Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Relaxin' at Rifftides

Our little radio station got a nice mention in Rifftides, a blog that's primarily (though not exclusively) about jazz. Rifftides' proprietor is Doug Ramsey, a longtime Jazz Times contributor and author whose latest oeuvre, Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond, recently won the Jazz Journalists Association's Best Book About Jazz award. After soaking up Doug's writing, check out the site's "Other Places" blogroll for additional sources of terrific jazz writing on the Web.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Hoppin' horns, groovin' guitars

Recent additions to the Poolside Jazz playlist include:

Bix Beiderbecke/Frankie Trumbauer
"Bix & Tram" (2002, box set)

An all-encompassing collection of their work together from 1924-1934. Wide-ranging and even occasionally off-color--but interesting, if not essential, listening nevertheless.

Grant Green
"Idle Moments" (1964)

Backed by a star-studded sextet (including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Joe Henderson on tenor sax, and Duke Pearson on piano), this rich, warm collection is considered one of Green's best bop sets.