Marching on

Spring has arrived here in the UK. It is a time for looking forward and I have been thinking about how to improve downwithit for you.

I’ll continue to look back at classic recording sessions and bring you reviews and tasters of music that I am listening to. There are so many recordings I want to have my tuppence worth about.

Lots of artists are making great music directly traceable to the same DNA pool that the great jazz of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s emerged from (and trying to catch your attention while trying to make a living). Current music needs our support, so I will also try to take a look at one current artist every month (the first CD has already arrived and I will be listening closely during the coming week so I can tell you about it).

Live performances will also be reviewed from time to time as I aim to try to see more live jazz in 2014. Certainly the post about last Thursday’s Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis gig has attracted loads of visits. I will probably be writing about Robin McKelle’s new album before Easter.

The search for more information about Freddie Roach resulted in a guest article from Pete Fallico. I am hopeful that he will be kind enough to agree to allow me to bring you a further piece very shortly.

downwithit has now been visited by close to 900 individual visitors and I hope that you are enjoying what you find here.

A quick look at other review-centred blogs suggests that communication tends to be one-way- but comments are very welcome here at downwithit and would add another dimension. Don’t be shy. It doesn’t matter if you have been listening to the music for years or if it is new to you- please feel free to contribute, correct, criticise or congratulate (subject matter starting with any of the 25 letters of the alphabet other than ‘c’ can also be sent). A brand new, just out of the box lets you to add a simple thumbs up or thumbs down to each and every post from now on (2/3/14).

Blue Note Records are celebrating their 75th anniversary later this month and as a part of that they have announced a major reissue programme. Five albums from their catalogue will be released each month for the foreseeable future (the first 100 have been selected already). I will be really keen to find out if the vinyl LPs sound as good as the original first pressings and I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that score.

So, come back here to downwithit often, let me know what you think, listen to more music, see more live performances and perhaps even start your own blog.