Ornette Coleman/The Prestige Legacy, Vol. 1: The High Priests
Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors: Ornette Live at Prince Street (BGP/Flying Dutchman)
The Prestige Legacy, Vol. 1: The High Priests (Prestige '00)
Here's an opportunistic little comp I grab when Carola feels like "some jazz." It's a time capsule of how the music was recorded 50 or 60 years ago, with plenty of care and not much conceptual panache. Four tracks apiece to leaders Davis and Coltrane, three to Rollins, five to Monk, and for me it's Monk who's something like a ringer, first because three of his lack saxophone, as does only one of the Davises, and second because this was his classic era. Not so with Davis, better on Columbia, or Coltrane, better on Impulse or Atlantic‑-both of them sorcerers' apprentices, playing with a youthful ease soon to be honed into singular command but in this context more redolent of the great culture that made their genius possible. And none of Rollins's three, my favorite of which honors a Victor Herbert tune, are on either Silver City or his single-disc Prestige best-of. Also scattered about are ace sax cameos by two sidemen: Charlie Parker, meet Davey Schildkraut. A MINUS
Had a great time in Cleveland at the HoF today. Met another witness today, SemiMike as he's known here. Many things were discussed including the greatness of Yoko Ono.
Sure is nice to have a tour guide all these places I go.
Only disappointment was that all the great joints in Little Italy were closed today
(Yeah, you read the number right.)
In any case, both guides were very useful resources from which I learned quite a bit. So, thank you to Milo and Robert (and whoever else recommended them to me). Now I've just got to get started on listening to the dozens of albums I managed to track down from the discographies.
Now I need someone to help me figure out how to continue living after reading the phrase "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape"
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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