I feel like we’ve been covering a lot of saxophone music lately, so for a little change of pace here’s a sextet with two trumpets and no saxes. Dizzy Gillespie I assume doesn’t need any introduction, but some of you might not be as familiar with Roy Eldridge, which is a shame. Eldridge is best… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: Roy and Diz
Friends, without making this All About Me, I’m scrambling right now. I forgot to put this in the queue before I left town, and I’ve been stymied in most of my efforts to grab a bit of internet while I’ve been away, which is why you’ve gotten a total of one (1) post since Wednesday… Continue reading Saturday Night Tunes: What Is There to Say?
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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
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