It’s been a while since we covered a Jazz Messengers album around here, which is amazing considering how prolific they were. Free for All was recorded in 1964, with a lineup of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass, plus… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Free for All
On the one hand, we’re currently buried under about 2 feet of snow here in Virginia. On the other hand, our electricity hasn’t gone out. On the other hand, even though the electricity hasn’t gone out I kind of forgot about our regular Saturday engagement, and it’s already after 8 PM. On the other hand,… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: The Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943
Trumpeter Kenny Dorham is one of those guys who doesn’t get nearly the recognition that his skills as a jazz artist command. A bebop trumpeter who was talented enough to replace the almighty Clifford Brown in the Brown-Roach quintet upon Brown’s tragic death, he was also one of the original Jazz Messengers. Along the way… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Una Mas
Obviously there are eulogies and thinkpieces everywhere. I’m just here for the music.
It feels like it’s been a while since we did a real one of these, so let’s go with something meaty. Crescent was recorded by John Coltrane and his quartet (McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums) in April and June, 1964, about six and seven months, respectively, before… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Crescent
It’s Christmas for those who practice Orthodox and other Eastern traditions of Christianity, which still use the Julian calendar for dating holidays. If that includes you, Merry Christmas!
This isn’t a “real” album; it’s a collection of Christmas tunes, half by Louis and half by a bunch of other artists, that were all put together in one package in 1998. But it makes for a nice Christmas mix, especially the tunes sung by Louis, so please enjoy. Merry Christmas! Hey, thanks for reading!… Continue reading Merry Christmas Tunes: What a Wonderful Christmas