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Jack Kerouac's "Blues & Haikus"





In the spring of 1958, just a few weeks after cutting
Poetry for the Beat Generation, producer Bob Thiele suggested making a second album -- quite a daring notion, considering that the first album would prove so controversial that it wouldn't reach the public for a year -- and Jack Kerouac agreed. Instead of pianist Steve Allen, however, Kerouac insisted that he be accompanied this time by two good friends, tenor saxmen Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. With Cohn doubling on piano, the resulting Blues and Haikus is a stunning duet between speaker and saxmen, working spontaneously in this peculiar mix of jazz and voice, in which the saxmen do get their solo spots around Kerouac's work. There's much more of a sense on this album of a conscious interaction here between Kerouac and his accompanists, and the album is more arch but also more intense and more imposing than its predecessor.
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An Interview with Freddie Hubbard



Twenty-some years ago, Ben Sidran was asked by National Public Radio to interview jazz musicians for a show called Sidran On Record. The pieces, recorded between 1984 and 1990, were taped in New York and were unscripted, free-ranging conversations between Sidran and musicians or other people involved with jazz. The interviews reveal themselves on a variety of levels: Sidran acts as interviewer plus fellow musician, fan and record collector. Non-playing fans can easily identify with Sidran, because he emotes a mutual enthusiasm, but he also brings along the perspective of a musician who has shared the experience of trying, at the end of the night, to get paid for a gig.
This episode features Sidran interviewing trumpet master/jazz legend Freddie Hubbard.




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Hubtoned : A Tribute to Freddie


Just a dip in the pool of genius that is Freddie Hubbard and his trunpet. Selctions range from 1961's "Ready for Freddie" to a concert with VSOP (Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter" in 1974. In Memoriam.



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