The Jazz.com Blog
March 27, 2008 · 1 comment
One of the most popular features at jazz.com has been The Dozens. The idea is simple, a jazz critic picks twelve great tracks built around a theme. For example, twelve essential Pat Metheny performances or classic Blue Note grooves or the jazzy side of Frank Zappa. These come with full reviews, personnel and a score based on our proprietary ranking system. (Okay, itís just a scale from one to a hundred, but we think it is better than those lousy five stars.)
But the obvious question is . . . Why not ask the musicians what they think?
Yes, this is a bit dangerous. Let the musicians give their opinions on jazz and who knows where it will stop? Soon folks might even stop asking jazz critics for advice. Now that would be a disaster.
But jazz.com has made the plunge, and we are debuting our new feature, Desert Island Dozens. The premise is simple: ask the players themselves which twelve tracks they would take to Gilliganís Island, listening music to go along with those fine brownies Mary Ann bakes. In short, it's the ultimate iPod playlist for your stint on Lost.
For the debut installment of Desert Island Dozens, drummer Peter Erskine sat down with jazz.comís Eric Novod and offered up his choicest choices. You can read the full account here.
In the coming weeks, other noteworthy jazz artists will be contributing their favorite twelve tracks. And we also have other interesting Dozens concepts in the works. So stay tuned for further details.
This blog entry posted by Ted Gioia.