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Joe Albany

Joe Albany was considered something of a legend in modern jazz and one of the first important bebop pianists. As with many others, critics never acknowledged his talents in the beginning of his career. Rumored to have been Charlie Parker's favorite pianist, Joe Albany was renowned in his time. After a lengthy seclusion from the scene, he resurfaced in the 70s just in time to leave some lasting recordings. Albany worked in the '40s with Benny Carter, and Stan Getz. His first recording session was with Georgie Auld's big band in '45 on the sessions for “Honey,” and “Stompin' At The Savoy.” His records with Lester Young in '46 in Los Angeles revealed both in comping and solos that he was well ahead of the field. In a rare live broadcast from the Finale Club in 1946, Albany is an aggressive participant, his choruses fully a match for Charlie Parker's, raising memories of the creative dueling of Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines

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Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

Read "Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician—meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Albany: Right Combination

Joe Albany: Right Combination

Joe Albany is a jazz footnote today. The late pianist, who began his career in 1943 and first recorded in 1945 with the Georgie Auld Orchestra, made remarkably few albums. Albany, who was deeply influenced by Bud Powell's attack and had smatterings of Thelonious Monk's and Lennie Tristano's abstraction, had terrible substance abuse problems throughout his ...

Now's The Time

Label: Interplay Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Now's the time; Yardbird Suite; Bluebird; Charlie Parker Blues; Autumn in New York; Little Suede Shoes; Billie's Bounce; Confirmation; Barbados; They Can't Take That Away from Me.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joe Albany: Now's The Time

Read "Now's The Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist Joe Albany (1924-1988) is a musicological artifact within an art form full of them. Most recently, Albany has garnered attention through the movie and soundtrack Low Down (Bona Fide Productions, 2014, directed by Jeff Priess) based on the bracing, stream-of-conscience memoire written by his daughter, Amy-Jo Albany. His is a story told many times: near-genius ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Joe Albany and Low Down

Read "Joe Albany and Low Down" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Joseph Albani (1924-1988), better known as Joe Albany, is a footnote in jazz history. A monumentally talented pianist with an exceptionally fragile constitution, Albany, like the late Chet Baker pianist Dick Twardzik, was hampered by a self-doubt relieved by heroin. Albany differed from Twardzik in that, like Baker, he lived well beyond the average junkie lifespan ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Low Down

Read "Low Down" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Low Down Directed by Jeff Preiss Screenplay by Amy Albany and Topper Lilien Oscilliscope Laboratories 2014 Low Down is an independent film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2014. It relates to the life of the late Joe Albany, a well accomplished if lesser ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Low Down - Opens Friday 11/14 Ritz At The Bourse Theatre in Philadelphia

Low Down - Opens Friday 11/14 Ritz At The Bourse Theatre in Philadelphia

Low Down stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headley, Caleb Landry Jones and Flea. Opens: Friday November 14 Ritz at the Bourse Theatre 400 Ranstead St Philadelphia, PA 19106 Low Down, based on Amy-Jo Albany’s powerful memoir of growing up in the care of her gifted, ...

ARTICLE: THE MORT REPORT

Sex and the Jazz Musician: The Brutal Truth!

Read "Sex and the Jazz Musician: The Brutal Truth!" reviewed by Mort Weiss

The following is taken from the chronicles of a gold panel Committee of select persons from the international confines of various state institutions that hold such findings sacred--the long-term commitment of these individuals that have given rant to their multitudinous ravings on this highly personal topic.In my course of dumpster diving for salvation, I ...

Portrait Of An Artist

Label: Kedar Entertainment Group
Released: 1982


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