Archive for November 22nd, 2011

Paul Motian (1931-2011): An Appreciation

Drummer Paul Motian, who first came to prominence in the late 1950s with pianist Bill Evans’ pioneering trio, has died. A representative from ECM Records confirms he passed at 4:52 a.m. in New York City. A cause of death has not been disclosed. He was 80.

One Track Mind: Charles Caldwell, "Hadn't I Been Good To You" (2004; 2011 reissue)

Discovered far too late, Mississippi bluesman Charles Caldwell was already dying of pancreatic cancer as he began recording his belated debut for Fat Possum.

Forgotten series: Peter Frampton – Frampton (1975)

Children of the 1970s know the story of this guy: Played guitar in Humble Pie. Formed Frampton’s Camel. Put out a few studio records (including this one) that more or less went unnoticed. Then …

Matt Baker – Underground (2011)

If pianist and composer Matt Baker’s new recording has the tempo and feel of a jet-set traveler, there’s a reason for that: Baker, an Australian native, has kept busy since moving to New York City in mid 2010

The Libertines – The Libertines (2004)

I missed out on the Clash revolution in high school. The Clash had been long extinct, but their specter loomed — and still looms — large on the music scene.