Iain Cameron's Diary
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2005-03-17 - 11:47 a.m.
I have been avoiding saying how hot the 1998 Miss M Painting DVD is – if you are teetering wondering whether its worth 9.99 or whatever – just get it. Lots of Hejira and she uses Miles style muted trumpet when Benny Goodman used to come through the trees on clarinet . Possibly some songs you wont have heard. The other guitarist has what looks to me like a red Jazzmaster. He also plays pedal steel and lap steel. She comes across as v funny and v bright – the stuff about Plato. The band is ‘on’ too. They do hot version of M Gaye’s Trouble Man – Guy Called G is on this way. Mailed Paul W about it.
I have also just got the Massie Hall concert with Herbie Hancock, M Brecker plus Patitucci Blade and Hargrove which is a homage to Miles and Trane. Indeed it is – in the sense of pushing it as far as they can. Also Mama Too Tight which is Archie Shepp in 1966 doing homage to James Brown. On the ball then. Everyone on. Blade is on the Painting DVD – what a life!.
The Fold is hard – even though its quite structured. I read a PhD thesis yesterday which links Deleuze to the evolution of Techno. Good idea in principle. It made me think that there should be a Bloor-Popper test on this sort of thing. In which spirit there is one to be written on the relationship between James Jamerson and Miss M’s thumb. It should source the DVDs. Hope Ricardo puts his Riley lecture up. Robin mailed about Cello Song and 3 Hours.
I knocked off a vid for NYC0303 part 2 – part 1 is up on KK on the Dhorn section. The vid seems to be about constraints, ageing – the ascent to old age.
Here’s a view of Miss M and Nr B in 1998:
We stopped into Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. As I looked through the "New Releases" section, I heard someone say "Hello, Wally!" behind me, turned around and there was Brian Blade. We hugged and I asked him how he was enjoying the tour. He told me he was having a great time, and committed to a conversation about his reflections on the tour when he gets home to upstate New York.
Later, at the urging of my photographer, we decided to go to the catering area at the Pond in time to have dinner. I figured that since this was the last of the seven shows, it wouldn't be pushing my welcome to do so. We drove to Anaheim, found the Arrowhead Pond and made our way to the catering room, where we dished out our dinners and sat down at the end of one of a trio of long tables. Karl pointed me to the beverages, which were in a cooler on the wall behind the first table. I went over and picked out a soda, and as I turned back to the table I noticed Brian Kennedy sitting at the end of the first table. Sitting across from him was Joni with her hair pinned up, looking beautiful. I continued to my table and sat down with my back to Joni's table, happy to be a part of Joni's travelling community and glad to be able to casually eat dinner in the same room as Joni and rest of the crew. Joni finished her meal, talking as she ate. She stopped to chat briefly with Larry Klein before leaving the room.
We decided to watch Dylan's set from the right side of the stage, where a small group of people were standing. I again ran into Brain Blade, standing behind him for a few songs. One of Dylan's roadies came over a short time later and asked us all to move to the other side of the stage; Dylan was about to leave and the area had to be cleared for him. As we were leaving, Brian tapped me on the shoulder and indicated that I should follow him and his friends to the backstage area. When we got there, he stopped and introduced me to a female friend of his who said "I'm such a big fan of your website." I was very flattered by her kindness and said "Oh, you're very sweet."
Meanwhile P Townshend says:
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‘Guerin, well-known as one of the most frequently recorded drummers of all time, has been heard with everyone from Joni to Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra to The Byrds, as well as on seemingly countless movie soundtracks and commercials. The drummer-producer's best known work is probably as a member of the popular jazz-informed group LA Express (Joni did the cover art for one of their four albums). Beginning with Court and Spark, Joni worked with LA Express through much of the seventies. During this time they recorded and toured extensively, performing some of her most praised (and best-selling) work; Guerin shared songwriting credits with Joni on the title song for The Hissing of Summer Lawns. He died suddenly on January 14 in Los Angeles from heart failure, aged 64. ‘