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Remembering Allen Toussaint

Commemorating the birth of the master. I think that of his more recent recordings The Bright Mississippi stands as his best, far exceeding his posthumous American Tunes. I must be the only one who thinks that Toussaint’s collaboration with Elvis Costello is thoroughly overrated, though that doesn’t compromise AT at all. Though he has his moments Costello for the most part comes off…

Nat Hentoff

Says it all — mensch! Too subtle and honest a mind for the regressives A towering figure in First Amendment and jazz circles, Nat was a hero for the cause of free speech on campus. Rest in peace, our friend. https://t.co/bfa8WCajCl — FIRE (@TheFIREorg) January 8, 2017 Sad to report the death of my father…

Music and Alzheimer’s: Glen Campbell

There are two reasons to check out this documentary on Glen Campbell. First, is his going public about his cognitive decline. The trials and tribulations of Glen and his family will have resonance for anyone who has had experience of caring for a dementia sufferer. Cases such as these provide philosophical food for thought about personal identity and…

Guardians of the Groove

The best little community radio station around for top-notch music (gig listings, recipes and more) and of course these days you don’t have to be in New Orleans to listen or indeed to watch their regular live video streams — a conduit to the deepest and widest musical tradition, constantly being infused with new talent. Please…