A hard-swinging big band paired with a jazz legend in the making.
News about new and forthcoming box sets from the premier jazz reissue label.
Jazz scholar Mike Fitzgerald, co-author of the Gigi Gryce biography Rat Race Blues, has been leading an effort to build a wonderful online jazz discography resource for the past several years. Recently he added 50 more leader discographies to his website, including pages for…
Strata East: where adventurous hardbop went in the 1970s.
The 1960s jazz recordings of an artist who influenced rap and acid jazz performers.
In the early 1970s, as recording opportunities for more adventurous hard-bop musicians dried up, trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell started their own label, Strata East, partly in order to document the activities of their quartet Music Inc. The aesthetic results were in some ways an extension of…