It’s hard to find an Amazon reviewer that you feel you can trust, let alone one whose style is both precise and enjoyable. That’s why I was rather happy, by checking if anything worthwile had been written upon Roscoe Mitchell’s Snurdy Mc Gurdy & Her Dancin Shoes, that such a person existed. His pseudonym is jive rhapsodist, he is funny, smart, and he actually pays attention to the words he uses, which is quite a feat nowadays. He is, among other things, a big Duke Ellington fan. He doesn’t like this record very much however, the cover of which I find hilarious. It is funnier than any Magritte’s painting! I love reading music reviews, but good reviewers seem to be even rarer than good records. I like Dan Warburton, and recently, in a more ponderous vein perhaps, Jason Bivins (his review, for instance, of the splendid Intents & Purposes by Bill Dixon). Mark Prindle is funny, but it is an altogether different matter. I don’t have the impression that he can teach me anything, which can be problematic. The first track on the Mitchell’s record is magnificent by the way. This what you need to hear (check out these dirge-like moments about 4 minutes into the track).
Duke Ellington - A Drum Is A Woman (1956)