Towards the end of every month, we celebrate the birthdays of famous and not so famous jazz musicians, physically or spiritually living. This month we feature Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. Art's centennial is in 2019; so consider this as a warm-up. In addition, we are able to celebrate Horace Tapscott in style because we have a rare vinyl pressing of his Songs of the Unsung on (Interplay)we hear that an available CD of this has been edited and incomplete.
But wait, there's more! You've heard of the "High Society" lick, as incorporated into the solos of many modern jazz players. But have you ever heard the man who originated that lickAlphonse Picou? Well, we've got that one too! Check the playlist for more of our worthy constituents, settle into an easy chair with your system cranked up or headphones, and enjoy the show.
Art Blakey "The Opener" from Meet You at the Jazz Corner of the World, Volume 1 (Blue Note) 00:00
Thelonious Monk "HackensackTake 1" from Complete Black Lion & Vogue Recordings Of Thelonious Monk (Mosaic) 8:26
Thelonious Monk "Criss-Cross" from Complete Black Lion & Vogue Recordings of Thelonious Monk (Mosaic) 18:22
Art Blakey "Blue Lace" from The Freedom Rider (Blue Note) 22:09
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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