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Louis Smith is a talented, but under recorded, straight-ahead bop trumpeter who led two dates in the '50s before retiring to teach at the University of Michigan and the nearby Ann Arbor Public School system. For most of his career, he remained a teacher, making a brief comeback in the late '70s before returning to education. It wasn't until the mid-'90s that he began a recording career in earnest, turning out a series of albums for the Steeplechase label. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Louis Smith began playing trumpet as a teenager. He graduated high school with a scholarship to Tennessee State University, where he studied music and became a member of the Tennessee State Collegians

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Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

Read "Serenade for Horace" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

Meet Luis Torregrosa

Read "Meet Luis Torregrosa" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Dr. Luis Torregrosa has been a Super Fan for as long as he can remember; you could even say his love of music is no less than a calling. Based in Trenton, MI (our first Super Fan outside of New York!), Luis has spent the last 45 years of his life not only enjoying the music ...

ARTICLE: MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

Louis Smith: Here Comes Louis Smith – 1957

Read "Louis Smith: Here Comes Louis Smith – 1957" reviewed by Marc Davis

I'm not a musical snob. I'm not a guy to drop obscure musical names to impress friends and hipsters. But when I come across a name that is undeservedly obscure, I don't mind shouting it out the window. So here's my shout for today: Louis Smith! Chances are you've never heard of ...

Kenny Burrell: Blue Lights – 1958

Read "Kenny Burrell: Blue Lights – 1958" reviewed by Marc Davis

The name on the cover is Kenny Burrell, but Blue Lights isn't really a Kenny Burrell album. He may be the leader, but the stars are everyone else. This is truly a democratic 1950s jam session. I came to Blue Lights fresh from Burrell's Midnight Blue, expecting another laid-back blues guitar vehicle. Not even ...

Louis Smith: Smithville – Blue Note 1594

Read "Louis Smith: Smithville – Blue Note 1594" reviewed by Marc Davis

Sometimes, thumbing through the old Blue Note catalogue, you wish for something brand new. Something not the usual Jimmy Smith--Lee Morgan--Lou Donaldson--Horace Silver. And then you find it and wonder, “Who is this guy? And what ever happened to him?" Louis Smith is that guy. The trumpeter recorded exactly two Blue Note ...

The Healing Power of Music: Can Jazz Repair a Damaged Brain? The case of trumpeter Louis Smith

Read "The Healing Power of Music:  Can Jazz Repair a Damaged Brain? The case of trumpeter Louis Smith" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The title above is not an abstract statement or a philosophical question. Hence, what follows is not a speculative or metaphysical piece. It is an evaluation of the concrete, experimental data on the merits of music therapy in the treatment of brain injury, particularly one due to a stroke. A stroke or a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) ...

Music Matters slows it down

Read "Music Matters slows it down" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Music Matters is pulling a fast one. For the past several years they've been hawking a series of reissues of the classic Blue Note Records catalogue of the 1950s and 60s. The defining features of this series have been that they've all been re-mastered from the original session tapes by mastering guru Kevin Gray and, in ...

Music Matters and the Blue Note Oddballs

Read "Music Matters and the Blue Note Oddballs" reviewed by Greg Simmons

In its heyday, Blue Note records had a relatively stable roster of musicians. Leaders including saxophonist Hank Mobley, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Horace Silver and saxophonist Lou Donaldson all released lengthy strings of records during recording relationships that were measured in years. Some players, like bassist Paul Chambers, became de facto house musicians for the label, ...

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Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

Read "Unsung Heroes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpet tribute albums are a tricky business. There are those in jazz, like Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, who have been endlessly saluted, creating a culture of mass appeal and celebration that's not always a good thing. On the surface, projects that praise these jazz heroes bring well-deserved exposure to their music and might, but they ...


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