Other Places: More, In Depth, On That Desmond Solo

Thomas Cunniffe

Educator and jazz researcher Thomas Cunniffe has posted analysis and additional information about Paul Desmond's solo on "The Way You Look Tonight" from the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Jazz At Oberlin. It was after correspondence with Tom that I began looking into the disparity between the solo on the original LP issue and that on all reissues. (See the item and comments two exhibits below). In his blog, Jazz History Online, he investigates possible reasons for the cut and aspects of the solo's … [Read more...]

Jean Bach, 1918-2013

Jean Bach

The death this week in New York of Jean Bach at 94 spurred memories of her role in the jazz community going back to the early 1940s. Ms. Bach was not a musician but an advocate whose enthusiasm for and understanding of the art endeared her to several generations of musicians. Her knowledge of the music and its creators made her unusual among other society figures who sometimes amused themselves by dabbling in the jazz scene. She was known for hosting in her home on Washington Mews in Greenwich … [Read more...]