DJ Spooky, who always deserves attention when he releases a new recording, is now an author. Using his real name, Paul D. Miller, he has written Rhythm Science, a book with his thoughts on art, music, sampling and remixing. In a recent interview with Katie Dean, Miller explains how the book came about: ?I felt that there hadn’t been a book by a DJ about the whole DJ process. It’s not just playing records … it’s about record players, crowds (and) social environments. So the book was a snapshot of that — a screensaver so to speak — of how you can have this kind of technologically conditioned social culture. And as a practicing artist I realized there hadn’t been that many books, in fact none, written by other DJs.? The book, naturally, comes with a full-length mix CD where Spooky samples Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Patti Smith, and others.
No updates this week due to the death of my father this weekend. He was a good man of incredible strength who will be very much missed.
As reported in January, Bluey assembled an all-star group (called Hope Collective) to record a song to help victims of the tsunami. The single, entitled “Give and Let Live,” was released in the UK last week. There is currently no scheduled availability in the U.S. It’s an incredibly infectious song. It’s pure Bluey. The horns, guitar, the staggering array of singers, the production – everything is perfect. Get the info on the charities and the performers, watch the video, listen to the MP3 and more at the Hope Collective site.
New weekly jazz programming returns to the airwaves this fall when Legends of Jazz debuts on PBS. Ramsey Lewis will host thirteen 30-minute shows each with a different theme such as “Voices of the Next Generation,” “The Divas,” and “The Golden Horns.” Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, George Benson, George Duke, and Lee Ritenour are among the musicians who will appearing in the series.
Legends of Jazz kicks off in June with an hour-long special that spotlights five recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ NEA Jazz Masters award, the highest national honor in this art form: Nancy Wilson, James Moody, Jon Hendricks, Paquito D’Rivera, and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein.