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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gates Kansas City BBQ, Put to Music

Editor's note: Barbecued Adventures will be relaunched in early 2014 with new posts about barbecue, pitmasters and related travel. This post dates back to Jan. 24, 2011. Thank you for reading and please come back often.

“Blues, brews and barbecue”

It’s a common refrain for barbecue lovers and the theme for many festivals and cookouts around the country.

Good barbecue is a celebration, especially when it is shared with family and friends.

Why even Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on.”

Bet this is the first BBQ blog to mention the Bard.

IU’s Archive of African American Music & Culture each month produces Black Grooves, which features reviews of new releases and quality reissues of great black music. I’ve had the privilege of writing for it on occasion.

I want to bring your attention to editor Brenda Nelson-Strauss’ review of The Gates BBQ Suite (2010), featuring Bobby Watson and the University of Missouri at Kansas City Concert Jazz Orchestra.

Brenda writes, “For most of us, the mere mention of Kansas City conjures up visions of two things: live jazz and barbeque joints. Preferably together. On multiple nights. Obviously, native son Bobby Watson agrees. ‘Smoking meat remains near and dear to me,’ he recalls, ‘either a beef sandwich or short end!’ And Watson, a former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, knows how to serve up some smoking jazz as well.”

 The jazz certainly is smoking in the video below of Watson and the ensemble performing "Wilke's BBQ:"

1 comment:

  1. I am a Watson fan as well as recently posted an item on his on my Examiner Jazz page: