We can’t be too confident about how history will record the events of January 6

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Even as the first draft of the history of the January 6 insurrection is still being written, it’s not too early to consider the version that will be memorialized in high school history and social studies textbooks a decade from now. Will it tell the story of a defeated president who incited a seditious mob to attack the Capitol? Or will it show a president who stirred patriots to act based on the claim he was cheated of a second term by election fraud?

It would be short-sighted to conclude the second story will not gain currency over time. According…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 23 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a playlist of tracks featured in this episode.)

After a few heavy duty episodes in a row, it’s time to switch things up a bit. Instead of a Deep Listening session, this one’s a Summer Listening session, which means there’s a groove or two involved.

I thought for this episode I’d dig into the Mwandishi years of Herbie Hancock’s career. This was a bit of a transition time for Herbie. He’d established himself in the early ’60s both as a member of Miles Davis’s…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 22 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a link to the album.)

I had originally planned to do this episode right after Concierto de Aranjuez as a two-part series on the intersection of jazz and Spanish music in the early ’60s. Then streets around the world erupted in protest after the murder of George Floyd, and Charles Mingus’s “Original Faubus Fables” struck me as the right song for the moment.

So I’m doing back-to-back Mingus episodes, because his album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady was what I’d planned to…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 21 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a playlist of the tracks featured.)

(Opening: Charles Mingus and band singing)

Oh Lord, don’t let ’em shoot us!

Oh, Lord, don’t let ’em stab us!

Oh, Lord, don’t let ’em tar and feather us!

Oh, Lord, no more swastikas!

That’s “Original Faubus Fables,” by Charles Mingus and the Jazz Workshop, from the album Charles Mingus Presents Mingus (0:21–0:36).

Mingus introduces the track by saying it’s “Dedicated to the first, or second or third, all-American heel, Faubus.” He’s talking about the racist Arkansas governor…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 20 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a playlist of most of the tracks featured.)

I’m going to spend a couple episodes on the intersection of Spanish music and jazz. In the last episode on Bill Evans, I mentioned Miles Davis’s “Flamenco Sketches.” “Flamenco Sketches” pointed in a new direction, and then months later Miles began recording the album “Sketches of Spain” with arranger and composer Gil Evans and a small orchestra in addition to bassist Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb on drums, and Elvin Jones on percussion.

Jimmy Cobb just died…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 19 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a playlist of most of the tracks featured.)

I’m going to wrap up this series on groundbreaking pianists with Bill Evans. When I think about Earl “Fatha” Hines, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner, Bud Powell, and Thelonius Monk, Evans seems to be cut from a different mold. But there’s no question about the influence he had on the music.

One thing I’ve always enjoyed about Evans was that he performed many of the same songs throughout his career. You can find multiple recordings of “Autumn…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 18 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a playlist of the recordings featured.)

When I first thought about doing a short series of episodes on groundbreaking pianists, I had a destination in mind: Thelonius Monk. On my personal Mount Rushmore of jazz — Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Thelonius Monk — I’ve spent the most time in recent years with Monk, particularly his solo recordings.

Monk had such a singular voice as both a player and a composer. You can identify Monk’s playing instantly, and you can…


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The internet is now teeming with tips on how to thrive (or survive) on videoconference. Some of this advice is lousy, but the best of it includes professional insights that would usually cost you a bundle. The team at KNP Communications has put together a resource guide that sorts the best from the rest.

Our friend Rachel Sklar anticipated our current moment in December 2019 when she wrote about the growing ubiquity of video chat, and she collected diverse perspectives from entrepreneurs, actors, and coaches. She shared one of our most commonly offered tips: “If you want people to feel…


Ten years later, its lessons remain critical.

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On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 49 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men. The blowout of the well initiated the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Ten years later, five insights about organizational culture and cognitive biases remain evergreen for leaders of project-based organizations.[1]

An accident like Deepwater Horizon does not happen simply because individuals make poor decisions due to cognitive biases. Organizational culture sets the context and ultimately determines the damage that faulty decisions can cause. In this respect, organizations are like living organisms…


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(This is an edited transcript of Episode 17 of the Sounds Out of Time podcast. Here’s a playlist of all but one of the recordings featured as well as a few extra tracks from the 1998 remastered version of The Amazing Bud Powell.)

Next up in this short series on groundbreaking pianists is Bud Powell. I came late to Bud Powell for no real reason, and as soon as I discovered his playing I wished I’d started listening to him when I was in high school, like I did with Charlie Parker, Miles, Mingus, Monk, and Coltrane.

In 1953, Powell…

Matthew Kohut

Compelling People co-author | KNP Communications | Sounds Out of Time podcast

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