This week we speak with Rob Palmer, the author of Mr PC: The Life and Music of Paul Chambers. For those who might not know, Chambers was a gifted bassist who played on many essential jazz recordings of the late 50s and early 60s -- including (to name but a few) Kind of Blue, Blue Train, Brilliant Corners, and The Blues and the Abstract Truth. As a bonus today, we've got three videos of Chambers -- two of his playing with John Coltrane as part of the Wynton Kelly Trio, and another with Miles Davis as part of the musical world of Kind of Blue.
Medeski, Martin, and Wood have been making great music for two decades now, and of late, although MMW hasn't broken up by any means, the musicians in the band have found more time for their own and collaborative side projects. The Wood Brothers' groove-blues-Americana is well-loved, and Billy Martin's Wicked Knee made folks sit up and take notice. John Medeski's also been a busy collaborator -- as shown in the selections for this week's Video Jukebox -- appearing as he does with John Zorn, Dave Fiuczynski and Rudresh Mahanthappa, Skerik, Todd Clouser, and many more. Medeski will be speaking with me on this upcoming Sunday's Segment3 feature on the Time Warp about his recent solo project, A Different Time.
I've been on the road for the week taking care of family business, which often means that my little family is piled in the van and rambling over one or another Mississippi country road. With cotton fields and country churches passing by, I always think about the places I need to visit on The Mississippi Blues Trail. I've been through West Point (Howlin' Wolf country) many times, done my visit to Clarksdale and other places, yesterday our business took me through Winona -- where Pops Staples of the Staples Singers was born. I liked that, as I think was in need of some gospel music yesterday.