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Best of Bond...James Bond

Best of Bond...James Bond

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Between Acker Bilk's No. 1 Billboard pop-chart hit Stranger on the Shore in early 1962 and the Beatles arrival in America in February 1964, there was James Bond. The technicolor, sexualized action/spy film was a brand new genre, and Sean Connery's Bond was impossibly dashing and daring. Most of all, his British accent defined cool and primed the pump for the British Invasion to come. Bondmania was nearly on par with what would follow with the Fab Four. Double-oh-7 toys, ...

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The Lex Golden Octet in Hi-Fi

The Lex Golden Octet in Hi-Fi

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Octets were all the rage in the 1950s. Dave Pell pioneered the format in 1953, and nearly every major jazz player in the city put one together, including Bill Holman and Lennie Niehaus. The reason octets were so popular is they were as close as you could get to forming a big band without going broke. An octet gave you enough instruments to deliver a well-rounded assortment of counterpoint. They also were an ideal size to play colleges, dances and ...

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Fania Boogaloo: It's a Good, Good Feeling

Fania Boogaloo: It's a Good, Good Feeling

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Back in the 1960s, there were the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Everything was rock and soul, Black and white, uptown and downtown. But if you lived in New York, as I did then, in Washington Heights, you knew there was a third stream—boogaloo. You could hear it coming out of the open windows of apartments on summer weekends in Washington Heights, from 140th to 175th streets, and in East Harlem. Amazing what you'd hear in the days before air ...

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John Dennis: Debut Sessions

John Dennis: Debut Sessions

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Pianist John Dennis recorded only two albums, both for Debut Records on March 10, 1955. The first album was New Piano Expressions, featuring John Dennis (p), Charles Mingus (b) and Max Roach (d) with solo tracks by Dennis. The second album was Jazz Collaborations, with trumpeter Thad Jones added to the trio. Debut was launched by Roach and Mingus in 1952 as way to avoid commercial pressures at major jazz labels and retain commercial control of recordings. The strains of ...

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They're Not Walter Wanderley

They're Not Walter Wanderley

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers


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Leon Russell: Homewood Session, 1970

Leon Russell: Homewood Session, 1970

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Leon Russell was an interesting artist. Born in Oklahoma, he began playing piano at a very young age and was getting paid for it starting at 14 when he gigged in Tulsa. As Leon told me when I visited him at home in Nashville in 2014: “Whatever I heard I could remember and play. When I came home from jobs, I'd listen to my radio. The only station it picked up favored R&B and Pentecostal gospel." Like all naturally gifted ...

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Jimmy Gourley: Cool Guitar

Jimmy Gourley: Cool Guitar

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

I most recently posted about guitarist Jimmy Gourley last year. As I noted at the time, Gourley was an American born in St. Louis who moved to Paris in 1951 and died in France in 2008. Enamored of Jimmy Raney's playing style, a combination of several picking techniques, Gourley gigged and recorded with French jazz artists in Paris as well as touring Americans. Why move to Paris in the first place? Apparently, Chicago was too depressing for Gourley given the ...

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Erroll Garner: Boston, 1959

Erroll Garner: Boston, 1959

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In 1959, Erroll Garner was in the middle of a personal storm. The previous year, his label, Columbia, released earlier Garner recordings without his approval. Martha Glaser, his manager, hit the roof and said the label had breached Garner’s contract by releasing inferior recordings without his permission. She had Garner stop recording for Columbia. Disputes over the contract and a demand for higher fees for Garner led to a lawsuit in 1960 by Glaser and a countersuit by Columbia. The ...


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