Monthly Archives: April 2015

Sweatman book

THAT’S GOT ‘EM: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman                         Mark Berresford                                                                                                                      University Press of Mississippi (2010) Jackson, MS.                                                                 230 pp. – US$50.00 (hardback) As time goes on, the realization that jazz was NOT something that sprang full-fledged from … Continue reading

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GIDDINS book

JAZZ                                                                                                                                           Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux                                                                                             Norton (2009); New York & London                                                                                   US$39.95 This is a book that claims to cover the history of jazz from “go” to “whoa” – or at least to 2008! Both authors’ names should be … Continue reading

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Giddins book CDs

The Norton JAZZ Recordings                                                                                          Sony Special Products A742914 – A742917: four CDs                                                                 79 tracks – US$60.00. The breakdown of the Norton collection CDs is: #I; 24 tracks @ 72 min: #II; 24 tracks @ 72 min: #III; 16 tracks @ … Continue reading

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REALLY THE BLUES?

REALLY THE BLUES?                                                                                                                            A Blues History, 1893 – 1959                                                                                                          Vol. 1 (1893 – 1929)                                                                                                                        West Hill Radio Archives WHRA-6028 [9 CDs] Some of you with a broader focus than “merely” blues may be aware of Allen Lowe, a jazz tenor … Continue reading

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Cephas obit

JOHN CEPHAS One of my NYC meetings in the mid-1970s with Brownie McGhee resulted in getting an address for Wilbert “Big Chief” Ellis in the Washington, DC area where he and his brother ran a liquor store. That resulted in … Continue reading

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ACOUSTIC BLUES

ACOUSTIC BLUES: The Roots of it All                                                                                          The Definitive Collection Vol. 1-4                                                                                                 Bear Family BCD 17229 – 17232 BS Vol. 1; Disc 1 – The 1920s: SYLVESTER WEAVER: Guitar Blues (sic); PAPA CHARLIE JACKSON: Shake That Thing; LONNIE JOHNSON: Mr. … Continue reading

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Book Review

THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC ALL AROUND US: Field Recordings and the American Experience                                                                                                            Stephan WADE.                                                                                                                       University of Illinois Press (2012) Urbana, IL, a.o.                                                                         504 pp. – bibliography, 50 photos, notes, index; musical CD w. 13 selections.                  US$ 24.95 (hb)/UK₤ 16.99 … Continue reading

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FOLKLIFE (book)

FOLKLIFE: vol. 14 in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture                             Edited by: Glenn HINSON & William FERRIS; Charles Reagan Wilson.                           University of North Carolina Press (2009) Chapel Hill                                                             424 pp. – multiple entries: index of contributors; subject index; 40 illus.                      … Continue reading

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BLUES ENCYCLOPEDIA

ENCYCLOPEDIA of the BLUES. 2 volumes. Edited by Edward Komara. (New York: Routledge, 2006. Pp lxii (x2 [sic]) + 1208, introduction, photographs, musical notation, bibliographies, discographies, indices. US$295.00 (cloth) This is a set of books that I have been awaiting … Continue reading

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ALAN LOMAX bio

ALAN LOMAX: The Man Who Recorded the World                                                John Szwed                                                                                                                                    Viking (2010) NY//William Heinemann (2010) London                                            US$29.95//£20 – 438 pp., inc. acknowledgements, notes, and index. The late Alan Lomax[i], the doyen of 20th Century folklore throughout the world, was an … Continue reading

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