Thursday, December 21, 2006

Echo Park


Having found some time to actually sit down and read a book I devoted all day Tuesday to Michael Connelly's, Echo Park. If you haven’t read Connelly before you are in for a treat. Connelly, a former newspaper crime beat writer, has written numerous books featuring his gruff Detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. The series dates back to 1992's Black Echo.
In Echo Park, Bosch finds himself working a murder case that has haunted him for thirteen years. I will not give away any further details but it is a far better book than recent Bosch novels.
So how does this tie into a music blog? Bosch is a devout jazz fan and in every book Connelly peppers little jazz pieces through out. For Echo Park, the album of choice was the long lost Monk/ Coltrane performance at Carnegie Hall back in 1957.

"Evidence” by Thelonius Monk & John Coltrane.


“In November 1957, an unprecedented lineup of jazz artists performed at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall. Now those long-lost recordings have been found, revealing a gem of a set with two giants of the jazz world -- Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane.
Tapes made by Voice of America for a later radio broadcast that were located at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., only earlier this year.
At the time of their performance that night, both artists were at the height of their powers -- and their best moments in the spotlight were still to come.”
– Roy Hurst (NPR September 30, 2005)

1 Comments:

Anonymous Oliver said...

Love this book. Almost done with it. It's funny because I live in Echo Park...

December 27, 2006 1:55 PM  

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