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Radio & Podcasts

Exploring music from 1975 and 1978

Read "Exploring music from 1975 and 1978" reviewed by Len Davis


Exploring 1975 and 1978, plus Mark Egan, Ben Wendel and Yellowjackets. Playlist The New Tony Williams Lifetime “Mr Spock" from Believe It (Columbia) 00:00 David Sancious “One Time" from Forest of Feelings (Epic) 0:06:38 Gong “Soli" from Expresso 2 (Virgin) 13:17 Major Surgery “Beans" from Rare Live Performances (The Last Music Company) 19:47 Mark Egan-Danny Gottlieb “Blue Sound Bath" from Electric Blue (Wavetone) 26:14r Terreon Gully-Greg Spero “Spherical" from Tiny Room Sessions (Tiny Records) 32:41 Ben Wendel “Drawn ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Blue Note Review 2: Spirit & Time and More

Read "Blue Note Review 2: Spirit & Time and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Lots of cool features this week. First, Side 2 of the new-music LP from 2nd limited-edition Blue Note Review box with drummers Tony Allen and Chris Dave reimagining Tony Williams compositions. Then, a deep dive into the Savoy vaults from 1947 with recreations of 78s by Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and Dexter Gordon. Celebrating Sonny Rollins with 2 more selections from Monk's Brilliant Corners release on Riverside and the 2020 centennial of Carmen McRae with tracks from her stupendous session, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Blue Note Review 2 & Play a Game with DrJ, Newk & Lady Day

Read "Blue Note Review 2 & Play a Game with DrJ, Newk & Lady Day" reviewed by Marc Cohn


It's Gifts and Messages show No. 400 from the studios of WHYR—how did that happen? To celebrate (but let's face it, we celebrate every week), we have a game for you: tunes written by famous saxophonists 'reimagined' in 2019—name the composer. We also have a start on listening to the Blue Note Review #2 collectors' box (highlighting the compositions of Tony Williams); Sonny Rollins with Trane from 1956; and songs associated with Billie Holiday. Enjoy the show! Sincere thanks to ...

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Extended Analysis

Tony Williams: Life Time

Read "Tony Williams: Life Time" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline


By now, it's an irrefutable fact that drummer Tony Williams was the youngest preeminent figure within the avant-garde movement of the mid-'60s. Every jazz fan seems to know the events that led to his international fame: after intriguing trumpeter Miles Davis with his cutting-edge approach to drumming, he was hired and added to the groundbreaking “Second Great Quintet" at the ripe age of 17. During this significant stint, Williams altered the trajectory of Davis' music, solidified himself as a drum ...

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Album Review

Tony Williams: Tony Williams: Mosaic Select 24

Read "Tony Williams: Mosaic Select 24" reviewed by Matthew Miller


Blue Note president Alfred Lion knew talent when he saw it and in the early 1960s--a time of unparalleled success for his once fledgling label--he signed an astonishingly virtuosic drummer who had recently emerged with Jackie McLean. We all know the story: a mere eighteen years old and Williams was an unstoppable force at the kit. Beating infectious time over sharp snare hits and the resounding wash of his hi-hat, the youngster added a new dimension to every band he ...

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Extended Analysis

Tony Williams: Mosaic Select 24

Read "Tony Williams: Mosaic Select 24" reviewed by John Kelman


Tony WilliamsMosaic Select 24Mosaic Records2006When Tony Williams passed away unexpectedly in 1997, at the age of 51, it was the end to a career that had done much to redefine the drummer's role in jazz. From his earliest days--first with saxophonist Jackie McLean, and shortly afterwards, while still in his teens, as a member of trumpet icon Miles Davis' second great quintet--Williams lifted the kit out of its conventional position as an ...

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Reassessing

The Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency!

Read "The Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency!" reviewed by Trevor MacLaren


The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! Polydor 1969

A few months back I came across a great book written on the last forty years of jazz, Howard Mandel's Future Jazz. The book covered a lot of stylistic ground, including avant-garde, fusion, and free. It basically touched on jazz that Ken Burns never deemed a necessary part of jazz history. In a chapter on guitarist John McLaughlin, Mandel mentioned a band that ...


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