Monday, December 24, 2012
The Ones That (Almost) Got Away + Remember
Such is the case with the delightfuand irreverent mini-CD from trombonist/composer Jacob Garchik. Clocking in at just over 28 minutes, "The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album" (Yestereve Recordings) is a funky exploration of faith, belief, and social responsibility that will rock you to the core. Garchik overdubs sousaphone, baritone horn, slide trumpet and alto horn to aid and abet his trombone. What you get is a healthy dollop of New Orleans, trad jazz, James Brown, the blues, shades of Jewish liturgical music, dance music and much more. If you have yet to partake in this sweet slice of earthy and earthly delights, go to www.jacobgarchik.com.
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I must admit to missing "The Jazz Session", Jason Crane's wonderful podcast that he shut down in late October of this year. He seems to be in good mental shape and there's hope he will return to his journalistic endeavors but his podcast still can (and should) be accessed at www.thejazzsession.com. It remains a pleasure to read the writings of Peter Hum, Doug Ramsey, Nate Chinen, Ethan Iverson, David Adler, Patrick Jarenwattananon at NPR's "A Blog Supreme", and other fine jazz journalists who all write with great passion and understanding of the music and its role in this country and the world. And, if you need to explore the "freer" side of music, "Chilly Jay Chill" and "Prof. Drew LeDrew" of the blog "Destination: OUT" continue to teach and preach the joys of great improvisational music.
In the meantime, there are numerous ways to remember the victims of the December 11, 2012 shooting. If you wish to remember and support the family of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene (pictured above), the daughter of Nelba Marquez and saxophonist/educator Jimmy Greene, you can do so by going to anagracefund.com. And, then, you should call your legislators, speak to your community leaders and become an activist for change in this nation. We'll never completely stop violent attacks on innocent people (freedoms such as we in the United States often come with wretched side-effects) but we can and should help bring about an end to hunger and recognize the need for better education for all of our young people.