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Content by tag "JazzWax by Marc Myers"

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Eric Kloss: A Soulful Start

Eric Kloss: A Soulful Start

When Eric Kloss recorded Introducing Eric Kloss at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., in September 1965 he couldn't drive. For one, he was blind since birth. For another, he was just 16. But Kloss could blow, as evidenced by his sidemen: Don Patterson (org), Pat Martino (g) and Billy James (d),  Born in Greenville, ...

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Donald Byrd: Fancy Free

Donald Byrd: Fancy Free

Mention the 1970s to jazz fans and many will think of the jazz-rock fusion movement. Bands then that united jazz and the rock guitar and other electric instruments included Tony Williams Lifetime, Chick Corea ad Return to Forever, Miles Davis, Weather Report, Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and the Mahavishnu Orchestra to name just a few. But ...

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Kenny Drew Jr. v. Dad

Kenny Drew Jr. v. Dad

Little is known about Kenny Drew Jr., one of jazz's finest pianists in the post-1960s era. Drew Jr. was the son of Kenny Drew, a superb bebop pianist who recorded with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Miles Davis, among others. He also was on John Coltrane's Blue Trane, Sonny Rollins's Tour de Force and ...

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Red Garland: The Quota

Red Garland: The Quota

Pianist Red Garland is best known as the pianist Miles Davis hired in 1955 when pianist Ahmad Jamal turned him down. Davis admired Ahmad's modernist, bluesy swinging style on the keyboard, so much that he recorded songs such as Surrey With the Fringe on Top, A Gal in Calico and Billy Boy with Garland playing virtually ...

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Oscar Peterson: Sinatra Portrait

Oscar Peterson: Sinatra Portrait

A zillion jazz tributes to Frank Sinatra have been recorded over the decades. One of the first and best is Oscar Peterson's A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra. The album”s marathon recording session was done for Verve in a single night in Paris in May 1959. The album featured what would become the classic Oscar Peterson ...

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Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018)

Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018)

Marlene VerPlanck, a polished jazz vocalist who began her recording career in 1955, had a strong second career in the 1960s and '70s as a prolific jingle singer, sang backup on Frank Sinatra's Trilogy album and had a third career recently as she toured and performed to critical praise, died January 14. She was 84. Despite being ...

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Billy Collins on Sonny Rollins

Billy Collins on Sonny Rollins

A couple of weeks ago, Billy Collins sent me an unpublished poem. Billy is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and author most recently of The Rain in Portugal (Random House). His poems always have a jazz feel—improvised, deft and witty. Between the December holidays, Billy wrote a poem about Sonny Rollins. Before we get to ...

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Three Videos of Stan Getz

Three Videos of Stan Getz

When Stan Getz is playing, I can't stop listening. No really, I can't stop him mid-track. His sound is so potent and hypnotic that I have to leave him on. Yesterday, the phone was ringing while I was listening to Stan Getz at Storyville. I let the call go to voicemail when I should have answered ...

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Two More Sax-Section Albums

Two More Sax-Section Albums

I melt at the sound of a swinging reed section. But I don't keep the swooning to myself. As readers know, I routinely add to our list below of reed-centric albums that I've posted about. Today, I'm letting you know about two more—Frank Tiberi's 4 Brothers 7 (Jazzed Media), released last year, and John Williams' Baritone ...

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Pinky Winters: Lonely One

Pinky Winters: Lonely One

First, let me say there are no bad Pinky Winters albums—and they span more than 50 years. Which is extraordinary, since many singers' early albums are often best and get progressively lighter as the voice ages and work slows. Second, great musicians have always been smitten with Winters's phrasing and tone, which is reedy, jazzy and ...