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Monday, July 05, 2004

A MUSICAL INTERLUDE
Having (relatively) recently obtained over 100 versions of "Body and Soul", I've decided to share the wealth.
Herein you'll find the first volume of what is planned to be a 5 volume set of my picks of the litter. This can also serve as a beginner's guide to jazz, as it moves from the most famous version by Billie Holiday, to the most influential version by Coleman Hawkins, to versions by such post-bop luminaries as Eric Dolphy and Sun Ra, to the most impressive recent version by Jason Moran. I plan (i.e. might) add some of the appropriate history of the various versions, especially those of Hawkins and Holiday, if I can dig up the tomes in which those nuggets are buried.

By the way, each volume will fit nicely on a single CD in WAV format if you can't or don't want to handle them in MP3 format. If you're using Linux, I've cobbled together a quick and dirty guide to doing just that (amongst other things in the audio realm).
posted by Steven Baum 7/5/2004 10:39:51 AM | link


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