Ted Panken is a professional jazz and creative music journalist.
My name is marc minsker and I am working on a documentary about Lester. I love this interview you did and am wondering if you still have the audio from the interview. I have a great interview from 1972 that will be incorporated into the film but would like something from the 1990s as well.
Please let me know if you are interested in collaborating.
I want to mention how much I enjoyed reading your Dex Prestige box set notes; casual, creative, informative, enticing. Really well done, man.
Can you tell me what you know about my mother Trudy Morse. She died last month at age 94 and we are putting together a memorial book about her. I came across a quote from you regarding how she met Cecil Taylor. I wonder if you have any recollections of her or written pieces.
Ted, Thank you for the Jim Hall remembrance. His death has really devastated me, maybe because I simply didn’t realize how much he and his music have given me in the past fifty years.
I have been trying to find some contact info for you everywhere but it seems you’re keeping yourself well-hidden!
I wanted to ask you about the word “trans-idiomatic” that comes up in your interviews with Anthony Braxton – what does “trans-idiomatic” mean to you? Is this strictly confined to musical idioms, or would e.g. ballet be an idiom too (would a group of musicians collaborating with a group of dancers in an engaged and meaningful manner be a “trans-idiomatic” collaboration?)
I am writing my masters thesis and part of it focuses on trans-idiomatic improvisation (defining it, to begin with) so I am interested to hear about how other people have used the term.
Thanks a lot!
I’m not sure what “trans-idiomatic” means to me (have to give it some thought), but to Braxton I believe it means drawing upon a multiplicity of idioms/languages.
Ted, I just read your 2007 piece on Phil Woods re-run in Downbeat. Thank you so much for such a genuine and revealing look at the hero of the European Rhythm Machine, among the best records I’ve ever owned. – John B
Thanks very much.
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