Archive for August, 2009

Charlie Parker Tribute

August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Charlie Parker Official Web Site

Charlie Parker Biography

Charlie Parker Discography

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Jazz Cartoons revisited!!

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

The King of Jazz by Walter Lantz (1930)

Jack and Old Mac by Walt Disney (1956)

Congo Jazz, Looney Tunes (1930)

Jazz Age Life  W/Cab Calloway and Betty Boop

Dizzy Gillespie

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The Many sides of Dizzy Gillespie:

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Jazz Wax

August 15, 2009 Leave a comment

With the rising popularity of vinyl albums,  Jazz  music can be found at several great sites on the web. Jazz Record Revival has been serving collectors since 1978 and is a topnotch site. Jazz Collector another interesting and very well done site specializing in all aspects of collecting Jazz vinyl. G’s Jazz home of rare jazz LP’s, recordings and memorabilia. Jazz Record Center New Yorks rare and out-of-print specialist. Jazz Record Mart The worlds Jazz and Blues record store. This is a great place for novices to start. Look for their “Killers Rack” where essential recordings for the beginning collector are to be found.

ION USB turntables 

ionaudiousbturntableusbLook for models that play LP’s, 45’s and 78’s. They are “plug and play” and have a variety of included software such as “Audacity” for transferring your music to MP3″s. These units are very affordable and reliable.

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Oliver Nelson

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Oliver Edward Nelson (June 4, 1932 in St. Louis, Missouri – October 28, 1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and composer. Oliver Nelson’s family was musical: his brother was also a saxophonist who played with Cootie Williams in the 1940s, and his sister sang and played piano. Nelson began learning to play the piano when he was six, and started on the saxophone at eleven. From 1947 he played in “territory” bands around Saint Louis, before joining the Louis Jordan big band from 1950 to 1951, playing alto saxophone and arranging. After military service in the Marines, he returned to Missouri to study music composition and theory at Washington and Lincoln Universities, graduating in 1958. While back in his hometown of St. Louis, he met and married the former Miss Eileen Mitchell. From this union came a son, Oliver Nelson Jr.. Oliver and Eileen divorced, and, after graduation, Nelson moved to New York, playing with Erskine Hawkins and Wild Bill Davis, and working as the house arranger for the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He also played on the West Coast briefly with the Louie Bellson big band in 1959, and in the same year began recording as leader with small groups. From 1960 to 1961 he played tenor saxophone with Quincy Jones, both in the U.S. and on tour in Europe.

After six albums as leader between 1959 and 1961 for the Prestige label with such musicians as Kenny Dorham, Johnny Hammond Smith, Eric Dolphy, Roy Haynes, King Curtis and Jimmy Forrest), Nelson’s big breakthrough came with The Blues and the Abstract Truth, on Impulse!, featuring the tune “Stolen Moments,” now considered a standard. This made his name as a composer and arranger, and he went on to record a number of big-band albums, as well as working as an arranger for Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Eddie Davis, Johnny Hodges, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Smith, Billy Taylor, Stanley Turrentine, Irene Reid, Gene Ammons and many others. He also led all-star big bands in various live performances between 1966 and 1975. Nelson continued to perform as a soloist during this period, though increasingly on soprano saxophone.

Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson

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Red Garland

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

William “Red” Garland   (May 13th. 1923 – April 23rd. 1984) was an American Bop pianist. His Block Chord style a commonly borrowed maneuver in jazz piano today, was unique and differed from the methods of earlier block chord pioneers such as George Shearing and Milt Buckner. Garland’s block chords were constructed of three notes in the right hand and four notes in the left hand, with the right hand one octave above the left. The right hand played the melody in octaves with a perfect 5th placed in the middle of the octave (a 5th above the lowest note of the octave) even when it seemed to not suit the harmony. The 5th played in the middle of the octave becomes virtually inaudible when the chord in the left hand is played simultaneously, but the added 5th gives the voicings a particularly rich, distinctive and slightly out-of-tune character. It’s also worth noting that Garland’s four note left hand chord voicings occasionally left out the roots of the chords, which later became a chord style associated with pianist Bill Evans. Garland’s block chord method had a brighter quality, slightly more dissonance, and a fullness in the upper register compared to the mellower Shearing block chord sound. Garland’s solo lines also had a glassy, shimmering tone that matched the quality of his chords.

Garland became famous in 1955 when he joined the Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones and Paul Chambers. Davis was a big fan of boxing and was impressed that Garland had boxed earlier in his life. Together the group recorded their famous Prestige albums, Workin, Steamin’, Cookin’, and Relaxin’. Garland’s style is prominent in these seminal recordings—evident in his distinctive chord voicings, his sophisticated accompaniment and his musical references to Ahmad Jamal’s style. One critic incorrectly labeled Garland as a cocktail pianist, a negative connotation that implies a style isn’t original. (Ahmad Jamal likewise was mislabeled a cocktail pianist at one point in his career, but misguided critics were later corrected by the jazz musicians who worked with him.)

His essential albums as a leader are: Groovy, A Garland of Red, and All Kinds of Weather.

Red Garland

Red Garland


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Miles Davis and his second great Quintet

August 9, 2009 Leave a comment

‘Second Great Quintet’ (1964-1968), which consisted of Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on double bass, Tony Williams on drums, and Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone. Albums attributed to this group are 1965’s ESP, 1966 Miles Smiles, 1967 Sorcerer, 1967 Nefertiti, 1968 Miles in the Sky, and 1968 Filles de Kilimanjaro. The quintet’s approach to improvisation came to be known as “time no changes” or “freebop,” because they abandoned the chord-change-based approach of bebop for a modal approach. Through Nefertiti, the studio recordings consisted primarily of originals composed by Shorter, and to a lesser degree of compositions by the other sidemen. In 1967, the group began to play their live concerts in continuous sets, with each tune flowing into the next and only the melody indicating any sort of demarcation; Davis’s bands would continue to perform in this way until his retirement in 1975.

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