New in Book Reviews:
"PARIS BLUES" (by Andy Fry)
Did French audiences and critics really understand jazz and its creators better than Americans? Author Andy Fry thinks not, and in his new book, "Paris Blues: African American Music and French Popular Culture, 1920-1960", he refutes those stories with dramatic new research. In this month's Book Review, Thomas Cunniffe admires Fry's pioneering research, but wishes that the book would have been more comprehensive.
New in Retro Reviews:
Although he had appeared on records since the early 1960s, Charles Lloyd was still developing his sound and finding his audience in 1965. A new 2-disc set, Manhattan Stories includes contrasting live sets from Judson Hall and Slug's featuring Lloyd, Gábor Szabó, Ron Carter and Pete La Roca. Thomas Cunniffe reviews the set, noting how well these two sets play off each other, and how one selection points to Lloyd's eventual direction.
"KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON"
Clark Terry is one of jazz's greatest mentors. There's hardly a jazz musician working today that hasn't been touched by this gentle, wise giant. A new documentary, "Keep On Keepin' On", captures Terry and his gifted student, pianist Justin Kauflin, as they each face numerous obstacles. Thomas Cunniffe provides a sneak preview in this special edition of Sidetracks.
THE EARLIEST RECORDINGS OF "BODY & SOUL"
Before it was interpolated into the Broadway revue, "Three's A Crowd", Johnny Green's "Body and Soul" had been a hit in England. As the show went through tryouts, the lyrics of the song underwent a complete rewrite before its Broadway premiere. In this interactive Historical Essay, Thomas Cunniffe examines 17 recordings of "B&S" recorded between February and October 1930.
MEET ANITA WARDELL
Anita Wardell may be the greatest singer you've never heard. Well-known in Europe, but barely known in the US, Wardell is one of the best scat singers in jazz today, and she also is a superb interpreter of vocalese, jazz originals and standards. Thomas Cunniffe introduces you to Wardell in this profile which features 5 complete audio selections and a video performance.