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Look, everyone: I’m a professional jazz journalist!
By Alex W. Rodriguez, Guest Columnist for the Newark Star-Ledger
So it’s been weeks again since an update here — this seems to happen when I take on new projects away from the internet (which, according to Prince, is over? I suppose that makes this post somewhat irrelevant …)
But you, dear reader, can actually help me out with this particular project. Although the details are not fully finalized, I do know that I need to compile about 5-6 hours’ worth of great music played by jazz icons in their early careers. I figure that the collective wisdom of my readership can help me out with this one.
Please, leave a comment below if you have any favorite tracks that meet these criteria:
1) The artist is a jazz icon, a major figure in the music’s history who is immediately recognizable.
2) The recording(s) were made during the first few years’ of that artist’s recording career.
3) The recording(s) are issued somewhere on CD.
Thanks for playing — I am curious to see what kind of responses I get. Thanks also for your patience as I get my act together enough to start bringing some stuff back to the blog. Lots of ideas, just no time to write … yet. As always, stay tuned.