Duke Ellington and American Hustle

January 28, 2014

Yesterday I shared some brief thoughts on American Hustle and noted the use of Duke Ellington’s music in that film. I’ve been thinking a bit more about that connection and it seems to me that the use of his music intentionally references the larger narrative of the movie.

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Why doesn’t rap get respect?

January 9, 2014

I recently re-watched the 2012 documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Though far from a comprehensive and critical examination of rap, it’s nevertheless an intriguing and enjoyable overview of the major hip hop artists and their reflections on their craft. Near the beginning of the film, Ice-T opines: Rap has introduced poetry to […]

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John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

August 14, 2013

From the original liner notes to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme:

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“It was the music that drew me”

August 7, 2013

There are plenty of horror stories about Christians trying to proselytize others, but here’s a brief story about how God can accomplish things without our help. As a young child, jazz musician Derrick Hodge was out running errands with his mother:

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Musical History in the Making

December 30, 2012

As I write this, we are in the midst of a momentous event in musical history: the greatest living jazz musician has been performing the greatest music of the greatest musician of the 20th century. That’s right, Wynton Marsalis has been performing the music of Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Hot Sevens all this week […]

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