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Lee Morgan On Music Matters

Read "Lee Morgan On Music Matters" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Somewhere up in the sky there's a pantheon of jazz legends. Lee Morgan rightfully has a seat in the top tier, and the jam must be extraordinary.

Morgan hit the scene in 1956, an obvious prodigy who'd scored two triumphs at the tender age of eighteen: a standing gig in Dizzy Gillespie's big band ...

Gene Ammons: Boss Tenor

Read "Boss Tenor" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons' tone can be best described using the qualities of an ideally brewed cup of joe: rounded, bold, smooth, and exhilarating after first taste.

Widely regarded as an original founder of the “Chicago school of tenor sax," Ammons' nonchalant, yet indelible sound--echoing the soft, breathy tone of Lester Young--drove him to ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone

Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

Hank Mobley and his All Stars – Blue Note 1544

Read "Hank Mobley and his All Stars – Blue Note 1544" reviewed by Marc Davis

I think I've hit a wall.

I love hard bop. I love Blue Note. But all of a sudden, the thrill is gone.

This week, I'm listening to Hank Mobley and his All Stars, a 1957 album that could never be accused of false advertising. This truly is an all-star hard bop ...

Kenny Dorham: The Complete ‘Round About Midnight at the Café Bohemia – Blue Note 1524

Read "Kenny Dorham: The Complete ‘Round About Midnight at the Café Bohemia – Blue Note 1524" reviewed by Marc Davis

I think I have a new favorite hard bop record.

For many years, I considered Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers the perfect hard bop band--the Beatles of the bop set. I still do. I don't know how Blakey managed to find the very best up-and-coming jazz musicians in America, year after year, but ...

BoB: a Palindrome

Read "BoB: a Palindrome" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The roll call of great bass players from Detroit includes Ron Carter, Paul Chambers and Doug Watkins. Robert Hurst, another Motor City musician, has for the past several years made a compelling case for his name on that list.

Hurst picked up the bass at age 14 and was soon performing with Detroit trumpeter Marcus ...

Fusion Groovin’

Read "Fusion Groovin’" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Analog Players Society
Hurricane Season in Brooklyn
Studio Brooklyn
2012

Hurricane Season in Brooklyn marks the debut of the Analog Players Society (APS), an extension of the lifelong pursuit of the groove by the percussionist, engineer and producer known as Amon, who first discovered Turkish, West African and Middle Eastern music ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Dezron Douglas

Read "Take Five With Dezron Douglas" reviewed by Carla Parisi

Meet Dezron Douglas: On Dezron Douglas: Live at Smalls, the bass prodigy is presented with a band of his peers: the highly original Stacy Dillard, the fiery Josh Evans, pianist David Bryant and the veteran drummer Willie Jones III.

Hailing from Hartford, CT, Douglas is a product of the Jackie McLean institute. Quickly establishing himself ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Kenny Burrell: Every Note Swings

Read "Kenny Burrell: Every Note Swings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Kenny Burrell has appeared on so many essential jazz recordings that jazz history and his story seem irretrievably intertwined. Billie Holiday's valedictory rumination Lady Sings the Blues (Verve, 1956)? Jimmy Smith's epochal funk throwdown Back at the Chicken Shack (Blue Note, 1960)? Tony Bennett's Carnegie Hall debut? Kenny Burrell played guitar for them all. Even Jimi ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sonny Rollins: Newk's Time

Read "Newk's Time" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Possibly the premier US remastering shop, Music Matters continues to reissue Blue Note albums of the 1950s and 1960s on premium 180 gram, 45rpm vinyl. These recordings are at the heart of the jazz canon and should be heard by any serious student of the music. Now, one of the finest performances in the Blue Note ...