Friday, October 12, 2007

Helen Merrill- Street of Dreams

Dead end.

I discovered Jazz Times's interactive "Before and After" page this week. My favorite feature of Downbeat magazine was their blindfold test, in which musicians were asked to identify and discuss music. Now the rest of us can play along with Jazz Times' version. Two things struck me in discovering that Karrin Allyson didn't recognize Helen Merrill- the 77-year-old jazz vocalist is far too obscure and that I'm also guilty of neglecting my stash of Merrill recordings. This wordly standard from 1996's You and the Night and the Music features Masabumi Kikuchi on piano, Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums. Caution- it's not recommended for listeners on the brink of depression.

I attended my second Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers' gig of the year last night. It's increasingly painful witnessing the charismatic star playing his incredible catalog to diminishing crowds. It wouldn't hurt so much if he wasn't so incredible.

The Alternate Routes opened. Their roots rock was quite good, although most of the Clyne clique seemed indifferent,

I also caught Lori McKenna's charming in-store at a local Borders store today. It was a real treat. Here's a fuzzy photo. Hardcore troubadour fans will recognize that she was accompanied Mark Erelli.

Kansas City Click: Friday: Davey's Uptown offers a solid triple bill of local acts tonight- Lights & Siren, It's Over (if you haven't downloaded "Hallelujah" yet, do so this very instant) and Whiskey Boots.

Saturday: "Hey kids, shake it loose together." Elton John breaks in the Sprint Center.

Sunday: The City Light Orchestra reunites for a jazz brunch.

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