Everyone who has ever met me – or read more than just a small snippet on this site – knows that I was and am also a huge fan of the late Ed Thigpen, drummer extraordinaire and somone who graced more than 1500 albums with his tasty style and impeccable work. He was also someone I had the fortune of meeting many times in the late 70s and then several times again throughout the 80s and 90s.
Even at the risk of alienating some of my regular readers (those that haven’t been alienated by my long absence around here already), this is the start of a longer series, many parts of which have already been completed. The reason is very simple, really, What I’m about to expand upon, I’ve had first-hand experience with, lots of it, and if one really starts researching what’s available on the topic, there is either laughingly little (inaccurate at that) or only highly fragmented information available online. I kid you not when I say that about some of my favorite music, there’s hardly any information to be had whatsoever.
On the one hand, what I’m going to write about here can hardly be called essential listening for anyone outside of Denmark, none of it is relevant in an earth-shaking manner, nor does it belong into the must-have category for international collectors, but on the other hand it made up a huge part of my musical life for quite some time and, as I will try to show, a lot of it was and/or is of the highest caliber. It is also the core experience that turned me into a collector, into a musician and into someone who has since then always tried to get to know new music, outside of the commonly trodden paths. Continue Reading →
If you have rather large collections like I do, it’s always nice to have a smaller selection close to your stereo if the collection, which is often the case, is stored in a rather elaborate shelf or container system wherever it fits – and that’s usually not right next to your stereo equipment.
So, what I was looking for was a small shelf, frame or other container that looks nice (or halfway decent) and is versatile. I narrowed my selection down to several Scandinavian products, one of which was a wall-mounted CD rack called “Groove”. Continue Reading →