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Backgrounder: Buddy DeFranco & Tommy Gumina

Backgrounder: Buddy DeFranco & Tommy Gumina

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In 1960, clarinetist Buddy DeFranco and accordionist Tommy Gumina got together with bass and drums to record the first of five albums—Pacific Standard (Swingin') Time. It was on Decca. The next four were on Mercury, including their first for the label—Presenting the Buddy DeFranco/Tommy Gumina Quartet, recorded in 1961. The tracks on Presenting were When Lights Are Low, Street of Dreams, Runaway, Never On Friday, Gone With the Wind, ´S Wonderful, On Green Dolphin Street, Scrapple From the Apple, Playin´ ...

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Eliane Elias & Marc Johnson: Lost Bill Evans Song

Eliane Elias & Marc Johnson: Lost Bill Evans Song

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Days before Bill Evans's death on September 15, 1980, the pianist handed his bassist, Marc Johnson, a cassette tape. On the tape was a previously unperformed original by Evans called Here Is Something for You. In 2007, Eliane Elias and her partner, Marc Johnson, performed the song on video, which is up at YouTube. As you'll see, they clearly share a deep love for Evans. Marc, of course, was the last Bill Evans Trio bassist. Eliane has always had a ...

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Sonny Stitt: 10 Great Organ Intros

Sonny Stitt: 10 Great Organ Intros

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Sonny Stitt loved organ intros. The bigger and more dramatic the better, with plenty of keyboard articulation and suspense. When the organ opener was played just right, it came off like a groovy fanfare that set up his entry on tenor or alto saxophone. To celebrate this sound, I pulled 10 of my favorite organ openers from Stitt's many albums:  Here's Don Patterson opening Long Ago and Far Away on Boss Tenors in Orbit in 1962, with Stitt playing first ...

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Backgrounder: Frank Wess's 'Trombones & Flute'

Backgrounder: Frank Wess's 'Trombones & Flute'

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Frank Wess was a powerhouse big-band tenor saxophonist and flutist and a lyrical player in small groups, especially those he led. One of my favorite ensemble albums by Wess is Trombones & Flute, which he recorded for Savoy in July 1956. The personnel featured a chunk of Count Basie's band, for which Wess played at the time. The lineup included Jimmy Cleveland, Henry Coker, Benny Powell and Bill Hughes (tb), Frank Wess (fl), Ronnell Bright (p), Freddie Green (g), Eddie ...

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The David Allyn Big Band, March 1992

The David Allyn Big Band, March 1992

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Vocalist David Allyn led a superb big band in New York in the early 1990s. Which makes sense, given the bands he sang for starting in the 1940s. His career list includes bands led by Jack Teagarden, Boyd Raeburn, Lyle Griffin, Johnny Mandel, Bill Holman, Johnny Richards, Dave Terry and Bob Florence. Fortunately for us, Paul Cammarata, who produced David's big band gigs at New York's Red Blazer Too, videotaped or audiotaped Allyn and the band's appearance in March 1992. ...

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Bop Masters Pay Tribute to Bird

Bop Masters Pay Tribute to Bird

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In Westerns, they're cool-handed lawmen who get off the noon train to save the town with lightning-fast reflexes and not a flick of apprehension. The equivalent in the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee were these guys, who appeared on the U.K.'s BBC2's TV showcase Jazz 625 in October 1964: trombonist J.J. Johnson, alto saxophonist Sonny Stitt, trumpeter Howard McGhee with Walter Bishop Jr. on piano, Tommy Potter on bass and Kenny Clark. All six artists were major contributors to bop's initial success ...

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Classic Pop, Soul and Hip-Hop Boxes

Classic Pop, Soul and Hip-Hop Boxes

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Today is Labor Day in the U.S., a national holiday that technically celebrates workers. But in truth, today is the unofficial last day of summer, the day that big sales on merchandise is offered and a day when many Americans kick back and grill. With the start of fall and you hanging around the house, I thought I'd let you in on six box sets that capture a lot of great music Miles Out to Sea: The Roots of British ...

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Backgrounder: Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster

Backgrounder: Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster were a perfect pair. Hodges played with a smooth, bluesy sweetness while Webster offset that with his breathy, husky tone. Both recorded together in the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 1930s and '40s, and they paired off again in the 1950s on small-group dates. My favorite sessions featuring them in tandem is the so-called Jazz Cellar session of November 1960. It was recorded at a San Francisco club without an audience. ...


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