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Jazz Gumbo
A Fusion of Flavors for the Ear!
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June 20, 2017 08:39 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Ramsey Lewis - Serene Funk - Funky Serenity
Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - The Best Of Nina Simone
Krystall Klear & the Buells - Modern Gizz - Ready For The 90’s
Mandrill - Fat City Strut - Just Outside Of Town
Jeff Beck - Head For Backstage Pass - Wired
James Brown - (Call Me) Superbad - Solid Gold – 30 Golden Hits
Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, - Vampira - Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley
Bruce Ditmas & Paul Bley
Miles Davis - Directions II - Directions
Michael Gregory Jackson - Theme For In Eyes - Gifts
Julian Priester - Eternal Worlds - Love, Love
Charnett Moffett - For You - Net Man
La’Porsha Renae - How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore - 1 Mic 1 Take
Isaac Hayes - I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself - The Isaac Hayes Movement
Roberta Flack - Gone Away - Chapter Two
Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man - Nothing New
King Crimson - Cat Food - In The Wake Of Poseidon
The Swan Silvertones - Jesus, My Rock - My Rock

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Complete Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Lots of variety in this Set!

There's some great finger-poppin' and boody-shakin' magic, by the likes of James Brown, Mandrill, and Jeff Beck.

There's a whole mini-set of "my lover done left me" soul blues, featuring the amazing new talent La'Porsha Renae.

And in the middle of the Set, there's a run of magnificent, adventurous, exploratory jazz, beginning with the Pastorius/Metheny collaboration, right through to Moffett's amazing "For You".

Nothing to do but to leave it with you! Welcome to my new followers from California and Wisconsin. And Thanks to whoever it is that's spread the word on Jazz Gumbo thoughout Japan! I LOVE it!

Much Love!
Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

June 06, 2017 08:39 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Michael Brecker - Chime This - Don’t Try This At Home
Nancy Wilson - Since I Fell For You - Nancy - Naturally
Howard Johnson & Gravity - Stolen Moments - Gravity!!!
Prince - Sign ‘O’ The Times - Sign ‘O’ The Times
Dewey Redman - Unknown Tongue - Musics
Jamaaladeen Tacuma - There He Stood - Renaissance Man
Michal Urbaniak featuring Urszula Dudziak - Butterfly - Atma
Quincy Jones - Killer Joe - Walking In Space
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Things Ain’t What They Used To Be - Sing Ellington
Johnny Griffin & Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis - Tickle Toe - The Toughest Tenors
Peter Erskine - Sprite - Dr. Um
Sao Paolo Underground &
Pharoah Sanders - Spiral Mercury - Pharoah & The Underground

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Complete Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Okay, I admit it – One of the main incentives to add the last two cuts was so that the ‘newest’ music in the Set wouldn’t be from the late eighties. This issue (or, more likely, non-issue) of vintage has been a small, niggling background concern of mine from the start of Jazz Gumbo.

You see, I never set out to do an ‘oldies’ show. I did set out with a focus on vinyl, that being the heart of my personal collection, and my lifelong portal into the world of music. I was so attached to vinyl in the early nineties that as it was phased out, in favor of the cd, I essentially stopped buying new music. For some years, I wasn’t going out much to hear live jazz, nor listening to jazz on the radio (this was before Jazz FM was born in Toronto), nor consuming jazz via the internet (having survived computer-free until ’98).

I spent those years listening to my albums at home, and continuing to grow my collection by patronizing the many great used record stores – in Toronto and elsewhere – as well as through the generosity of many friends over the years, who thought of me when they gave up their vinyl collections.

My guess is that I have about two thousand albums by now. It’s not huge by the standards of collectors, but it’s a lot of music! Enough to last me the rest of my life, if it came to that. Because I’m always discovering and re-discovering magic within the scope, depth and variety of what I already have.

But of course, new artists continue to come along, and to redefine the music. One of the first cd’s I bought, when my resistance to the form finally gave way, was “Songbook” by Kenny Garrett. Another was Erykah Badu’s “Baduism”. A short while later, I came across Brian Blade’s first “Fellowship” album in a remainder bin. These and other works tied in to some of the last music I bought in vinyl form years earlier, such as Charnett Moffett’s “Net Man” and Jack DeJohnette’s “Parallel Realities”.

With Jazz Gumbo, I aim to share and glory in the amazing wealth within - and heir to - the Jazz traditions. I’ve stretched back as far as the thirties, and veered as wide as to include classical and country music. But I don’t want it to be all history. I want to keep up, and show how the roots of Jazz extend into the most dynamic sounds of today, as well as those of yesterday. So one thing this work of love has done for me is driven me to explore more of the music of the last two decades that had slipped by me. I try to include some of it in each show. But sometimes, I get so caught up in the satchel of vinyl I bring into the studio with me that including anything from this century becomes an afterthought.

It’s sometimes occurred to me that maybe I ought to just stick entirely to the vinyl, and forego the newer music…leave it to others. But then again, I never intended for this show to be about oldies. I play what I play here because of how very alive it is, how fresh and original, whenever it was recorded. Ultimately, I believe I want to keep it that way.

Much Love!
Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

May 28, 2017 11:27 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
John Coltrane - Welcome - Kulu Sé Mama
Sonny Greenwich - Prelune - Evol-ution, Love’s Reverse
Jazzmeia Horn - Tight - A Social Call
John Mayall - Country Road - Jazz Blues Fusion
Abdullah Ibrahim - Tintiyana, Second Part - African Space Program
Christian Scott - An Unending Repentance - Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Ornette Coleman - Law Years - Science Fiction
Gary Thomas - Traf - Code Violations
Jowee Omicil - Something Clear - Let’s Bash!
Herbie Hancock - You’ll Know When You Get There - Mwandishi
Anthony Braxton - BOR----N-K64... - Five Pieces 1975
John Coltrane - Vigil - Kulu Sé Mama

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.

Complete Playlists of all past Sets are available at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

On balance, this Set is a bit Freer than most. That is, a lot of the music strays beyond the conventions of the mainstream. And this freer music comes in lots of variations.

The earliest selections are the opening and closing numbers from Coltrane. The “Kulu Sé Mama” album was recorded in ’65 but not released until two years later. It is a bridge between ‘Trane’s earlier work, which stuck to mainstreams structures, to later work which is far more abstract than anything in this Set. They are perfect numbers for introducing the avant garde, “Welcome” especially so, based as it is on the birthday song we all know, but transformed into something far richer and emotive.

The Sonny Greenwich and Jazzmeia Horn numbers are quite accessible, also. The melody and chord structures are there, but relaxed a bit, leaving more room for stretching. One way to look at free jazz (and this is only one way), is to think of improvisation as not just happening within the structure of a melody; instead, the structure itself becomes improvised. Hancock’s tune takes this a little further.

The Christian Scott piece is free in a different way, doing so much with tone and atmosphere, and Gary Thomas does something similar. One of the pieces I really love is Braxton’s offering. I freely admit that a lot of Braxton’s music is beyond me – I can’t enjoy it. But there are others, like this one, that floor my. This piece is so dynamic, so driving and insistent, that it just barges beyond any analytics my mind wants to throw up and gets to my core. And I keep listening to Braxton for the occasional number that will get to me in a similar way.

In a real sense, I think that gets to the heart of it: music that carries me somewhere emotionally or viscerally, whether I “understand” it or not. So much of the music of Miles Davis (who isn’t represented here, but should be) has been like this for me. From the time I first listened to him, in the late sixties, I could never really catch up to him. “Spanish Key” was the number that pulled me into the “Bitches Brew”. But by the time I ‘got’ it, and went out and bought his next thing – “Live/Evil” in this case – he was into a whole other sound, and I had to un-learn what I expected of him before I could ‘get’ that. And it was like that right to the end in my experience of listening to Miles.

I hope there’s plenty in this Set for you to love, to be tantalized by, to open up to. Next Set, we’ll slip back into a lower Earth orbit.

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

May 18, 2017 10:41 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Moe Koffman - Saturn - Solar Explorations
McCoy Tyner - Genesis - Uptown/Downtown
Ella Fitzgerald - How High The Moon - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald
Chuck Mangione - Listen To The Wind - Bellavia
Norman Connors - Laughter - Dark Of Light
Herbie Hancock - Goodbye To Childhood - Speak Like A Child
Otis Redding - Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (Sad Song) - History of Otis Redding
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant - Since I’ve Been Loving You - No Quarter
Bob Marley - Night Shift - Rastaman Vibration
Carla Bley - Dreams So Real - Dinner Music
Duke Ellington - Harlem Air Shaft - Giants Of Jazz
Ibrahim Maalouf - Overture I - Kalthoum
Kenny Garrett - She Waits For The New Sun - Songbook
Esther Satterfield - If You Know Me Any Longer Than Tomorrow - The Need To Be
Pharoah Sanders - Moment’s Notice - Rejoice
Kevin Eubanks - Resolution - The Messenger

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Playlists from all past Sets are at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

As promised last week, this Set has an example of Ella Fitzgerald at her scat-singing best. Part of the lore surrounding Ella is that she often forgot her lyrics, and this may be a factor that got her started in scatting. But on this cut, it sounds as though bypassing the words was intentional. She just dives in and goes for it. And what a job. Who knows the name of the tune bop classic she quotes?

Norman Connors was a jazz drummer who ultimately gained his greatest fame as a producer and arranger of smooth, pop and funk jazz pieces. But to me, his greatest work came with three albums he produced in the early seventies: “Dance of Magic”, “Dark of Light” and “Love From the Sun”. They are wonderful, edgy, fluid works of progressive jazz magic, which I’ve played from often during the run of Jazz Gumbo. They feature great work from casts of great musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett, Buster Williams and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Forgive the poor sound quality of the Pharoah Sanders piece. I’ll be looking to replace it with a clearer, crisper version soon.

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

May 11, 2017 11:19 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Freddie Hubbard - Super Blue - Super Blue
St Germain - Sittin’ Here - St Germain
Mal Waldron featuring Eric Dolphy - Status Seeking - The Quest
Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - So Danco Samba - Getz / Gilberto
Adam Makowicz - Summer In Central Park - Moonray
Ella Fitzgerald - Stairway To The Stars - The Best of Ella Fitzgerald
Dianne Reeves - Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - I Remember
Steve Khan - The Big Ones - Tightrope
Defunkt - Change - Defunkt in America
Chick Corea - Excerpt from the First Movement of Heavy Metal - No Mystery
Griot Galaxy - Zykron - Kins
Dewey Redman - Meditation, Submission, Purification - Coincide
Ornette Coleman - Lonely Woman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
Horace Silver - The Sophisticated Hippie - Silver ‘n Brass
Abdullah Ibrahim - Duke 88 - African River
Elizabeth Shepherd - High - Heavy Falls the Night

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Playlists of all previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Ella Fitzgerald would have had her one hundredth birthday in late April, but she missed that landmark by a few years, having died at age 89. Her road to becoming the First Lady of Jazz began when, at age seventeen, an orphaned, struggling drop-out, she won the Amateur Night contest in front of the mercilessly judgmental crowd at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

What I have always loved most about Ella’s voice is its brightness and clarity. It rings like a bell. “Stairway” doesn’t show off one of her other distinguishing characteristics – her scat singing. I’ll present a great example of that next week.

Adam Makowicz is a musician I’ve had the privilege of hearing up close and personal. He performed a spontaneous tribute to his wife Joanna, at a small gathering in Toronto’s Polish consulate one evening. What the man does with 88 keys is amazing. I believe he rivals the Tatums and the Petersons for dexterity and brilliance.

Tonight’s is a great Set. I hope you’ll take it all in and enjoy it.

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

May 03, 2017 10:32 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
BadBadNotGood - Triangle - III
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock - The Song Is You - Still Live
& Jack DeJohnette
The Paris Combo - Fibre de Verre - French Café
Michal Urbaniak - Roksana - Fusion III
Fela Kuti - Zombie - Zombie
The Meters - Message From The Meters - Saturday Night Fish Fry
Steely Dan - Bodhisattva - Countdown To Ecstasy
George Duke - Cravo e Canela - A Brazilian Love Affair
Nguyên Lê - Wingless Flight - Walking On The Tiger’s Tail
Chick Corea - Quartet No 3 - Three Quartets
Chaka Khan - Round Midnight - Classikhan
Horace Silver - Song For My Father - Song For My Father
Charles Tolliver - Paper Man - Paper Man
Gil Scott-Heron - Message To The Messengers - Spirits

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Playlists of all 120 previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Ah, Yes! I feel I’m back in the groove with this Set!

The works that are newest to me in this Set are the offerings by BadBadNotGood and Nguyên Lê, and I LOVE both of their albums. Both of these artists create unique sounds with great dynamism.

There are two offerings that have strong socio-political messages. Gil Scott-Heron’s “Message”, from ’94 is aimed at a generation of rappers notorious for its misogyny and glorification of macho violence. He counsels rappers to know their history and to resist being tools of fear and destruction in their communities.

And Fela Kuti’s “Zombie” from ’76 was a condemnation of the oppressive military government in his native Nigeria. This song was an immediate sensation and a provocation. In response the military attacked and burned the community he founded, beat him severely and threw his mother from an upper window, fatally injuring her.

It's interesting that though the situation in Nigeria was specific and local, Fela's music was a powerful, galvanizing force world-wide. His music, and the brilliant social criticism of Gil Scott-Heron, lives on.

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

April 28, 2017 11:06 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Derrick Gardner - Bugabug - A Ride To The Other Side
Billy Cobham - What Is Your Fantasy - B. C.
Tomasz Stanko - Babylon Samba - Chameleon
Eddie Jefferson - Body & Soul - Golden Essentials
Gregory Porter - Real Good Hands - Be Good
Jay Clayton - Three Free / Random Mondays - Brooklyn 2000
John McLaughlin - Every Tear From Every Eye - Electric Guitarist
Linda Lewis - Spring Song - Lark
Miles Davis - Little Church - Live-Evil
Ernest Ranglin - 54-46 Was My Number - Below The Bassline
Big Mama Thornton - Rolling Stone - Sassy Mama!
Irakere - La Comparsa - Chekeré Son
Quincy Jones - Prologue (Q’s Rap) &
Back On The Block - Back On The Block

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Playlists of all 120 previous Sets of Jazz Gumbo can be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

To be honest, I’m not all that happy with this Set. It’s partly the selections and partly the way I’ve put them together. And I have only myself to fault.

Jazz Gumbo started out as a way of sharing my favorite music with anyone who would have it. Over time, it’s become more of a project of exploration, as I’ve sought to go beyond music I already know and love, to discover new artists and new sounds.

Great music often takes awhile to seep in, to open up new channels of listening so that it can be heard. Much of my favorite music took some time to become my favorite music. And I was too hurried with this set, and I included too many pieces I haven’t lived with long enough to know if I will love them. I don’t really know how this Set sounds to me, let alone to you. Not that it won’t always be changing, because it will.

Anyway, we’ll learn together whether this Set is worthy, whether it works. It will take time.

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

April 24, 2017 05:45 AM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Esbjorn Svennson - Seven Days Of Falling - Seven Days Of Falling
Donny Hathaway - Someday We’ll All Be Free - Extension Of A Man
Cannonball Adderley - Unit 7 - Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Bob James - Valley Of The Shadows - One
Samuel Yirga - I am The Black Gold of The Sun - Guzo
Cleo Laine - Gimme A Pig Foot & A Bottle Of Beer - Live!!! At Carnegie Hall
Art Blakey - Now’s The Time - A Night At Birdland
Joan Armatrading - Persona Grata - Secret Secrets
Kendrick Lamar - untitled 06 - untitled unmastered
Herbie Hancock - Butterfly - Thrust
Michael White - Spirit Dance - Spirit Dance
Charles Lloyd - Love Ship - Dreamweaver
Valerie June - The Front Door - The Order Of Time
Tony Williams - Dreamland - Angel Street
Taj Mahal - Why?...And We Repeat Why?...And We Repeat - Music Keeps Me Together

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Information about previous Sets will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

I'm LOVIN' that Hair! Lovin' the music too. Courtesy of Valerie June, one of the new voices contributing to Jazz Gumbo this week. Not Jazz, but definitely worthy of inclusion in the stew, for the bluesy, folksy soul she brings.

It's interesting to me how musical categories morph over time. How to categorize what Valerie June is doing? Or Esbjorn Svennson? Or Michael White? Or Kendrick Lamar?

What is Jazz, anyway? Not the same as it used to be. What's Pop? What in the world is Adult Contemporary? I don't know - don't really care. Not really important. I think the usefulness of the labels is in helping you to find what you want to hear, and maybe in carrying you from that sound to another that you may not yet know that you want to hear. Exploration by association, you could call it. Like picking up some Pharoah Sanders because I heard him backing up Coltrane, then getting something by Norman Connors or Joe Bonner because they played with Pharoah, and then....

Music is a wondrous world to explore. And so vast. Enjoy this little corner of it. Then take another step.

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

April 10, 2017 08:59 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Oscar Peterson - Hymn To Freedom - Night Train
Baird Hersey & The Year of the Ear - Have You Heard? - Have You Heard?
Albert Villa - Old Boy - Foreground Music
Bill Withers - I Don’t Know - Still Bill
Marcus Miller - I Can’t Breath - Afrodeezia
Steps Ahead - Northern Cross - Steps Ahead
Manhattan Transfer - Move - Vocalese
DJ Foodie - Trip To The Moon - Cold Cuts
King Crimson - Sailor’s Tale - Islands
Pat Metheny - Tell It All - First Circle
Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart - History of Otis Redding
Brian Blade - Embers - Landmarks
Cannonball Adderley - Love For Sale - Somethin’ Else
Clara Ward & - Just A Little While To Stay Here - We Gotta Shout!
The Dukes of Dixieland
Flora Purim & Airto - Move It On Up - Humble People
Donald Harrison & Terence Blanchard - Slam - Crystal Stair

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Information about previous Sets will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” is a gorgeous piece of piano playing, which evokes both the social and political aims of the Civil Rights movement and the spirituality that fueled it. It’s the final cut of Peterson’s most classic album. Forgive the scratchiness of the sound. I played it off of a very well used piece of old vinyl.

Lately, more of the music you hear on Jazz Gumbo is coming from digital files, but most of the older, soulful tunes are coming off of albums I’ve been carrying around for a lot of years. It’s a wonder that some of them still play at all. Wither’s “I Don’t Know” is an old favorite, from an album I bought while in high school, back in the early seventies.

I was turned onto Baird Hersey, whose album cover is featured this week, by the proprietor of a used record store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I never saw Hersey live, but among his large ensemble were musicians I often saw in local clubs, which was surely a reason I bought this and two other of Hersey’s excellent albums.

I once caught Terence Blanchard in Boston, in a concert in which he got into a cutting contest with rival trumpeter Jon Faddis. Faddis “won”, in that he was the flashier of the two, and hit a few blistering high notes that drove the audience wild. But it was Blanchard who came with the rich tone, and the beautiful, melodic lines. What a show that was!

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

April 05, 2017 12:41 PM PDT

Artist - Tune - Album
Lonnie Liston Smith - Shadows - Expansions
Kenny Garrett - Philly - Do Your Dance!
Charlie Parker - Drifting On A Reed - Anthology
Eddie Jefferson - I’ve Got The Blues(Lester Leaps In) - Golden Essentials
Eero Koivistoinen - Prology & Dance of Animals - Ultima Thule
DJ Foodie - Trip To The Moon - Cold Cuts
Tom Waits - Strange Weather - Big Time
Paquito D’Rivera - Manhattan Burn - Manhattan Burn
Howlin’ Wolf - Sitting on Top of The World - Chester Burnett aka Howlin’ Wolf
George Duke, et al - Be Cool - Montreux Summit, vol. 2
Norman Connors - The Creator Has A Master Plan - You Are My Starship
Carmen McRae - Alfie - Carmen’s Gold
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland - The Oracle - The Art Of Conversation
Curlew - Barking - Live In Berlin
Arve Henriksen - Recording Angel - Cartography

The opening theme for Jazz Gumbo is “Music Evolution” by Buckshot Lefonque.
Information about previous Sets will be found at jazzgumbo.blogspot.ca

One of my main inspiration for doing Jazz Gumbo is Eric Jackson, a long time jazz deejay in Boston. I listened to him while I was in college, and even more after I dropped out and spent the next few years in Cambridge, working odd jobs and thinking about being a writer. I say ‘thinking about’ because in truth, I did a lot more thinking and dreaming than I did actual writing.

I had a beast of a 1940’s era, cast iron, Royal typewriter that I bought in a pawnshop in Central Square. I'd pound away at it in spurts of an hour or so at a time, but that was mostly tortuous. I hadn’t figured out yet about letting my work sit for awhile before critiquing it, and I also had no appreciation for the importance of rewriting and editing. I think I believed that most great writing came via first drafts and on waves of inspiration. Consequently, I was mostly horrified at the lack of quality in what came through that Royal typewriter. And because of that, I spent a lot more time reading science fiction, smoking herb and listening to music than I did improving my craft.

Eric’s show was phenomenal. He played such quality music, and such a variety of music. I was heavily into fusion during those years, and Eric certainly played his share of Return to Forever and Weather Report. But what I most remember was that he introduced me to music I was largely unfamiliar with, and a great deal of that was the music of Old Masters whose work I thought was dull and stagnant.

I can well remember some of the great music I heard for the first time on Eric’s show. He introduced me to Horace Silver via a re-issue of some of his 1950’s era work, titled “Sterling Silver”. And he got me really hearing Mingus for the first time when he played the entire 28 minute long “Cumbia & Jazz Fusion”. It was also on his show that I first heard cuts from Joni Mitchell’s “Mingus” album. And the great album “Gifts” by Michael Gregory Jackson that I’ve raved about, but which remains virtually unknown.

Eric comes to mind tonight because he often played Eddie Jefferson. I always loved what Jefferson does, but I never had any of his music. (Except for a couple of great duets with Dexter Gordon that I’ve played on JG). Blame it on the odd jobs, and on the habit of mostly buying my jazz albums in second hand stores. Jefferson’s music just never popped up there. And even when I bought new music, I never ventured into the sections set aside for vocalists. Now, for the first time, I have a subscription to an online music service and am exploring artists and albums at will. And Eddie Jefferson was one of the first artists whose work I sought out.

Tonight’s “I’ve Got The Blues” is a taste of Eddie, and more will follow. I’m glad about the music service. On the down side, I’m now no longer only playing music that I own copies of. I liked that. On the other hand, I’m being exposed to more music than I’ve ever had access to, and I’m passing lots of it on to you.

Be well, good People. Live, Listen & Love, and I’ll be with you again soon!

Thrive!
Kirby Obsidian

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