Take a gander at Mel Minter’s review of Michael Anthony’s First Take and my take on The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s Meat And Bone and Dum Dum Girls’ “End of Daze” in this week’s Sonic Reducer.
Sonic Reducer takes on Michael Anthony, JSBX and Dum Dum Girls
Fall in love with boleros
This week Mel Minter wrote about this evening’s boleros event at the Outpost Performance Space. Read about it here: All Boleros, All Night.
All Boleros, All Night
Get the feeling with César Bauvallet and Jackie Zamora
Vocalists César Bauvallet and Jackie Zamora want to be clear about this: They will not be held responsible for any child conceived on the evening of their Cuban boleros concert by anyone in the audience. Fair warning.
The Jazz Gospel According to Charlie Christian
Michael Anthony, Bobby Shew and friends celebrate guitarist’s innovations
Using a newfangled contraption, the electric guitar, and a mesmerizing facility for improvisation, Charlie Christian, born in 1916, helped transform the role of the guitar in jazz. The Oklahoma City native first made his mark in the swing era, joining Benny Goodman’s sextet and orchestra in 1939. (As the third black man hired by Goodman, he helped bury bandstand segregation.) He then helped transform jazz itself, collaborating with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk as they worked out the rules of a brand-new musical language: bebop. He managed to accomplish all of this in just 25 years, passing away in 1942, a victim of tuberculosis.