Posts Tagged ‘Avant Garde’

The Avant-Garde…Don Cherry & John Coltrane

April 14, 2010 1 comment

Don Cherry played the Cornet or Pocket Trumpet. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1936 and raised in Los Angeles, California. He played with Ornette Coleman’s landmark quartet becoming very well known by 1958. One of my favorite of his is his album as co-leader with John Coltrane “The Avant-Garde” , this one is a classic, two incredible artists recording this in 1960 but wasn’t released till 1967 on the Atlantic label. The lineup features bassist Charlie Haden, Percy Heath on Monk’s “Bemsha Swing”  and drummer Ed Blackwell. Lots of improvisations going on here and Coltrane’s “Sheets Of Sound” being matched by Cherry’s high energy, showing us how a Cornet can be played.



Jimmy Giuffre…overlooked innovator.

July 22, 2009 Leave a comment

James Peter Giuffre (April 26, 1921 – April 24, 2008) was an American jazz composer, arranger and saxophone and clarinet player. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation.

“Jimmy Giuffre (pronounced “Joo-fray”) was not part of the “Free Jazz” movement of the mid 60’s, but his subtlety and understated music was part of the early creating process that lead to free improvisation. His goodwill and spirituality, good humor and lofty technique, soulful blues and classical influence combine to make his body of work unique. Jimmy Giuffre 3, The Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet and Free Fall are essential albums I highly recommend.

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Coleman Hawkins

April 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Coleman Hawkins considered the first important tenor sax player. He is strongly associated with swing , big band and was influencial in the bebop and avant guarde era. Many tenor men and horn players to come would try to emulate his mood and style of playing. Miles Davis was quoted as saying “when I heard Hawk I learned to play ballads”. His 1939 jazz recording of the pop standard of Body and Soul featuring him improvising almost the whole song except for the first four bars. A definate evolutionary step in the jazz world. He also was the leader of the first ever bebop recording session with Dizzy Gillespie, and Max Roach in 1943.coleman_hawkins Known for his adaptable playing style he  had no problems communicating with younger players. In the late 50’s he was considered a “has been” when he recorded with Roy Eldridge and John Coltrane. theloniousmonkwithjohncoltranecoverhawkins-and-eldridgeLester Young known as “The Prez” said that Coleman was the first “Prez” and I was the second.

Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster is a favorite of mine.

Coleman Hawkins Legacy Jazz Festival 2009


Bobby Hutcherson

January 18, 2009 Leave a comment

 Bobby Hutcherson: Little B’s Poem

VIBES!!! Bobby is my favorite vibes player. Out of all of his contemporaries: Cal Tjader, Lional Hampton, Milt Jackson, his playing is more in the avant garde style. I have 4 albums of his Components, Stick Up, Head On, and The Kicker. He reminds me of the multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy when it comes to his musical approach. In fact he played on Eric Dolphys classic 1964 album “Out To Lunch”. I personally didn’t like this instrument when I listened to jazz music, but I heard him on a youtube video (the above link) and I did a little more research via: Amazon, and before you know it I was down loading my first album of his (Components).

Check out his discography:

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