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While doing some research online for last week's Bill Evans/George Russell entry, I stumbled on a chilling account of the drug-ravaged Evans' last few agonizing days. It's not a short read, nor a particularly pleasant one, but it's well worth your time. Laurie Verchomin, Evans' girlfriend at the time of his death—which stunned the jazz world 30 years ago today—is writing a book about her experience with the pianist, and she spoke with journalist Marc Myers for an interview that appeared on his blog, JazzWax, over five consecutive days in August last year. It's a devastating, unforgettable read.
Now that you're all cheered up...
Pardon the Eruption
These famed Afro-Vincentian soulsters were no one-hit wonders. Heck, at least two of their tracks (including the James Brown cover, provided above) have appeared on numerous Caribbean funk compilations. This LP from 1972 is the second of the group's only two releases. Read this warm tribute to band leader Kerwyn Morris, who died in 2007.
Mal Waldron ~ "Spanish Bitch"
(Blog: Orgy in Rhythm)
What's With the Album Title?
Recorded almost exactly 40 years ago (9/18/70), this unheard bit of genius from pianist Mal Waldron recently surfaced over at the exalted Orgy in Rhythm thanks to some outsize generosity. (All hail Munnnnnph!) Waldron was Billie Holiday's regular accompanist during her final years, and the searing beauty ever-present throughout his prolific recordings has always borne the mark of that particular crucible. You'll dig the cover of "Eleanor Rigby" here, but "Black Chant" will dig into you.
Sitar on My Face
This over-the-top French prog/psych mindmelder was previously posted at the ultra-swank Telek et Stilla. Now, the wonderful Mutant Sounds has it, along with a marvy description. Here's a taste: "One of the first salvos of true otherness from the French underground…mindbomb…eccentric…Wakhévitch-like eeriness…swooning orchestrations...period psychedelic mad hattery…outsized sense of theatricality…overloads of caustic acid guitar flailing and fabulously cooing, sighing, and keening vocals." That got your attention?
Various ~ "Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music"
Seriously Holy Grail
These riveting, heartfelt performances, recorded by ethnomusicologist David Evans in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, were released on the Advent label in 1975, then reissued, briefly, by Japan's P-Vine in 1991. [Ed note: This item had originally linked to a blog that posted a download for this recording. I've removed the link because folks at the wonderful Dust-to-Digital, in a comment left at the blog, have announced that Parlortone will be reissuing this record in 2011. Buy the reissue!]
Edy Star ~ "Sweet Edy"
(Blog: Sylvio Passos)
From the album: Edyth Cooper (mp3)
Glam I Am
Called by some "the most famous transvestite in Brazilian rock," the fabulous Edy Star was a frequent collaborator with rock idol Raul Seixas. In 1971, along with Miriam Batucada and Sérgio Sampaio, Raul and Edy produced the anarchic, psychedelic, absurdist masterpiece Sociedade da Grã-Ordem Kavernista Apresenta Sessão das 10 (which some say got Seixas fired from his day job as an arranger for CBS Records.) Three years later, Edy released Sweet Edy, his only album, featuring songs written for him by Roberto Carlos, Erasmo Carlos, Gilberto Gil, and Caetano Veloso. (Read Edy's Blog: in Portuguese or in GoogleEnglish.)
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