Oct 15, 2010
I'm in the financial services industry for my day gig, and the Wall Street Journal is a vital part of what I do. The financial information is crucial, but the Weekend Journal is balm for the soul. It features intelligent writing about art, music, books, film and television. One of the contributors is Terry Teachout, a writer I've lauded on these pages before for his jazz biography, "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong".
This week he muses on the subject of artists who excel in multiple areas, particularly as they age. He writes eloquently, as only a well-informed fan can, about the piano playing of Nat "King" Cole. Most listeners think of Cole as a consummate crooner, who helped define modern balladry. Teachout points out why Cole is his favorite jazz piano player, and he commentary is worth reading. Grab the paper today, or read it online here.