pOoP diSpAtcH 21
well all hell and hallelujah that’s over. or is it? was it all just practice? the coup, the mandates,
the uncivil tone? maybe this is how it all ends when everyone’s locked into must watch tv and all the cool gadgets that broadcast everything but the truth. flashing lights, groovy clothes, home delivery, tik tok . . . need I go on? bless those who still have the energy to soldier on cos this old soldier is getting rather weary of the battle and bored to fuck w/all the covid news.
like the harrowing world around us, I too have slipped my axis, my center, my rock n roll.
I wouldn’t know what it was these purloined days if you bludgeoned me for a week with its latest genius and his or her (pick a pronoun) master works. I can handle some it when I do indiscriminately stumble upon it but c’mon, us old fucks have heard it all before and even you younger souls, 20, 30, 40 year’s younger have heard better. Dua Lupa, Cardi B, Olivio Rodriqueo . . . I couldn’t tell ‘em apart if my life depended on it which says a lot because I couldn’t handle Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in their heydays but at least I could tell them apart (actually gimme Halsey or gimme death!) Even Dylan’s latest bootleg collection seemed to be stretched a wee bit thin. Who on Earth hadn’t heard all the Let It Be/Get Back stuff of legend and who doesn’t agree that the original film at least told the story succinctly?
so it’s pretty much jazz for me now. the jazz I missed the first tine, what has caught my ear since and what’s hot and new and most of all inspiring now. (in what will be my first exhibition of self promotion, you can hear what’s new on my New Jazz Excursions show 10-noon alternating Saturdays on WIOX Radio, 91.3 FM and streaming at www.wioxradio.org starting on January 8)
before giving myself over to self indulgence, I just want to say that writing for PoOP year in and year out has been an odd blessing and is the true way of explaining crazy, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Best Discs 21
Christian McBride & Inside Straight – Live at The Village Vanguard
Veronica Swift – This Bitter Earth
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels – Tone Poem
Orrin Evans – The Magic of Now
Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh & Tyshawn Sorey – Uneasy
Chick Corea Akoustic Band – Live
Renee Rosnes – Kinds of Love
Julie Sassoon Quartet – Voyages
Rachel Eckroth – The Garden
Carlos Heinreiquez – The South Bronx Story
Emmet Cohen- Future Stride
Jihye Lee Orchestra – Daring Mind
Shai Maestro – Human
Archival Releases ’21
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Live In Seattle
Joni Mitchell – Archives – Vol. 2: The Reprise Years (1968-1971)
Lee Morgan – The Complete Live at The Lighthouse
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings
Dave Brubeck – Time OutTakes
Cyrille Aimee @ the Falcon 4/29/21
Bob Dylan @ Capitol Theater 11/24/21
The Lehman Trilogy was a great way to reenter the broadway atmosphere
Books 21: (I’ve probably read too many or not enough but these are the one’s that stick in my craw)
Led Zeppelin – Bob Spitz
Wildland – Evan Osnos
Ben Rhodes – After the Fall
Philip Clark – Brubeck
Ricki Lee Jones – Last Chance Texaco: Chronicles of an American Troubadour
Little Steven – Unrequited Infatuations (doesn’t necessarily leave up to all the hype but a fun read all the same)
Hands down: Summer of Soul just one the best music docs of any era period.
Rest in Peace – Tony Falco. . .
stay healthy and free of alternate facts everybody . . .
ps: if you’re interested and why shouldn’t you be, my new book, mooncussers, from Luchador Press, hits eager eyes and bookshelves in February. Stay posted on my FB page and at www.mikejurkovic.com