By Brick Wahl To me jazz and language are pretty much one and the same. Same rules, and same lack thereof. Everything you can do in jazz you can do with language. I listen to jazz players and words stream through my head with the music. Sometimes it’s visual – I can see the words… Read More Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: The Shape of Words To Come
by Brick Wahl A jazz promoter asked a fascinating question: Do you think Bird would have dug Ornette? I have wondered about this. Not that Bird is the ultimate arbiter of good and bad, but Ornette was arguably the next major innovator in the music and Bird died JUST before Ornette came on the national… Read More Ornette Coleman: An Appreciation
By Brick Wahl I was beckoned once to Quincy Jones’ table – his bodyguard chased me down in the parking lot with a “Mr. Wahl, Mr. Jones will see you now” – on some bit of jazz journalism business that turned into he and Freda Payne and me and my wife Fyl drinking wine and… Read More Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: Hanging Out With Quincy
By Brick Wahl Heard several tracks in progress from Charmaine Clamor’s new recording recently. Quite a selection of tunes – none of the usual jazz standards at all. Instead there’s a remarkable take on “Imagine” (a tune that rarely survives covering) propelled by some really striking rhythmic piano by Laurence Hobgood. There’s a surprising ”O Shenandoah,” a… Read More Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: Checking Out Charmaine Clamor’s New CD
He Stopped Loving Her Today By Brick Wahl I’ve never told anyone this before, but there was a two week stretch there maybe a decade and a half ago when I must have listened to “He Stopped Loving Her Today” a hundred times. Over and over. Once turned to twice turned to thrice turned to twenty times.… Read More An Appreciation: George Jones (1931 – 2013)
By Brick Wahl There’s was a piece in the L.A. Times recently about an auction in Hollywood. Cool stuff like you can’t believe. I’ll pass on Norma Shearer’s monogrammed silk sheets, no matter who was on them. And speaking of Jimmy Stewart, they have one of his beds too, stretched extra long, which I can… Read More Brick Wahl Keeping It Real: Charlie Parker’s Alto
By Brick Wahl Beverly Hills, CA. Saw Jon Mayer Tuesday in Beverly Hills at a club called H.O.M.E. A trio gig, with rock solid down the middle Chris Conner on bass, always good, and Roy McCurdy on drums. They don’t make drummers like Roy anymore. All that power. Not Elvin Jones power, but metrical power,… Read More Live Jazz: The Jon Mayer Trio at H.O.M.E.
By Brick Wahl I was watching Going My Way on TCM for the first time in ages a couple nights ago. It’s about as Irish as it gets…Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. It so reminds me of my mom’s side, my grandfather, the whole bit. We were raised on that side. My pop was German,… Read More Stories To Tell: “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”
There’s been some thoughtful discussion lately here on iRoM about the interaction between musicians and audiences. A lot of it was focused on performers’ obligations to their listeners. Check out Brick Wahl’s Keeping It Real 1, and Keeping It Real 2 and Norton Wright’s Keeping It Real: A Minority Opinion, along with the readers’ comments,… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: Have You Ever Wondered?
By Brick Wahl Just realized there are still comments bouncing around on this. Don Heckman’s got clout…. My whole point in that original rant is that if things continue as they are there will be no place left to play. The jazz scene has shrunk by at least two thirds in the past ten years.… Read More Brick Wahl: Keeping It Real 2