This really is well-named in the twofold sense that (a) I hadn’t come across it before and (b) I was expecting something quite rough. What a pleasant surprise it was: it has a gorgeous “demerarary” smell that fortunately does not translate into a cloying sweetness. Moreover, it is exceedingly well-priced and I suspect were I to undertake a blind taste test, it would fare better than many a bottle at double the price (there is no correlation between price and quality in this segment of the spirits market — if you see elaborate packaging/bottle, be very wary). Here is Eric’s (aka selfbuilt) assessment of this tipple.
Reported by WWOZ. Just the other day music photographer Chris Harris and I corresponded about Charles’ stint in Angola. This loss will cast a long shadow over JazzFest.
Still in NOLA here is a newly curated anthology of the life and works of Professor Longhair (this year marks the centenary of his birth), originally documented by the late Stevenson J. Palfi. That “Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together” is quite true, but we are lucky to have had the Fats-Ray-Jerry summit from thirty years ago. Well-worth checking out is Jon Cleary’s explication of New Orleans piano styles from the documentary Music in Exile. And if you can score a ticket for this gig, you’ll be in piano heaven (Joe Krown was Gatemouth’s pianist, Cleary is there as is Marcia Ball, the latter two featured in Music in Exile).
Born on this date 160 years ago and almost 70 years ago a Nobel-Laureate.
The latest installment of Marc’s podcast. Marc writes:
In this episode of Philosophizing with Champagne, I spell out why Peterson’s appeals to the Bible are often ad hoc. My book-in-progress on Peterson will occasionally include such critical assessments, so I hope you will find the ideas at hand thought-provoking.