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Ellis Larkins

Ellis Larkins' elegant piano playing was once described as a rainbow of interwoven musical textures. He created an intimate palette of sound which brought out the best in his partners �” Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Pass and Ruby Braff among them. Braff, who recorded with Larkins in the 1950s, recalled, “[His] playing was so beautiful �” a complete orchestra by itself.” Yet Larkins was also an understated and unselfish performer. He rarely, if ever, sought the spotlight. He stressed the importance of musical patience, and of adhering to a song's melody. Ellis Lane Larkins was born in Baltimore, Md., on May 15, 1923

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Songbooks (1950 - 1959)

Read "The Songbooks (1950 - 1959)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Songs from what came to be known as the Great American Songbook, have been part of jazz perhaps since The Original Dixieland Jazz Band began recording Irving Berlin compositions. In the 1940s, singer Lee Wiley recorded several collections of 78s, known as “albums"--a name that stuck into the LP era, focused on the work of individual ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz

Read "Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

If the importance and the contributions of jazz are measured by its recorded legacy, then Fresh Sound Records--and its founder, Jordi Pujol--must be duly recognized for rescuing a legacy that might otherwise be lost or nearly impossible to find, and for making it available to the public.Specifically, this legacy includes recorded works by saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Eddie Daniels / Roger Kellaway: Live at the Library of Congress

Read "Live at the Library of Congress" reviewed by Nic Jones

This is a wonderfully sympathetic duo. Pianist Roger Kellaway has an identity which brings together Ellis Larkins, Bill Evans and deep knowledge of jazz piano, whilst Eddie Daniels may be the most formidably correct clarinetist in jazz today, without ever letting technique get in the way of expression. Add to this duo's many ...


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