Not expecting much in the way of hampers for this, but for those who are that way inclined it’s a real treat: Monk Suite by the Kronos Quartet, which puts the music of the Great Misterioso in a whole new light. It dates back to 1985, but I’d never come across it before. Available in all the usual places. https://www.allmusic.com/album/monk-suite-mw0000142516
178 7th Avenue South, Greenwich Village, New York is a place of magic. In a tiny basement, where you could cram no more than two hundred people if everyone breathes in, is a speakeasy, The Village Vanguard. It started hosting folk concerts from 1937. By the forties, jazz featured more often and from the 1950s onwards, The Village became the premier jazz venue. All the greats played there. Thelonius Monk’s week long residency helped break him to a wider audience. Bill Evans was a regular. Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra performed so often on Mondays from 1966 to 1990, it morphed into the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
The venue is in the shape of an isosceles triangle with a small angle between the two equal sides. The stage is situated at that point in the triangle. As a consequence, the acoustics are special, the source of the magic. The musicians are touching distance from the audience, even spilling into the front tables if the band has more than a few members. The official capacity is 123. The combination of perfect acoustics and intimacy with audience is inspirational to a jazz musician who thrives on improvisation.
Sonny Rollins was among the first » Continue Reading.
I love this place, or I thought I did.
But somehow recently I have not felt inclined to post anything, either as a comment or starting a post.
It’s partly because I’m 12 hours behind (ie I am in Australia) – there are often wonderful raving loony conversations that I discover first thing in the morning and by the time I think of something vaguely worthwhile to say it’s all over.
But also, I don’t know, something’s gone, and I’d be the first to admit it’s “just me”, maybe I just don’t care enough about debating essential music questions of the moment. Or political or social questions. Or maybe I’m just too busy with having a life, which is not to suggest at all that the regular posters (the clique?) don’t.
That’s all. I don’t expect anyone to make any comment, I’ll quietly be my own thread killer.
I’ll still check in, cos I love you all.
But just wondering if anyone else feels anything similar.