• Jazz at 100 Hour 54: The Return of Dexter Gordon

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    Dexter Gordon After spending most of the 1950s in jail for two different drug busts, Dexter Gordon was paroled in 1960 and preceded to record a legendary series of records for Blue Note Records. Several of these records included rhythm sections led by the light-fingered but short-lived pianist, Sonny Clark. Dexter Gordon and Sonny Clark […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 3/19/2018

    New Jazz Adds – 3/19/2018 Mica Bethea Big Band – Suite Theory (Self-produced): Mica Bethea is a jazz composer. This is his third release and the first for a big band. The players are Greg Balut, Dave Champagne, Daniel Rollan and Ray Callender (trumpets); Michael Dease, Diego Herrrada “de la Vega” Ventura, and Lance Reed […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 53: The Piano Trios – Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, & Bill Evans

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    Bill Evans, Paul Motian, Scott LaFaro While there were influential piano trios in the 1940s (Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, or Nat King Cole, for example), the format reached new peaks in the 1950s. In particular, Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans reconceived the format to stress the interplay of three artists, rather than a […]

  • New Blues & Soul News – 3/12/2018

    New Blues & Soul News – 3/12/2018 The Bush League – James RiVAh (Self-produced): Based in Richmond, VA, The Bush League took a trip to Ardent Studio in Memphis just to make sure the voodoo was working on the right side. It’s blues rock and ten of the twelve songs are originals, but it never […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 52: Miles Davis & the First Great Quintet (Sextet)

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    Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, & Cannonball Adderley Miles Davis was more than a trumpet player, composer and taste-maker – he led some of the greatest bands in the history of jazz. In this hour, we will feature his first great quintet of John Coltrane on tenor, Red Garland on piano, Paul […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 3/7/2018

    New Jazz Adds – 3/7/2018 4S’D : Sears, Scott, Swann & Stanley – Man Or Muffin (Hobert): “The birth of the 4S’D ensemble came to be in a round about way. In June of 2008 Thomas Scott started writing Big Band compositions for The Muffins. Thomas judged all of the early compositions as unusable, however, […]

  • New Blues News – 3/2/2018

    New Blues News – 3/2/2018 Bernard Allison – Let It Go (Ruf): Bernard Allison (guitar, vocal, B-3) is back with a new collection of songs and styles mostly in the blues rock vein, but unlike many blues rock releases, the sonic level is quite varied between some slamming pieces and some rather laid back but […]