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10 by Mancini in 1960

10 by Mancini in 1960

Hollywood composer, arranger and conductor Henry Mancini released four albums in 1960—two soundtracks and two instrumental LPs. The scores were for the film High Time and the TV series Mr. Lucky. The instrumentals were The Blues and the Beat and The Mancini Touch. Their cool swing, jauntiness and instrumental textures were in sync with the minimalist space-age feel of the year and the palm-lined breeziness of Beverly Hills. [Photo above of Henry Mancini courtesy of Ginny Mancini] Here are 10 ...

Five Guitarists With the Blues

Five Guitarists With the Blues

By 1971, my family had moved out of Manhattan for the northern reaches of Westchester County. I wasn't happy about being there, but it was better than dealing with overcrowded classrooms in the city and muggings in school stairways. Craving the city at 15, I started taking the train into New York to spend hours at record stores. I'd often come back with four or five albums paid for with lawn-mowing money. By then, many of my friends had grown ...

Lester Young on Verve

Lester Young on Verve

Lester Young was born on August 27, 1909 and died March 15, 1959. Known as Prez or Pres (short for President, a nickname Billie Holiday gave him), the tenor saxophonist was famous for his cool and airy relaxed style that modernized the tenor saxophone. Instead of improvising with an aggressive, vertical chopping approach, his sound was more horizontal, like a flat rock being skimmed along the top of a still lake. As a result, his notes lingered and seemed to ...

Videos: Three Ellington Reeds

Videos: Three Ellington Reeds

Duke Ellington was a tonal impressionist. Each musician in his band had two functions—to be able to play and to have a special sound. Taken as a whole, his orchestral pieces were like canvases, with different hues layered on top of each other. Here are three of Ellington's top saxophonists on solo showcases, providing an opportunity to hear their distinct sounds isolated: Here's Ben Webster on Chelsea Bridge... Here's Harry Carney on Sophisticated Lady... And here's Johnny Hodges on I ...

Charlie Parker at 100: Part 5

Charlie Parker at 100: Part 5

This week, I've been celebrating Charlie Parker's centenary on August 29 by posting on the alto saxophonist's five major contributions to jazz and the culture at large. In Part 1, I posted about Parker's invention, with Dizzy Gillespie, of bebop in 1945. In Part 2, I posted on Parker's popularization of high-speed improvisation. In Part 3, I posted on how Parker turned the blues into a seductive, lyrical form. And in Part 4, I posted on Parker's pioneering albums with ...

Charlie Parker at 100: Part 4

Charlie Parker at 100: Part 4

This week, I'm celebrating Charlie Parker's upcoming centenary on August 29 by posting on what I believe are the alto saxophonist's five major contributions to jazz and the culture in general. In Part 1, I posted about Parker's invention of bebop with Dizzy Gillespie in 1945. In Part 2, I posted on Parker's popularization of high-speed improvisation. In Part 3, I posted on how Parker turned the blues into a seductive, lyrical form. Today, I'm posting on how Parker became ...

Charlie Parker at 100: Part 3

Charlie Parker at 100: Part 3

In celebration of Charlie Parker's centenary on August 29, I'm spending the week posting on five major accomplishments by the alto saxophonist. On Monday, I posted about Parker's invention with Dizzy Gillespie in 1945 of a transformative genre of improvised jazz that became known as bebop. On Tuesday, I posted about Parker's popularization of high-speed and complex improvisation. Today, I'm looking at Parker's unique ability to make the blues charismatic and seductive with his round tone and fluidity. In the ...


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