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Milt Jackson

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Born on Jan. 1, 1923, in Detroit, Jackson's musical beginnings were in the neighborhood gospel churches as a pianist, guitarist, violinist percussionist and singer. He took up the vibraphone in high school. He moved to New York, played with Earl Hines and in 1945, joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band rhythm section, which also included pianist John Lewis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. He worked with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis and in 1951 recorded with Gillespie bandmates Lewis, Clarke and Brown. Inspired by that recording, they reformed as the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 with Percy Heath replacing Ray Brown and Connie Kay taking the drum chair after the departure of Kenny Clarke in 1955

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Al Di Meola, Return To Forever, Stanley Clarke, Deodato and Jean-Luc Ponty

Read "Al Di Meola, Return To Forever, Stanley Clarke, Deodato and Jean-Luc Ponty" reviewed by Len Davis


A nostalgic look at the '70s with Return To Forever, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Eumir Deodato, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Jan Hammer. Playlist Eddie Henderson “Sunburst" from Sunburst (Blue Note) 00:00 Al di Meola “Suite—Golden Dawn" from Land Of The Midnight Sun (CBS) 07:33 Return to Forever “Theme to the Mothership" from Hymn Of ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography

Read "John Coltrane: A Liturgical Discography" reviewed by Steve Cook


So much to hear and so little time. The immensity of the recording legacy of John Coltrane as leader, co-leader and side player can be daunting for newcomers and long-time fans alike. Without needing to argue for the place of Coltrane's oeuvre in history, the following proposes a year-long calendar by which to experience and enjoy ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Good Vibes

Read "Good Vibes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Vibraphone players have never been as plentiful in jazz as trumpeters or saxophonists but there have been several notable ones over the years, going from Red Norvo and Milt Jackson in the past to Joel Ross and Patricia Brennan today. Here are a pair of recent albums that feature other active vibes players. Roberto ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides

Read "New Orbits in Sound + Soulful Sides" reviewed by David Brown


Today, we have a variety show of sounds for your enjoyment. First, a bit of a brew of mild avant-garde meets lounge music with Lyle Murphy (inventor of his own 12-tone system) and Gil Mellé (Modern Primitive Music). Things get serious with works from George Russell and the MJQ, before we change it up with a ...

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Article: Live Review

Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier

Read "Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Matthew Parrish Philly Express Band Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia, PA April 16, 2022 This “Jazz Appreciation Month" concert, sponsored by Jazz Philadelphia and the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, unveiled a jazz quintet of highest caliber. The group was assembled by bassist Matthew Parrish ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins

Read "Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, Sonny Clark and Sonny Rollins" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 739th Episode of Neon Jazz with a collection of classics from Miles Davis (and Birth of the Cool) followed by Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins. Enjoy this wonderful hour of jazz in honor of Valentine's Day! Playlist Miles Davis “Venus De Milo" Birth of the Cool (Capitol Records) 00:00 ...

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Article: Interview

Barry Harris: Iconic Jazz Pianist and Keeper of the Flame

Read "Barry Harris: Iconic Jazz Pianist and Keeper of the Flame" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


In memory of Barry Harris. This article was first published at All About Jazz on October 29, 2015. At the ripe age of 85, pianist Barry Harris has been on the jazz scene for seventy years, and throughout that time, he has remained loyal to and consistent with his bebop roots. Even though his ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

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Article: Interview

John Clayton: Career Reflections

Read "John Clayton: Career Reflections" reviewed by Schaen Fox


John Clayton is as interesting to talk to as he is an artist of great talent and experience. The former has allowed him to interact with numerous major figures of his time as well as have long tenures performing with aggregations as diverse as Count Basie's band and the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The latter gives him ...


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