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Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings

Read "Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

While there are many reasons why the cool jazz movement on the west coast was a somewhat short-lived era, one of the key aspects of its quiet demise was the decidedly harder-edged music coming out of New York at about the same time period. Back around 1955, hard bop was making its ascendency and this might ...

Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk – 1958

Read "Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk – 1958" reviewed by Marc Davis

There's a tendency among some jazz purists to poo-poo Lou Donaldson. Not flashy enough, they say. Not groundbreaking. Too bluesy, too simple. Predictable. Derivative. A notch below the best Blue Note saxmen. A craftsman, not an artist.

Aw phooey! I like Lou Donaldson and I don't mind anyone knowing.

It has always ...