Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I Swear This Was A Real E-Mail

Dear Mr Hurst,

We would like to bring to his attention of catalogue of documentaries. We produce documentaries since 1967 and our titles have won awards in festivals around the globe. I am sending the information via we transfer.
All our titles are available in french, and many of them are also available in english.

Okay, English isn't your first language, but spend a little money to have someone proofread your copy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not Impressed

If you want me to buy your product, there are a few points I'd like to make:

1. If your email has links, don't hard code them to use Internet Explorer. It's not my browser of choice. It only annoys me when my computer launches Internet Explorer.

2. Proofread your message. Why is your message missing spaces between words? If you can't be bothered to send me a coherent message, I can't be bothered to send you money.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Jazz in the Sixties, A Belated Postscript

When I said that "In A Silent Way" was a rock album made by jazz musicians, what I think I meant was that it wasn't just a document of a group of musicians playing a particular piece of music at a particular time. It was a collage pieced together of a number of sessions. If I try to explain this any more, I'll start talking like an idiot. My uneducated assumption is that jazz musicians came to modern recording techniques after popular musicians and "In A Silent Way" was the first of its kind. But I'm not a jazz historian, just the worst kind of amateur.

If you're curious, my votes for jazz albums went to:

John Coltrane - The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Duke Ellington - And His Mother Called Him Bill
Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach - Money Jungle
Dexter Gordon - Go!
Grant Green - Feelin' the Spirit
Hank Mobley - Soul Station
Oliver Nelson - Blues and the Abstract Truth
Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead

I don't honestly think the Grant Green or the Archie Shepp were among the ten best jazz albums of the decade. They're just personal favorites, and it's my list. I thought choosing that Archie Shepp album would split the Archie Shepp votes between different albums, but I was the only one who gave him any votes at all. (The full results are here.)

The next poll is back to all music in the year 1990, a fine year as I look over the contenders. I also want to think about live albums, as I try to get back to puzzling through some of my current listening.