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Over the course of three days last week my response to the jazz is dead proclamation changed from “oh really, that’s a shame,” to “you’ve got to be kidding, music this vital will never die.” I want to say at the outset that I’m not expert. I’ve always liked jazz, and some jazz artists like Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Charlie Haden are among my favorite musicians ever. It’s just that I’m no expert on the subject. So if I get anything wrong, please feel free to educate me in the comments section.

Although I’ve been covering the Newport Folk Festival for many years, I’ve never covered the Newport Jazz Festival for the very reason stated above. I just didn’t feel that I could write about it in an educated manner. But this year was the 60th anniversary of the Jazz Festival, which qualifies it as the oldest popular music festival in the world, and I had to jump in. I’m very happy that I did.

I have never been much of a Woody Allen fan and if you were to ask me why, I would respond with, “I don’t know.” Of the handful of Allen films I’ve seen — and I do really mean a handful, as I’ve only seen six — I’ve enjoyed them. I know that probably makes me a bad cinephile, and I have no real excuse for myself. I am going to be off work recovering from surgery for basically the entire month of December, so perhaps I will make it a project to have a marathon of Allen’s movies. I’ll add it to the marathon of Ingmar Bergman movies I have planned.

One of the Allen films I have seen, and absolutely love, is Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). In fact, of the few Allen movies I’ve watched, this one is probably my favorite. Incidentally, I recently heard actor/director/screenwriter Ed Burns reveal on the Filmspotting podcast that Hannah and Her Sisters is his favorite Allen movie, too, so I guess I’m in good company.

I will admit that I was a little hesitant to write about this film for Soundtrack Saturday, mostly because I know Allen has such a rabid fan base who would no doubt school me on my lack of Allen knowledge. But, after watching the film again and listening to the soundtrack, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

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Hiya kids! This week I have a guest DJ mixin’ it up for you. Jack Feerick wrote a great Popdose Guide to Traffic and, unsatisfied with lack of music love drummers usually get, has put together an eclectic Mix Six featuring some very imaginative rhythms. Before we get started, an obligatory drummer joke:

A man walks into a shop and says to the shop assistant: “Excuse me, I’d like to buy a guitar pick, and some strings.”

The shop assistant looks uncomprehendingly at his customer, and says “Pardon?”

“I’d like a guitar pick please, and some strings.”

The shop assistant thinks on this for a while, and then turns to his customer and says “You’re a drummer, aren’t you?”

“Yeah! How did you know, man?”

“This is a fish and chip shop.”

And now, on with the show! Take it away, Jack.

–Py Korry


I’ve played with a lot of drummers, and they’ve all had a drum key — but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one actually using it. Good tuning, though, can turn a well-played drum part into not just a hook, but a melodic hook. To wit, here are six tunes where the drums sing.

A note: I’m disqualifying Phil Collins from this list, because (a) everybody hates Phil Collins, and (b) despite his considerable flaws as a songwriter, personality, and human being, he is an absolute ace at making the drums sing. And, truth be told, his hateful earworms would utterly dominate this list if steps are not taken to prevent it. I’ll do my best, but I can’t promise I will be completely successful.