent jazz labels of the fifties. It had no point of view in terms of a style of jazz or a type of jazz artist that it favored. It recorded vocalists ranging from Chris Connor to Nina Simone and jazz artists from Duke Ellington to Charles Mingus to the unjustly obscure Herbie Nichols and Booker Little. Roland Kirk’s first album was among its releases. This blog kicks off the story of the label with a gallery of covers from its 10” LP series.
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