5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

I thought I'd have a little word fun this week using Blue Note album titles. From the 1500 series through the 4000 series, Blue Note released 18 records the titles of which are puns based on the artists' first or last names. I define a "punny" album title as one which uses the artist's name, … Continue reading 5 for Friday: The 5 Lamest Punny Titles from Blue Note

5 for Friday: 5 Soundtracks to Famous Movies by Jazz Musicians

Busy this week, so here's a quick one. As the title says, here are some soundtracks by jazzers. 1. Miles Davis, Ascenseur pour l'échafaud  (1958) During a trip to France in 1957, Miles found the time to recruit some local talent and record the cues for Louis Malle's seminal French New Wave film. Released as Lift to the … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Soundtracks to Famous Movies by Jazz Musicians

5 for Friday: Top 5 Most Frequent Causes of Death for Jazz Musicians Who Died Prematurely

So here's a morbid topic to start the weekend. I've always been fascinated by musicians who died well before their time, whether it's Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, or Hank Williams. And jazz has definitely had its share of lives tragically cut short. In researching the lives of jazz musicians, I compiled a list of 64 … Continue reading 5 for Friday: Top 5 Most Frequent Causes of Death for Jazz Musicians Who Died Prematurely

5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

It's still April, so I'm taking a look at some of the standout versions of Vernon Duke's "April in Paris" (AIP hereon), a standard that has always put a (groan) spring in my step this time of year. In chronological order... 1. Charlie Parker from Charlie Parker with Strings, Mercury MC-C-101, 1950 To paraphrase Jon Lovitz … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

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

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