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Artie Butler: Have You Met Miss Jones?

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Artie Butler
Have You Met Miss Jones?
A&M/CTI
1968

Well, it has been some time since we last dipped into the vinyl crate for an installment. During the summer months, I had the good fortune of moving to a new house where I have more than enough space at ...

Moacir Santos: Maestro

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Moacir Santos
Maestro
Blue Note Records
1972

Among a sizable number of Brazilian composers who are better known in their homeland than abroad, few can lay claim to a more substantive and varied catalog of music as that written by the great Moacir Santos. A prodigy of sorts, Santos ...

Bobbi Humphrey: Flute-In

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Bobbi Humphrey
Flute-In
Blue Note Records
1971

Last time out we looked at two particularly neglected Blue Note gems from keyboard man Ronnie Foster which actually got me to thinking about the present state of that iconic jazz catalog. While the Connoisseur and RVG series have brought to ...

Ronnie Foster: On the Avenue & Cheshire Cat

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While it's true that the declining years of the Blue Note label saw many releases of a lesser quality when compared with the golden gems of the label's heydays, sweeping generalizations lead to value judgments that might not always be applicable. Up through the mid '70s, artists like Horace Silver and Gene Harris continued to record ...

Jazzy Soundtracks 4: Kean

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The Riverside Jazz Stars
Jazzy Soundtracks 4: Kean
Riverside
1961

Last time out we focused on a jazz version of a 60's Broadway play and we continue in a similar vein this month with an unusual treatment of another long forgotten production. Kean opened in New York City at ...

Jazzy Soundtracks 3: Kwamina

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Billy Taylor Orchestra
Jazzy Soundtracks 3: Kwamina
Mercury
1962

Continuing our look into soundtrack albums of a jazz nature, we depart this month from film scores to take a look at a jazz interpretation of music from a Broadway production. Opening in October of 1961 and running for a ...

Jazzy Soundtracks 2: The Yellow Canary

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Kenyon Hopkins
Jazzy Soundtracks 2: The Yellow Canary
Verve
1963

We initiated our foray into the land of jazz-inflected soundtracks with a look at the score to the long forgotten Mr. Buddwing , a superb accomplishment of the venerable Kenyon Hopkins . As we continue our survey, it seemed ...

Kenyon Hopkins: Verve/Esquire Sound Tour

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Never before had there been such a rush of musical product as that which appeared during the '50s and '60s. In all areas of music, but especially for popular and jazz genres, the time was ripe for a myriad of experiments. As stereo took its place among the technical landscape, companies large and small rushed to ...

Don Patterson/Bobby Timmons: Holiday Soul

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With December ushering in the holiday season, it seemed logical to allow this month's column to address two items that fall under the category of jazzy Christmas fare. Although the repertoire in this area is really quite limited, some of the more memorable holiday jazz sides include works by Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Smith. For my ...

Airto: I'm Fine. How Are You?

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Airto
I'm Fine. How Are You?
Warner Bros
1977

As we get ready to wind down the days of summer, it occurred to me that some of my favorite music of the season has always been Latin or Brazilian tinged. Something about that incendiary percussive mix always seems to speak ...