Saturday Night Tunes: Free for All

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

Saturday Night Tunes: The Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943

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

Saturday Night Tunes: Una Mas

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

Merry Christmas Tunes: What a Wonderful 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