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Upbeat: Nine Lives of A Musical Cat by David Amram

Whether playing French horn in jazz settings, writing for the New York Philharmonic or jamming on pennywhistle and flutes in dozens of countries, David Amram has seemingly encountered everyone important in music over the past 60 years. At one point in Upbeat, Amram writes of being stranded in London while waiting for a flight to … Read MoreUpbeat: Nine Lives of A Musical Cat by David Amram”

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The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival 50 Years by Keith and Kent Zimmerman

In 1997, Bill Minor wrote Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years, a detailed history of the first 40 years of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Now at the time of the 50th festival, The Art of Jazz celebrates the occasion with a breezier look at Monterey’s legacy, written by Keith and Kent Zimmerman. Each of the … Read More “The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival 50 Years by Keith and Kent Zimmerman”

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McCoy Tyner: Expansions

A pair of recent Mosaic Select limited-edition three-CD box sets focuses on music that was generally overlooked at the time it was recorded. McCoy Tyner (Select 25) features the great pianist’s Blue Note recordings of 1968-70, music originally released as Expansions, Cosmos, Extensions and Asante. Tyner had left the John Coltrane Quartet in early 1966 … Read More “McCoy Tyner: Expansions”

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