MoseAllison at piano 1500 crop

the transfiguration of young man mose allison

DURING THE BRITISH INVASION of 1964-1966, ‘se­rious’ in­for­ma­tion on the British groups—in fact, on rock & roll artists in general—was very hard to come by for we Amer­ican fans. Fans had to turn to the teeny­bopper fan mags of the era for any trans­fig­u­ra­tion of their tastes from the or­di­nary to the extraordinary. [Continue reading]

JacoPastorius 1500 crop

the glorious life and inglorious death of jaco pastorius

TO MANY MUSICIANS AND FANS, John Francis An­thony Pas­to­rius III—or Jaco to everyone who knew him—was ar­guably the most in­ven­tive and most in­flu­en­tial elec­tric jazz bass-player of the past forty years. His flair in both playing his in­stru­ment and in on­stage per­for­mance earned him the nick­name the ‘Jimi Hen­drix of the bass.’ He [Continue reading]