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Earl May at the Smithsonian's Jazz Cafe

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Earl May Jazz Café, Smithsonian Institute Washington, D.C. October 19, 2007

The Smithsonian Institution hates jazz; at least, their actions may so intimate. For the past few years, Randall Kremer, the intrepid Director of Public Affairs at the National Museum of Natural History and an amateur jazz guitarist, has been booking phenomenal musicians every Friday evening at the museum's Jazz Café. Indeed, the venue has been a most welcome and needed addition to the city's shallow jazz scene, consistently presenting legendary international musicians, and local artists, in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Without the ...

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Earl May Quartet: Swinging the Blues

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He may not have recorded much as a leader, but there are few jazz greats over the past forty years or so that haven't played or recorded with bassist Earl May, including Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. His duet recordings with John Coltrane are unusual in the great saxophonists discography; his recordings with Sonny Stitt and Billy Taylor are also widely appreciated. May has always been lauded for his full, bluesy sound and subtle accompaniment, and these characteristics are fully evident on Swinging the Blues .

Swinging the Blues presents May and a fine quartet that ...

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The Earl May Quartet: Swinging The Blues

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Over the course of the last half-century, Earl May has been one of the busiest bass players in the New York Area. He spent just about the entire decade of the 1950s with the long-running Billy Taylor Trio. Dr. Taylor arranged for a reunion recording of the original trio (with Percy Brice on drums), which was recorded for Prestige in 2003 as Billy Taylor Trio with Earl May/Percy Brice.

On this latest effort, May shows his ability to provide the pulse of this quartet as well as manage some nimble solos. Recording for Arbors, one of the key ...



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