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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Post-Christmas musings.  Working on setting up the new site on WordPress.  More time-consuming than I thought it would be.  Trying to set it up so that it’s easy to manage and also flexible.  (My Dynamod site wasn’t quite as flexible or always easy to manage).  Time spent on this though, is time not spent on the horn!

Coltrane Plays the Blues

Coltrane Plays the Blues (Album Cover)
Coltrane Plays the Blues (Album Cover)

I’ve been listening to the Coltrane album “Coltrane Plays the Blues”.  What strikes me about Trane, versus other people who are influenced by him (and who isn’t), is the balance he strikes, particularly on this album, between lines birthed from dazzling technique and the simplicity of the blues.  He will do his 8th and 16th notes runs, but there is also a guttural blues cry just around the corner.  Check out Mr. Syms:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrcCDJrwMIE.

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