Whenever someone casually refers to Jazz History Online as a blog, I gently remind them that we don't use "the b-word" around here. Blogs have garnered a bad reputation as unedited, factually-challenged pieces written by unmarried guys who live in the basement of their parent's house. I'll admit that I am not married and that I live and work in a basement, but it's not my parents' home, and I always edit and fact-check my work. Still, the concept of a blog is attractive: a light, informal article which can be about any of a wide range of topics. We won't use the b-word in referring to our new feature "Sidetracks", but we hope it will offer our readers and writers the opportunity to explore smaller-scope topics that wouldn't fit into our other article categories. And we'll always be sure to edit and fact-check.
For the first edition of "Sidetracks", our own Amy Duncan offers an excerpt from her soon-to-be-published autobiography "Getting Down To Brass Tacks". In the excerpt, she gives a lighthearted first person account of her interview with Miles Davis. Through Duncan's eyes, we get a different view of Davis than his usual persona: he first appears grumpy and unwilling to participate in a standard interview. But he opens up as he, a PR person and Duncan examine his wardrobe. And when Duncan mentions that she has a 10-piece band inspired by his "Birth of the Cool" band, he realizes that he's talking to a fellow musician, and he and Duncan swap ideas and music at Davis' keyboard. We hope you enjoy this unique view of a true jazz legend.
Due to late mail and package deliveries, we were unable to prepare our review of "Pepper Adams' Joy Road", which includes a detailed discography and an accompanying digital box set. All of the elements are now here, so we will include that review next month, along with a new DVD reviiew, concert reviews of the Swingle Singers and Anat Cohen, a new edition of Sidetracks and much more. We also hope to bring you a new writer, who will replace the departing Ellen Johnson.
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