Archive for January, 2009

Jazz Reference

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

penguin-guide Penguin Guide to Jazz

This new 9th addition is what I use when I need to research new artist or albums that I am not familiar with. Laid out in “liner notes” fashion which gives a nice amount of info on artist, group, or album. Of course I do not agree with all of the recommendations, some selections are rated lower on their scale and I may prefer that instead of the authors choice based on my personal opinion. Still this is a must for any serious collector. A great source of Jazz history.


Jazz Web Sites Found!!!

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

mosaic_blue  Mosaic Records

Exclusive singles, boxed sets, and collections, including overlooked and rare releases. specializing in CD and vinyl disc. Mosaic is keeping the art of Jazz alive!!!

ijc_flash2_01   IJC International Jazz Collections 

This Jazz site from the University of Idaho features an on line archive of some classic photography of Leonard Feather, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and more. Very interesting and well done web site.

Bill Evans

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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This is a “must have” if you are a jazz fan. If you are an occasional listener or serious collector this boxed set is a pure joy to listen to. On a Sunday afternoon that started a 2 week gig for the trio, Orin Keepnews produced from a single Ampex tape recording machine setting on the stage, in the coziness of the Vanguard, come some very intimate music, at times you can hear glasses tinkling and parts of conversations which add a great since of reality. When you listen to this music you feel like you are there. This trio for a very short time was one of the best, their collaboration and interplay are some playing you won’t hear often. Recorded in performance at the Village Vanguard, New York City; June 25th. 1961

Ray Brown

January 26, 2009 Leave a comment

He is some fine bassist!!!  He has played with some of the greats: Ellington, Peterson, Gillespie, and his own band. I have several of his albums including “The Best Of The Concord Years” which is a great collection of his work. I also admire his “My Best Friends Are” series. Check out following link: NPR Jazz Profiles a good little history on Ray Brown.  He enjoyed a long career and recorded extensively Ray Brown History. As you may browse for that next Jazz CD purchase and you run across his name on the cover or back sleeve you cannot go wrong in choosing it. Everything the man did was “CLASS”.  His discography follows: Ray Brown discography

Joe Lovano

January 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Joe Lovano… The keeper of the Bebop tenor sax flame. He keeps getting better over the years. I have been listening to his latest album Symphonica which has been nominated for 2 grammy awards. I discovered him on his Trio Fascination albums by Blue Note. In 2006 he recorded for Blue Note the album Streams of Expression. Arranged and conducted by Gunther Schuller, (uses the themes from Miles Davis 1948-1950 Nonet). This album features the late pianist John Hicks. This is a next buy for me. Check out Joe’s discography:

Joe Lovano discography

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McCoy Tyner

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment

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Born in Philadelphia in Dec. 11th. 1938, McCoy Tyner grew up with Bud and Ritchie Powell as neighbors. When he was a teenager he played locally and met John Coltrane. He made his recording debut with Art Farmer and Benny Golson Jazztet. After 6 months he joined John Coltrane and along with bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones became Coltranes classic quartet from 1960 to 1965. I have a few random recordings of his but recently picked up his 2007 Quartet album featuring Joe Lovano on tenor sax, Christian McBride on bass, and Jeff (Train) Watts on drums. His music is stunning on the album. Joe Lovano is quickly becoming one of my favorites and they both keep the Bebop candle burning bright. McCoy’s style hasn’t changed that much over the years and at 70 years old is still a powerful virtuoso. Check out his body of work. 

McCoy Tyner discography

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Jazz Covers

January 22, 2009 1 comment

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Here are three really good web sites that have high resolution images of Jazz albums.

Cover Jazz , Pixagogo Jazz  and  Photobucket Jazz

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