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Richie Powell in 1954

Richie Powell in 1954

Pianist Bud Powell not only helped invent bebop in the mid-1940s with Dexter Gordon, J.J. Johnson and Charlie Parker but he also established a new, spidery playing style that was widely imitated on both coasts right up until Bill Evans' cooler introspection in the late 1950s. In the first 10 years of his small-group career, from ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Don Glanden: Remembering Clifford Brown

Read "Don Glanden: Remembering Clifford Brown" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Benny Golson's timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford" is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the peak of his rapidly advancing career. ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary: The Life, Music, and Legacy of Clifford Brown

Read "Brownie Speaks: A  Video Documentary: The Life, Music, and Legacy of Clifford Brown" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary: The Life, Music, and Legacy of Clifford Brown
Glanden Productions
2014

This thoroughly researched and fascinating documentary about legendary jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown reveals the full scope of the man and his music through extensive interviews, recordings, photos, and both new and archival film and video ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Clifford Brown-Max Roach Project at the Piedmont Piano Company

Read "Clifford Brown-Max Roach Project at the Piedmont Piano Company" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Clifford Brown-Max Roach Project
Piedmont Piano Company
Oakland, CA
August 10, 2013

“[Clifford Brown's] technique was, for him, to use the facility and bring up the quality of a trumpet player in relation to having his trumpet expressed as a voice. He not only had the technique, he had the love. The sound he would ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Clifford Brown: With Strings

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Clifford Brown

With Strings

Emarcy

1955

Recordings setting soloists alongside string ensembles were not a staple of the bop years, but, when trumpeter Clifford Brown recorded With Strings, he had two illustrious predecessors. In 1946, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie recorded four Jerome Kern standards with an ensemble arranged by Johnny Richards. ...

Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard

Read "Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Warren Allen

Bill Carrothers Trio
A Night At The Village Vanguard
Pirouet Records
2011

Pianist Bill Carrothers could not have picked a better venue to cut a trio recording in. Whether it's the inimitable acoustics of the Village Vanguard, or simply the sheer number of essential records cut there over the decades ...

Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night At the Village Vanguard

Read "A Night At the Village Vanguard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The sonic character of New York City's Village Vanguard is one of sound as memory. There is a pillow of pungent warmth and familiarity surrounding the sounds captured that can be heard on the early recordings, like Sonny Rollins' A Night At the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1957), Bill Evans' The Complete Village Vanguard Sessions, 1961 ...

Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard

Read "Bill Carrothers Trio: A Night at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bill Carrothers Trio
A Night At The Village Vanguard
Pirouet Records
2011

Maybe everything that goes down in New York's Village Vanguard should be documented. The history of live albums recorded at the legendary venue, going back to the early days, includes standout sets by pianist Bill Evans and saxophonists ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Moody's Mood Was Always Happy

Read "Moody's Mood Was Always Happy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

James Moody, whose noble spirit and radiant personality were as impressive as his exploits on saxophone and flute for more than six decades, died December 9, 2010 from pancreatic cancer at his home in San Diego. He was 85 years old.

To anyone who was lucky enough to meet him, the Moody hug ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Musical Talent Is (Now and Then) All in the Family

Read "Musical Talent Is (Now and Then) All in the Family" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The induction of almost the entire Marsalis family (father Ellis, piano, and sons Wynton, trumpet; Branford, saxophones; Delfeayo, trombone; and Jason, drums) set me to thinking about how musical talent sometimes runs in families. In the pop world, almost everyone knows about the Jacksons, the Kings, the Osmonds and others. The same is true in jazz, ...