The Sound of Sonny …1957 was the year he became king. That year he recorded 7 albums as a leader.
Recorded as a teenager with Bud Powell and J.J. Johnson then stints with Miles, Monk, and 2 years with Max Roach groups.
Two recordings to own are Saxophone Colossus a Prestige recording with Tommy Flanagan ( piano), Doug Watkins ( bass ), Max Roach ( drums ). A improvisational masterpiece. Night At The Village Vanguard (Live) A Blue Note 2 CD set featuring Donald Bailey, Wilbar Ware (bass), Pete LaRoca, Elvin Jones ( drums). These recordings are a MUST HAVE in any collection.
Roy Hargrove is a young Lion when it comes to Jazz. His playing style has been associated with Lee Morgan. He prefers to play standards and to keep the music alive. He’s quoted as saying “I like to play the music that’s considered classic jazz”. That’s what it’s all about. Born in 1969, he was discovered when Wynton Marsalis visited his high school in Dallas Texas. He displayed a virtuoso talent but couldn’t afford his own trumpet and Doc Severinsen gave him one. His greatest influence is David “Fathead” Newman. In 1988 during his first year at Berklee college of music he spent considerable time on the New York jazz scene playing in Jam Sessions. 1989 saw his first recording with Bobby Watson‘s “No question About It” CD. Hargrove‘s first solo album Diamond In The Rough followed by Public Eye, With The Tenors Of Our Time (features Joe Henderson, Johnny Griffin, Stanley Turrentine, Joshua Redman, and Branford Marsalis), and Parkers Mood. Roy’s Earfood album is his latest release. Roy Hargrove is the young lion keeping the jazz music alive in today’s world. Check out this amazing artist you won’t be disappointed.
When I was a teenager I would catch jazz music late at night as I tuned into the local NPR station on our family’s stereo. One of those long wooden console cabinet types that took up a whole wall and was in style at the time from the 60’s. I remember hearing a set that caught my ear and was very interesting, not really knowing very much about jazz , I do remember the announcer saying “that piece was done by Toshiko and Lew” referring to Lew Tabackin the west coast tenor sax player whom was married to Toshiko and they had a great jazz orchestra at the time. Toshiko is a bop style piano player with her greatest influence being Bud Powell. She also composes alot of her own music and a wonderful big band leader. I have carried this early jazz memory all these years. Today is my birthday!!! And as a gift I received 3 CD’s of Toshiko Akiyoshi’s music: Finesse, New York Sketch Book, both trio settings and Long Yellow Road by her and Lew Tabackin, a great set with their jazz big band. Her music is not well documented in the US. almost everything she has done has been discontinued. I sampled these CD’s using AMG and purchased them through Amazon Marketplace sine they were “imports”. I like listening to really different styles of Jazz, check her out.