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This Week in Jazz Blogrolling: November 18-24, 2011

Simon White surveys recent jazz-related blogs from the past week

A round-up of the most interesting jazz-related blogs this week, in alphabetical order, because that’s the egalitarian thing to do. The death of iconic drum conjurer Paul Motian sent waves of sorrow around the jazz Internet this week, as many contributors offered their memories and perspectives.

S. Victor Aaron checks out new music from the Jason Stein Quartet and Dave Douglas; Nick DeRiso interviews Ramsey Lewis, and Mark Saleski remembers Paul Motian by thinking back to one of the drummer’s most productive late periods.

Nate Chinencollects some of his favorite reminisces of the late Paul Motian, and reviews a new record by British songbird Kate Bush.

Pamela Espeland offers her Minneapolis/St. Paul picks for this week.

Don Heckman posts his annual list of the musical reasons he has to be thankful, as well as his Picks of the Week.

Peter Hum asks a series of musicians, including Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Ben Monder and Chris Potter, for their own memories of the great Paul Motian.

Howard Mandel explores the primitive possibilities in turntablism through a Japan Society concert, offers some exceptional NYC Thanksgiving jazz, and evokes Paul Motian through the drummer’s own words.

Peter Margasak explores the Congo through the recent trip of Gorillaz/Blur mastermind Damon Albarn, eulogizes Paul Motian, and examines the guiles of Danish steel-guitarist Maggie Bjorklund.

Dean Minderman presents St. Louis’ hot jazz shows for the Thanksgiving week, and examines saxophonist Eric Person’s work to finance his upcoming project through Kickstarter.

Marc Myers interviews Marvelettes chanteuse Kat Anderson, remembers jazz theorist-trombonist Russ Garcia, and offers words about one of Burt Bacharach’s most enduring compositions, as well as ten Thanksgiving jazz albums for the ages.

Doug Ramsey reflects on a score of recent losses in the jazz community, and looks at the career of a young talent for perspective. He also looks back to November 23, 1936, when two legends stepped into a recording studio on opposite sides of the Atlantic.

Nick Morrison looks back to the heyday of Willie “The Lion” Smith, while Patrick Jarenwattanenon collects the best of the jazz Internet; John Rogers and Felix Contreras remember Paul Motian in their own ways.

Hank Shteamer sings the praises of Florida metal band Obituary, and offers an emotional tribute to Paul Motian.

Michael Steinman posts a visit from some Conn men, and offers video of some players for whom he is thankful this Thanksgiving week.

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Aidan Levy catches up with drummer Dave King, known for his work with the Bad Plus and his new band, Dave King Trucking Company.

Ryan Meagher explores the relationship between modern jazz and alternative rock.

John Moultrie presents a video with guitarist Russell Malone on jazz’s relationship with its audience.

Jeff Tamarkin posts a comprehensive obituary of drummer Paul Motian.

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