I went a little crazy when I discovered jazz as an 8-year-old kid. I already played trumpet in the school band, but none of that music swung. My ears begged for something with more energy and urgency. The family record collection was of little help. We owned precisely five albums, the jazziest of which was Herb ...
Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond worked with pianist Dave Brubeck for 18 years. He's best known for his composition Take Five," which helped make Brubeck's record Time Out a mega-hit. Desmond's saxophone playing was always marked by an unusual fluidity and warmth. Through a number of solo records, he expanded on a relaxed but sophisticated sound.
That smirk. That roguish, self-satisfied, da-ya-think-I'm-sexy smirk. It's back and getting bigger everywhere you look. On Leno. On Letterman. In fashion magazines. Holiday TV specials. What's next--a Super Bowl halftime smirkfest?
2000 should have been the end of The Smirk. His rock star career, which started in swingin' London during the late 1960s and peaked ...
I love jazz because is about creation.
I was first exposed to jazz when a was a kid.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Metheny Trio in Puerto Rico /
The first jazz-fusion record I bought was Return to Forever.