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Mundell Lowe (1922-2017)

Mundell Lowe (1922-2017)

Mundell Lowe, an impeccable jazz guitarist, arranger and talent scout who recorded on many important East Coast jazz albums and introduced Bill Evans to Riverside producer Orrin Keepnews in the mid-1950s, died on December 2. He was 95. Few guitarists played with as many jazz greats as Mundy. The list includes Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mundell Lowe / Lloyd Wells / Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly

Read "Poor Butterfly" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Mainstream jazz guitar doesn't get much better than this. Guitarist Mundell Lowe's long career includes sideman stints with Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, André Previn, and many others; he has composed film and TV scores as well. Co-guitarist Lloyd Wells also grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, giving the pair a hometown connection. The two previously collaborated on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mundell Lowe / Lloyd Wells / Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly

Read "Poor Butterfly" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few people could ever claim to have played and/or recorded with such a storied list of performers as Sarah Vaughan, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, and Lester Young. But Mundell Lowe can. In fact, that list barely scratches the surface when it comes to the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - Hollywood, the World and the Stars

Read "Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - Hollywood, the World and the Stars" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

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World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...

Bill Evans

Read "Bill Evans" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Arguably the greatest jazz pianist of the 1960s and '70s, Bill Evans is generally acknowledged as the most influential pianist since Bud Powell and a primary influence on players such as Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. Evans co-wrote Kind Of Blue with Miles Davis and some consider the pianist's Sunday At The Village Vanguard the best ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Orrin Keepnews (1923-2015)

Orrin Keepnews (1923-2015)

Orrin Keepnews, a jazz record producer whose taste in music, integrity and respect for artists resulted in a vast body of legacy recordings by Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, Wes Montgomery and Bill Evans as well as dozens of other artists, died on March 1. He was 91. His Riverside label operated from 1953 to 1964. What set ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

By John Wesley Reed Jr. Nora Francesca Germain was born 1991 in jny: Madison, Wisconsin. Now based in jny: Los Angeles with a BA in Jazz Studies from USC Thornton School of Music, she was the first violinist alumna of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Mentor and collaborator Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley Horn, ...

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Marion Evans + Steve Lawrence

Marion Evans + Steve Lawrence

In January 1963, Go Away Little Girl by Steve Lawrence was the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The mid-tempo single, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, featured Lawrence backed by a lonesome-cowboy beat and an orchestra arranged by Marion Evans. Go Away Little Girl was produced by Al Kasha, a songwriter who ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mundell Lowe: 'Souvenirs'

Mundell Lowe: 'Souvenirs'

Every great jazz musician has a handful of albums that stand out even above their vast catalog of superb works. I call these “sweet spot" recordings, which feed right into what you love best about the artist. Guitarist Mundell Lowe is no exception. According to Tom Lord's Jazz Discography, he has recorded on more than 360 ...

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