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Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young

15 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

One of the giants of the jazz vibraphone has just released a fabulous new album—92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House (Whaling Cit Sound). It's a stone-cold swinging killer. Every single track on here is out-of-control great, proving that...        

Roger Moore and Sinatra

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Roger Moore, who played a dashing secret agent in TV's The Saint and in seven James Bond films, died on May 23, 2017. He was 89. Though Roger wasn't a jazz musician and had nothing to do with music (the...       Related Stories Bill Miller: Robbie Williams  

Ray Mantilla: High Voltage

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

A week or so ago I received a call from Harry Sepulveda. Harry and I go way back. We first met in the 1970s, when I used to buy Latin-jazz albums at Record Mart, his store in the Times Square...        

Oscar Pettiford: 1955-'58

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the spring of 1956, bassist Oscar Pettiford (pictured above with cello), in tandem with producer Creed Taylor, began assembling musicians and arrangers for what would become one of the hippest and sexiest big bands of the mid-decade period. Two...       Related Stories Manhattan Jazz Septette  

Charlotte, Bill and Lars

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This week, I had the honor of interviewing film actress Charlotte Rampling for The Wall Street Journal (go here). The Swinging London icon was lovely and a pure delight. Many of you may remember her in Georgy Girl (1966), The...    ...

European Jazz on Film

6 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Since it's Friday, let's have a look at some of the European jazz artists I posted about this week (here, here and here) and one I didn't: Here's tenor saxophonist Wilton Gaynair in 1966... Here's alto saxophonist Joe Harriott in...       Related Stories Lars Gullin: Swede and Low Joe Harriott; Free Form Wilton Gaynair: Blue Bogey  

Lars Gullin: Swede and Low

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Lars Gullin was a giant of jazz who just happened to be from Sweden. He should be thought of on the same level as other 1950s baritone saxophonists who excelled in small groups, including Gerry Mulligan, Serge Chaloff, Jimmy Giuffre...        

Christian Chevallier: Formidable!

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

We've been bouncing around the world this week as I highlight worthy albums by non-U.S. jazz artists with whom you may be unfamiliar. Today is no exception. Christian Chevallier is barely known in the States, yet he's one of the...        

Joe Harriott; Free Form

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday I posted about Jamaican tenor saxophonist Wilton Gaynair. Today, I want to hip you to Jamaican alto saxophonist Joe Harriott. Like Gaynair, Harriott was educated at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston. And like Gaynair, Harriott moved to Europe,...        

Wilton Gaynair: Blue Bogey

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jamaica in the 1950s and '60s produced many great jazz musicians. The list includes Monty Alexander, Don Shirley, Harold McNair, Montego Joe, Dizzy Reece and Ralph McDonald. But the list is long, and there were many others with whom you...        

Pam, Lola and Tina

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Pam Grier, queen of the African-American action films of the 1970s, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Pam starred in films such as Coffy (1973), Foxy...        

Sérgio Mendes: Brasil '66

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Suffering from poor albums sales as a jazz-bossa pianist at Atlantic Records in 1965, Sérgio Mendes decided to listen to a recommendation made by Richard Adler, a producer at A&M Records. Adler, who would become Mendes's partner, urged him to...       Related Stories Pete Jolly and A&M  

Nicki Parrott Digs Blossom

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Nicki Parrott is special. In addition to being a warm, smart singer, she's also a bassist. An interesting combination, which means as a singer she can swing in time. And as a bassist, she's lyrical. I must say that when...        

Dave Pell (1925-2017)

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Dave Pell, a Los Angeles tenor saxophonist who was instrumental in promoting the West Coast's contrapuntal jazz sound that emerged in the early 1950s through his leadership of his many octets and who owned one of Lester Young's two saxophones,...        

Richard Barone: Village Love

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Anyone who remembers Greenwich Village in the early 1960s knows there was once a hushed quality about that quaint area of Manhattan. I was a little kid of 9 when my artist dad took me all over the city delivering...        

Belgian Jazz: 1950-1970

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I've never been a big fan of jazz sampler albums. Samplers typically provide you with an overview of a jazz period by featuring dull songs by a wide range of household-name artists. Most samplers are uninspiring because they load up...        

Paula, Jerry and Kenny

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed country music star Trisha Yearwood for my "House Call" column on growing up in a small town in Georgia and her burning passion to sing professionally (go here). I also interviewed...        

Five Stan Getz Videos

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Let's end the week with a bunch of Stan Getz videos that went up at YouTube fairly recently: Here's I'll Remember April, recorded in Stockholm with Jim McNeely (p), George Mraz (b) and Victor Lewis (d) on a warm evening...       Related Stories Four Stan Getz Videos + 1 Four Stan Getz Videos Stan Getz in L.A.: 1953 and '55  

Kenny Dorham: K.D. Is Here

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Kenny Dorham played his trumpet with an almost pinched tone. It wasn't blistering or round but romantically piercing. The notes were like the dots on exclamation points—just distinct enough to make a point. And he often had them shimmer with...       Related Stories 5 Albums That Cast a Spell  

Jerry Donato and Pete Jolly

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

At the end of April, my dear friend and arranger Bob Freedman sent along the following email about the late pianist Pete Jolly: "A few years ago, I wrote a few arrangements for a CD being recorded by Jerry Donato,...       Related Stories Art Pepper: West Coast, 1980 Bob Freedman on GW Jr.: Aria Pete Jolly and A&M  

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