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NEWS: OBITUARY

Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018)

Big Jay McNeely (1927-2018)

Cecil “Big Jay" NcNeely, the father of the R&B tenor saxophone whose stamina and extravagant stage act starting in the late 1940s included playing on his back, setting the tone for rock 'n' roll and soul artists who followed, died on Sept. 16. He was 91. Big Jay had several significant R&B hits in the late 1940s ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nancy Wright: Play Date

Read "Play Date" reviewed by James Nadal

When Paul Williams released “The Hucklebuck" in 1949, it not only became a national dance craze, but also started the popularity of the tenor sax players, or the “honkers," during the golden age of rhythm and blues. The honkers had incredible chops and technique, developing a certain style and sound, that was raucous and raw; appreciated ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Big Jay McNeely: 'Life Story'

Big Jay McNeely: 'Life Story'

The history of R&B and rock and roll would be incomplete without mentioning Big Jay McNeely—father of the honking tenor-sax sound. Incredulously, Big Jay still has not been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If he were British or white, I suppose that would have happened a long time ago given who has ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Bob Willoughby: Jazz - Body and Soul

Read "Bob Willoughby: Jazz - Body and Soul" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz: Body and Soul

Bob Willoughby

176 pages, hardback, slipcase

ISBN: 978 1 901268 58 4

Evans Mitchell Books

2012

To the wider world, Bob Willoughby is the Los Angeles photographer who took a raft of iconic photographs of movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe ...

Jim Holman: Explosion!

Read "Explosion!" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Up-and-coming Chicago pianist Jim Holman channels all his musical influences into his debut recording without losing his own personal identity. The resulting Explosion! is an intriguing album that treads the border between hard bop and bolder styles.

Recorded in two sessions, the disc features Holman in the company of more established musicians like ...