At the recording session for the new Elton John/Leon Russell album, how did producer T Bone Burnett break the ice in the studio?
He played this clip (“Didn’t It Rain,” 2:20).
Mahalia Jackson, “Everybody Talkin’ ‘Bout Heaven,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” live, Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, Rhode Island), 1958
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I think that this is what everybody needs a whole lot of—not only in their playing, but in their way of living.
As far as rating this—maybe you should use a different kind of star for rating this from the stars you use rating jazz records. A moving star. Make it five moving stars.
—Charles Mingus, listening to a record by Mahalia Jackson during a Downbeat “Blindfold Test” (1960)
Lee Friedlander, “Mahalia Jackson” (1956)
[I]t almost looks like if you could see the next second after this picture was taken that she would start to ascend.
live on the ’net: tonight, 8 p.m. (EDT)
Todd Rundgren, “the Class of 1963 Wells Scholars Professor at Indiana University Bloomington for this fall,” will talk about—and perform—his music in an “autobiographical concert” that’ll be video-streamed live.