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When Ray Bryant rose to national prominence in the 1950s, he was noted for his ability to meet the sophisticated harmonic demands of modern jazz while retaining the muscle and swing of old forms and the spirit of the gospel music that surrounded him when he was a child. Any performance by Bryant is steeped in the blues, even when he's not playing a blues. Born in Philadelphia, Bryant (whose older brother Tommy was a bassist) gained experience playing early rhythm ’n’ blues and swing with guitarist Tiny Grimes in the late 1940s. As the house pianist at Philadelphia’s Blue Note, he had opportunities to play with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, and Miles Davis. Bryant began to gain attention during 1956-1957 when he worked with Carmen McRae and appeared at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge

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Article: Album Review

Cory Weeds Quartet: Just Coolin'

Read "Just Coolin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Cory Weeds spends much of his time promoting and recording other jazz artists, he does manage to place those tasks on the back burner every once in a while to blow his own horn, so to speak—which he does about as well as anyone else on today's scene. While the Canadian-based saxophonist is especially engaging ...

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Article: Album Review

Lenny Marcus Trio: When a Door Opens

Read "When a Door Opens" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Whenever Lenny Marcus sits down to play the piano, elegance and finesse are sure to follow. Such is the case on When a Door Opens, wherein Marcus leads his trio—Zachary McDonald on bass and Denver Nuckolls on drums—through a series of persuasive tributes to his musical heroes, one of whom--Dexter Gordon--is not a pianist, and another--Ludwig ...

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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: Radio & Podcasts

Dottie Dodgion, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason

Read "Dottie Dodgion, Rubén Blades and Luba Mason" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 741st Episode of Neon Jazz with actress, singer and artist force Luba Mason with a song off her latest album Triangle. After that, we hear from her husband in Panamanian Grammy Winner Ruben Blades. We also honor the life of late drummer Dottie Dodgion as we hear from Wayne Enstice, the co-author of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

'70s sounds: Randy Weston, Freddie Hubbard + Goatface! and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten

Read "'70s sounds: Randy Weston, Freddie Hubbard + Goatface! and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten" reviewed by David Brown


This week, Scandinavian sounds from both Linda Fredriksson and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, a slick '70s set from Randy Weston, Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson, then, a Latin groove takes over with Mongo Santamaria, Oscar Hernandez and more, and finally, zone out in Brazil with Goatface! Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more

Read "The Home Show: Vi Redd, Joel Ross, Jutta Hipp, Henry Threadgill, Miho Hazama and more" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a thematic serving of tunes expressing feelings of wanting to be home, traveling home, being home, turkey, and saying goodbye. Featuring Henry Threadgill, Helen Merrill, Ray Bryant, Brother Jack McDuff, Joel Ross, Vi Redd, Miho Hazama and more. Playlist Petter Eldh “Kali Koma" from Koma Saxo (We Jazz Records) 00:00 Henry Threadgill ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Andy Bey

Read "Meet Andy Bey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 2000. Listening for the first time to Andy Bey is like stepping into a quiet, still lake. Your foot first parts a surface that's smooth and tranquil, but you can't really tell from that surface how deeply your foot must ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

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 ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world. One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...


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