Coltrane’s Complete Sun Ship Sessions

May 31, 2013

“Sun Ship: The Complete Session”: John Coltrane’s Musical Documentary
Posted by Richard Brody

The release of alternate takes has special significance in jazz, for obvious reasons. Even though no performance of composed music is precisely repeatable—and loving classical music implies being keenly sensitive to the shuddering sublimity of the moment’s unique inspiration—the variety in improvised performances from take to take or set to set is likely to be even greater, and, with the most original musicians, what emerges from the vaults is often revelatory.

So it is with “Sun Ship: The Complete Session,” a newly released two-CD set of recordings by John Coltrane and his “classic quartet” of McCoy Tyner (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums).

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Goal of the Year?

May 31, 2013

This fantastic back heel goal was scored by Alexandre Coeff in the Toulon Tournament game between France and the United States.

Will it end up as the FIFA Goal of the Year?

Well, if it doesn’t win it will surely be in the conversation.

Picture of the Day

May 29, 2013

People look at cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo on March 24, 2013. Tokyo’s cherry blossom trees were in full bloom on March 22, Japan’s weather agency said, marking the second earliest blossoming in the capital on record.

Photo By TORU YAMANAKA/Getty Images

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

May 29, 2013

Cartoon of the Day

May 29, 2013

Miles Davis: The Art Of Cool

May 28, 2013

What can be better than this?

Checking out Miles’ artwork while hanging out in Napa Valley.


Miles Davis: The Art of Cool
New Exhibition of Miles Davis’ Artwork


“The color. I get the color first,” Miles Davis told noted jazz critic Mike Zwerin. “Then all the rest I improvise. Lines and circles. Maybe I’ll want to wiggle the lines, maybe I’ll draw a breast and an eye. I work from the subconscious, like music. It has to do something to me. I couldn’t write a piece of music that doesn’t make me tap my foot or make me feel something inside. Once the form is there, it’s like an arrangement with openings for solos. It’s a matter of balance. You can’t have too much black, like you can’t have too much saxophone.”

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Celia Cruz y La Sonora Ponceña

May 26, 2013

Celia Cruz y La Sonora Ponceña – Raices