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Kenny Clarke: The Golden 8

Read "The Golden 8" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The first time I dropped a needle on a Music Matters 33 rpm test-pressing of Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland's The Golden 8 I was surprised to hear something quite unusual: a Blue Note record that was clearly not recorded in Hackensack. With only a few exceptions, most Blue Note records of the 1950s and 60s were recorded in Rudy Van Gelder's New Jersey studio with a unique sound that many listeners can pick out in just a ...

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Kenny Clarke: Klook's The Man

Read "Kenny Clarke: Klook's The Man" reviewed by Chris May

Kenny Clarke Klook's The Man Proper Records 2007

Of the three great African American drummers whose work in the early and mid 1940s shaped the contours of bop--Kenny Clarke, Max Roach and Art Blakey--it was “Klook" Clarke who lit the first and fattest fuse: taking timekeeping away from the bass drum and onto the ride cymbal, freeing up bass and snare drums for dialogue with soloists and establishing a paradigm which became one of ...

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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: Change of Scenes

Read "Change of Scenes" reviewed by William Grim

This amazing album was the last recording by the Clarke-Boland Big Band and features six original compositions by Francy Boland with Stan Getz as featured soloist. The album was originally released only in Europe and its current CD re-release is now out of print, which is regrettable because it features some of the finest big band compositions and performances of all time.

Francy Boland, now semi-retired and living in Switzerland, has never received his due ...

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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland: On Rearward

Read "On Rearward" reviewed by Douglas Payne

After forging bop history and founding the Modern Jazz Quartet, Pittsburgh-born drummer Kenny “Klook" Clarke (1914-85) left the United States for Europe in 1956. He played for several years in a trio with Bud Powell, then hooked up with conservatory trained pianist Francy Boland (b. 1929) to form the Clarke-Boland Big Band (C-BBB), one of Europe's preeminent jazz orchestras. From 1961 to 1972, the group recorded a whopping 35 albums and at various times, featured some of Europe and America's ...


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