Song of the Day: Lee Morgan, “Our Man Higgins”, (Cornbread, 1967)

Tune: "Our Man Higgins" Album: Lee Morgan, Cornbread (1967) Composer: Lee Morgan Soloists: Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, and Herbie Hancock "Our Man Higgins" is certainly not a jazz standard, nor is it even one of Lee Morgan's better known compositions. But this tribute to Billy Higgins, drummer on so many Blue Note sessions (including this one), … Continue reading Song of the Day: Lee Morgan, “Our Man Higgins”, (Cornbread, 1967)

5 for Friday: 5 Solos by Jazz Musicians on Rock/Pop Tunes

For the second "5 on Friday", let's check out some of the better examples of when jazz players had guest solos on albums by major rock and pop artists. The soloists generally fit right in to their new roles, as each of the popular artists were/are know to incorporate jazz harmonies into their songs, some … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Solos by Jazz Musicians on Rock/Pop Tunes

Ben Sidran’s Talking Jazz project

Updated on 4/18/18: In the list at the bottom, I added links to the few of the interviews that are available on YouTube. Also, here's a link to a playlist of Talking Jazz Singles, which are 3-4 minute clips of many of the interviews. About a year ago, I stumbled upon a collection of interviews on Apple Music … Continue reading Ben Sidran’s Talking Jazz project

New Blue Note Film Coming Up: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

I wasn't planning another post for this weekend, but then I found out about this new film, and I am sending this out as an "emergency post": Just after I finished the post on great jazz movies, I learned about this, and it looks like it might be another for the list: Blue Note Records: Beyond … Continue reading New Blue Note Film Coming Up: Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

5 for Friday: 5 Great Jazz Musicians Born in Boston

I'm going to try this feature out and see if I like it. Every Friday at 5pm, I'll post a list of five...things. For the first one, I've assembled a list of five all-time greats born in the Boston area. The list includes: two members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, two of the greatest drummers … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Great Jazz Musicians Born in Boston

Things Weren’t What They Used to Be

In 1962,  many very talented, young jazz artists were beginning to make their voices heard on the scene. Consider the following, along with the age they turned that year: Tony Williams, 17 Bobby Hutcherson, 21 Chick Corea, 21 Freddie Hubbard, 24 Lee Morgan, 24 McCoy Tyner, 24 Joe Henderson, 25 A staggering array of talent, but … Continue reading Things Weren’t What They Used to Be