It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times
Scott LaFaro lived only 25 years. His influence as a revolutionary jazz bassist has lasted 50 years and counting.
Jazz and the night: moody, evocative music for the evening.
1960 was the first year of one of the most tumultuous decades in American history. The change that was beginning to come about was reflected in jazz as well.
Eric Dolphy's last year was one of his greatest as a musician.
Mosaic Records has posted information, including discographies, about new sets featuring Dave Liebman’s Pendelum group and some Helen Merrill jazz-vocal sides on their upcoming releases page, along with more details about the forthcoming early-1950s Oscar Peterson collection.
Brian Morton, co-author of numerous editions of the Penguin Guide to Jazz, will be publishing a biography of multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy in June 2009.
If you get a chance, check out the special jazz issue of StopSmiling, a Chicago-based music magazine. It has a good retrospective on Eric Dolphy, an interview with Ornette Coleman, a feature on Bobby Hutcherson, and much more. Brian Berger, editor of the fabulous New York Calling anthology and Who Walk in Brooklyn blog, hipped [...]
Booker Little was a talented young trumpeter and composer who’d already begun to fulfill his promise when illness struck him down at the age of 23.
The new Charles Mingus/Eric Dolphy release from Blue Note, Cornell 1964, arrived at the station last week. Along with the recent reissue of the little-known 1970 Complete America Session and last year’s ragged but vital At UCLA 1965 (aka Music Written for Monterey, 1965 Not Heard…played in its entirety), it’s been a good run lately for Mingus fans. The Monterey and America dates give us glimpses of Mingus from a period…