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Shirley Scott began playing piano and trumpet in her native Philadelphia. By the mid 1950s, she was playing piano in the city's thriving club scene - often with the very young John Coltrane. A club owner needed her to fill in on organ one night and the young Shirley took to it immediately, crafting a swinging, signature sound unlike anyone else almost from the get go. On a swing through town, Basie tenor man Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis (1922-86) heard Scott and asked her to join his band. They recorded prolifically together - as co-leaders - and released a hugely popular series of "Cookbook" records for Prestige during the late 1950s. Shirley launched her solo career in 1958, recording 23 albums for Prestige (1958-64), 10 for Impulse (1963-68), three for Atlantic (1968-70), three for Cadet (1971-73), one in 1974 for Strata East, two for Muse (1989-91) and three for Candid (1991-92). She was married to the late, great tenor sax player Stanley Turrentine (1961-71) and the two made some of their finest music - together - for the Blue Note, Prestige, Impulse and Atlantic labels. Her playing consistently possessed one of the most graceful and lyrical touches applied to the bulky B-3


Cookin’ with Jaws and the Queen: The Legendary Prestige Cookbook Albums

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1: Have Horn, Will Blow; The Chef; But Beautiful; In the Kitchen; Three Deuces. Disc 2: The Rev; Stardust; Skillet; I Surrender, Dear; The Broilers. Disc 3: I'm Just a Lucky So and So; Heat 'N Serve; My Old Flame; The Goose Hangs High; Simmerin'; Strike Up The Band; High Fry; Smoke This; Pennies From Heaven; Pots and Pans; Jaws; It's a Blue World; Blue Lou.


Queen Talk: Live At The Left Bank

Label: Reel to Real records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Side A: Impressions; Never Can Say Goodbye; Side B: Like Someone In Love; Witchcraft; Side C: Blues By Five; By The Time I Get To Phoenix; Smile Side D:You Don't Mess Around With Jim; Girl Talk; Blues

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Mary Ancheta e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Mary Ancheta e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

Il tratto principale della mia musica Credo che ogni canzone abbia una corrente trainante sotterranea, che sia all'interno di un tema, di una progressione o di un ritmo. Cerco di dare una musicalità alle mie canzoni. Anche se la melodia è un po' spigolosa, voglio comunque che abbia un senso per le orecchie e ...


Article: Album Review

Anthony E. Nelson Jr.: Swinging Sunset

Read "Swinging Sunset" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

The fascination with Hammond B3 organ trios, which were so prevalent in the '50s and '60s, remains undiminished. And rightly so as there were some stellar organists who were plying their trade in that period, including Jimmy Smith, Milt Buckner and Wild Bill Davis. However, the mystique around the clubs in which these performers played may ...


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Shirley Scott, Dave McMurray & Melissa Pipe

Read "Shirley Scott, Dave McMurray & Melissa Pipe" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From a modern day multi-instrumental master from Canada, we begin the 805th Episode of Neon Jazz with Melissa Pipe and her sextet and music from Of What Remains. From there, we dig into some new releases from Ben Cassara, Dave McMurray, Shirley Scott, Florian Arbenz and up and comer Sam Butler. We round it all out ...


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George Coleman: Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Live At Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

If you are an aficionado of tenor saxophonists with a big, bold, biting tone who can run changes in the blink of an eye, then George Coleman is your man. Now in his 88th year, over the course of his long career, he has had a gamut of experiences including B.B. King (1952/1955-56), Max Roach (1958-59), ...


Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

Read "Philadelphia Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...


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Red Garland Centennial, Bigger Band Works, $8 Finds

Read "Red Garland Centennial, Bigger Band Works, $8 Finds" reviewed by David Brown

Join us for another week of the Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out, where ever the music takes us. Each week we explore the elements of jazz form a historical perspective. This week we take a look at some new releases form Artemis, Lesley Moc and Michael Formanek, celebrate the centennial birthday of Red Garland, and ...


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Cyro Baptista, Felipe Salles, Gianluigi Trovesi, Ben Rosenblum & More

Read "Cyro Baptista, Felipe Salles, Gianluigi Trovesi, Ben Rosenblum & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Here is our weekly merry-go-round of recent and upcoming albums, which this time will feature great saxophonists, up and coming composers, and various projects showing that jazz is the most inclusive genre out there, welcoming any source of inspiration from Baroque to Brazilian to Flamenco.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...


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