a very nice posting from my pal Andrew Sammutt's jazz blog Clefpalette, highlighting my jazz record memoir for the Battersea Review, linked within.
an intimate space for progressive jazz in the Boston metro area, and
through conversations about early jazz where his knowledge and insights
never degenerate into dry encylopedism. It should also be mentioned that
the recordings of WC Handy and World War I Puerto Rican municipal bands
never sounded better than coming out of his turntable and speakers.
The impresario, record collector and audiophile shared some of his
memories and a few war stories from a fifty-year love affair with jazz
online at The Battersea Review.
From childhood discovery to the tireless stone turning, with side trips
through the civil rights movement and the elitist phase we all go
through, Chalfen wittily and warmly describes how music and life don’t
just intersect but grow from one another. Enjoy.