This is more interesting than a sweeping survey, it is a portrait of an African-American musician whose career peaked in the Swing Era.
I trust Bowie, the way I trust Stevie or Miles or Aretha or Duke or Bach or Debussy or Ornette or Rahsaan or the recently departed Paul Bley.
The idea of house concerts seems to be getting some legs. The “fabulous world headquarters loft of Accurate Records” again plays host, this time to the eclectic San Francisco band, Mercury Falls.
Reviewed by Steve Elman. The larger the band, the more important its leader. The sheer drudgery of keeping a large jazz ensemble functioning as a musical and business entity leads almost inevitably to a need for a guiding intelligence. Even if one person isn’t personally booking the gigs, making the phone calls, preparing the lead […]