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Electrifying Track: The Eely One

Electrifying Track: The Eely One

In January 1959, tenor saxophonist Arnett Cobb was teamed with fellow tenor player Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis, organist Wild Bill Davis, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Arthur Edgehill on a Prestige album called Blow, Arnett, Blow. On The Eely One, a walking blues by Cobb, the tough tenors open the clutch all the way and snake through ...

Tito Puente's Cha-Cha-Cha

Tito Puente's Cha-Cha-Cha

Yesterday, the temperature hit the mid-90s in New York. As the mercury climbed, thoughts turned to Tito Puente, the Les Brown of Latin dance music. In the 1950s, Puente was one of the so called “Big Three" mambo dance kings—Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriguez. While Machito veered toward Latin jazz and Rodriguez, a vocalist, was a ...

Monday Surprise: Seeing Bix

Monday Surprise: Seeing Bix

For many aficionados of Bix Beiderbecke the surprise is not that there is so little film of the great cornetist, but that there is any. To the left, we see a frame of film shot in 1928 for Fox Movietone News of the Whiteman orchestra recording or rehearsing a piece called “My Ohio Home.” When Beiderbecke ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the L.A. Swing Barons

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the L.A. Swing Barons

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring the L.A. Swing Barons, who are coming to St. Louis for a performance presented by the St. Louis Jitterbugs this coming Thursday, June 21 at the Intersect Arts Center. The event is part of an ongoing Thursday night swing dance series sponsored by the Jitterbugs. So ...

Eight Clips: The Blues Guitar

Eight Clips: The Blues Guitar

By the early 1970s, the electric blues guitar reached its peak in mass popularity. With roots in the post-World War II Chicago style marked by amplification and picking solos, the electric blues was pioneered by African-American guitarists including T. Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddy King, Albert King, Chuck Berry, Magic Sam, ...

Five Solos by Hal McKusick

Five Solos by Hal McKusick

Yesterday, I was thinking about the late Hal McKusick. So I thought I'd share five clips with you of Hal playing solos: Here's Hal on also saxophone playing Don't Worry About Me... Here's Hal on You're Everywhere... Here's Hal playing I'm Glad There Is You on clarinet... Here's Hal on alto saxophone playing Irresistible You... Here's ...

Electrifying Track: Junka

Electrifying Track: Junka

Sonny Clark was an elegant jazz pianist who recorded in the hard bop era and was influenced primarily by Bud Powell, though there's a touch of Horace Silver in his punctuation. Clark was a sideman on many important albums, including recordings by Buddy DeFranco, Serge Chaloff, Frank Rosolino, Sonny Criss, Howard Rumsey, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, ...

Tower of Power: Soul Side

Tower of Power: Soul Side

In 1970, most of the surging white brass bands that played pop-rock were heavily jazz influenced. The list included Blood Sweat & Tears, Chicago, the Flock, Collective Consciousness Society and the Ides of March. And then there was Tower of Power, a largely white band influenced by the soul-funk feel of the Mar-Keys, the James Brown ...

YouTubers Dig Red Garland

YouTubers Dig Red Garland

Whenever I'm searching around YouTube, I'm always amazed when I come across pianists around the world playing convincingly in the style of a jazz giant. Or convincingly enough that they sound like they're having a ball. Yesterday, I found a bunch of Red Garland wannabes. I play some piano, but if I were to take lessons ...

Music Video Distribution Unlikely To Change Much As Vevo Succumbs To YouTube

Music Video Distribution Unlikely To Change Much As Vevo Succumbs To YouTube

After a long and doomed battle, Vevo has finally thrown up the white flag, shuttering its site and ditching its mobile app, however, the fateful end of this attempt by record labels to compete with YouTube will likely have little impact on music distribution as we know it. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 ...