This website is now one year old.
The first posting on downwithit.info was published on 19 September 2014.
In the last year the site has been visited 4097 times by visitors from 67 countries. 1867 visits have been from UK web addresses, followed by 1070 hits from US visitors. 99 visits have been made from Brazil, while there has only been 1 visit from each of New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan and nobody has looked in from Jamaica or Iceland yet!
39 albums have been reviewed and these have included 6 newly released sets by artists who are currently active.
15 live gigs have been reported on (with a couple of Pharoah Sanders US gigs that I couldn’t get to also being mentioned).
The most rewarding strands involved finding out more about Freddie Roach and starting to write about current live and recorded music. I’ve particularly enjoyed gigs at East Side Jazz Club, where I’ve seen some superb musicianship from world-class performers and it has been great that Steve Williamson has made a very welcome re-appearance on live stages.
Bringing things right up to date, last week the first meeting of Macc Record Club took place and you can read about this excellent fresh initiative here.
Over the next year I intend to continue as before and I hope you all continue to visit.
Comments are very welcome and the one surprise is that there have been very few- so dont’t be shy. I’m sure some of what I write about provokes a reaction- so please feel free to react.
Onward to the autumn and winter of 2014.
What am I actually listening to? In an attempt to maintain a list of the music I’m playing, I will be trying to keep a record of jazz that I am playing here at downwithit.info. As this is an opportunity for me to switch off and enjoy, I probably won’t offer too much by way of comment or appreciation in these posts. Nor will I list non-relevant plays by artists playing other styles of music.
A very quiet week so far.
Thursday and Friday 10 & 11 July 2014
Listening to the forthcoming contemporary sets up for review- which will be revealed when I have fully familiarised myself with them (one will be looked at in August). Regular readers may recall that I am writing about at least one new release each month, with a view to ensuring that downwithit.info doesn’t become a mausoleum of old recordings.
Looking further ahead, Abdullah Ibrahim plays the Royal Festival Hall as part of The London Jazz Festival in November and I’ve bought tickets (selling fast).
Saturday 12 July 2014
Late night listen to:-
Archie Shepp & Dollar Brand: Duet. (Denon 1980).
John Coltrane: Coltrane Plays The Blues (Atlantic. 1962).
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Yusef Lateef – Psychicemotus. (Impulse. 1965).
Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color. (Atlantic. 1975).
The downwithit playlist is a list of 20 YouTube track selections that I have used to give readers a taste of the albums that I have looked at here on downwithit. They are highlighted and form part of a full post.
They are gathered together here for your further pleasure. Click on the burnt orange title to link directly to YouTube and listen.
If you would like to read my full post for the album, each one is available to read here on downwithit
The following six tracks should open on a tablet or mobile device and a computer:-
Tommy Chase: Grove Merchant: Killer Joe
Abdullah Ibrahim: Mannenberg
Pharoah Sanders: Africa: You’ve Got To Have Freedom
The Crusaders: Hollywood: Hollywood
Don Wilkerson: Preach Brother: Camp Meetin’
John Jenkins: John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell: Sharon
The following fourteen tracks should open on a computer, but will not open on a tablet or mobile device:-
Blue Mitchell: Down With It. Hi-Heel Sneakers
John Coltrane: Blue Train: Blue Train
Horace Silver: Six Pieces of Silver: Camouflage
Horace Parlan: Movin’ n Groovin’: On Green Dolphin Street
Joe Henderson: Mode For Joe: Mode For Joe
Johnny Griffin: The Big Soul Band: Wade In The Water
Freddie Roach: Brown Sugar: Brown Sugar
Fred Jackson: Hootin’ ‘N Tootin’: Southern Exposure
Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder: The Sidewinder
Grover Washington: All The King’s Horses: Lean On Me
Kenny Dorham: Una Mas: Una Mas
Jimmy Smith: Home Cookin’: See See Rider
Freddie Roach: The Soul Book: One Track Mind
Kenny Burrell: Out Of This World: Montono Blues