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November 1998    Albums

Say Yes
Johnny Varro

Johnny Varro, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated pianists currently active. The 19 performances in this sparkling collection handsomely illustrate his taste, clarity of thought, attractive touch and easy swing. His notes explain his very personal...


November 1998    Albums

Midnights at V-disc
Louis Armstrong/Jack Teagarden/Woody Herman

Here are two sessions arranged by George Simon for V-Discs in December 1944 and January 1945. On hand at the first were all kinds of famous stars-Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, Lips Page, Jack teagarden, Trummy Young, Don Byas and Cozy Cole among them-with...


October 1998    Albums

The Kid and The Brute
Illinois Jacquet

The two long blues on which Ben Webster plays are by far the most exciting tracks. Opening the record on the first, he lays down a ferocious challenge, but Jacquet, who in no way appears intimidated by the huffing and puffing, replies in an alert, sparring...


October 1998    Albums

Jazz Me Blues
Jimmy Witherspoon

This "best of" collection was compiled by David Axelrod, who produced three of the sessions from which nine of the twenty titles derive. For him, Witherspoon was the "boss" of the blues and one of his "closest and dearest friends," as he explains in enlightening...


October 1998    Albums

For Basie
Paul Quinichette

Paul Quinichette was not styled the Vice-Pres for nothing. Of all the tenor players Lester Young inspired, he passed on the message the most faithfully. He was too often dismissed as an imitator, but Young's language seemed to be natural to him, so that...


October 1998    Albums

The Opening Round
Houston Person

Both of these feature and were produced by tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a faithful perpetrator of unpretentious R&B stylings. On the first he is backed by Joey De Francesco on B3, Rodney Jones on guitar, and formidable drummer Bernard Purdie. Purdie...


October 1998    Albums

Vol. 1 1944-46
Wardell Gray

This is the first of a projected complete series of possibly 15 (!) CDs from France, where intelligence and thoroughness are generally applied to reissues. The set begins with 13 performances by the Earl Hines band of 1944-46, five of them broadcasts, most...

June 1998    Albums

His Best Recordings, 1927-1942
Earl Hines

This provides an excellent introduction to some of Earl Hines' best recordings over a 15-year period, The "international panel of experienced and respected specialists" has made a good selection, but might have done better for the big band's records of the...


June 1998    Albums

The Jazz Giants
Wild Bill Davison

Besides Davison, the "giants" at these 1968 sessions were Claude Hopkins, Benny Morton, Herb Hall, Arvell Shaw and Bussy Drootin on piano, trombone, clarinet, bass and drums respectively. Hopkins was the sextet's musical director and his considerable experience...


May 1998    Briefs

Hot Lips Page

Page' s small-band records of the '40s are not so well known as they deserve to be. Not only was he one of the period's most exciting trumpet players, but he was also a decidedly convincing singer of blues and standards that appealed to him. The 1945 Continental...


May 1998    Albums

Gentle Duke
Various Artists

The first is an intriguing collection of recordings by Ellington stars astutely drawn from no less than six different labels of the Fantasy family by Bob Porter. The outstanding track is of "Mood Indigo," for besides valuable statements by Clark Terry, Paul...


May 1998    Albums

The Music of Duke Ellington
The Floating Jazz Festival Trio

Common to all three of these is Junior Mance's piano, an element that contributes greatly to their appeal. In the first, the trio of Mance, Keter Betts and Jackie Williams is joined by Joe Temperley on baritone, soprano and bass clarinet. Besides his well...


May 1998    Albums

The Keystone Transcriptions, C. 1939-1949
Teddy Wilson

There are 26 previously unissued solos here, nearly half of them blues or originals, all of them played with Wilson's customary aplomb. Anyone who ever had the pleasure of recording him alone can tell you what a cinch it was. In this case, too, there would...


May 1998    Albums

Frankfurt 1952
Jazz at the Philharmonic

The protagonists here are Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Hank Jones, Ray Brown and Max Roach, and as Norman Granz introduces them one by one they are greeted with the same kind of football enthusiasm that had surprised me so much only six years...


May 1998    Albums

Master of Jazz: Louis in Chicago, 1962
Louis Armstrong

Among the 17 performances are several not previously issued, such as Billy Kyle's feature, "When I Grow Too Old to Dream," Trummy Young's untypically rambunctious outburst on "Once in a While" and a sober "Basin Street Blues." The recording is generally...


May 1998    Albums

Eddie South

This is, in effect, a document of much historical significance, for Eddie South is undeniably one of the greatest of the few important jazz violinists. The first 16 tracks, some very rare, offer glimpses of an outstanding talent wasted in commercial settings...

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