Dan Morgenstern and Vic Dickenson are heroes of mine, and I am not alone. That’s Dan, below.
I first heard Vic on records in adolescence and tried to see him as often as possible in New York City, 1970-1981. Always surprising, always rewarding.
This is the closing segment from a long and glorious afternoon of video interviews — here are the preceding ones:
Since it would pain me that someone had never heard BOTTOM BLUES — Vic, Hot Lips Page, Don Byas, Albert Ammons, Israel Crosby, Sidney Catlett — here’s spiritual uplift for the week:
For those who like my explications (and it’s fine if you don’t) here is the post I wrote in 2008 about BOTTOM BLUES. No saucy video, but another sound source. And another opportunity to hear that music.
News flash: yesterday, April 20, Dan and I completed another round of interviews — recollections more than interviews, really — around two hours of video in thematic segments, which will appear on JAZZ LIVES in due time. Because I was spoken to in terms from gentle to harsh about the previous videos being hard to hear, I bought a different microphone and we made sure more light came into the room. Thus, the April 20 sessions will be loud and clear, which is as it should be.
Blessings on Dan and the men and women he keeps alive for us all.
May your happiness increase!