Monday, April 20, 2009
Jay Thomas- Easy Living
Since I don't have a CD player or satellite radio in my car, I often find myself listening to Bob Parlocha when I drive late at night. I'm fascinated by the old school sensibility of the syndicated jazz jock. A couple weeks ago I caught him raving about Jay Thomas. And the trumpeter is very good. He strikes an elegant balance between the classic swing of guys like Ruby Braff and post-Miles modernity. "Easy Living" is from 1993's Blues For McVouty. It's also one of several MP3s also available at Thomas' site.
The new album from Medeski Martin & Wood is really good. It's strikes me as an imaginative combination of Nine Inch Nails, The Meters and Art Tatum.
OK, I'll admit it. Kris Kristofferson made me cry Friday. Here's my review.
I just received word that Rhythm & Ribs, Kansas City's annual blues and jazz festival, is taking a "hiatus" in 2009.
Today's Plastic Sax post stimulated a nice discussion. I'm proud of my Kansas City jazz site.
Kansas City Click: Lonnie Smith hits The Blue Room tonight.