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His family moved from the island of Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York City when Kelly was four, and he started his professional career as a teenager, initially as a member of R&B groups. After working in the big band and small groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, he was a member of Miles Davis' Quintet from 1959 to 1963. Wynton Kelly was one of the most prolific sideman pianists of his era, performing on scores of jazz albums, and led albums under his own name for the Riverside and Vee-Jay labels. After leaving Davis's group, along with Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb, he formed a trio which worked regularly during the 1960s. A superb accompanist loved by Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley, Wynton Kelly was also a distinctive soloist who decades later would be a strong influence on Benny Green


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Wes Montgomery: Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings

Read "Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La Resonance Records, etichetta californiana legata a un'organizzazione non-profit dedita a preservare l'arte e l'eredità della musica jazz, prosegue instancabile la sua attività di archeologia musicale pubblicando questo doppio CD di Wes Montgomery col trio del pianista Wynton Kelly al famoso club di New York Half Note nel 1965, all'incirca nello stesso periodo delle esibizioni raccolte ...


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Eddie Henderson: Everything Changes

Read "Eddie Henderson: Everything Changes" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Eddie Henderson made his name in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band in the early 1970s, at the dawn of jazz-fusion--a new frontier. It was undoubtedly a launching pad that saw the New York-born trumpeter go on to play with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and McCoy Tyner. Yet ...


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Chris Keefe: Opening

Read "Opening" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Chris Keefe may be new to the jazz recording scene as a leader, but his debut album, aptly titled Opening (Zugzwangbebop Records, 2023), reflects his lifetime commitment to the intricate art of jazz. With an academic background from the New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music and performance credits alongside Joe LaBarbera and Antonio Sanchez, ...


The Complete Full House Recordings

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Full House; I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face; Blue 'N' Boogie; Cariba; Come Rain Or Come Shine; S.O.S.; Full House; Blue 'N' Boogie (Take 1, Alternate); Cariba (Take 1, Alternate); Come Rain Or Come Shine (Take 1, Alternate); S.O.S. (Take 1, Alternate); S.O.S. (Take 2, Alternate); Born To The Blue (Take 1, Outtake); Born To The Blue (Take 2, Outtake).


Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings

Label: Resonance Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Laura; Cariba; Blues; Impressions; Mi Cosa; No Blues; Birk's World; Four on Six; The Theme; All the Things You Are; I Remember You; No Blues; Cherokee; The Song Is You; Four on Six; Star Eyes; Oh You Crazy Moon.


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Wes Montgomery: The Complete Full House Recordings

Read "The Complete Full House Recordings" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Wes Montgomery's original Full House album (Riverside, 1962) comprised six tracks; the 1987 CD edition had nine tracks, with alternate takes plus the addition of “Born to be Blue"; the 2007 reissue was expanded to eleven tracks. This complete edition has fourteen tracks, including all of the previously released alternate takes as well as the completely ...


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New Releases From Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, And More

Read "New Releases From Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we present new releases from Martin Iaies, Claudio Scolari Project, Ahmad Jamal, Cal Tjader, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery, Darren Pickering, Loren Stillman, Anenon, Benjamín Vergara & Amanda Irarrázabal, Nikki Iles, and Elton Dean. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Martin Iaies feat. Julian Argüelles “Pascanas # 1" from New Beginnings (ears&eyes) 00:55 ...


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Wynton Kelly, Jason Moran, Christian McBride, Geri Allen

Read "Wynton Kelly, Jason Moran, Christian McBride, Geri Allen" reviewed by David Brown

This week we will we celebrate some birthdays including the legendary pianist Wynton Kelly known for his lively, blues-based playing and as one of the finest accompanists in jazz. I'll spin some tunes I heard at Jason Moran's Village Vanguard Thanksgiving weekend run; we'll play some music to get ready for Christian McBride's New Jawn here ...


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Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio: A Shade Of Blue

Read "A Shade Of Blue" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto's Shade Of Blue is a classic trio outing, old school style. It sounds as if the ghost of Red Garland is hanging around, and Erroll Garner and Wynton Kelly are keeping him company. Yamamoto's trio, which includes bassist Hiroshi Kagawa and drummer Toshio Osumi--venerable musicians all--lays down a flawless set of familiar ...


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