For years I felt like one of the select few who knew her. When I first joined AudioScrobbler in 2005, absence of her recordings was one of the standards by which I judged the LAUNCHcast's catalog better than here.
During 2006 she became streamable and in July I tagged her as lesser known yet streamable artists which, by then prevailing standards, would've meant that she had less than 10K listeners, on Last.FM.
Over time, her notoriety's grown'n'grown and, hey hey, my girl's: topped a million plays on Last.FM (with 130K+ listeners), her Breakfast on the morning train was Grammy nominated, won British & BBC jazz awards ... and now she's been knighted! - Awarded with the medal of Knight of the French Order of Arts and Literature (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by Christine Albanel (French Culture Minister), during a ceremony at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. 31 March 2009
Albums recorded late in an artist's career sometimes, frankly, suck. But Milt Hinton's album Old Man Time on Chiaroscuro is quite spry despite the title. I particularly like his playing on Now's The Time, which is a nice take on the Charlie Parker classic. It's surprisingly good for dancing, given that Hinton trades fours with the drummer for a while in the middle. And check out the way his playing changes underneath each soloist.
I watched a few of these shows on their first broadcast. I seems they're being repeated now, in the daytime. It seems to be going out each day, this week, 10:30 - 11:30.
The second part - rhythm has just finished. Howard Goodall and the production team did a great job: factually, musically and visually. Explaining the roots and cross-pollination of the various characteristics of rhythm, over a timespan from baroque to now.
Due deference is given to BRAHMS, Fats Waller, Philip Glass, mother Africa and the Cuban melting pot. For once, Stevie Wonder is provided the über-superstar status he deserves (how it riles me when he's left out of all-time top twenty songwriter lists, and such).