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Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton (1921-2013): An Appreciation

Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton (1921-2013): An Appreciation

NEA jazz master Chico Hamilton, whose career highlights included stints with Lester Young and leading his own celebrated West Coast-jazz band, has died. The legendary drummer was 92.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Anthony Braxton, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” (1974)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Anthony Braxton, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” (1974)

Loving covers of popular music is a grand jazz tradition. From blues vamps to show tunes to popular song of the day, jazz musicians have explored the harmonic opportunities found in pop music.

The Quintet – Jazz at Massey Hall (1953; 2012 reissue)

To Canadians, as the new 2012 liner notes to this historic meeting of the jazz minds so rightly notes, Massey Hall is a building. To fans of this music worldwide, it’s something else

Movies: Jean Bach – A Great Day in Harlem (1994)

New York City circa 1958, for the jazz aficionado, was the place to be. Possibly no other artifact can confirm this statement with more clarity than photographer Art Kane’s landmark portrait A Great Day in Harlem.

Something Else! Interview: Jazz legend Chico Hamilton

Jazz legend Chico Hamilton celebrated turning 90 last month — how else? — but issuing another album. With Revelation, the NEA Jazz Master’s 60th project, Hamilton continues to build on a remarkable recording career dating back to 1941.

Gimme Five: Forgotten jazz gems from Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Ron Carter/Jim Hall, Oliver Nelson and Nat Adderley

by Nick DeRiso Even a passing fan can purchase with some confidence the touchstone jazz recordings of the last century. But what next? How to explore deeper into the legacy? SomethingElse! is here to help, with an ongoing guide to what we like to call “if/then” jazz listening … IF YOU LIKE … Charles Mingus’ The Black Saint and theRead More

Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)

Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)

by Nick DeRiso Bassist Charles Mingus, an enlightening yet stormy presence, clearly felt he had unfinished business with some of his earlier work. So, he used “Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus” and a move to the more creatively open Impulse! label to take another pass at them. That turned into a dramatic remodeling project for Mingus. In fact, he ripsRead More

Gimme Five: Jazz’s greatest last recordings

“Thank you very much, you make me feel so wonderful. It’s been a pleasure being here but I really must go now, it’s so hot.” Clifford Brown at the end of his final performance, June 25, 1956 Jazz history is full of personal tragedies; so many of the greats who for various reasons, left us far too soon. For someRead More

Lionel Hampton and Friends – Rare Recordings, Vol. 1 (1977)

by Nick DeRiso A line-up from jazzer nirvana is one thing. Wringing such ringing performances out of the guys is quite another. Call this cool vibes from vibrophonist Hampton, who certainly knows where to mail the invitations — a veritable who’s-who of jazz for the newbie: Pianist Hank Jones, trumpeter Thad Jones, pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines, bassist Charlie Mingus, trumpetRead More