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Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums

Read "Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

If you were to wander up and down the West Coast in the fifties you were more likely to find Dave Pell playing dances on college campuses than in clubs. Despite filling his octet with seasoned musicians who could really cut loose when given the chance, Pell's studio recordings always have a hint of crepe and balloons about them. They represent the extremely well-mannered style of West Coast jazz,and are pleasant almost to a fault.The first ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Pell: Remembers John Kirby and Big Small Bands

Read "Remembers John Kirby and Big Small Bands" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Historical recreations of music are nothing new. Every tribute recording ever released is one. In the 1980s and '90s, classical music went through its “period instrument-performance practice" phase, where the entire Baroque, Classical and early Romantic repertoires were recreated using instruments and metronomic markings from the 18th and 19th Centuries. In the late 1950s, jazz was going through an interesting transition that had its genesis a decade earlier in Miles Davis' famous Birth of the Cool (Capitol, 1957). In 1949, ...

LIVE REVIEW

Dave Pell: Sunday Jazz at The Lighthouse

Read "Dave Pell: Sunday Jazz at The Lighthouse" reviewed by Jim Santella

Dave Pell Octet The Lighthouse Café Hermosa Beach, California February 20, 2005

Sunny Hermosa Beach has played host to great jazz for over 50 years. Originally, it was the regular Sunday jam sessions lasting from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. that brought overflowing crowds to The Lighthouse in the early 1950s, as members of Stan Kenton's Orchestra descended upon the beach community for weekly jazz outings. Howard Rumsey and a group of ...


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