Poll: does this look like Duke Ellington or not? How about this? Washington D.C. wants to know.
The Jazz Internet hubbub of this week centers around the band BADBADNOTGOOD, a young trio from Toronto known for instrumental covers of hip-hop and dubstep beats. They were profiled on the cover of NOW Magazine, a Toronto alt-weekly, where their brash comments about the jazz community drew the ire of many in the jazz world. Peter Hum has a strong response at jazzblog.ca; Alex Rodriguez writes about the band's racist implications; David Ryshpan comments as well; Anthony Dean-Harris defends the band a bit; and a Facebook thread started by Toronto trumpeter Nick "Brownman" Ali says a lot about musicians' consensus on the band. It might be pointed out that in addition to criticizing their attitudes, professional musicians and commentators have also roundly criticized their music itself. But hear for yourself: BBNG released a new free mixtape this week, available for download at the band's website.
Bill Evans discussed his creative process in a 1966 documentary called The Universal Mind of Bill Evans. As Open Culture points out, all 44:16 of it is on YouTube. On a related note, more unreleased Bill Evans recordings are coming this summer.
A look at a recording session, featuring saxophonist Paul Carr and a top-notch cast: Terell Stafford, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Bowie, Lewis Nash. A collaboration between The Independent Ear and the Jazz Video Guy.
Butch Warren released a CD this week. Yes, the same Butch Warren on all those Blue Note records and of Thelonious Monk's band. The link goes to his brief bio.
Benny Golson, saxophone/composer giant, answers questions from the Detroit Free Press. "I want my melodies to not only strike the medium of the air and the ears but the deepest grotto of the heart's core." Yea man.