The "Stage Door" Really Swings!
Before leaving the topic, it should be noted that another superlative jazz musician passed away in December. Alto saxophonist Frank Morgan, once considered an heir-apparent to Charlie Parker's crown before he was sidelined by a drug habit that led to thirty years in prison, died December 17, one week before his seventy-fourth birthday, in Minneapolis, MN.
Morgan recorded a number of albums in the early 1950s with world-class musicians such as vibraphonist Milt Jackson, drummer Kenny Clarke, saxophonist Wardell Gray and trumpeter Conte Candoli, but by the middle of the decade was doing hard time in San Quentin. His comeback began after his release in 1986 with an appearance at New York's Village Vanguard, and he kept on playing and recording until the end, having recently returned to the States after a three-month tour of Europe with pianist Rein de Graaff's trio.
And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin'!
New and Noteworthy
1. Mike Barone Big Band By Request (Rhubarb Records)
2. Phil Woods / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble Swingchronicity (Jazzed Media)
3. Rodger Fox Big Band No Exit (Tbone Records)
4. Don Menza / SWR Big Band Voyage (Hanssler)
5. Buddy Rich Time Out (Capitol)
6. Westchester Jazz Orchestra All In (No label)
7. Dallas Original Jazz Orchestra Messin' with Texas (JazzMark)
8. Maynard Ferguson The Lost Tapes, Vol. 1 (Sleepy Night Records)
9. Gary Tole & Legends of Swing One Kettle For Count (Summit)
10. Paul Keller Orchestra A Tribute To Count Basie (PKO Records)
11. Kutztown University Jazz Ensemble Dance You Monster (Sea Breeze Vista)
12. Dean McNeill Large Jazz Ensemble Prairie Fire (Cellar Live)
13. Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra Nutville (Sea Breeze Jazz)
14. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Christmas Day, My Favorite Day (Sea Breeze Vista)
15. Sentimental Journey Orchestra, On The Bandstand (SJO)