Steve Dalachinsky Celebrates Jayne Cortez

if the drum is a woman   she said:   “if the drum is a woman don’t abuse your drum”   Jayne Cortez searches for the fountain of truth along King’s Highway up King’s Mountain toward King’s Gravestone where the long arms of Africa & America meet & hang like “strange fruit”…”from a poplar tree” – she swings along that highway the way b.b. king & albert king & … Read more Steve Dalachinsky Celebrates Jayne Cortez

Steve Dalachinsky Celebrates Butch Morris

Conduction # Infinity (Out of Reach but Never Out of Touch) 1. Butch: his mischievous smile > stern look > open laugh > dapper apparel >a real dandy > like back in the days when > his midrange slightly twanged voice >everything I’ll say is clichéd pompous emotional > rubbed in ashes at times > such elaborate performance we produce sometimes for no one > the wind > trees … Read more Steve Dalachinsky Celebrates Butch Morris

Steve Dalachinsky on Matthew Shipp

What Is This Thing Called Shipp? Matthew Shipp – Art of the Improviser Thirsty Ear 57197 – 2cds Matthew solo live in Paris January 28, 2011 Matthew Shipp Trio live at (Le) Poisson Rouge March 7, 2011   Recognizable materials: Piano Pianist Standards / or at least fragments of such Improvisation Recently I had the pleasure of seeing a Matthew Shipp solo gig in Paris. This was followed a … Read more Steve Dalachinsky on Matthew Shipp

He Gone? No, He Back!

Didn’t know what was wrong with New York this last month, but it felt uncanny, unheimlich, no one saying savvy rude things to you or the guy next to you, no one slapping you on the back calling you names or complaining about this or that as you enter Katz’s, no one offering unasked for wise-crack put downs with that unmistakable faint Brooklynese (rhymes with pekinese) people here speak … Read more He Gone? No, He Back!