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Gary McFarland

Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the 1960s. He had an unfortunately short career. But he was surprisingly productive in the brief decade he was captured on record (1960-70). An "adult prodigy," as Gene Lees once noted, McFarland was an ingenious composer whose music revealed shades of complex emotional subtlety and clever childlike simplicity. While in the army, he became interested in jazz and attempted to play trumpet, trombone and piano. In 1955 he took up playing the vibes. Displaying a quick ability for interesting writing, he obtained a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music

Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

Read "Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums" reviewed by Chris May

There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary McFarland

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary McFarland

All About Jazz is celebrating Gary McFarland's birthday today! Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the 1960s. He had an unfortunately short career. But he was surprisingly productive in the brief decade he was captured on record (1960-70). An “adult prodigy," as Gene Lees once noted, McFarland was an ...

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Pop - Jazz - Why Not Both?

Read "Pop - Jazz - Why Not Both?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Jazz can struggle to find an audience, so artists are always looking for ways to appeal to a broader listenership while keeping their artistic hearts pure. In this episode, the boys look at four albums that, with much success, try to bridge the gap between jazz and more popular forms of music, along with a more ...

The In Sound & Soft Samba

Label: Ace Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Moment of Truth; Bloop Bleep; The Hills of Verdugo; Over Easy; Here I Am; Fried Bananas; The Sting of the Bee; Wine and Bread; I Concentrate On You; (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction; Ringo, Won't You Marry Me; From Russia With Love; She Loves You; A Hard Day's Night; The Good Life; More (Theme from the Film Mondo Cane); And I Love Her; (Theme from the Film) The Love Goddess; I Want to Hold Your Hand; Emily (Theme from the Film The Americanization of); California, Here I Come; La Vie En Rose.

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary McFarland

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary McFarland

All About Jazz is celebrating Gary McFarland's birthday today! Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the 1960s. He had an unfortunately short career. But he was surprisingly productive in the brief decade he was captured on record (1960-70). An “adult prodigy," as Gene Lees once noted, McFarland was an ...

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Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream

Read "Onaje Allan Gumbs: Dare To Dream" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Onaje Allan Gumbs is a New York based pianist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader. Gumbs' professional career began in 1971 when Leroy Kirkland introduced him to Kenny Burrell, by sharing a demo tape. The next day Gumbs received a phone call to play with Burrell at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. Onaje, (Gumbs) talks about the beginnings ...

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Phil Allen's Concert Jazz Band: North Greenbush Blues

Read "North Greenbush Blues" reviewed by Jack Bowers

North Greenbush Blues marks the recorded debut of Indiana-born, New York State-based trombonist Phil Allen's glove-tight and remarkably robust Concert Jazz Band. The album has many pleasures, but what stands out most are Allen's impressive charts, which give the ensemble ample sustenance and reason to shine. Allen wrote six of the album's nine tunes and arranged ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gary McFarland: The In Sound & Soft Samba

Read "The In Sound & Soft Samba" reviewed by Rob Caldwell

Arranger, vibraphonist and singer Gary McFarland is regarded as one of the major purveyors of orchestral jazz--a type of jazz which had its heyday in the 1960s, but which is not heard as much anymore. A fine line separates orchestral jazz from the dreaded “easy listening" tag. A line so fine, they're often one and the ...


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