Big September Birthdays & More

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We celebrate big September birthdays this week on G&M: Ray Charles, Muhal Richard Abrams and Sonny Rollins @ 90; Gary Bartz, Hamiet Bluiett, Dave Burrell and Roy Ayers @ 80! Of course, we have more: Horace Silver, Wilbur Ware, Elvin Jones, Sam Rivers, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane. So many of the greats and near-greats celebrate in September. There's not enough time to recognize or remember them all. But I decided to focus on the big birthday celebrants. You only hit those high round numbers once. Enjoy the show!


  • Ray Charles "Let the Good Times Roll" from The Genius of Ray Charles (Atlantic) 00:00
  • Ray Charles "From the Heart" from Genius + Soul = Jazz (Impulse) 03:14
  • Ray Charles "Doodlin'" from The Great Ray Charles (Atlantic) 07:33
  • Horace Silver "The Skunky Funky Blues" from Rockin' with Rachmaninoff (Bop City) 13:30
  • Gary Bartz "Celestial Blues" from Harlem Bush Music—Uhuru (Milestone) 20:36
  • Gary Bartz "Vilia/Ole" from Coltrane Rules: Tao of a Music Warrior (OYO Music) 29:07
  • Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane "The Sleeper" from Cannonball & Coltrane (EmArcy) 39:29
  • Sam Rivers "Dance of the Tripedal" from Contours (Blue Note) 47:04
  • Roy Ayers "It Could Only Happen with You" from Daddy Bug (Atlantic) 58:22
  • Sonny Rollins "Four" from A Night at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note) 1:01:03
  • Sonny Rollins "Woody 'n' You" from A Night at the Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note) 1:10:29
  • Sonny Rollins "Old Devil Moon" from A Night At The Village Vanguard, Volume 1 (Blue Note) 1:18:39
  • Muhal Richard Abrams "The Prism 3" from One Line, Two Views (New World) 1:27:02
  • Hamiet Bluiett "Head Drake" from Resolution (Black Saint) 1:36:35
  • Dave Burrell "Lovedance" from Black Spring (Futura Marge) 1:44:17
  • John Coltrane "It's Easy to Remember" from Ballads (Impulse) 1:52:54

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