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Review by Nathan Bush In 1968, having completed a five-year stint with Miles Davis, Ron Carter’s career was wide open. Finding himself in typically high demand, the bassist decided not to make any long-term commitments (though he continued to join individual recording dates), opting instead to develop his solo career. In 1971, he released Uptown Conversation (Atlantic). Shortly after, he ...

A1 The Phantom    10:15    A2  Blues For Alvina Written By – Willie and Alvina Wilson 3:05    A3  Bunda Amerela (Little Yellow Streetcar)    6:05    B1  Los Ojos Alegres (The Happy Eyes)    6:15    B2  Say You’re Mine    5:50    B3  The Moana Surf Written By – Jerry Dodgion7:25    Bass  Bob Cranshaw Congas  Victor Pantojo* Congas, Guiro  “Potato” Valdes* Drums  Mickey Roker Flute, Flute ...

Review by Michael Erlewine Just what it says. The queen of the Hammond organ (along with Henry Grimes (b) and Otis Finch (d)) plays compositions by the funk-master himself, Horace Silver. Included are “Senor Blues” and “The Preacher.” Tracklist A1 Senor Blues A2 Moon Ray A3 Sister Sadie B1 Doodlin’ B2 The Preacher B3 Strollin’ Credits Bass – Henry Grimes ...

Review by Lindsay Planer Kirk’s Work, Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s third long-player, teams him up with organist “Brother” Jack McDuff for Kirk’s most soulful post-bop set to date. His unorthodox performance style incorporates the polyphonies of a tenor sax, flute, manzello, and stritch. (The latter instrument is Kirk’s own modification of a second-generation B-flat soprano sax.) This contributes to the unique ...

Biography A reliable cool-toned guitarist who was on many sessions through the years despite never becoming a household name, Mundell Lowe picked up early experience during 1936-1940 playing Dixieland in New Orleans and country music in Nashville. He toured with Jan Savitt (1942), Ray McKinley (1945-1947), Mary Lou Williams (1947-1949), Red Norvo, and Ellis Larkins. In 1950, he became a ...

Review by Scott Yanow For this CD reissue, pianist Billy Taylor is features on eight songs with his trio of 1954 (which included bassist Earl May and drummer Percy Brice); the four originals (which alternate with standards) were all dedicated to disc jockeys of the time. The trio was pretty tight with Taylor in the lead and, although boppish, it ...

Jimmy Smith did not invent the organ. This is a fact. Long before his arrival, the instrument had been the vehicle of countless memorable performances. Word to Fats Waller. But as with anything, there are architects and then there are innovators. I prescribe unto Smith the latter. Anyone can learn to play the organ, but few can extend it beyond ...

Biography Jimmy Smith wasn’t the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and ’60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons ...

Tracks:   1 –  Again (Cochran  Newman)    2 –  Zulu  (Weston)    3 –  Pam’s Waltz  (Weston)    4 –  Solemn Meditation (Gill)    5 –  If You Could See Me Now (Tedd Dameron)    6 –  Sweet Sue (Harris  Young) Randy Weston piano Sam Gill bass  (except 5) Art Blakey drums  (except 5) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, ...

Review by Stephen Cook Having already dedicated half of 1953’s Cross Section to numbers with Machito’s band, it was no surprise that Bill Taylor’s 1954 follow-up, Trio with Candido, would feature more Latin touches — this time with star Cuban conga player Candido. In line with fellow jazz pianists George Shearing and Red Garland, Taylor doesn’t incorporate the Cuban clavé ...

John Arthur “Jaki” Byard (June 15, 1922 – February 11, 1999) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. Mainly a pianist, he also played tenor and alto saxophones, among several other instruments. He was known for his eclectic style, incorporating everything from ragtime and stride to free jazz. Byard played with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1950s and ...

Musty Rusty is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Cadet label in 1965 and performed by Donaldson with Bill Hardman, Billy Gardner, Grant Green, and Ben Dixon. A1 Musty Rusty Written-By – Lou Donaldson 6:03 A2 Midnight Sun Written-By – Lionel Hampton, J. Francis Burke 4:45 A3 Hipty Hop Written-By – Lou Donaldson 5:20 B1 The ...

Review by Matt Collar A project long in the making, Across the Tracks finds tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton pairing with journeyman blues guitarist Duke Robillard for a set of burnished lesser-known standards, ballads, and blues. As Rhode Island natives, Hamilton and Robillard crossed paths early on in their careers, with the younger Hamilton drawing inspiration for his own straight-ahead jazz ...

Tracks A1. Penn Relays {Charles Earland} (5:48) A2. Danny Boy’s Blues {D. Paul} (3:53) A3. Milestones #2 {Miles Davis} (8:25) B1. Soon It’s Gonna Rain {Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt} (9:38) B2. Strangers In The Night {Bert Kaempfert} (4:58) Musicians: Charles Earland – Organ [Hammond B-3] Dave Schnitter – Tenor Saxophone George Coleman – Tenor Saxophone Jimmy Ponder – Guitar Bobby ...

Tracks 1. Snake Eyes [Person] 2. Never Let Me Go [Ace] 3. Groovin’ and Groovin’ [Person] 4. What a Diff’rence a Day Made [Adams/ Grever] 5. Soul Dance [Person] 6. Here’s That Rainy Day [Burke/ VanHeusen] 7. Teardrops From My Eyes [Toombs] 8. Blue Seven [Rollins] Personnel: Houston Person (ts) Billy Gardner (org) Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones (g) Frankie Jones ...

Review by Richard Mortifoglio This 1955 date is an intriguing opportunity to hear Milt Jackson accompanied by the MJQ rhythm section, but with hard bopper Horace Silver substituting for John Lewis. Not only that, it’s also a chance to hear a hitherto unknown, lushly romantic side of both Jackson and Silver, two blues-oriented players who rarely if ever recorded standards ...

Tracklist: 01. Ease Back (5:49) 02. Hurt So Bad (6:52) 03. I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I’ll Get It Myself) (6:14) 04. Upshot (10:04) 05. Cease the Bombing (8:51) Grant Green – Guitar Claude Bartee – Tenor Sax Willie Bivens – Vibes Clarence Palmer – Electric Piano Earl Creque – Electric piano Jimmy ...

Wynton Kelly, Wes Montgomery, Paul Chambers & Jimmy Cobb. Tracks 1 No Blues (Davis) 12:56 2 If You Could See Me Now (Dameron, Sigman) 8:21 3 Unit 7 (Jones) 6:44 4 Four on Six (Montgomery) 6:43 5 What’s New ? (Burke, Haggart) 6:10 6 Willow Weep for Me (Ronell) 9:08 7 Portrait of Jennie (Robinson, Burdge) 3:28 8 Surrey with ...

By DOUGLAS PAYNE Published: April 1, 1998 For guitarist Grant Green (1931-79), the years between 1965 and 1969 were lost in a battle with drugs. His graceful, easily identifiable single note phrases had caught many listeners’ attention with a wide variety of excellent Blue Note dates between 1960 and 1965. Seemingly able to master any style, he never once diminished ...

Review by Steve Huey The third of three sessions Grant Green co-led with modal organist Larry Young and Coltrane drummer Elvin Jones, I Want to Hold Your Hand continues in the soft, easy style of its predecessor, Street of Dreams. This time, however — as one might guess from the title and cover photo — the flavor is less reflective ...

Review by Stewart Mason A standards-heavy set from 1959, Johnny “Hammond” Smith’s That Good Feelin’ is indicative of his early style. Recorded in a simple quartet setting with guitarist Thornel Schwartz (best known for his earlier work with Jimmy Smith), bassist George Tucker, and drummer Leo Stevens, all of whom provide understated but effective support — Schwartz in particular throws ...

 Kenneth Earl Burrell, nació el 31 de Julio de 1931 en una de las grandes localidades del blues Kenneth Earl Burrell, nació el 31 de Julio de 1931 en una de las grandes localidades del blues en los Estados Unidos: la muy industrial ciudad de Detroit. En su familia todos eran músicos y el ambiente no podía ser más propicio ...

  Art Taylor Taylor’s Tenors Este  disco del baterista Art Taylor fue el segundo álbum grabado por él y como líder. En 1959 en los estudios de Rudy Van Gelder, lo que de por sí ya es una garantía. El sello Prestidge fue el responsable de su publicación a través de su colateral New Jazz records en aquella época hoy re editado ...

Review by Scott Yanow This is very much a chamber jazz set. Mundell Lowe plays “Our Waltz” as an unaccompanied guitar solo and his trio with bassist Trigger Alpert and drummer Ed Shaughnessy is joined by either Al Klink or Phil Bodner on various woodwinds during seven of the 11 other selections. The bass clarinet, flute, oboe, and English horn ...

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