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Cal Massey

Calvin Massey was an American jazz trumpeter and composer. Massey studied trumpet under Freddie Webster, and following this played in the big bands of Jay McShann, Jimmy Heath, and Billie Holiday. In the late 1950s he led an ensemble with Jimmy Garrison, McCoy Tyner, and Tootie Heath; John Coltrane and Donald Byrd occasionally played with them. In the 1950s he gradually receded from active performance and concentrated on composition; his works were recorded by Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan, Philly Joe Jones, and Archie Shepp. Massey played with Shepp from 1969 until 1972

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Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

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Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman Milton Court Concert Hall Celebrating Coltrane London July 10, 2019 The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number ...

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John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

Read "Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non un bootleg registrato alla meno peggio chissà da chi e chissà come; e nemmeno il remake di un remake spacciato per novità assoluta dopo un paio di goffi aggiustamenti e magari una manciata di minuti mai ascoltati prima. Stavolta l'inedito è clamoroso: quattordici brani fissati su nastro dal quartetto di John Coltrane il 6 marzo ...

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Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

Read "I Hear the Sound" reviewed by Chris May

Recorded in France in 2012 and 2013, I Hear the Sound is a live recording of saxophonist Archie Shepp's oratorio, “Attica Blues," co-written and arranged with Cal Massey in 1971, which was first heard on an Impulse! album a year later. Most of that album, Attica Blues, is revisited, with some adjustments to the running order ...

Various Artists: First Impulse - The Creed Taylor Collection / 50th Anniversary

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Various ArtistsFirst Impulse: The Creed Taylor Collection / 50th AnniversaryVerve/Hip-O Select2011 The headline news on this lavishly packaged, four-CD collection of the work of the Impulse! label's founding producer, Creed Taylor, is that it includes three previously unreleased tracks by John Coltrane. These were recorded during rehearsals ...

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12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival—It's All Jazz, April 1- 30, 2011 presented by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC at venues from Coney Island to Williamsburg in Brooklyn. This celebration is New York City's longest continually running grass roots festival dedicated to Jazz. The presentation offers more than 30 events on 23 days with over 100 ...

Blues to Coltrane

Label: Candid Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Blues to Coltrane; What's wrong?; Bakai; These Are Soulful Days; Father and Son.

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Cal Massey: Blues to Coltrane

Read "Blues to Coltrane" reviewed by Samuel Chell

This is the only recording by the luckless, quasi-legendary trumpeter-composer Cal Massey, whose elliptical, often anonymous career can be a challenge to piece together. Some close followers of the music are aware of the late musician, at least by name, because of “These Are Soulful Days," a composition programmed by trumpeter Lee Morgan (Lee-Way, Blue Note, ...

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Blues To Coltrane

Label: Caligola
Released: 1987


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