Post Tagged with: "Jazz"

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown – Just Got Lucky (1973)

NICK DERISO: The story goes: Someone asked Fats Waller what jazz is. His reply? “If you don’t know, don’t mess with it.” Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown messed with it on “Just Got Lucky,” and with fine results. In fact, it seemed his string-bending solos found themselves most at home in the straight-ahead surroundings that made up the last third of thisRead More

New Orleans bids farewell to Alvin Batiste

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — Musicians in white shirts and black pants led a hearse carrying the body of clarinetist Alvin Batiste through the streets of New Orleans on Saturday, and hundreds of mourners attached themselves to the jazz funeral honoring one of the city’s most revered musicians. In the morning, crowds lined up to pay homage to the jazz pioneer,Read More

Robin Eubanks & EB3 – Live, Vol. 1 (2007)

by S. Victor Aaron Since the mid-sixties, jazz musicians have sought to combine electronic instruments with jazz to create something new and fresh sounding. The most obvious result of this mix is called fusion, but others have managed to do it taking different approaches that uses these instruments to actually expand their musicianship, instead of watering it down. The latestRead More

George Gershwin – Gershwin Performs Gershwin: Rare Recordings (1931-35)

NICK DERISO: Dug up from some old dusty box in brother Ira’s attic, this scratchy, other-worldly epiphany issued by BMG is remarkable for its ethereal emotion, ageless grace and surprising reliance on (gasp!) commercialism to push art. The first 12 tracks are acetates from “Music by Gershwin,” 15-minute radio programs recorded in 1934 to help underwrite George Gershwin’s signature folkRead More

Joe Henderson – Power To The People (1969)

It’s hard to delve too much into 1960s jazz without coming across tenorman’s Joe Henderson’s name both as a leader and a sideman. And although I’ve managed to avoid devoting this space for a full fledged review of a selection out his rich catalog until now, he’s gotten plenty of mention from me. He was there on pivotal jazz releasesRead More

Guilty pleasures: Harry Connick Jr. – Blue Light, Red Light (1991)

NICK DERISO: This release came in the wake of an ambitious year that saw Connick issue both a big-band swing record and a three-piece jumping jazz record without vocals. Not only do I not have to tell you which one sold, I don’t have to tell you which style Harry — the crown prince of the New Nostalgia — pickedRead More

Forgotten series: Sir Charles Thompson – Takin’ Off (1947)

The hard-punching Charles Thompson is best known, if he’s known at all now, as a deep-background member of the Coleman Hawkins/Howard McGhee band from this period. On “Takin’ Off,” however, Thompson’s frisky rhythm and round-house experimentation are a constant reminder of just how underappreciated he remains. Thompson wasn’t simply a link between the swing era and bebop, having first playedRead More

Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993): An Appreciation

Editor’s note: This column ran as part of an obituary package on the national Gannett News Service wire upon Dizzy Gillespie’s passing in 1993. People told him those bullfrog cheeks would ruin his playing. The embouchure, very important. Flinty, yet funny, John Birks Gillespie was insightful enough to understand that this would be his hook. Over the next five decades,Read More

Something Else! Interview: Vocalist Heidi McCurdy

A little more than a month ago I covered a self-released album by a Vancouver, British Columbia-based jazz-pop vocalist by the name of Heidi McCurdy. Heidi’s music is a prime example of the great singing and composing talent out there still unsigned and undiscovered by a record company. Fickle Mind is a fine document of such talent, a document thatRead More

One Track Mind: Jaco Pastorius Big Band, "Barbary Coast" (2003)

by Pico The first time I heard “Barbary Coast” was when I got halfway through the second side of a vinyl copy Weather Report’s Black Market I had just purchased, and I wasn’t terribly impressed with it then. In this rendering, it was a three minute one-chord bass riff decorated with Joe Zawinul’s chintzy synthesizers. It was also Jaco’s firstRead More