Other Places: Desmond And Hall Examined

Marc Myers is devoting three days of his excellent Jazz Wax blog to a discussion of the Paul Desmond Quartet with Jim Hall. I have the honor of being his guest discusser. We talk about the RCA Victor recordings and the earlier Warner Bros album of the Desmond quartet. This is a link to the first installment. I was surprised in searching the internet to see that although the individual RCA albums and single-CD compilations are generally available, the box set of the complete recordings is … [Read more...]

Other Places: Teachout On Armstrong

Terry Teachout is making progress on his biography of Louis Armstrong. He just wrote a chapter in three days Take it from a writer; that's blazing progress. He gives a sample on his blog. Among other things, it deals with Armstrong's life on the road and with Henry "Red" Allen, recently a Rifftides subject. To read the excerpt on TT's About Last Night, go here. I am looking forward to that book. … [Read more...]