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Horace Parlan: Audio/Video

4 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

On Tuesday, in my post on pianist Horace Parlan and his solo recordings, I mentioned that he now lives in a care facility in Denmark. Guy Jones in Stockholm sent along the following email with more information: "My understanding is...       Related Stories Horace Parlan: Solo Recordings  

Alert: Baritonistas Galore

5 hours agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Attention aficionados of the baritone saxophone and of women who play the instrument: Rifftides reader Tony Burrell sent an illustrated comment following up two recent posts. He went to the trouble of rounding up performances by seven female players of the imposing instrument and included them in his comment. Few of them are well known. […]

Horace Parlan: Solo Recordings

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

For much of his recording career, pianist Horace Parlan functioned as a spirited accompanist. He played with Charles Mingus in the late 1950s and then became a house keyboardist for Blue Note Records, appearing behind Lou Donaldson, Tommy Turrentine, Dexter...        

Heavy Metal Balrog Music

“Heavy Metal Balrog Music” is what a work colleague once told me my iPod (remember them?) sounded like, as soon as he zapped it on shuffle mode. The band he was listening to was Death. One of the real pioneers of first-wave Florida death metal and essentially a solo project for a kind of untutored […]

Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the early 1960s, a growing number of lounges and clubs geared to young adults began emerging in Chicago. Some clubs such as the Playboy Club, which first opened in Chicago in 1960, pulled in white customers, while plenty of...        

Coltrane’s “Alabama” On TV

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Following the release of the John Coltrane Quartet’s album Live At Birdland, the band appeared on Ralph J. Gleason’s Jazz Casual program on public television. Here, Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones revisit “Alabama,” the high point of the Birdland album and a major musical statement about the brutality of […]

Monday Recommendation: John Coltrane

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

John Coltrane, Live At Birdland (Impulse) On this observance of Martin Luther King’s birthday, we recommend an album that John Coltrane made at the height of the 1960s civil rights movement in the southern United States. He wrote “Alabama” following the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church in September, 1963. Four young girls died […]

Martin Luther King + Jazz

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Today in the States, it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday since 1986 but not observed by all states until 2000. I thought it would be fitting to hear seven jazz tributes to the civil rights leader and...        

Denny, Regina and Sondheim

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed actress Lauren Graham of TV's "Gilmore Girls" on her wild childhood growing up with her dad after her parents divorced. Her mom went off to study to be a painter and...        

Gene Krupa: Drummer Man

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

To fully appreciate the power and bop of Gene Krupa's band and his drumming in 1947, I thought the full short of Drummer Man would do the trick. It features Carolyn Grey on vocal, Tommy Lucas on alto sax, Bill...       Related Stories Gene Kurpa: Drummer Man  

Buddy Greco (1926-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Buddy Greco, a solid swinging jazz pianist, a supper-club pop vocalist and probably the last surviving member of Benny Goodman's "Undercurrent Blues" bebop band of 1948-49, died January 10. He was 90. Born in Philadelphia, Greco had his work cut...        

Buddy Bregman (1930-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Buddy Bregman, a West Coast big-band arranger who could write with sensitivity and swing, and spent much of his career orchestrating music for leading jazz-pop singers, television and the movies, died Jan. 8. He was 86 and had been suffering...        

Monday Recommendation: Bill Evans Lost Sessions

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Bill Evans, Some Other Time: The Lost Sessions From The Black Forest (Resonance) Producer Zev Feldman’s specialty is discovering previously unreleased music by major jazz artists. In 2013 when he visited Villengen, Germany, the home of the former MPS label, he hit the jackpot—recordings by pianist Bill Evans that had been kept under wraps since […]

Stan Hasselgard: How Great?

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In November 1948, U.S. immigration laws required foreign nationals seeking residence and employment in the States to leave the country and renter, re-setting the legality of their stay under a new visa. If Swedish clarinetist Stan Hasselgard wanted to fulfill...        

Early Baritone: A Followup

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Bandleader, arranger and reed soloist Bill Kirchner recommended a followup to the baritone saxophone extravaganza that Ralph Miriello allowed Rifftides to link to a couple of days ago. Bill describes it as… “…perhaps the first extended jazz baritone solo on record: ‘I Got Rhythm,’ recorded by the Casa Loma Orchestra in December 1933. The solo, […]

Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Nat Hentoff, the dean of jazz essayists who in the 1950s applied modern feature-writing techniques to musicians who up until that point had been treated as little more than hip novelties by many trade journalists and print hacks, died of...       Related Stories Young People's Concerts: Jazz  

Nat Hentoff Is Gone

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Last night we lost Nat Hentoff, a defender of civil liberties and—notably, for this readership—a lifelong champion of jazz. He was 91. His son Nick reported that members of the family were nearby and a Billie Holiday record was playing when Hentoff died in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York. Influential as a jazz critic […]

Mordor drive by

Happy New Year to You All! Let us begin this bastard of a year with a couple of songs with magical properties which will hopefully boost your character stats for the hard days and struggles to come. Let’s begin with Daniel Schmidt, a central figure in American Gamelan music. Last year, Recital Program released “In […]

Other Places: A Whole Lotta Baritone Sax

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

If you can’t get enough of the baritone saxophone, Ralph A. Miriello has gone to lengths to see that your obsession is addressed if not satisfied. On his Notes On Jazz blog, Mr. Miriello (pictured) has assembled videos and audio recordings by twenty-five players of the baritone. He starts with Harry Carney, whom he quite […]

Nancy King & Steve Christofferson On The Radio

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Jim Wilke reports that on his Jazz Northwest this Sunday, January 8, he will feature the distinguished vocalist Nancy King in a private concert with pianist Steve Christofferson. That will be at 2 p.m. PST on the radio in the Seattle-Tacoma area at KNKX 88.5 FM and on the internet at From Jim’s announcement: […]

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