Rashied Ali, multi-directional drummer, interviewed

In 1990 I interviewed drummer Rashied Ali for The World According to John Coltrane, a documentary produced and directed by Toby Byron. It was the first but not the last time I spoke to Ali, a sorely underrated musician and jazz presence who died yesterday (August 12, 2009) following a heart attack at age 74. Here's a transcript of our talk, slightly edited and annotated, mostly about Coltrane, with whom Ali became famous.  … [Read more...]

Fast impressions, new jazz ‘n’ out cds

I'm determined to try to survey unusual and promising new jazz-and-beyond cds with regularity -- here are responses (not in-depth reviews) to only half-a-dozen grabbed off my teetering in-pile almost at random, plus related diversions. The scale: 5 stars "You gotta hear this"; 4 - "very interesting, if interested in this sort of thing"; 3 -- "middling, ok fun, consistent"; 2 - "flawed, somehow worthy"; 1 "never mind, really." … [Read more...]