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October 21, 2015


CDs from the Xanadu reissue series.

Return To Xanadu: Rebirth Of A Label

In the 1970s Xanadu Records chronicled bebop and hardbop musicians who'd become overshadowed by the bright, loud light of fusion. Now the label's LPs are back.

September 24, 2015


cover for the Free Spirits' Out Of Sight And Sound LP

First Fusion: Jazz-Rock Before Bitches Brew

In the late 1960s, young musicians such as The Free Spirits, the Fourth Way, and other now-forgotten fusioneers made the first attempts to blend jazz with rock.

September 7, 2015


Sonny Rollins on the bridge

Crossing The Bridge: The Return Of Sonny Rollins

In 1961 saxophonist Sonny Rollins returned from a two-year sabbatical, forming new musical alliances as he plunged into a shifting and vibrant jazz landscape.

August 27, 2015


Arranger Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley

Jazz a la Sauter: Eddie Sauter

Sauter's innovative and challenging arrangements gave the big-band sound an artistic sophistication that anticipated the rise of the Third Stream.

August 19, 2015


Cover of Doug Ramsey's Paul Desmond biography

After Brubeck: Paul Desmond In The 1970s

At the end of 1967 one of the most popular groups in jazz, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, disbanded. What did its star alto saxophonist Paul Desmond do next?

August 13, 2015


Cd cover for Herbie Hancock on Blue Note

Maiden Voyage: Herbie Hancock In The 1960s

In the 1960s Herbie Hancock seemed to be everywhere on the jazz scene, recording both as a leader for Blue Note and as a sideman with Miles Davis and others.

August 8, 2015


Billie Holiday Lady Sings The Blues

Late Lady: Billie Holiday On Verve In The 1950s

In 1952 Billie Holiday began her last great period on record with a series of small-group sessions that capture the twilight glow of a jazz star.

July 20, 2015


The onscreen opening to Duke Ellington's

Swing It Loud: Duke Ellington’s Early Black-Pride Music

Long before the rise of the black-pride movement in the 1960s, Ellington was writing music that celebrated African-American culture, personalities, and history.

July 6, 2015


Nancy Wilson 1960s

Jazz Her Way: Nancy Wilson In The 1960s

Wilson's records blended big-band and small-group elements with pop orchestration and doses of soul that could be both big-city hip and suburban cool.

June 29, 2015


The Bill Evans Album cover

The Great Columbia Jazz Purge: Coleman, Evans, Jarrett, And Mingus

In 1971 Columbia Records signed four of modern jazz's greatest artists. Within two years all four were gone. What happened?

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