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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
 
BUD POWELL



Mention the "Bop Revolution" in jazz - the years when Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and a handful of others carried the music into an entirely new dimension - and mention 'piano' and most people will first think of Thelonius Monk. Well, I'd be the first to agree that Monk was a genius, a creative force of the highest magnitude. However, Monk had such a unique aesthetic, he really created his own personal tonal universe, in which only a select few, such as Steve Lacy and a few Europeans such as Hans Bennink, have ever participated.

Bud Powell, on the other hand, was in the center of things. It seems every instrument had one towering exponant of the 'new sound' , and Powell, with his high strung, yet ethereally beautiful creations, transformed jazz piano..Bud influenced a whole generation, and left a wonderful recorded legacy, while living a most difficult life..

To get an overview of Bud's life and legacy, as well as listen to and download some free .mp3 files, go here.. You can do some more listening, and study some music theory and analysis here...

Jazz Files Page

This site alleges that psychiatry destroyed Bud's creativity..


CHRISTIANIA

It seems this Copenhagen hippy enclave is under threat from the new Danish government, and greedy developers. news article here..

A little background here..

The Official Site (mostly in Danish, but with nice photo sections, and links to 'citizen's' pages, some in English..

Nick Saunder's account of time there in 1970's..

Newest news I could find: Hash booths removed..

If you're interested, do a news search occasionally. I know this 'social experiment' is a bit of an anachronism, but I kind of feel as places like this go, the world becomes a little bit duller..

VARIOUS

I was trying to find a good website on Felix Marti Ibanez, but best I found so far was these few quotes.. .However, my search did lead me to this great list of physician writers..

Found a nice Pbase gallery devoted to Newport RI, just a 40 minute drive from here, spent a few pleasant days there last summer.. the photographer, a Thai named Krisada Sowsuwannamas,also has a great assortment of Boston galleries..

Kid's Philosophy Slam Confiscate those Gameboys, and make 'em think!

And I suppose you were all cute kids; these French folk seem to think they were..

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
Bertrand Russell



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