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Gil Coggins

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Alvin Gilbert "Gil" Coggins was born to parents of West Indian heritage. His mother was a pianist and had her son start on piano from an early age. He attended school in New York City and the Barbados. In Harlem, New York City, he attended The High School of Music & Art. In 1946, Coggins met Miles Davis while stationed at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. After his discharge he began playing piano professionally, working with Davis on several of his Blue Note and Prestige releases. Coggins also recorded with John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Lester Young, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Ray Draper, and Jackie McLean. Coggins gave up playing jazz professionally in 1954 and took up a career in real estate, playing music only occasionally

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Article: My Blue Note Obsession

Miles Davis, Volume 1 and 2 -- Blue Note 1501 and 1502

Read "Miles Davis, Volume 1 and 2 -- Blue Note 1501 and 1502" reviewed by Marc Davis


Miles Davis didn't record much for Blue Note Records, just three sessions in three years. So it's odd that the very first two CDs in Blue Note's classic 1500 series--the 100 albums from the 1950s that made Blue Note the top label in hard bop--are from Miles Davis. They're not bad records, but they're ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Dezron Douglas

Read "Take Five With Dezron Douglas" reviewed by Carla Parisi


Meet Dezron Douglas: On Dezron Douglas: Live at Smalls, the bass prodigy is presented with a band of his peers: the highly original Stacy Dillard, the fiery Josh Evans, pianist David Bryant and the veteran drummer Willie Jones III.Hailing from Hartford, CT, Douglas is a product of the Jackie McLean institute. Quickly establishing himself ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Lewis / Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black

Read "Uwo in the Black" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


It takes abundant courage and uncommon musical vision to radically reinterpret the works of such an idiosyncratic genius as pianist Thelonious Monk. Fortunately, organist Greg Lewis possesses both as is evident on the second volume of his Organ Monk trilogy, Uwo In The Black. As he did on Organ Monk (Self Produced, 2010), ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Lewis / Organ Monk: Uwo in the Black

Read "Uwo in the Black" reviewed by Larry Taylor


Uwo in the Black is organist Greg Lewis' second recording based on Thelonious Monk's music--in fact, it is the second in a projected trilogy. Lewis' debut in 2010, Organ Monk, gained high respect from critics. Whereas, the first effort was a trio affair, Lewis expands the group here by adding Reginald R. Woods on tenor saxophone. ...


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