Farewell, Chick

Armando "Chick" Corea. From concert stages around the globe to the White House. Twenty-three Grammies (and so many other awards that they have to be grouped by decade on his official website). Acoustic and electric lineups. A 50 year career of enormous variety and success. Not too shabby for an Italian kid from Chelsea, a … Continue reading Farewell, Chick

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4010, Bennie Green, Walkin’ & Talkin’ (1959)

Catalog number: Blue Note 4010 - Previous | Next MusiciansBennie Green (tb), Eddie Williams (ts), Gildo Mahones (p), George Tucker (b), Al Dreares (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffDesign: Reid MilesLiner notes: Robert Levin Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 25, 1959 Originally released May 1959 Date first heard: January 30, 2021 … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4010, Bennie Green, Walkin’ & Talkin’ (1959)

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4009, Bud Powell, The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell (1959)

Catalog number: Blue Note 4009 - Previous | Next MusiciansBud Powell (p), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffDesign: Reid MilesLiner notes: Leonard Feather Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 29, 1958 Originally released 1959 Date first heard: Week of January 25, 2021 (Apple Music) My Take One … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4009, Bud Powell, The Scene Changes: The Amazing Bud Powell (1959)

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4008, Horace Silver Quintet, Finger Poppin’ (1959)

Catalog number: Blue Note 4008 Previous | Next MusiciansHorace Silver (p), Junior Cook (ts), Blue Mitchell (tp), Gene Taylor (b), Louis Hayes (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffDesign: Reid MilesLiner notes: Leonard Feather Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 31, 1959 Originally released April 1959 Date first heard: unknown My Take There … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4008, Horace Silver Quintet, Finger Poppin’ (1959)

5 for Friday: 5 Old School Jazz Musicians with College Degrees

Among today's successful jazz musicians, those who did not study music in college appear to be the exceptions. Of course, this mirrors society-at-large, with many more pursuing higher education today than in the past. This absolutely holds true when we examine the biographies of the players who rose to prominence in the '50s and '60s. … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Old School Jazz Musicians with College Degrees

The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4007 – Donald Byrd, Off to the Races (1959)

Catalog Number: Blue Note 4007 – Previous | Next MusiciansDonald Byrd (tp), Jackie McLean (as), Pepper Adams (bs), Wynton Kelly (p), Sam Jones (b), Art Taylor (d) Cover photo: Francis WolffDesign: Reid MilesLiner notes: Joe Goldberg Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, December 21, 1958. Originally released March 1959 Date(s) first heard: … Continue reading The Blue Note 4000 Project: 4007 – Donald Byrd, Off to the Races (1959)