There’s an old Charlie Parker blues ditty called Billie’s Bounce, and I’d like to share two exemplary versions of it. First, there’s this Max Roach quarter version, featuring George Coleman on sax. Listen to the way Coleman weaves through a few choruses. What’s particularly interesting here is that there’s no piano or guitar on the… Read more
In the interest of good aesthetics, I’ve made a point of keeping the economics work separate from the musical suggestions. But this week I violate that, combining a strange and dissonant article about how DC’s financial market regulation has just completely dominated those formerly high rollers up on Wall St., with the great R&B artist… Read more
I suspect I’m not the only person with this song in mind today, but if this doesn’t eradicate your chill you might have frostbite! It’s Ray Charles and Betty Carter having a great, toasty-warm time with Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
Veteran OTE’ers know that the holiday season doesn’t start around here until Lou Rawls says so. And here he goes, with the funky little drummer boy followed by the most swingin’ merry little X-mas you ever experienced. Check out the evocative chromonica (souped-up harmonica) on the opening of Drummer Boy. Then, on Merry Little X-mas,… Read more
OTEers know my old skool proclivities in all forms of music, including jazz. In that light, here’s one of the most swingin’ tenor men of all time, the great Jug, aka Gene Ammons, playing the minor ditty Close Your Eyes. If I played jazz tenor sax, I’d play it just like this. Also, dig that… Read more