Steve Lacy paid me one of the greatest compliments I ever received, when I first met him and tried to give him a copy of my recording of Herbie Nichols tunes. "Don't need it - that one's already a favorite in our house!" he told me with a smile.
But I never saw this until recently - Lacy's own reflections on Herbie. ... See MoreSee Less
Kevin Whitehead has reviewed "Spinning Song", my record of Herbie Nichols tunes, and says it "calls two maverick talents to your attention". Whitehead gave the initial release glowing coverage on NPR's "Fresh Air" show back in 1997, but he seems to like the record even more, now. :)
By request, my versions of two old time tunes, one enormously popular, the other much less so. That would be "Wink the Other Eye", which began life as an English music hall song before somehow crossing the pond and evolving into the tune heard here. My version is based on the classic recording by Hack's String Band:
OK, everyone, I can FINALLY announce the release of my latest (but not newest) record, called "Plymouth Rock". Like "Les Blues Du Richmond", which the Tompkins Square label released last year, this record consists of rare and previously unreleased recordings I made in the 1970s, and it's being released with hardcore fans of my early style in mind. "Plymouth Rock" is available as a budget release on CD and also as a digital download. For more information about the record and ordering information, please follow the links on my website. And even if you are not necessarily interested in buying the record, you might want to read the liners, which recount some of the adventures I had with the car you see on the cover and some of my musical associates in the raging '70s. :D
By request, here's my version of the great Buddy Pendleton setting of an old fiddle tune that gained words at the Bristol Sessions, owing to the A&R people not wanting instrumentals. I ordinarily don't comment publicly about this kind of thing, but I did have to chuckle when two or three recent reviews of this record opined that, while I am a very musical player, I'm not a real virtuoso picker. Fine, kids, let's see you-all try to play the B part of this arrangement, and then get back to us, OK? Not that I mind - being musical IS, after all, the aim, and if this doesn't sound hard, I must have been playing it better than it felt like I was!