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Best of 2014: Interviews

As much as I enjoy discovering new music – both live and on physical recorded media – my favorite part of this Musoscribe gig is engaging interviews. I’ve been at it of many years, but every year find new and fascinating conversations with musicians whose work I admire. 2014 was no exception: every one of

“How did we get where we are right now?” A Conversation with Todd Cochran (Part 3)

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: We’ve touched on this a bit already: there’s absolutely no guitar on the album. Was that a conscious decision on your part, to arrange the music without the use of guitar? As I mentioned earlier, I come from a rock background, so I’m still learning about jazz. And one

“How did we get where we are right now?” A Conversation with Todd Cochran (Part 2)

Continued from Part One… Todd Cochran: And I worked with John Handy, who was on Columbia. To digress a bit back to your earlier question, which is still going around in my head…John Handy had done some very interesting music with Ali Akbar Khan, who played with Ravi Shankar. Some very interesting music. So there

“How did we get where we are right now?” A Conversation with Todd Cochran (Part 1)

Earlier this year, I spent a delightful and fascinating afternoon in conversation with Todd Cochran, aka Bayeté. His 1972 album Worlds Around the Sun has just gotten the deluxe reissue treatment from Omnivore Recordings. Our discussion began informally as we discussed where I was coming from. As a relative newcomer to jazz, I approach most