Abbey Road Safe?

According to Norman Lebrecht, the proprietor of's Slipped Disc, financial tap dancing led to reports that Abbey Road studios was--or might be--for sale. That does not invalidate the sonic issues raised in this February 21 Rifftides post. It may relieve the anxieties of audiophiles who cherish the great old studios. To read Mr. Lebrecht's followup, go here. … [Read more...]

Montmartre Redivivus

Unexpected and welcome news from a Danish web site: Denmark's once legendary jazz club Montmartre re-opens in May 2010 in its original premises in Copenhagen. During the 1960's and 70's the club served as a European home for American giants like Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Kenny Drew and many others. Pianist Niels Lan Doky and a partner will operate the club as a nonprofit enterprise. For details, go here. For recent Rifftides posts involving the Montmartre, go here and here. … [Read more...]

Ertegun Hall of Fame Winners

Jazz At Lincoln Center has just announced the artists posthumously inducted into its Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame for 2010. They are Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Billy Strayhorn and Sarah Vaughan. Those honored are chosen by vote of a panel of experts from 17 countries. Jazz at Lincoln Center will present concerts dedicated to the inductees. Here is the schedule: Intuition: The Music of Bill Evans (May 14-15, 2010) The Music of Billy Strayhorn (November 5-6, 2010) The Music of Sarah Vaughan … [Read more...]