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Red Mitchell

Keith Moore Mitchell (September 20, 1927, New York City - November 8, 1992, Salem, Oregon), better known as Red Mitchell, was an American jazz double-bassist, composer, lyricist, and poet. Red was raised in New Jersey by a father who was an engineer and loved music, and a mother who loved poetry. His first instruments were piano, alto saxophone, and clarinet. Although Cornell University awarded an engineering scholarship to Mitchell, by 1947 he was in the US Army playing bass. The next year he was in a jazz trio in New York City. Mitchell became known for performing and/or recording with Mundell Lowe, Chubby Jackson, Charlie Ventura, Woody Herman, Red Norvo, Gerry Mulligan, and, after joining the West Coast jazz scene in the early 1950s, with Andre Previn, Shelly Manne, Hampton Hawes, Billie Holiday, Ornette Coleman, and others

Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums

Read "Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 Soundtrack Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz and the movies have a shared history stretching back almost a hundred years. The relationship came into its own in the US in the mid twentieth century. Elia Kazan's 1950 movie Panic In The Streets is an early example of how film makers used jazz-based soundtracks to enhance drama and atmosphere and create ambiances of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2

Read "Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 2" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1

Read "Richie Beirach: Indelible Memories and Thought-Provoking Reflections on a Life in Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 Richie Beirach hovers somewhat mysteriously in the pantheon of the great modern jazz pianists. Some of the others in that category from his generation (coming up in the 1960s/'70s), like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Kenny Barron have greater celebrity, but Beirach easily qualifies alongside them as ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pete Coco: Lined With A Groove

Read "Lined With A Groove" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Pete Coco tips his hat to his fellow four-stringers with his debut recording, Lined With A Groove, in a piano-trio setting, with New Orleans-bred Sullivan Fortner on the eighty-eights, and Matt Wilson sitting in on drums. The setlist is drawn from the compositions of fellow bass men Charlie Haden, Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jim Hall And Red Mitchell - "Live At Sweet Basil 1978" Released On ArtistShare And Submitted For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Jim Hall And Red Mitchell - "Live At Sweet Basil 1978" Released On ArtistShare And Submitted For Grammy Nomination Consideration

Considered by many to be the “father of modern jazz guitar," Jim Hall is revered by peers and audiences around the world. The previously unreleased recording, Valse Hot – Sweet Basil 1978, captures the exciting, spontaneous musical dialogue between Jim Hall and bassist Red Mitchell, featuring the legendary duo’s inventive and lyrical approach to jazz standards. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Conversations with Charlie Haden

Read "Conversations with Charlie Haden" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Conversations with Charlie Haden Josef Woodard & Charlie Haden 235 Pagine con 24 foto in bianco e nero ISBN: #978-1-935247-15-9 Silman-James Press 2017 Pubblicato negli Stati Uniti all'inizio di quest'anno, Conversations with Charlie Haden raccoglie 17 interviste del critico Josef Woodard al grande contrabbassista scomparso; alcune sono state ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café

Read "Mary Ellen Desmond at Paris Bistro and Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Mary Ellen Desmond Paris Bistro and Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA August 26, 2017 The Paris Bistro and Jazz Café is in Chestnut Hill, a neighborhood in the Northwest corner of Philadelphia that's like an upscale village all its own, with boutique stores and restaurants and the last stop on the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan: Small Town

Read "Small Town" reviewed by Luca Canini

A certi dischi non si può far altro che arrendersi. C'è poco da raccontare, da spiegare. Li si ascolta e li si ama: punto. Senza porre condizioni o veti, senza affannarsi a cercare giustificazioni. Quello che c'è da sapere è tutto lì. E arriva dritto e preciso alla testa e al cuore. Dritto, ...


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