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Big September Birthdays & More

Read "Big September Birthdays & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We celebrate big September birthdays this week on G&M: Ray Charles, Muhal Richard Abrams and Sonny Rollins @ 90; Gary Bartz, Hamiet Bluiet, 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 ...

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On Missing Live Jazz

Read "On Missing Live Jazz" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

This pandemic has snatched much from us through its reign of disease and death. We have lost family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to COVID-19. Millions have lost jobs or fear losing them. By all accounts, the whole thing stinks. We try to cling to what remains, and we hope and pray for restoration. How does all this upheaval affect the jazz world? We have lost a host of old and not-so-old jazz luminaries to this disease, such as ...

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Saxattack & More

Read "Saxattack & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Well, not every track is saxed, but we've got some heavyweights here: Johnny Griffin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Branford Marsalis, Charlie Parker, Benny Carter, and Sidney Bechet. Breathers from pianists Brad Mehldau, Kris Davis and Bill Evans; as well as the Uptown Jazz Orchestra from New Orleans; trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis; and Jared Gold on the B-3 and the late Vic Juris. Enjoy the show! R.I.P. bassist Henry Grimes (November 3, 1935--April 15, 2020) ...

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Hard Bop Tenor - Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins (1959 - 1964)

Read "Hard Bop Tenor - Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins (1959 - 1964)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In this portion of Jazz at 100, we are featuring tenor players and trumpeters who propelled hard bop into the 1960s. In this hour, we will continue with the Tenor Players, Part 2, featuring Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, and Sonny Rollins, three tenor players who have impacted the music over the past six decades. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Jimmy Heath Sextet “For Minors Only" from The Thumper (Riverside) 2:42 Host speaks 7:36 Jimmy Heath Quintet “Gingerbread Boy" from ...

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Monterey on Tour In BR, Wayne and More

Read "Monterey on Tour In BR, Wayne and More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Monterey on Tour came to Baton Rouge March 28, 2019 @ the Manship Theatre & what a lineup: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, Jamison Ross...Whew. It's good & we've got tracks from all of them right here, as well as a deep dive to the vault, Sonny Rollins first recording with Thelonious Monk and recent music. Enjoy the show. Playlist Jamison Ross “Let's Sing Again" from All for One (Concord) 00:00 ...

BOOK REVIEW

Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff

Read "Sonny Rollins: Meditating on a Riff" reviewed by Steve Provizer

Sonny Rollins--Meditating on a Riff Hugh Wyatt 304 Pages ISBN: #978-0-9981219-2-5 Kamama Books 2018 Author Hugh Wyatt doesn't hide his friendship with Sonny Rollins-Rollins is his daughter's godfather-he has written a spiritual biography of saxophone great Sonny Rollins which is perilously close to hagiography. He says in the intro that he doesn't want to avoid the dark incidents in Sonny's life and he doesn't. However, whether describing Rollins' involvement in heroin, his ...

NEW YORK BEAT

Sonny Rollins Remasters Legendary Album with Clifford Brown

Read "Sonny Rollins Remasters Legendary Album with Clifford Brown" reviewed by Nick Catalano

At 87, saxophone immortal Sonny Rollins remains at work honing his recording legacy. No longer performing upon receiving medical advice, the star is busily attending to an archive which contains recordings he made with virtually every bop and post-Bop virtuoso in jazz. His latest effort is a remastering of Sonny Rollins + 4 a Prestige session recorded on March 22, 1956 with Clifford Brown and Max Roach. The recording is significant for several reasons. Initially, it contains outings ...


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