Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. 100% coronavirus-free content.
Sonny Fortune, “saxophonist of urgency and grace”, died last month, at 79. By chance I picked up one of Fortune’s early albums recently, one which followed on from his debut Strata East title. Possibly almost to the day, unknown to … Continue reading →
An uncommercial island, Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver’s Strata East Records, stubbornly surrounded by increasingly commercial waters, making music to satisfy its core listening audience rather college boys and the bachelor demographic, who had moved on elsewhere. Venturing further into … Continue reading →