–Jack DeJohnette’s new electronica project The Ripple Effect (Golden Beams)
–Alarm Will Sound, Acoustica (Cantaloupe): New music ensemble does Aphex Twin, acoustically. Reminds me of the Ensemble Modern’s Zappa disc, Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (RCA Red Seal).
A piece for Slate (my first for them), on the subtler, less conspicuous impact of hip-hop on new acoustic jazz. With beaucoup (I hope) soundclips. Picking them out is a challenge, in the best way.
Michelle Mercer, the author and NPR critic, has invited me to address her advanced writing class at Fairleigh Dickinson U. in Jersey, Wednesday, September 28. Michelle will ask me about the process of writing this piece for The New Republic. Then lunch!
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