Sort Of Like Harmony

A reader of Rifftides or Take Five (both, I hope) has been listening to Jim Hall's 1974 Concierto CD in which Hall's sidemen are Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Roland Hanna, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd. She sent a message asking a question at which musicians tend to guffaw when civilians ask it, one that arises out of genuine interest and does not deserve scorn. Here's the exchange: Q: The track "Concierto de Aranjuez" is hauntingly beautiful. Do the musicians totally improvise, or do they each have a … [Read more...]

Oops, Part 3

Yesterday, I renamed Arnold Schoenberg, called him Aaron. I must have confused him with a character in one of his stage pieces. It's fixed now. An attentive reader, Chris Schneider, caught the mistake and sent this charming reprimand. Geez, and I thought his name was *Moses* Schoenberg ... Anyone who makes a mistake like that deserves to be subjected to the Schoenberg joke in my additional lyrics for "The Wonder of You" (that's the Ellington/George song of that title, *not* the Elvis … [Read more...]