The award-winning broadcaster Jim Wilke is presenting two groups on his Jazz Northwest program Sunday afternoon. He recorded them at last summer’s Centrum Port Townsend Jazz Festival on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Here is Jim’s illustrated description of the proceedings. Show More Summary
Since we're on a bit of a flute kick, let's end the week with Belgian flutist (and saxophonist) Bobby Jaspar. In the following video clip, he's performing in Cannes, France, in July 1958 with Donald Byrd (tr), Walter Davis Jr.... Related Stories John Coltrane: Speak Low Video: Bobby Jaspar, 1957 Red Garland: Halleloo-Y'-All
Robedoor enter 20JFG’s consciousness with a sound somewhere between pagan ceremony and tendrils from the Sun ripping apart the land. But that’s just the first six or so minutes from their new album. Today we’re interested in the next eight. After the scorched earth, comes the night. Age of Sewage is a heaving beast of guitars-as-sirens, […]
Rifftides is on the back burner for a few days. The proprietor is immersed inannotating an extensive project involving Art Pepper’s early recordings for the Contemporary label. Details will follow—eventually. For now, here’s the alto saxophonist from a 1960 session. Pepper (1925-1982) once said that his playing on this version of “Autumn Leaves” was “an […]
On Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8, 1956, singer Patti Page was in Holloywood recording a jazz-pop album arranged by Pete Rugolo with a crowd of the finest jazz studio musicians in town. Produced by Bob Shad for EmArcy,... Related Stories June Christy: Interlude, 1957
Harold McNair is barely known today. Yet he was one of the prettiest and most exciting modern flutists of the late 1960s and very early '70s. He was a beautiful saxophonist as well. McNair got off to a slow start...
Jazz fans view the saxophone narrowly. What I mean is that we tend to think of the reed instrument in a straight line from Frankie Trumbauer in the '20s and Benny Carter and Bud Freeman in the '30s to Chu...
The Rifftides staff almost let March 26 go by without acknowledging that this is James Moody’s birthday. The master of several saxophones and the flute was born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1925. At 21, following his tour with the US Air Force, Moody joined Dizzy Gillespie’s trailblazing 1946 big band. In the late forties, with […]
The 1970s were a no-man's land for acoustic jazz. The rise of album rock, arena concerts and electronic instruments led to the growing popularity of psychedelic jazz-rock fusion and funk, especially on college campuses. Many jazz labels during this period...
You must have been wondering—haven’t we all?—what happened to Mr. P.C.’s Guide To Jazz Etiquette And Bandstand Decorum. The jazz world’s indispensible source of advice has become harder to find, but not impossible. His latest installment has to do with CDs, their ubiquity or the lack of it, and how to properly dispose of one […]
Jimmy Greene "Flowers: Beautiful Life - Volume 2" (Mack Avenue Records)Celebrating the life of his 6 year old daughter Ana Márquez-Greene who was one of the 20 children and 6 educators who lost their lives on 14 December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Show More Summary
In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Rafael Viñoly, the architect who designed 432 Park Ave., currently the tallest residential tower in the world, for my "House Call" column (go here). For those who aren't up on street...
Pianist Steve Kuhn, born in 1938, is celebrating his birthday. Let’s celebrate with him as he, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Billy Drummond play Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation.” Kuhn’s unaccompanied introduction explores a harmonic...Show More Summary
Before I tell you what I'm writing about today, listen to this... That's trombonist Al Grey soloing on Quincy Jones's arrangement of Makin' Whoopie. The song appears on the album Sinatra at the Sands, featuring the Count Basie Orchestra live... Related Stories Count Basie: Europe, 1972 + '76 Count Basie: Europe, 1972 Count Basie: High Voltage
This evening, pianists Roger Kellaway (US) and Peter Beets (Netherlands) are collaborating at New York City’s Sheen Center. It’s part of the Jazz On Bleecker Street series. Their concert is scheduled to include a medley of pieces written by the British nobleman Paul McCartney. Here is an earlier encounter of the pianists playing works by […]
Precious little is known about Oscar Dennard. A gifted pianist with octopus hands and superb time, Dennard made far too few recordings and wasn't alive long enough to be fully appreciated or routinely interviewed. Now, with the release of The...
Jazz is the only form of American music that comes with a built-in film noir. As a nocturnal sub-culture, jazz has its own language, its own style and its own cynical way of looking at the world. Along the way,... Related Stories Lee Morgan: The Rajah
The bit is equivalent to the unit shannon, a basic unit of information in computing and digital communications, named after Claude Shannon, and may therefore be physically implemented with a two-state device. These values are most commonly represented as either a 0 or 1. The term bit is a portmanteau of binary digit, in information theory. […]