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December 1, 2008

 

West Coast Jazz: Get It While You Can

West Coast Jazz boxJazz aficionados generally have little use for various-artist anthologies. They’re seen as gateway collections for beginners, whereas hardcore veteran listeners tend to want all-inclusive single-artist monoliths replete with alternate takes, unissued masters, etc. (Sony/Legacy’s Miles Davis series is an excellent example–even though the later electric boxes have drawn in some younger, non-aficionado buyers.) Exceptions are made, of course–particularly for comprehensive label overviews like Mosaic Records’ Commodore trilogy and sets that document lesser-known but important milieus or periods, such as the Wildflowers collection that captures the mid-1970s New York loft scene.

October 12, 2008

 

Jazz Photographer William Claxton Passes Away

William ClaxtonWilliam Claxton, whose photos of jazz artists became iconic talismans of the music they played, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

September 6, 2008

 

Gerald Wilson

Last Of The Lions: Gerald Wilson

Two of longtime bandleader Gerald Wilson's finest orchestras--his progressive, modernistic 1940s outfit and his 1960s West Coast band.

April 26, 2008

 

Another Train, Another River: Jimmy Giuffre, 1921-2008

Jimmy Giuffre--a clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer-arranger has passed away at the age of 86.

April 8, 2008

 

Saxophonist Phil Urso RIP

Saxophonist Phil Urso passed away yesterday at the age of 82.

January 14, 2008

 

Superman Soars Off: Pete Candoli, 1923-2008

Pete Candoli, a trumpeter whose Superman-caped solos with the Woody Herman orchestra captured the exuberance of the swing era, has passed away at the age of 84.

December 11, 2007

 

Jazz for the Holidays: Shorty Rogers and “Greensleeves”

We'll hear a clip from trumpeter Shorty Rogers' appearance on the too-hip-to-last early-1960s TV show, Jazz Scene USA.

August 20, 2007

 

“I Want To Live!”

Based on the true story of accused murderess Barbara Graham, the 1958 movie I Want to Live! employed a jazz soundtrack written by Johnny Mandel.

June 26, 2007

 

The Nocturne Records Story

NocturneIn the early 1950s musicians Roy Harte and Harry Babasin, eager to document the ascending West Coast jazz scene, started a Los Angeles label called Nocturne Records. Babasin and Harte said they wanted to “broaden the nation’s views of our activities out here in Hollywood…

May 26, 2007

 

The James Dean Story

Dean StoryIn 1957 a young Robert Altman (future director of Nashville, MASH, and The Player) co-directed a documentary about James Dean, with a soundtrack written by Leith Stevens (who also scored The Wild One

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