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Radio & Podcasts

Another (Mostly) Sax Attack

Read "Another (Mostly) Sax Attack" reviewed by Marc Cohn


The doctor had a sax attack this week having 'overdosed' on the just-arrived, absolutely gorgeous (and mostly previously unreleased) Paul Desmond box from Mosaic (and I'm more of a 'Phil Woods kind of guy'!). One thing led to another: our chronological Sonny Rollins celebration (The Sound of Sonny); Kenny Garrett with Miles 'live'; Miguel Zenon; Don Braden channeling his inner Grover; Bird with Tiny Grimes; Charles Lloyd and Benny Golson (with the Jazztet) play the blues; Rudresh Mahanthappa does Bird ...

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My Blue Note Obsession

Paul Chambers: Paul Chambers Quintet - 1957

Read "Paul Chambers: Paul Chambers Quintet - 1957" reviewed by Marc Davis


From 1955 to 1965, Paul Chambers was probably the most prolific jazz bassist in the world. He appeared on scores of albums, including some of the best and most famous of all time. So it was not a huge surprise when, in 1957, he turned out a classic of the genre. Bass on Top literally turned jazz on its head, transforming the bass into the lead melody instrument. It was a novel idea, but difficult for some fans to digest. ...

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My Blue Note Obsession

Paul Chambers: Bass on Top – 1957

Read "Paul Chambers: Bass on Top – 1957" reviewed by Marc Davis


In the world of 1950s hard bop, there is no more prominent bassist than Paul Chambers. The man was absolutely everywhere. He shows up on an astonishing number of jazz classics, including Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, John Coltrane's Giant Steps, Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners, Sonny Rollins' Tenor Madness and Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth. He was a sideman on 200 albums from the '50s and '60s. So it's natural to associate Chambers ...

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My Blue Note Obsession

Paul Chambers: Whims of Chambers – Blue Note 1534

Read "Paul Chambers: Whims of Chambers – Blue Note 1534" reviewed by Marc Davis


At Blue Note Records in the 1950s, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones were about as common as grits at a Southern diner. And about as noticeable, too--not flashy, just solid and reputable. Blue Note never had a “house band," but if it had, Chambers and Jones would have been the hard bop core. Art Blakey may have been the more famous and more aggressive Blue Note drummer, and Charles Mingus the more famous (non-Blue Note) ...

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Album Review

Paul Chambers: Mosaic Select 5: Paul Chambers

Read "Mosaic Select 5: Paul Chambers" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Aside from Ray Brown and Dave Holland, few bass players over the years have chosen to put their instruments up front as a leading voice. Lest we forget the efforts in this area by the legendary Paul Chambers, a recent Mosaic Select collection sets the record straight on the bassist's own sessions as a leader. While just about all the music included on this three disc set has been available on CD before in one form or the other, currently ...

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Album Review

Paul Chambers/Wynton Kelly: The Complete Vee Jay Paul Chambers/Wynton Kelly Sessions 1959-61

Read "The Complete Vee Jay Paul Chambers/Wynton Kelly Sessions 1959-61" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Following hard on the heels of Mosaic’s already acclaimed Vee-Jay set collecting early works from Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan, we get The Complete Vee Jay Paul Chambers-Wynton Kelly Sessions, a superlative companion piece that sets straight material that has been issued and reissued in haphazard form for many years now. In addition to a pair of original releases from bassist Paul Chambers and another three from pianist Wynton Kelly, we get the full output of the Fabulous Frank Strozier ...

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Album Review

Paul Chambers: Bass on Top

Read "Bass on Top" reviewed by Joel Roberts


In July of 1957, when Paul Chambers recorded “Bass on Top," his third and final Blue Note release as a leader, he was already in his third year with the most influential jazz group of the time, the first great Miles Davis Quintet; he had just taken part in the Davis/Gil Evans Orchestra sessions that led to the classic “Miles Ahead" album; and he was appearing with the Davis Quintet and its new saxophonist Sonny Rollins at the ...


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