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Ted Gioia
Ted Gioia writes on music, literature and popular culture. Author of 11 books including his newest work Music: A Subversive History (Basic Books).
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Ted Gioia 5m
Today's new music recommendation: Misunderstood, the debut album from 20-year-old UK singer Georgie Sweet—soulful, dreamy, with elements of electronica and NuJazz. You will hear a Amy Winehouse/Laura Mvula/Thundercat kind of vibe that is very appealing.
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"Why classical harmony doesn't work anymore" (video). The title is a bit of an overstatement, but the findings on changing harmonic expectations based on genre are persuasive.
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A new transcription of Bill Evans's "B Minor Waltz." This is a good study piece for learning how to play a jazz rubato that sounds relaxed and effortless.
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Joni Mitchell says she's "still struggling to walk" following 2015 aneurysm.
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Michael Warburton Oct 26
It’s 1976 and GENE WILDER is asked just how important meeting MEL BROOKS was to him & his career.
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Richard Williams 21h
Keith Jarrett, again: a Blue Moment piece on the day, 50 years ago, when the pianist came into the Melody Maker's office looking for someone to interview him:
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Buddy Rich as a youngster, when he performed as “Traps the Drum Wonder”
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“Billionaire blasts ‘Gilligan’s Island’ on a loop to annoy neighbor, CA suit says.”
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Andrew Gilbert 23h
Zakir Hussain talks about receiving inspiration from dreams in this interview from a few weeks ago... Hat tip to for suggesting this topic in his recent work.
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"90% of the companies that are over 200 years old have 300 employees or less." This whole article is fascinating—but especially its views on the benefits of circular (versus linear) thinking.
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I've been warned against sharing questions—perhaps they reuse them in other tournaments?—but this one related to West Coast jazz (some good family karma there for him). Even my son didn't hear the entire question, buzzing in after a few words.
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I'm a proud dad. My son Thomas helped Harvard defeat Yale in the finals of the northeast quiz competition this weekend. I'm told that, at a crucial point in the final match, he correctly answered a question on jazz—thus upholding the family honor.
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Today's new music recommendation: Clichés Vol. I: Trio Music, a new album of melodic free jazz (yes, that exists) from Canadian trio Alien Radio (François Houle, James Meger, and Joe Sorbara). Despite the name, this music is anything but clichéd.
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Ted Gioia Oct 26
When John Lennon tried to convince Frank Sinatra to sing one of his songs.
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Dust-to-Digital Oct 25
James Hancock playing a hydraulophone outside the music building at Stanford University.
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Ted Gioia Oct 25
A simple explanation for differences between American and British ways of speaking.
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Ted Gioia Oct 25
Replying to @TedNesi
They probably should pay for rights. But that's no guarantee that they did.
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Nein. Oct 24
Turgenev regrets to inform you.
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Richard Scheinin Oct 25
A Q&A with composer John Luther Adams, who left Alaska for Manhattan a few years ago and now lives in remote southern New Mexico: "I’m after something that sounds and feels elemental. Like walking up a mountain..." via
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Okayplayer Oct 25
The cosmic jazz giant blurs eras and time signatures in an entrancing 1977 set at NYC’s now-shuttered Storyville jazz club.
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