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Ernie Watts/Pete Christlieb/Rickey Woodard: The Tenor Trio

This sort of thing doesn’t often happen these days. It’s a blowing session, and it is a delight. Tenor saxophonists Watts, Christlieb and Woodard are backed by the splendid rhythm section of pianist Gerry Wiggins, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Frank Capp. They blend beautifully in the heads. The contrast among their styles makes the … Read More “Ernie Watts/Pete Christlieb/Rickey Woodard: The Tenor Trio”

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J.J. Johnson: The Complete Columbia Small Group Sessions

Major labels receive abuse for their jazz policies and practices. Musicians and fans make accusations of inconsistency, opportunism and venality, often for good reason. Still, their resources create the potential for support of important work, and when they reach that potential it can be on a scale that influences the course of music. Columbia Records … Read More “J.J. Johnson: The Complete Columbia Small Group Sessions”

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Marian McPartland: Silent Pool

Anticipation of this recording began in the jazz community months before the session took place. Ms. McPartland’s ceaseless growth as a pianist and Alan Broadbent’s blossoming into a major orchestral arranger made the collaboration something to look forward to. In the event, they exceed expectations. McPartland does some of her finest playing on record. Broadbent … Read More “Marian McPartland: Silent Pool”

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Charlie Parker: The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace Concert

Recordings of Parker performances continue to materialize nearly 42 years after his death, and they virtually always include astonishing playing by Bird. For years, amateur tapes and bootleg LPs of some of the music from the September 1952 Rockland Palace date have floated through the underground. Their technical quality is, to put the best face … Read More “Charlie Parker: The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace Concert”

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Gunther Schuller/John Lewis/Jimmy Giuffre/J.J. Johnson/George Russell/Charles Mingus: The Birth of the Third Stream

This reissue includes Columbia’s Music for Brass and much of its Modern Jazz Concert, 1950s albums of power, daring and indelible influence. In his notes for Modern Jazz Concert, Gunther Schuller emphasized the unimportance of pigeonholing the music, “…I will therefore not categorize and typecast the six works on this record.” Nonetheless, Schuller could not … Read More “Gunther Schuller/John Lewis/Jimmy Giuffre/J.J. Johnson/George Russell/Charles Mingus: The Birth of the Third Stream”

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