Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sony Legacy: Hendrix in the West (Jimi Hendrix)

Sony Legacy and the Experience Hendrix project initiated by his family to reissue remastered versions of his work are all set to bring  Hendrix in the West back to the store shelves.  Hendrix in the West is a set of live performances from the last two years of his life, the Royal Albert Hall on February 24, 1969, the San Diego Sports Arena on May 24, 1969, Berkeley Community Theatre on May 30, 1970 and the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970. Originally released in 1972 by Polydor and then soon after by Reprise, this album originally had eight tracks, with a smattering of standards in between original tracks.  The reissue reportedly has 5 additional tracks, though all available tracklistings onlyshow 11 of them.  The San Diego recordings have Noel Redding on bass, while the others are with Billy Cox.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

George Gershwin and my Rhapsody in Blue

My writing on music has two main sources of ideas.  The first is the richness that I have derived as a person from the music that I have grown up with, my impressions of which I wish to document for the coming generations (my kids, and the other kids whose music makes me question the definition of music).  The other is from listening to a moving piece of music that I might have recently acquired or am listening to after a long time.

However, some of my writing is triggered by endeavors of other commentators on music, usually articles, blogposts or podcasts.  Such an event took place today, when I visited M. W, Ruger's wonderful blog, Letters About Music (which I discovered through another inspiration of mine, Brian Coverville Ibott, google him) to read his post about Gershwin.
Essential George Gershwin
The earliest recollection I have of jazz surprisingly came from my parents classical collection.  One was Bela Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra (I know, I know, but I have always understood it as something way too radical to be called classical) and the other was Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
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