• LeRoi Jones’ (Amiri Baraka) poetic, politically exuberant album liner notes to the 1965 album, New Wave in Jazz

  • On the recording Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color

  • She stood in a room at The Met glancing at the painting on the wall, which was of two women kissing. From her vantage point, standing slightly away and to the side, the two women lying together interlocked in bed appeared cushioned awkwardly in space, free-floating yet connected.

  • In this edition, Paul looks at the art of London Records

  • Liner Notes: The New Wave in Jazz, by LeRoi Jones
  • A Moment in Time — Capitol Records’ Studio A, 1956
  • "The Blue Kiss" -- a short story by Arya Jenkins
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 15
milescannon Features » On the Turntable

Revisiting “One For Daddy-O”

I’ve been revisiting some favorite recordings this week, among them the classic 1958 Cannonball Adderley-led session Somethin’ Else, with Hank Jones, Art Blakey, Sam Jones, and, in a rare appearance as sideman, Miles Davis. The tune I have been stuck on is “One For Daddy-O,” a blues written by Cannonball’s brother Nat that features a flawless blues solo by Miles.

I dug into the liner notes and was reminded of how the critic Leonard Feather used this particular solo as a platform on which to describe the essence of the “deeper and broader blues of today,” refuting a “misinformed” Ebony piece of the era that suggested that

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trumpetplayer175 Literature » Jazz Fiction by Arya Jenkins

“Woman Plays Horn” — a short story by Arya Jenkins

She was born into a family of musicians. Her father had played bass in a jazz band and traveled with Dizzy until an accident had cost him his arm and his career. Getting out of a limousine that had stalled on the highway en route to a gig in Chicago, he opened the car door to get out at the wrong time, just as a truck was passing.

“C’est la vie” he always said about that, as if it meant something. He had to go on, a musician without a limb, without his instrument, because he was a man and had children and a legacy to uphold through them, but inside, where nothing touched him, he felt as torn as his shoulder had been that night. Something had shifted. Only his wife, his gentle, meek and attendant wife who saw him sitting at the edge of their bed each night head bowed counting his blessings, all but one, only she knew what

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dizzyhavana1 Literature » Poetry

“A Night in Havana,” a poem by Doralee Brooks

Dizzy in Thurston Howell garb steps samba-like
through the airport exit. On film, he and his entourage
move like dancers tapping clave in a Las Vegas
revue called A Night in Havana. His embrace
of space defies ground and grounding.
Amiri, you called him high priest, royalty,
a monarch who flew you from dusty bebop
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Coming Soon

After a few weeks of cafés, wine and canals, I have returned from a sensational time in France, and will begin posting again as frequently as my time allows. Please be on the lookout for a new short story from Arya Jenkins, poetry from several new contributors, a new “Cover Stories with Paul Morris,” and the publication of our 40th Short Fiction Contest winning story.

Meanwhile, the CD listening group I am a part of devoted some time to the music of Red Norvo, which led me to the discovery of a few cool videos – not the least of which is this great clip from […] Continue reading »