On Gil Scott-Heron, by Greg Tate. He wasn't jazz. But he was so very much of the blues. More links:
- Multiple sources are reporting the death of pianist Ray Bryant. The composer of "Cubano Chant" played tons of sessions, led a trio (and made many records as a leader) and was uncle to the Eubanks brothers. More when we have it.
- The music folks at Time Out New York have put together a package called "NYC Jazz 2011." In it, they list the "25 essential New York City jazz icons," their picks for the summer season, interview Peter Brotzmann and offer other guides to the scene.
- Inflammatory statement of the week! Dwayne Burno's strongly-worded interview at jazztruth, in which he harshly criticises the newest generation of young jazz musicians, was picked up by Peter Hum at jazzblog.ca. Active comment sections at both places.
- Larry Appelbaum's Let's Cool One and Ted Panken's Today Is The Question continue to be great repositories of old interviews and blindfold tests. This week: Sonny Rollins, Marc Cary, Lee Konitz, the Village Vanguard at 70, Dave McKenna, Karrin Allyson ...
- On modern jazz in Russia, at Perfect Sound Forever.
- In one day (New Year's Eve 1969) Chris Albertson interviewed Archie Shepp and reviewed Jimi Hendrix.
- Willard Jenkins recaps the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
- Tad Hendrickson interviews Lee Konitz for Spinner.
- Here's an interview with pianist Craig Taborn, about to release a solo piano record, by Andrea Canter on her blog, JazzInk.
- James Hall interviews pianist Bill Carrothers for About.com.
- You have to be pretty hard-up to steal money from a small jazz festival.
- Lady Gaga hints at a standards album.
- Jack Kevorkian is dead. Apparently he also played jazz in his spare time?
- All About Jazz features bassist Barry Guy and trumpeter/composer Evan Weiss.
- Destination: Out features the Chicago saxophonist Ed Wilkerson, Jr., as curated by saxophonist Josh Sinton.
- JazzWax has an interview with pianist Marty Napoleon.
- The Jazz Session speaks with guitarist Julian Lage, the free improvising band Jooklo Duo and trumpeter Eddie Henderson.
- The Checkout this week features highlights from collegiate jazz bands, recorded at the WBGO studios during Jazz Appreciation Month.
Elsewhere at NPR Music: