happy (43rd) birthday to the fabulous Erykah Badu.
Miles Davis album covers, front & back
- Bitches Brew (1969)
- Live-Evil (1971)
- On the Corner (1972)
- Big Fun (1974)
- Agharta (1975)
cool jazz album covers, part 1:
- Ritual, Art Blakey (1957), cover art: John Altoon
- Cookin’, Miles Davis (1957), cover art: Phil Hays
- Blowin’ The Blues Away, Horace Silver (1959), cover art: Paula Donohue
- Maiden Voyage, Herbie Hancock (1965), cover art: Reid Miles
- Monk’s Blues, Thelonious Monk (1968), cover art: Paul Davis
"Jazz is not so caught in the hormonal time trap. Fans can be 15 or 50. They enjoy jazz for years, not for the first flush of adolescence…The effect on jazz album covers is enormous. They are diverse, interesting, relevant to the music and above all, artistically executed. Jazz covers were these things at the beginning of the 60s whilst popular music floundered around in (fundamentally) cheap and simplistic packaging design. Jazz continued through the decade more or less oblivious to the psychedelic phenomenon which exploded in youth culture in the mid 60s. (Apart from a couple of exceptions, see Chapter 5). Perhaps jazz was simply more mature, perhaps it was already steeped in enough drugs that it didn’t need a whole lot more. Perhaps jazz was just cool. The dazzling excesses of psychedelia were simply extraneous."
-Storm Thorgerson, Classic Album Covers of the 60s
happy birthday to Nina Simone.
(photo by Guy Le Querrec, 1969)
here is one of my favorites, her cover of Bob Dylan’s The Ballad of Hollis Brown
I love Chuck Maldonado’s choreography in this video for Laura Mvula’s “Green Garden” - the song is gorgeous too;)
this song is breathing life into me right now.
beautiful music, beautiful choreography, beautiful people, beautiful light…
Questlove, once again, writing the things my heart feels about music:
I especially love the correlating video about him shopping for records with his dad (nearing again to my heart… very similar to the relationship I had with my dad: getting CDs for good grades, going to the record store just because it’s Wednesday, etc.)
"I try to navigate the waters by remembering where I’m going. When it comes to players, to programs, to services, think of them as ships bringing you to the music you need, have always needed, will continue to need. They’re not the voyage. They’re the vessel. Learn how to steer in the prevailing winds and soon you’ll be sailing."
I’ve been hunting around for a good live album from Miles Davis’ electric period (‘69-‘72 specifically) and upon seeing a copy of Miles Davis At Fillmore (1970) at the record store today, I did what any reasonable fan would do: I went home and read up on it to see if it was something I want to include in my growing MD collection. Most of the complaints on Amazon (aside from the people who are still griping about 1970 Miles not sounding like Kind of Blue Miles), are about the excessive cutting and splicing. There’s quite a few clamoring for the complete bootleg tapes to be released as a compilation for the bootleg series Vol. 3.
Two things come to mind upon reading this:
ONE: There are a FEW benefits of being in a younger generation and going back and digging through music: I didn’t have to wait 45 years for this to happen.
TWO: There is ALWAYS something left on the cutting room floor.
Who else is excited??
sometimes you wake up with Pain in My Heart running through your head and you just need to allow yourself to sit and listen to it 10 times straight and maybe cry on the way to work a little.
I must say, some major stress has been eliminated from my life since I finally acquired all 6 Erykah Badu albums.
sidenote: Badu & team know how to create a complete music package; everything from the art, the written lyrics, liner notes, etc. is purposeful. Obviously a lot of care is put into every aspect of the album, which is SO refreshing to see in an age of sloppy digital releases.
expect more on this later.
Nina Simone, photographed by Alfred Wertheimer (1964)
For some reason, people are always surprised when I remind them that Nina Simone, besides being a singer, also played the piano. Besides the fact that this proves they have NO knowledge about Nina Simone, it painfully shows their own misogyny. (What? There are jazz women who can sing AND play an instrument?? I never would have assumed this possible!)
A collection of Questlove LNJF screenshots.
wow wow wow…. is all I can say about this: collaborations between Erykah Badu, painter Jaybo Monk and Miki´s String Quintet.
I am so envious of those who got to see Erykah Badu live, performing only with a quintet. (Clips in the video start at 6:30, you can hear parts of On & On and The Healer.) Why can’t I buy a CD of this amazing performance?
See more info about MADE here.