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TERESA BREWER WITH COUNT BASIE & THAD JONES -THE SONGS OF BESSIE SMITH/DUKE ELLINGTON WITH TERESA BREWER-IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING.

TERESA BREWER WITH COUNT BASIE & THAD JONES -THE SONGS OF BESSIE SMITH/DUKE ELLINGTON WITH TERESA BREWER-IT DON’T MEAN A THING IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING. Eighteen years after releasing her debut album Music, Music, Music on Coral, Teresa Brewer was signed to Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Productions. Theresa’s career was now into its …

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SARAH VAUGHAN-A TIME IN MY LIFE.

SARAH VAUGHAN-A TIME IN MY LIFE. By 1971, when Sarah Vaughan released A Time In My Life on Mainstream Records, she had established a reputation as one of jazz’s premier vocalists. She had come a long way since winning the Amateur Night at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, in 1942. Back then, Sarah was just eighteen. The …

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BLUE MITCHELL-BLUE MITCHELL.

BLUE MITCHELL-BLUE MITCHELL. Despite  a recording career that spanned twenty-nine years, and over twenty albums,  Florida born trumpeter, Blue Mitchell, never enjoyed the same critical acclaim that many of his contemporaries enjoyed. Blue wasn’t perceived as a groundbreaking musician. However, he enjoyed a successful career, touring widely and releasing a string of successful albums.  His …

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HADLEY CALIMAN-HADLEY CALIMAN.

HADLEY CALIMAN-HADLEY CALIMAN. Although Hadley Caliman had worked as a sideman for Dexter Gordon and Art Farmer, he didn’t release his eponymous debut album until he was thirty-nine. This wasn’t down to a lack of talent. Far from it. Hadley Caliman was one of the most talented tenor saxophonists and flautists of his generation. Instead, it …

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DUKE ELLINGTON’S MY PEOPLE.

DUKE ELLINGTON’S MY PEOPLE. 1st January 1863 was one of the most important dates in American history. It was the date of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves in the ten rebel states would be free. A hundred years later, and Duke Ellington wrote a stage play that celebrated President Lincoln’s Emancipation …

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ROY HAYNES-HIP ENSEMBLE.

ROY HAYNES-HIP ENSEMBLE. In the history of jazz music, Roy Haynes’ name looms large. He is one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history. During a career that spanned sixty years, Roy Haynes worked with the great and good of jazz music. This included Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Wardell Grey, Stan Getz and Sarah …

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG-LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND HIS FRIENDS.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG-LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND HIS FRIENDS. 1970 is remembered as a landmark year for Louis Armstrong. It was the year Louis and an all-star band, headed into the studio to record an album to celebrated his seventieth birthday. The album was Louis Armstrong and His Friends, which was recently rereleased on Boplicity, an imprint of …

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HAROLD LAND-CHOMA (BURN).

HAROLD LAND-CHOMA (BURN). Musically, Harold Land was a late developer. Growing up in Houston, Harold never showed any interest in learning to play an instrument. Then in 1944, when he was sixteen, Harold heard Coleman Hawkins recording of Body and Soul. This was a life-changing experience. After this, Harold decided to learn how to play …

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WARDELL GRAY-WAY OUT WARDELL.

WARDELL GRAY-WAY OUT WARDELL. During Wardell Gray’s tragically short career, he proved to be one of jazz’s innovators. His career lasted just fifteen years. It began in the swing era and encompassed the bebop era. Then, just when Wardell Grey looked like fulfilling his undoubted potential, tragedy struck on May 25th 1955.  Towards the end …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 6.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 6. THE CURTIS COUNCE QUINTET-EXPLORING THE FUTURE. One of jazz’s best kept secrets is hard bop and West Coast jazz double bassist Curtis Counce. He may not have enjoyed the longevity of many of his contemporaries, but was one of the leading lights of West Coast …

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CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN-CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN.

CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN-CHICO HAMILTON WITH PAUL HORN. From an early age, Chico Hamilton looked destined to become a jazz drummer. Born in Los Angeles in September 1921, Chico was already a talented drummer by the time he reached high school. Away from school, he was playing alongside some of the greatest jazz musicians …

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CHET BAKER QUINTETTE-CHET BAKER QUINTETTE.

CHET BAKER QUINTETTE-CHET BAKER QUINTETTE. Chet Baker’s big break came when he joined Charlie Parker’s band at the Tiffany Club, in Los Angeles. That was in May 1952, when Chet was just twenty-three. Even then, it was widely recognized that Chet Baker was a prodigious talent. A great future was forecast for the former member …

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COLEMAN HAWKINS-THE HAWK SWINGS.

COLEMAN HAWKINS-THE HAWK SWINGS. There aren’t many musicians whose career traversed the big band, swing and bebop eras. Coleman Hawkins did. He was one of the finest tenor saxophonists in the history of jazz. Born in 1904, Coleman Hawkins was around when jazz was born. His recording debut came in 1921, as a member of …

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CARL PERKINS-INTRODUCING.

CARL PERKINS-INTRODUCING. The story of jazz pianist Carl Perkins is one of what might have been. Despite being born with polio, Carl Perkins through sheer courage and determination, forged a career as a jazz pianist. Although best known for his work with the Curtist Counce Quintet, Carl played on recordings by Illinois Jacquet, Dexter Gordon, …

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DEXTER GORDON-BLOWS HOT AND COOL.

DEXTER GORDON-BLOWS HOT AND COOL. Dexter Gordon it seems, was destined to be a jazz musician. Jazz music surrounded him. Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton were friends of his father, a Los Angeles doctor. Aged seven Dexter started playing the clarinet, but later, switched to the saxophone. After a dalliance with the alto saxophone, Dexter …

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THE BUDDY COLLETTE QUINTET-BUDDY’S BEAT.

THE BUDDY COLLETTE QUINTET-BUDDY’S BEAT. Describing Buddy Collette as a musician, is almost an understatement. Buddy was much more than that. Apart from being a multi-instrumentalist, he was an educator, civil rights activist and politician. He formed his first band when he was just twelve and made his professional debut aged just seventeen. After serving …

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THE CURTIS COUNCE QUINTET-EXPLORING THE FUTURE.

THE CURTIS COUNCE QUINTET-EXPLORING THE FUTURE. One of jazz’s best kept secrets is hard bop, double bassist Curtis Counce. He may not have enjoyed the longevity of many of his contemporaries, but was one of the leading lights of West Coast jazz. Curtis played alongside Teddy Charles, Shelly Manne, Lyle Murphy and Clifford Brown. Then …

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