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Booker Little

Booker Little was a prolific trumpeter and composer by any standard, but considering his tragically brief life, his musical achievements are astonishing. A Memphis native, he trained at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, where he impressed Sonny Rollins. This association led to a number of successful recordings with Max Roach in the late 1950s. Little went on to perform on other classic albums, such as John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass and Eric Dolphy’s At the Five Spot. His trumpet sound was characterized both by undeniable technical facility and a dark tone that reflects the bittersweet nature of his life

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George Coleman: In Baltimore

Read "In Baltimore" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

At 85, tenor saxophonist George Coleman has sat in on and made his presence mightily known on a host of flat out, hard bopping sessions beginning with B.B. King through Max Roach, Miles Davis, Booker Little, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock and . . . well, you should have got the larger picture by now.

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The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High - Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern

Read "The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High - Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern" reviewed by Russell Perry

On September 20, 2019, tenor giant Charles Lloyd wrote, “I am quite at a loss to express the acute pain I feel learning about the departure of my brother and long time friend, Harold Mabern. This hits very close to home--we go back to the early 1950s when we were both members of the Rhythm Bombers ...

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Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support--sometimes force--over several decades. “That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the ...

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Douglas: Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie At Zero Gravity

Read "Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie At Zero Gravity" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Chi si aspetta da questo disco un omaggio fedele all'approccio umoristico e pirotecnico di Dizzy Gillespie, non conosce Dave Douglas. Il trombettista, che ha compiuto lo scorso marzo cinquantasette anni, ha mostrato nelle frequenti dediche ai protagonisti della storia del jazz la propria propensione del tutto personale a tale pratica: lo ha fatto tra l'altro con ...

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Silenced in Their Prime - Eric Dolphy & Booker Little (1961 - 1964)

Read "Silenced in Their Prime - Eric Dolphy & Booker Little (1961 - 1964)" reviewed by Russell Perry

From his first recordings with Chico Hamilton in 1958 until his untimely death from misdiagnosed diabetic shock in 1964, Eric Dolphy was limited to only six years in which to record the music that has defined his extraordinary legacy. Previously, in this series, we have heard from Dolphy's great 1960 recording, Far Cry and his contributions ...

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Intervista a Franco Ambrosetti

Read "Intervista a Franco Ambrosetti" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il 2019 è stato un anno significativo per il trombettista svizzero Franco Ambrosetti. In aprile è stato pubblicato il suo libro autobiografico “La scelta di non scegliere" mentre da poche settimane è uscito Long Waves, il suo ventottesimo disco da leader con un cast stellare comprendente John Scofield, Uri Caine, Scott Colley e Jack DeJohnette.

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Jazz Singers in the 1950s – Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington and Abbey Lincoln (1954 - 1962)

Read "Jazz Singers in the 1950s – Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington and Abbey Lincoln (1954 - 1962)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Many jazz singers of the 1950s continued the tradition of recording with major instrumentalists who were given the space to improvise, feeding off the collaboration. In 1954, EmArCy records matched three of their singers, representing the wide range of their offerings--Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill--with jazz ensembles featuring their rising star, trumpeter Clifford Brown. ...

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Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall

Read "Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams at Zellerbach Hall" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams Zellerbach Hall Berkeley, CA December 6, 2018 It isn't often that a pedal steel guitar is found in a jazz ensemble. And it is even less frequent that a country music singer-songwriter joins one on vocals. But this iconoclastic collaboration had its genesis ...


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