Monday, January 10, 2005

The voo-doo that you do (is doo-doo).


Blogger Chilly Jay Chill said...

I note that Phil mentions he's finished his next book. Hope it doesn't intersect too closely with ours. Although I'm guessing he's already got himself a publisher, etc. Maybe he's turning his pen to Death Metal and not jazz.

BTW, his (Sonny not Henry) Rollins entry is worth a quick perusal just b/c he mentions a series of albums featuring Rollins and Don Cherry live in Europe recorded just after "Our Man in Jazz" and even more out.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Prof. Drew LeDrew said...

I scoped even more of the blog than you. The book is on Miles' electric period, 69/70 thru his death. He has a post about talking with Greg Tate about it. Backbeat Books is the publisher; per PF, they've moved it back from spring 05 to fall 05. He wants a cover like On the Corner; they don't.

Saw the Rollins entry too and made the same mental note. I agree with the guy a lot of the time, and he brings a kind of aggressively fresh approach, but there's something unpleasant about his tone, as if that chip on his shoulder has hands and is doing all of the typing.

Btw, do you get these comments emailed to you?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Chilly Jay Chill said...

I don't get these comments emailed to me. Do you?

I'm not sure how to feel about PF writing an Electric Miles book. Glad someone is doing it, but none of his writing seems to show any affinity for fusion or funk or soul or any of the black music that influenced Miles at that time. Then, as you point out, there's the issue of tone. And he's treading on "our" turf. But I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised.

BTW, is his discussion w/Tate worth reading?

Which brings me to the issue that if PF can get a publisher for his book -- on a subject that oughta be less commercial than ours (tho it is Miles) -- then how depressed should we be if we strike out?

4:08 PM  
Blogger Prof. Drew LeDrew said...

See sep email re emailed comments.

Re "our turf," I say: tread away, the more the merrier. Let it rain free jazz books.

Re Freeman and Tate: no, not worth reading. He basically caught a Burnt Sugar show and chatted him up after. I think Tate gave him a few leads, and they talked about the tapes that were edited down into Live-Evil. Flip through his archives and the entry name will probably pop out at you -- if you have the time.

And yeah, if some of the more likely suspects (Da Capo, Backbeat, Canongate, U Presses) pass, it will be depressing. But then again, Freeman's got a book behind him and a regular byline.

4:23 PM  

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