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Oscar Pettiford

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Oscar Pettiford born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, was a double bassist, cellist and composer known particularly for his pioneering work in bebop. Pettiford's mother was Choctaw and his father was half Cherokee and half African American. Like many African Americans with Native American ancestry, his Native heritage was not generally known except to a few close friends (which included David Amram). In 1942 he joined the Charlie Barnet band and in 1943 gained wider public attention after recording with Coleman Hawkins on his "The Man I Love." He also recorded with Earl Hines and Ben Webster around this time

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile

Read "Horace Silver: His Only Mistake Was To Smile" reviewed by Chris May


In his sleeve note for the audio restored Horace Silver album Live New York Revisited (ezz-thetics, 2022), British writer Brian Morton cut to the chase. “[Silver]'s only mistake," he wrote, “was to smile while he was playing... a challenge to the notion that jazz should be deadly serious and played with a pained rictus."

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others

Read "Alex Coke, Jeanne Lee, Steve Slagle and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is a largely quieter and more contemplative show featuring a variety of artists such as Alex Coke, Bill Evans, Steve Slagle and Jeanne Lee. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Steve Slagle “The Heart ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Maria Schneider, Charnett Moffett and Carl Fischer

Read "Maria Schneider, Charnett Moffett and Carl Fischer" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We proudly open the 749th Episode of Neon Jazz with veteran trumpeter Carl Fischer and his group TËTI with their take on the classic “What a Wonderful World." From there, we listen to Carl's boss (Billy Joel) doing the “Root Beer Rag" at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. New music is featured from guitarist Daniel DeLorenzo, ...

News: Video / DVD

Oscar Pettiford: Gentle Art of Love

Oscar Pettiford: Gentle Art of Love

Oscar Pettiford was one of jazz's most lyrical bassists and an exceptional composer. Among his finest pieces was The Gentle Art of Love, first recorded in June 1956. To give you a sense of how widely Pettiford was admired, here are the New York all-stars who was in his band for the session: Ernie Royal and ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums

Read "Sonny Rollins: Ten Colossal Albums" reviewed by Chris May


The history of modern jazz is a short one, but even so there are few musicians whose careers began in the bop era and who are still with us in 2022. Drummer Roy Haynes is one. Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is another. Both players recorded with trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Bud Powell in 1949.

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion

Read "Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"I don't ever remember a time when I didn't play the piano," reflects pianist Bill Charlap, who has become one of the giants of his generation on his instrument of choice, as evidenced by the array of other great players with whom he has performed. With his deft and agile approach he can summon a fiery ...

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Article: Film Review

Motian In Motion

Read "Motian In Motion" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Paul Motian Motian In Motion Aquapio Films 2021 There could have been no more apt title for film maker Michael Patrick Kelly's documentary film on drummer, Paul Motian (1931-2011), who buzzes about his New York business—in and out of taxis on the way to and from gigs or the recording studio—with ...

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Article: Album Review

Artifacts: Tomeka Reid, Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed: …and then there’s this

Read "…and then there’s this" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians or AACM, formed in 1965, adopted the maxim “ancient to the future." The future of which they spoke, in the hands of the next generation heard here, is indeed secure. The trio Artifacts comprises the gifted successors to the AACM, cellist Tomeka Reid, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and drummer ...


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