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History of Jazz Timeline: 1974

Fusion band Weather Report finishes recording its fourth album, Mysterious Traveler (Columbia).
Saxophonist Wayne Shorter records the samba-influenced Native Dancer (Columbia) with acoustic/electric pianist Herbie Hancock, singer Milton Nascimento, and percussionist Airto Moreira, among others.
Nineteen year old guitarist Pat Metheny from Kansas City becomes the youngest teacher ever at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music.
Vibraphone player Gary Burton hires Berklee colleague Pat Metheny, whom he met the year before at the Wichita Jazz Festival, to join his newly expanded quintet. The group, which includes Burton, Metheny, guitarist Mick Goodrick, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Bob Moses, records the album Ring (ECM).
Guitarist John Abercrombie records Timeless (ECM) with Jan Hammer on keyboards and Jack DeJohnette on drums.
Coltrane John Coltrane's Interstellar Space (Impulse!), a series of duets recorded in 1967 with drummer Rashied Ali, is finally released.
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington dies on May 24.
Hard bop tenor saxophone player Tina Brooks dies on August 13.
Jazz-rock trumpeter Bill Chase, leader of the group Chase, dies on August 9.

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