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ARTICLE: THE VINYL POST

Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948

Read "Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

So it is no secret that the entertainment industry is floundering these days and that record companies are doing just about anything to snatch some bucks away from the pirates and casual listeners. Perhaps this is why vinyl has become such a hot commodity. Blue Note spent the past two years reissuing classic titles on black ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation

Read "James Clay: Texas Tenor, Second Generation" reviewed by David Perrine

The term “Texas tenor" was originally coined to describe the sound and style of such swing era players as Herschel Evans, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Budd Johnson, Arnett Cobb and others, and has subsequently been applied to second generation players from Texas that included James Clay, David “Fathead" Newman and Marchel Ivery. What these players had ...

Art Tatum: Trio Days

Read "Trio Days" reviewed by Marc Davis

I was wrong. I like Art Tatum. But in a slightly different way.

My introduction to Art Tatum, many years ago, was a series of solo piano albums. They left me cold.

No question, the man was gifted beyond belief. He could play faster, more accurately and with a greater sense of ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Charlie Parker: The Complete Masters 1941-54

Read "Charlie Parker: The Complete Masters 1941-54" reviewed by Chris May

Charlie Parker

The Complete Masters 1941-54

Universal France

2012

It is possible that more “complete" collections of the work of Charlie Parker have been released than there were recordings made by the saxophonist. And as you beat your way through the box set undergrowth, caution is required. Few of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Odean Pope: A Singular Voice in the Choir

Read "Odean Pope: A Singular Voice in the Choir" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Grounded in the Baptist spirituals of his youth followed by a musical upbringing in Philadelphia with the likes of John Coltrane and organist Jimmy Smith as mentors, tenor saxophonist Odean Pope is the bridge between hard bop and free.



His contributions to jazz are of major historical significance and through his over ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Story of Jazz Guitar

Read "The Story of Jazz Guitar" reviewed by AAJ Staff

While in its early days, jazz guitar was considered a rhythm instrument alongside the banjo of Dixieland. In 1940, Charlie Christian and his Gibson ES-150 changed that and elevated guitar to lead instrument status alongside the saxophone and trumpet--instruments that could acoustically cut through the sound of a piano-bass-drums rhythm section. Here, we encapsulate some of ...

Ray Nance: Body and Soul

Read "Body and Soul" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Ray Nance recorded Body and Soul, his first album as a leader, in May 1969, almost thirty years after he took over Cootie Williams' trumpet chair in the Duke Ellington orchestra, but only about two years after Billy Strayhorn's death in May 1967, and mere days after Coleman Hawkins' in May 1969. Nance performed “Take the ...