March 24, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.
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For straight and narrow jazz enthusiasts, the work of Derek Trucks may come as a surprise. Forget the fact that he’s been on the road since his early teens with such visible artists like Eric Clapton or The Allman Brothers (he was a child prodigy, after all). Trucks, who, for many years, humbly lived in the shadow of his uncle, drummer Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers, never bothered to put himself first with such auspicious company always around. As he matured, this approach shifted drastically over the years, which was most recently magnified during his interview yesterday with WBGO’s Michael Bourne. Trucks clearly paved a way for himself, proving to any suspecting jazz fans -- myself included -- that he's a serious artist. Even though his music may not fit with WBGO’s format -- except with the Blues Hour – the intregity of his sound, rooted in the great Afro - American songwriting tradition, digs deep. This, combined with his overall openness and impressive music IQ -- reflected in the candid conversation -- elevates his status well above his jam-band and roots-rock category. Musically, his version of Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s anthem Volunteered Slavery turned my head. The down-to-earth interview with Michael Bourne made me a believer. - Simon Rentner
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March 4, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
On Tuesday, March 17th at 9pm, WBGO and NPR Music are presenting saxophonist David Sanchez for our next installment of Live at the Village Vanguard. Since it's so rare to see a jazz musician get wide exposure, I thought I'd share this installment of City Stories, a series of ads for Banana Republic. My favorite part? David recommends a visit to the Village Vanguard as one of the must-do jazz experiences in New York. Hope you'll join us on March 17th.
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