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Doug Raney: New York Visits

Doug Raney: New York Visits

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In 1977, 20-year-old guitarist Doug Raney was touring Europe with his father, guitarist Jimmy Raney. Doug fell in love with the soul there and appreciation of club audiences and decided to move to Copenhagen at age 21. That's where he began his recording career and that's where he remained until his death at 59 in 2016. He made only a few trips back to the States, in 1993 and 1996. In the first case, I suspect he returned to visit ...

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JoAnne Brackeen + Art Blakey

JoAnne Brackeen + Art Blakey

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

JoAnne Brackeen is a jazz pianist with thunderous talent. She's an original who soars as a soloist, in duets, in trios, quartets and beyond. Her hands hit the keyboard with enormous power and her churning style mixes abstraction, bop and hard bop, turning standards inside out and setting her own originals on fire. I love her playing. It's daring, fierce and doesn't take prisoners. She's all in and always finds her way out. Born in Ventura, Calif. in 1938, Brackeen ...

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Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

For those who don't quite get East Coast cool jazz or why it's special, I have two words for you: Half Nelson. The song, credited to Miles Davis, was first recorded for Savoy in 1947 by the Miles Davis All Stars, featuring Miles Davis (tp), Charlie Parker (ts), John Lewis (p), Nelson Boyd (b) and Max Roach (d). Originally a bebop tune, the song was later picked up by Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh, two exponents of the cool school. ...

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Dom Um Romão: Rio, 1964

Dom Um Romão: Rio, 1964

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Dom Um Romão is probably best known as the percussionist who replaced Airto Moreira in the fusion band Weather Report from 1972 to '74. If you read my post last week that featured video clips of singer Astrud Gilberto, you probably remember this one, featuring Dom Um Romão on drums. Dom Um Romão was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1925 and began playing in Rio ballrooms and cabarets in the 1940s. He was then hired by Rádio Tupi’s orchestra. ...

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Astrud Gilberto: 30 Years of Videos

Astrud Gilberto: 30 Years of Videos

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

We began the week with my post on Astrud Gilberto's last three Verve albums. Let's end with videos of the Brazilian singer in action from 1965 to 1983. As you will see, you really can't have too much Astrud Gilberto: Here's Gilberto in 1965 singing Agua de Beber... Here's Gilberto in 1966 singing Bim Bom... Here's Gilberto in Italy in 1967 singing or (lip-syncing) Samba de Verão in Italian... Here's Gilberto in 1972 singing (or lip-syncing) Goodbye Sadness... Here's Gilberto ...

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Nathen Page: Fiery Picker

Nathen Page: Fiery Picker

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Guitarist Nathen Page was at home in the modal jazz idiom of the 1970s and '80s. Though not especially well known by jazz fans due to his retreat to Florida in the 1970s and his limited-distribution releases on his Hugo Music label, Page was a remarkable player. He straddled multiple genres, from a metallic sound found in rock at the time to a warmer jazz style. Born in West Virginia in 1937, Page was self-taught and early on listened only ...

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Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto Golden

Astrud Gilberto: Gilberto Golden

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In 1969, Verve released the label's last three albums by singer Astrud Gilberto. The first two were I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do and September 17, 1969. Al Gorgoni arranged the former and all of the latter except for Let's Have The Morning After (Instead of the Night Before), which was arranged by Michael Leonard. The two albums were recorded in New York—the former in February and the latter in September and November. Both albums are sensual and the ...

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Chico Hamilton: A Different Journey

Chico Hamilton: A Different Journey

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Last week, after my post on Bobby Hutcherson's Oblique, featuring Albert Stinson on bass, Bill Kirchner reminded me of Chico Hamilton's A Different Journey, featuring a superb Hamilton-led quintet that included Stinson. Recorded for Reprise in January 1963 in San Francisco, the quintet was comprised of George Bohanon (tb), Charles Lloyd (fl,ts,as), Gabor Szabo (g), Albert Stinson (b) and Chico Hamilton (d). By early 1963, Chico had completed his pioneering chamber-jazz experiments and shifted to hard bop and jazz inspired ...


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