SOME STUFFS: WKCR-FM to begin 24-hour birthday broadcast to John Coltrane

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Had he lived, John Coltrane may have turned 87 years old on September 23rd. In honor of his birthday, WKCR-FM 88.9 in New York City will be running their annual 24-hour broadcast of nothing but John Coltrane music. If you are a deep fan or Coltrane collector, you probably know all too well that 24 hours isn’t enough, but they’re going to do their best, as they have done for many years. Fortunately you don’t have to be in the tri-state to tune in and listen, as WKCR offers not one, but two different live streams: for an MP3 stream and Real Audio. Click to WKCR and look at the upper right hand corner of the page, then choose the option that is best for you. It begins at midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific tonight, and runs until midnight tomorrow/9pm Pacific Monday. If you’re not working or don’t have to go to school, listen to the whole thing or as much as possible. Or simply tune in when you can, it should be a great ride.

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RECORD CRACK: 1965 Elvin Jones album to get audiophile treatment, courtesy Analogue Productions

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Elvin Jones, along with Charlie Mariano, Richard Davis, Roland Hanna, and Elvin’s brother Hank, went into a recording studio in 1965 and offered a friendly note to John Coltrane. The end result was the great Dear John C., originally released on Impulse. Analogue Productions will now be releasing the album for the audiophile market 46 years after its original release.

Dear John C. will be pressed up as a double 45rpm release on 180g vinyl, and is scheduled for release around February 2011. Considering the price for this new pressing (anywhere between $45 to $65), normal record buyers may find a need to save up or try to find an older pressing. Again, the album is being presented for the first time as a double LP at 45rpm, so if quality is a must, make sure to widen the hole in your checkbook or PayPal account for this one.

REVIEW: Dave LeMieux & House Of Soul’s “Jazz Shaped: Live At The Soiled Dove”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic It’s hard to say if it was spirituality that was brought to jazz, or if jazz was brought to spirituality. Either way, the union between the two has been strong throughout jazz’s history, whether it’s the musicians sharing their beliefs, or the music being a means to heal. What Dave LeMieux & House Of Soul do with Jazz Shaped: Live At The Soiled Dove (self-titled) is show the healthy exchange between the two, and even if you are not spiritual or religious, you can still feel a sense of admiration and power in these songs.

The album begins with John Coltrane‘s “Acknowledgement”, done like the original, before it goes into a soulful interpretation of Pharoah Sanders‘ “The Creator Has A Master Plan” (from his Karma album). It’s a unique twist to a Sanders classic, the purist in me wants to say “no, no one should mess up this song” but it’s cool to hear what a song like that if performed in a completely unexpected context from the original. Their take on the almost-mandatory jazz song “Giant Steps” is brilliant, and I love what LeMieux and the band were able to do by making this jump and scream.

The rest of the album balances itself between bebop and soul/R&B, all of which are united by a calling for “the one”, and it very much works. Everything can be Jazz Shaped if you allow your mind to do so.

SOME STUFFS: Miles Davis enters the “bloop”

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So what if Miles Davis grew up in the late 70’s or early 80’s and felt a need to make some incredible music with friends by using the same technology that made old table-top video games, Atari 2600, Nintendo NES, and Game Boys? If you’ve made it this far, then you know that there’s already a genre of music that caters to this called chiptunes. What would happen if you combined Davis with 8-bit music? Blasphemous, or pure lo-fi genius?

This project was released a few months ago but I was not made aware of it until this week, but it’s a song-for-song recreation of Davis’ Kind Of Blue album, but done in chiptune form and called Kind Of Bloop. It was created by Andy Baio, the man behind Waxy.org, and Kickstarter.com, and as Ast0r, Baio has made a number of chiptunes so for Kind Of Bloop he collaborated with fellow 8-bit music enthusiasts to create a note-for-note revision of one of the most well known jazz albums. It’s really cool, but will probably upset jazz purists. Show some support.