- ORNETTE COLEMAN: KEN BURNS JAZZ: 2000: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: The Ken Burns documentary series on jazz was one of my favorites-mainly because of his documentaries Jazz was one in which I not only learned a lot that I didn’t already know but it introduced me to a lot of great music. I bought all the albums that were released along with the documentary and of course that influenced me to dig even deeper. I hadn’t heard Ornette Coleman before this and I found that his disc was one of my favorites in the series. Coleman who passed away in 2015 was one of the innovators of the free jazz movement in the 1960’s.
- VAN MORRISON: ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES: 2017: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: 72 year old Van Morrison has been busy the past seven months- this album came out in September, another one Versatile came out in December and at the end of the month a third new album will be released. This album has fifteen songs, ten are cover. Van’s singing voice is still strong- I have always thought he had one of the great voices in music. Two of the best songs on the album are ones that he wrote- Roll With The Punches and Transformation. A fine album. I need to get Versatile and the new one next!
It may not have be under the category of listening exactly but there was a lot of music in it- last night I watched the first part of the two part documentary Elvis Presley: Searcher: Excellent. I’d highly recommend it to any fan of music. Part one covers the beginning of his life in Tupelo, Mississippi to his returning to the US after being released from the US Army. I plan on watching part II- Tuesday night. I feel some heavy Elvis listening in store for the rest of the week.