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Curtis Amy

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Coming out of the Texas Tenor tradition of honkers, Curtis Amy was of the same generation as Booker Ervin, David Fathead Newman, James Clay and Wilton Felder, but his time in the jazz spotlight was brief. Amy had a beautiful sound and a style that was both brawny and lyrical. The major influences on Amy's style were the tenor saxophonists Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. Although he had a long and successful career in his transplanted home of Los Angeles, much of it was spent doing high profile studio work and working with his wife, the extraordinary vocalist Merry Clayton. Born in 1929, Amy had taken up the clarinet when he was a child, and in 1946 enrolled at Wiley College, in Texas, to continue his studies

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Where in the World is Dupree Bolton?

Read "Where in the World is Dupree Bolton?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


This fortnight's spectacular focuses on two very different sets of music--two albums by modern jazz violinists and the two best-known recordings featuring elusive trumpeter Dupree Bolton (they are just about the ONLY recordings featuring him--stay tuned for the details). Pop matters range from St. Vincent to Sparks to Sade--and that's some ranging. Playlist Discussion ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Hard Bop: An Alternative Top Ten

Read "Hard Bop: An Alternative Top Ten" reviewed by Chris May


Hard bop was the jazz centre of the world from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s, producing many hundreds of immortal albums. Trying to whittle these down to a definitive Top Ten is fun—but it is a subjective and ultimately impossible exercise. In an attempt to dodge those hurdles, the list which ...

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Article: Album Review

The Doors: The Soft Parade - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "The Soft Parade - 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Doug Collette


The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Doors' The Soft Parade might well be reconfigured to a great degree without sacrificing its multi-configuration format. In doing so, this milestone package would then even more vividly depict this turbulent period in the iconic band's history. Even as it is, however, the existing combination of compact disc and ...

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Article: Album Review

Harold Land: A New Shade Of Blue

Read "A New Shade Of Blue" reviewed by Chris May


If Harold Land had left nothing else behind him other than the 1960 Contemporary Records album The Fox, a place in jazz history would be secure. The disc not only featured some of the finest mid-period hard-bop tenor saxophone to come out of the West Coast, but in Land's frontline partner, Dupree Bolton, it showcased a ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte

Read "I classici Xanadu - Seconda parte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


In questo nuovo blocco di riedizioni Xanadu, pubblicate dalla Elemental, dopo la puntata dedicata ai sassofonisti, ci occupiamo soprattutto di pianisti, ovviamente legati alla scuola bop secondo le preferenze stilistiche del produttore Don Schlitten: Kenny Drew, Dolo Coker e Barry Harris. Questi non sono leader in tutti i dischi ma il loro contributo è sempre centrale. ...

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Mosaic Select 7

Label: Mosaic Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Disc One: 1. Searchin' 2. Goin' Down, Catch Me A Woman 3. The Blues Message 4. Come Rain Or Come Shine 5. This Is The Blues 6. Meetin' Here 7. Early In The Morning 8. If I Were A Bell 9. One More Hamhock Please 10. Angel Eyes 11. Just Friends
Disc Two: 1. Gone Into It 2. Annsome 3. Bobbin' 4. Groovin' Blue 5. Beautiful You 6. Very Frank 7. Way Down 8. Liberia 9. 24 Hours Blues 10. Lisa 11. A Soulful Bee, A Soulful Rose 12. All My Life 13. Bells And Horns
Disc Three: 1. Tippin' On Through 2. Funk In The Evening 3. For Ayers Only 4. In Your Own Sweet Way 5. Summertime 6. Set Call 7. Katanga 8. Lonely Woman 9. Native Land 10. Amyable 11. You Don't Know What Love Is 12. A Shade Of Brown

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Article: Album Review

Curtis Amy: Mosaic Select 7

Read "Mosaic Select 7" reviewed by Colin Fleming


Relatively unknown as far as storming tenor players go, Texas-born Curtis Amy perhaps wasn't so storming after all, as this set suggests. Familiar to rock fans for his solo on the Doors' “Touch Me, Amy was more restrained, more a player of shadings and touch, than his reputation and birthright might lead one to believe. These ...

Album

Mosaic Select: Curtis Amy

Label: Mosaic Records
Released: 2004

Album

Mosaic Select 7: Curtis Amy

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2004
Track listing: Disc One: Searchin', Goin' Down Catch Me A Woman, The Blues Message, Come Rain Or Come Shine, This Is The Blues, Meetin' Here, Early In The Morning, If I Were A Bell, One More Hamhock Please, Angel Eyes, Just Friends. Disc Two: Gone Into It, Annsome, Bobblin', Groovin' Blue, Beautiful You, Way Down, Liberia, 24 Hours Blues, Lisa, A Soulful Bee A Soulful Rose, All My Life, Bells And Horns. Disc Three: Tippin' On Through, Funk In The Evening, For Ayers Only, In Your Own Sweet Way, Summertime, Set Call, Katanga, Lonely Woman, Native Land, Amyable, You Don't Know What Love Is, A Shade Of Brown, Very Frank.


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