WordPress 4.2 “Powell”

The high degree of usability WordPress provides in their blogging and content management system validates their global success. WordPress is a premier example of Open Source triumphant. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015.[6]

The WordPress design/development team is constantly improving how efficiently their technology allows us to express and commuincate our thoughts with readers. The rapid constant delivery of invaluable features in WordPress versions increases the excitement for me as a music technologist/journalist. It is my favorite community in the Web to participate with and benefit from.

Each new version of WordPress is named after a famous jazz musician. I love to anticipate who that featured musician will be each successive release. WordPress 4.2, “Powell” is named after jazz pianist Bud Powell, a leading figure in the development of bebop. Powell was also a composer, and he “greatly extended the range of jazz harmony.”[1]

Mise en Abîme – Steve Lehman


On his latest Pi Recordings album, Mise en Abîme, Steve Lehman continues to build on the work he has established with spectral harmony expanding the harmonic palette by incorporating live electronics and a custom-built vibraphone. He contrasts at the same time by reinforcing his connection to jazz tradition with three radically re-imagined Bud Powell compositions.

The result is an album that fortifies Lehman’s role as a visionary composer who establishes an innovative trend that expands the future of harmony, rhythm, as they are coupled with compositional form, and electro-acoustic improvisation in a jazz setting.



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