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Ernie Henry

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Ernie Henry was an American jazz saxophonist. Henry played in the late 1940s with Tadd Dameron (1947), Fats Navarro, Charlie Ventura, Max Roach, and Dizzy Gillespie (1948–49). From 1950 to 1952 he played in the band of Illinois Jacquet. After a few years in the shadows, he returned to play with Thelonious Monk (1956), Charles Mingus, Kenny Dorham, Kenny Drew, Wynton Kelly, Wilbur Ware, Art Taylor, Philly Joe Jones and Gillespie again (1956–57). He recorded three albums as a leader for the Riverside label shortly before his death at the end of 1957. He died of a heroin overdose, aged 31.

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Miles Davis once said that you could recite the history of jazz in just four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker. To that you need to add two more: John Coltrane. A giant during his lifetime, Coltrane continues to shape jazz and inspire musicians decades after he passed. No other player has come remotely close to eclipsing ...

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Article: Album Review

Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk

Read "Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Thelonious Monk, though controversial in his time, was a brilliant, innovative pianist and composer with a unique way of conceiving the music that was yet remarkably simpatico with standard forms. Many of his compositions (they are much more than “tunes," though I'll use that word here as shorthand) have become a regular part of the jazz ...

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Article: My Blue Note Obsession

Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron – The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings

Read "Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron – The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings" reviewed by Marc Davis


There aren't many jazz records I'd consider essential. This is one. Granted, Fats Navarro isn't in the pantheon of jazz trumpeters. For starters, he didn't live long enough. He died in 1950 at age 26, so his discography is short. For another, Navarro's brief career overlapped that of trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie, and came ...

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Article: Album Review

Dizzy Gillespie: Four Classic Albums

Read "Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert


Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was one of the few jazz musicians equally adept (and influential) in small groups and fronting big bands. After the bebop heyday, he spent the fifties equally divided between smaller groups and a larger orchestra. His days as a bebop pioneer and a developer of Afro-Cuban music behind him, he now had a ...

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Article: Profile

The Emergence of Jimmy Lyons

Read "The Emergence of Jimmy Lyons" reviewed by Robert Levin


[Editor's Note: From Jazz & Pop Magazine, 1970] Since 1960, when he began working with Cecil Taylor, alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons has been developing from a somewhat diffident musician into one of the more potent voices in the New Music. In recent recordings and appearances with Taylor, Jimmy has been playing with a glowing ...

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Presenting

Label: Fantasy Jazz
Released: 2000
Track listing: Gone With the Wind/ Orient/ Free Flight/ Checkmate/ Active Ingredients/ I Should Care/ Cleo

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Article: Album Review

Ernie Henry: Presenting

Read "Presenting" reviewed by Derek Taylor


Long available on LP in the Fantasy Records catalog this reissue marks the first compact disc appearance of Ernie Henry’s auspicious debut as a leader. In the annals of jazz lore Henry has sometimes been discounted as merely a Charlie Parker imitator on alto saxophone. Based on his work on this inaugural album and the handful ...

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Last Chorus

Label: JVC
Released: 1983


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