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Bobby Timmons

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Bobby Timmons came out of Philadelphia at age 19, with a funky gospel tinged piano style, flavored with blues and hard bop. He would, in a recording career that would only span a short time frame, contribute to some of the best recordings on the legendary Blue Note sessions of the ’50’s , and be a member of two of the premier bands of that time, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Robert Henry Timmons was born in Philadelphia in 1935, raised by his grandfather who was a minister in a church. The young Timmons began formal piano lessons at age six, and was the organist at his grandfathers’ church

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Article: Album Review

Atlanticus: Blue Haven

Read "Blue Haven" reviewed by Chris May


Atlanticus is a hands-across-the-pond quartet led by Washington, DC-based tenor saxophonist Peter Fraize and Brighton, England-based organist Terry Seabrook. The lineup is completed by fellow Brightoners, trumpeter Jack Kendon and drummer Milo Fell. Each of the four musicians has two or more decades of experience behind them. Atlanticus first toured together in 2016 and ...

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First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Now's The Time; Moanin', Blues March; The Theme; Dat Dere; Round About Midnight; Now's The Time (Version 2); Night In Tunisia; The Theme (Version 2).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more

Read "The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a thematic serving of tunes expressing feelings of wanting to be home, traveling home, being home, turkey, and saying goodbye. Featuring Henry Threadgill, Helen Merrill, Ray Bryant, Brother Jack McDuff, Joel Ross, Vi Redd, Miho Hazama and more. Playlist Petter Eldh “Kali Koma" from Koma Saxo (We Jazz Records) 00:00 Henry Threadgill ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

Read "Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums" reviewed by Chris May


"Fire! That's what people want. Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life. You're supposed to make them turn around, pat their feet. That's what jazz is about. Play with fire. Play from the heart, not from your brain. You got to know how to make the two meet." So ...

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Article: Album Review

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings

Read "First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Perhaps Art Blakey's greatest gift was that he was able to—and also enabled you—to transport through time to when invention was new and not reheated, rebranded, or far worse, rejected out of hand. Just take his opening solo on the Charlie Parker-penned opener “Now's the Time" from the absolutely ribald and raucous First Flight To Tokyo: ...

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Article: Album Review

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings

Read "First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings" reviewed by Chris May


There is a saying in the opera world which, though innocuous on the face of it, damns a work before the overture has begun let alone after the fat lady sings. The saying, beloved of breathless publicists deaf to its implication, is that such and such an opera is “rarely performed." The reason it ...

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Article: Album Review

Carlos Vega: Art of the Messenger

Read "Art of the Messenger" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In case you didn't quite catch the “message" subtly embedded in the title of Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Carlos Vega's new recording, Art of the Messenger, here is a brief reminder that it was drummer Art Blakey who formed the Jazz Messengers in the mid-1950s and led the celebrated hard-bop ensemble until his death in 1990. The ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

2 Debuts = 2 Quartets

Read "2 Debuts = 2 Quartets" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Bebop idioms prove far from extinct on these debut albums from two hungry cats, leading vigorous quartets with the mission to carry the bop torch of a young jazz generation. Nathan Francis Nathan Francis Quartet Ajabu! Records 2021 American bassist Nathan Francis has been based out of Helsinki, ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazz WORMS: Squirmin'

Read "Squirmin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Denver-based quintet Jazz WORMS recorded its first album, Crawling Out, in 1987. Based on the time it took to record a second, Squirmin', they may as well be called the Jazz SNAILS. To be fair, there are reasons why the next go-round took so long to materialize, the most conspicuous being success. In '87 the ...


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