Frank Sinatra's Capitol Records comeback in the 1950s had a profound effect on a generation of male nightclub singers. Many of them identified with Sinatra's solitary cool, his ring-a-ding swing and his middle-age male push-back against...Show More Summary
In July 2016, I posted about a previously unreleased live album by the Louis Hayes-Junior Cook Quintet featuring Woody Shaw. It was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 22, 1976. The excellent album was entitled The Tour: Volume One, which... Related Stories Woody Shaw: The Tour, Vol. 1 Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon
Bob Dietsche, Tatum’s Town (Bobson Press) Most Art Tatum devotees know that Toledo, Ohio, was his hometown. It was where his genius became evident when he was a teenaged Fats Waller disciple. Many Tatum fans may not know that Toledo’s active jazz community in the 1920s and ‘30s included a number of musicians destined to […]
Victor Gould, Clockwork (Fresh Sound New Talent) A Los Angeles native now in New York, pianist Gould debuts as a leader in an album showcasing him and an impressive collection of established musicians. He apprenticed as a sideman with, among other leader, Vincent Herring, Wallace Roney and Ralph Peterson. As a composer and arranger Gould […]
Thanks to Steven Cerra of Jazz Profiles for including, in his recent profile of Stan Getz, notes that I wrote for the box set reissue of Getz’s recordings for the Roost label. As Steve mentions in his introduction, Getz’s elegant work toward the end of his life tends to obscure what he achieved with his […]
As the years progressed in the 1950s, a growing number of movies began to feature jazz-flavored scores. Film music's shift to a more contemporary feel was being expressed in virtually all areas of art and design. Starting roughly mid-decade, sleek... Related Stories Chico Hamilton: Broadway, 1960 Bob Whitlock (1931-2015)
For The Wall Street Journal's "House Column" this week in the Mansion section, I interviewed restaurateur Danny Meyer (go here) on growing up in Ladue, Mo. We talked about his father's stress, why Kreis' German restaurant in St. Louis (Now...
Rifftides reader and audio chronicler Mike Harris writes: 37th anniversary of death of pianist Bill Evans. Worth a tip of the cap? Worth more than that. It’s worth reminding us all, if we need reminding, of how much we lost on that day in 1980. Here’s Bill Evans recorded secretly by Mr. Harris at the […]
Jazz from Gallery 41: Playlist - Friday, September 15, 2017 Streaming 24/7 - Live shows Monday thru Friday Noon to 3 pm Pacific Listen Now to Jazz from Gallery 41 ____________________________________ Artist / Track / Album Title / Label...Show More Summary
Rifftides readers asked if it would ever be available, so Bill Mays and I offer a performance of our History Of Jazz Piano project at no charge. Following a good deal of attention to technical detail and a thorough audio remastering, the concert is a free download on Bill’s website at this internet address (that link […]
Several weeks ago, Bret Primack few out to Los Angeles to interview vibraphonist Terry Gibbs at home on camera. Bret recently edited the fabulous results into mini topic clips and uploaded them to YouTube. Congratulations to Bret for a job... Related Stories Terry Gibbs: 92 Years Young Al Grey, Sinatra and the Sands
International Feel continues to bring us the island jams. Your particular physical or metaphorical island is entirely your choice of course. But regardless of the location you place them, these musical capsules manage to contain entire ecosystems within their digital boundaries. We have the Balearic jams of label boss Mark Barrott, so utterly drenched in […]
We tend to think of Ahamd Jamal as a pioneer of the elegant jazz trio, a style he perfected in the 1950s by making ample use of space, swing and the upper register of the piano keyboard. Or we think... Related Stories Ahmad Jamal: Greasepaint Roar Ben Webster + Ahmad Jamal Ramsey Lewis: The In Crowd
Jason Rigby Detroit-Cleveland Trio, ONE (Fresh Sound New Talent) The simplicity of the Rigby Trio’s cover design matches the uncomplicated instrumentation—saxophone, bass and drums. It is a configuration used to great effect by Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman in classic recordings when they were at the height of their powers. Whether the 42-year-old Rigby has […]
By my count, Art Pepper recorded on five movie soundtracks: Some Like It Hot (1959), The Subterraneans (1960), The Enforcer (1976), The Gauntlet (1977) and Heart Beat (1980). [Photo of Laurie and Art Pepper above by Phil Bray courtesy of... Related Stories Art Pepper: More West Coast Art Pepper Quartet: Nov. 1956 French Twist: Art Pepper + 11
An East Coast pairing in 1956 that seemed close to the West Coast's Chet Baker and Russ Freeman was Don Elliott on trumpet and Bob Corwin on piano. Playing together, Elliott and Corwin were breezy, delicate and highly melodic. They... Related Stories Another Anita O'Day Video
Jazz from Gallery 41: Playlist - Monday, September 11, 2017 Streaming 24/7 - Live shows Monday thru Friday Noon to 3 pm Pacific Listen Now to Jazz from Gallery 41 ____________________________________ Artist / Track / Album Title / Label...Show More Summary
Tim Hagans, NDR Bigband, Faces Under The Influence: A Jazz Tribute to John Cassavetes, Waiting Moon Records In this work inspired by American independent film pioneer John Cassavetes (1929-1989), Hagans triumphs as composer, trumpet soloist and producer. He bases his tribute in impressions of characters in six Cassavetes films, plus a piece named for the […]
If you're a jazz singer who's going to take on a Joni Mitchell tribute album, you had better know what you're doing. To pull it off, you need a keen understanding of Joni's outlook on life and what makes her...
For my "House Call" column in the Mansion section of The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland (go here). Misty talked about the bubble of tranquility she created growing up with a...