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Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

For those who don't quite get East Coast cool jazz or why it's special, I have two words for you: Half Nelson. The song, credited to Miles Davis, was first recorded for Savoy in 1947 by the Miles Davis All Stars, featuring Miles Davis (tp), Charlie Parker (ts), John Lewis (p), Nelson Boyd (b) and Max ...

News: Interview

Chuck Israels on Hampton Hawes

Chuck Israels on Hampton Hawes

In May 1965, pianist Hampton Hawes recorded an album of standards with bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Donald Bailey. The album was Here and Now, an extraordinary session for the Contemporary label. The songs were recognizable to anyone picking up the album in stores, but the execution was anything by standard. Hampton, Chuck and Bailey sail ...

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Dom Um Romão: Rio, 1964

Dom Um Romão: Rio, 1964

Dom Um Romão is probably best known as the percussionist who replaced Airto Moreira in the fusion band Weather Report from 1972 to '74. If you read my post last week that featured video clips of singer Astrud Gilberto, you probably remember this one, featuring Dom Um Romão on drums. Dom Um Romão was born in ...

News: Obituary

Elliot Lawrence: 1925-2021

Elliot Lawrence: 1925-2021

Elliot Lawrence, one of the last surviving big band leaders of the late 1940s and early 1950s who employed many of the finest and most sophisticated New York jazz musicians who went went on to leadership careers in the LP era, died on July 2. He was 96. In 1960, Elliot began composing, arranging and conducting ...

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Astrud Gilberto: 30 Years of Videos

Astrud Gilberto: 30 Years of Videos

We began the week with my post on Astrud Gilberto's last three Verve albums. Let's end with videos of the Brazilian singer in action from 1965 to 1983. As you will see, you really can't have too much Astrud Gilberto: Here's Gilberto in 1965 singing Agua de Beber... Here's Gilberto in 1966 singing Bim Bom... Here's ...

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Nathen Page: Fiery Picker

Nathen Page: Fiery Picker

Guitarist Nathen Page was at home in the modal jazz idiom of the 1970s and '80s. Though not especially well known by jazz fans due to his retreat to Florida in the 1970s and his limited-distribution releases on his Hugo Music label, Page was a remarkable player. He straddled multiple genres, from a metallic sound found ...

News: Recording

Grant Green: Matador

Grant Green: Matador

Few Blue Note artists seem to have been squeezed the way Grant Green was. Ten of the albums he recorded in the 1960s entered the label's Bermuda Triangle, emerging years later when Blue Note was under new management and the archives were being mined. It's hard to know how Green's career might have been different if ...

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Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto Golden

Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto Golden

In 1969, Verve released the label's last three albums by singer Astrud Gilberto. The first two were I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do and September 17, 1969. Al Gorgoni arranged the former and all of the latter except for Let's Have The Morning After (Instead of the Night Before), which was arranged by Michael Leonard. ...

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Chico Hamilton: A Different Journey

Chico Hamilton: A Different Journey

Last week, after my post on Bobby Hutcherson's Oblique, featuring Albert Stinson on bass, Bill Kirchner reminded me of Chico Hamilton's A Different Journey, featuring a superb Hamilton-led quintet that included Stinson. Recorded for Reprise in January 1963 in San Francisco, the quintet was comprised of George Bohanon (tb), Charles Lloyd (fl,ts,as), Gabor Szabo (g), Albert ...

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History of Jazz Piano in One Video

History of Jazz Piano in One Video

If you haven't seen this video before, you're in for a treat. If you have viewed it, see it again. It's a live jazz piano workshop held in Berlin in 1965. The pianists one after the next are Earl “Fatha" Hines, Teddy Wilson, a duet with Hines and Wilson, John Lewis, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, Jaki ...


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