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Larry Willis

Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with such jazz titans as Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Art Blakey and Woody Shaw. Larry was born in 1942 in Manhattan’s Harlem. Surprisingly, he entered music not as a pianist but as a voice major, first at New York’s High School of Music and Art for gifted students, then at the Manhattan School of Music

I Fall in Love Too Easily

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Today’s Nights; Heavy Blue; Anna; Habiba; The Meaning of the Blues; Let’s Play; Climax; I Fall in Love Too Easily.

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Jeff Reed

Read "Take Five with Jeff Reed" reviewed by Jeff Reed

Meet Jeff Reed Jeff Reed is an acoustic bassist, electric bassist, composer, and educator residing in jny: Baltimore, MD. One of the most in-demand sidemen in the area, Jeff has performed extensively throughout the United States and throughout the world. As a sideman, Reed frequently works with bass vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Sean Jones, and bass ...

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Charles Tolliver: Blowing Down The Walls Of Trump’s Jericho

Read "Charles Tolliver: Blowing Down The Walls Of Trump’s Jericho" reviewed by Chris May

Charles Tolliver has played with practically every major African American jazz stylist of his generation, and composed for some of them, too. In addition, he is the co-founder of Strata-East, the most influential label at the intersection of hard bop and spiritual jazz during the 1970s. Tolliver's long and distinguished career continues to flourish, with a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Larry Willis: I Fall in Love Too Easily

Read "I Fall in Love Too Easily" reviewed by Jack Bowers

I Fall in Love Too Easily is subtitled “The Final Session at Rudy Van Gelder's," as it is not only descriptively but literally the last recording session by veteran pianist Larry Willis, who died at age seventy-six in September 2019, one year after the album was completed at the renowned Van Gelder studio in Englewood Cliffs, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Baldwin: Henna

Read "Henna" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Pianist Bob Baldwin grew up with music in his bones. His father Robert Baldwin, Sr., (1926-2008) was also a jazz pianist who worked with bass legends Keter Betts and Art Davis. His cousin, Larry Willis, also a legendary jazz pianist, is known for his association with Blood, Sweat and Tears/Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band. With ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Gemini Jazz - Birthday Celebrations for Irene Higginbotham, Hazel Scott, Geri Allen and More

Read "Gemini Jazz - Birthday Celebrations for Irene Higginbotham, Hazel Scott, Geri Allen and More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Included are mid-June birthday shoutouts to Irene Higginbotham ("Good Morning Heartache"), and pianists Hazel Scott, Kenny Barron, Monika Herzig and Geri Allen, along with new releases from La Lucha, Dena DeRose, Sara Serpa and a final recording from Larry Willis. Thanks for listening and please continue to support all of these fine musicians -buy their recordings ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80

Read "Barry Harris, Bob Brookmeyer and Chet Baker @ 90 – Bob James @ 80" reviewed by Marc Cohn

December birthdays on G&M! Some big numbers for the living and those who caught the bus. Still with us are pianists Barry Harris at 90 and Bob James at 80. Among those who are with us in sound and memory are trumpeter Chet Baker and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer who would have turned 90. We also ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Willis

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Willis' birthday today! Pianist Larry Willis has had an important and distinguished 40-year career in jazz. Since making his recording debut on Jackie McLean’s landmark 1965 album “Right Now!,” the New York-born Willis has played everything from free jazz to fusion to rock while performing as a valued sideman with ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases

Read "Larry Willis + Tomeka Reid, Ghost Horse, Matana Roberts & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we remember pianist Larry Willis (1942—2019) who passed away in September, followed by the perusal of a pile of exciting new releases and re-relases building jazz bridges between North America and Europe, featuring Midnight Lilacs (i.e. Chris Speed, Marc Ribot, Danilo Gallo and Zeno De Rossi), Ethan Iverson Quartet with Tom Harrell, Simone Graziano, ...


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