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ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Bird's Trumpets

Read "Bird's Trumpets" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Looking closely at all the trumpet players that played with Thelonious Monk in a piece I wrote in March 2018, I decided to continue the focus, and explore the trumpet players that played with Charlie Parker. As challenging as the trumpet is to play, playing Bebop raised the technical bar. Playing with Charlie Parker at fast ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

Weekend Extra: Shelly Manne and Friends

From 1960 to 1972 in Hollywood, drummer Shelly Manne operated Shelly’s Manne Hole, one of the great jazz clubs in the world. It was headquarters for his quintet known as Shelly Manne And His Men, which over the years included many of the era’s premier players, among them Charlie Mariano, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John La Barbera Big Band: Caravan

Read "Caravan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Summoning Juan Tizol's travel-worn “Caravan" to raise the curtain on a big-band album poses a challenge for any arranger, one that John La Barbera easily brushes aside on the third recording as leader of his own ensemble. And while “Caravan" dazzles in La Barbera's capable hands, it is merely the opening salvo in a session that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes Vol. 2

Read "Unsung Heroes Vol. 2" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Un'aurea classicità sostanzia l'elevato livello artistico di un trombettista superbo, abile nell'assorbire e riplasmare la tradizione del proprio strumento. L'ultimo CD di Brian Lynch costituisce un affascinante excursus nel repertorio dei musicians' musicians degli anni '50 e '60, tra i quali Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, e Joe Gordon di cui Lynch propone partiture inedite. Le dieci ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Shelly Manne: Three Classic Albums Plus

Read "Shelly Manne: Three Classic Albums Plus" reviewed by David Rickert

Shelly Manne

Three Classic Albums Plus

Avid Records

2012

During the 1950s heyday of the West Coast scene, drummer Shelly Manne hit on a formula for sucessful albums: pick a Broadway play or television score and turn some of the best songs into swinging jazz. After the success of My Fair Lady ...