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Grachan Moncur III

Grachan Moncur III was born in New York City at Sydenham Hospital on June 3, 1937 into a musical family that included his Uncle Al Cooper, leader of the Savoy Sultans, and Grachan's father, Grachan Brother Moncur II who played bass as a member of Savoy Sultans. His father also played with such notables as Billie Holiday, Diana Washington, and pianist Teddy Wilson among others. Grachan's early musical studies started at Laurinburg Institute under the musical direction of Frank H. McDuffie Jr. and Phillip Hilton, a very advanced trombonist and student. His trombone playing began with the all-state marching band and he eventually became a member of the jazz combo

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Kasperi Sarikoski: Three Plus One

Read "Three Plus One" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

The trombone seems to be going through somewhat of a renaissance in 2020. That's only if a period when albums such as Grachan Moncur III's Some Other Stuff (Blue Note, 1965) were released can be considered the instrument's heyday in jazz. But fresh Norwegian input--captured on Oyvind Braekke's sextet release Wilderness (Oslo Recording Sessions, 2020)--graced the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Two Different Fates - Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks (1960 - 1963)

Read "Two Different Fates - Jackie McLean & Tina Brooks (1960 - 1963)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Fate could not have treated Blue Note saxophonists Tina Brooks and Jackie McLean more differently. While McLean released nine LPs for Prestige and two dozen for Blue Note between 1956 and 1967, only one of Tina Brooks' four Blue Note sessions was released in his lifetime. Yet their collaborations on McLean's Jackie's Bag and the unreleased ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative

Read "Blue Note's 80th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Blue Note moves in mysterious ways. It seems like only a few months ago that the storied jazz label announced its Tone Poet vinyl series, because, well, it was only a few months ago, and here they are with yet another entry in the vinyl reissue game: the Blue Note 80th Anniversary Series. Like the Tone ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Masters: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are a lot of fine composers writing for large jazz ensembles today, so many that some names can get lost in the shuffle. Mark Masters is a case in point. You don'r hear about him often, possibly because many of his recordings feature his ensembles playing the music of other composers like trombonist Grachan Moncur ...

Evolution

Label: Music Matters
Released: 2017
Track listing: Air Raid; Evolution; The Coaster; Monk In Wonderland.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Filippo Vignato Quartet e Trio Sclavis, Pifarély, Courtois alla Casa della Musica di Parma

Read "Filippo Vignato Quartet e Trio Sclavis, Pifarély, Courtois alla Casa della Musica di Parma" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Parma Jazz Frontiere Parma Casa della Musica 18-19.11.2017 Con grande coerenza e rigore, fra concerti e presentazioni di libri, laboratori di formazione e incontri, la ventiduesima edizione del festival diretto da Roberto Bonati è in corso di svolgimento fino al 12 dicembre. I due concerti qui recensiti possono ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Steve Swell: Appreciating the Avant Garde Today

Read "Steve Swell: Appreciating the Avant Garde Today" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6[This is the third of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grachan Moncur III: Evolution

Read "Evolution" reviewed by Greg Simmons

One of the more unusual records in Music Matters series of Blue Note Records reissues is Grachan Moncur III's avant-garde classic Evolution, released here on a 45 rpm double LP. The Music Matters Blue Notes are among the highest quality jazz vinyl available, with fanatical attention to sound, packaging, and pressing quality, here doing serious justice ...

Lee Morgan On Music Matters

Read "Lee Morgan On Music Matters" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Somewhere up in the sky there's a pantheon of jazz legends. Lee Morgan rightfully has a seat in the top tier, and the jam must be extraordinary. Morgan hit the scene in 1956, an obvious prodigy who'd scored two triumphs at the tender age of eighteen: a standing gig in Dizzy Gillespie's big band ...


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