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Jymie Merritt

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Jymie Merritt was an American jazz double-bassist, electric-bass pioneer, band leader and composer. Merritt was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers group from 1957 until 1962. The same year he left Blakey's band, Merritt formed his own group, The Forerunners, which he led sporadically until his death in 2020. Merritt also worked as a sideman for blues and jazz musicians such as Bullmoose Jackson, B.B. King, Chet Baker, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, and Lee Morgan. Jymie Merritt worked in jazz, R&B, and blues. In the early 1950s he toured with rock and roll musicians Bullmoose Jackson and Chris Powell moving on to work with bluesman BB King from 1955 to 1957. In 1957, Merritt moved to Manhattan, New York, to work with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Max Johnson

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Max Johnson" reviewed by Martin Longley


New York bassist Max Johnson has embarked on a European tour with his trio, in the run-up to the release of their new album Orbit Of Sound (Unbroken Sounds, 2022). They are playing crucial venues such as Roskam in Brussels and The Loft in Cologne, doubtless climaxing at the Moers Festival, also in Germany (3rd-6th June). ...

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Article: Profile

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Requiem (And Praise) For A Heavyweight Pianist

Read "Hasaan Ibn Ali: Requiem (And Praise) For A Heavyweight Pianist" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


"The new release of Hasaan's Retrospect In Retirement Of Delay: The Solo Recordings (Omnivore Recordings, 2021), which features him in privately recorded performances from 1962 to 1965, reveals his profundity, his overwhelming power, his mighty virtuosity. It does more than put him on the map of jazz history—it expands the map to include the vast expanse ...

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First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Now's The Time; Moanin', Blues March; The Theme; Dat Dere; Round About Midnight; Now's The Time (Version 2); Night In Tunisia; The Theme (Version 2).

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The Complete Live at the Lighthouse

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Friday, July 10, 1970: Introduction by Lee Morgan; The Beehive; Introduction; Something Like This; Yunjana; Speedball; I Remember Britt; Introduction; Absolutions; Speedball; Introduction; Neophilia; Introduction; 416 East 10th Street; The Sidewinder; Speedball; Introduction; Peyote; Speedball.


Saturday, July 11, 1970: Aon (13:47) Introduction; Yunjana; Introduction; Something Like This; Introduction; I Remember Britt; Introduction; The Beehive; Speedball; Neophilia; Nommo; Peyote; Absolutions.
Sunday, July 12, 1970: Introduction; Something Like This; Introduction; Yunjana; I Remember Britt; Absolutions; Speedball; Introduction; Neophilia; Introduction; The Beehive; Speedball; Peyote; Nommo.

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Article: Album Review

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings

Read "First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Perhaps Art Blakey's greatest gift was that he was able to—and also enabled you—to transport through time to when invention was new and not reheated, rebranded, or far worse, rejected out of hand. Just take his opening solo on the Charlie Parker-penned opener “Now's the Time" from the absolutely ribald and raucous First Flight To Tokyo: ...

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Article: Album Review

Lee Morgan: The Complete Live at the Lighthouse

Read "The Complete Live at the Lighthouse" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Suffice to say that if Blue Note's original Live at The Lighthouse (1970) lit a fire under you and all the subsequent expanded iterations did nothing to douse said flames, this definitive final word on a very good thing is going to grab your attention fast and hold it hard. Fourteen previously unreleased whirlwind ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City

Read "Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City" reviewed by Arthur R George


For 22-year-old trumpeter Clifford Brown, the summer of 1953 in jny: Atlantic City, New Jersey, was transformative. Playing with bebop elders, he cumulatively opened the door for what came next: a groove-oriented swinging style, in which small groups used structured arrangements like big bands, with room for improvisation, but less frenzy. It became known as hard ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Will Lyle

Read "Take Five with Will Lyle" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...

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Article: Interview

Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road

Read "Clifton Anderson: Knowing the Road" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


New York trombonist Clifton Anderson has mastered his instrument from the 1970s on in jazz programs of his home town outside the conservatory (which he also attended), that were initiated by leading spirits of the music such as Barry Harris, Sam Rivers, and Reggie Workman; these informal, professional jazz circles gave him information, insights and inspiration ...


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