Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, It’s Time! (1978 Blue Note King Records)

Updated on 4/18/18: Retroactively changed the post title to reflect the new name for my record overview feature, "Pressing Issues." Don't ask about the feature name candidates that didn't make the cut. (Ha! No pun intended there!) Updated on 4/19/18: Included cover design and liner note credits. Original pressing: Blue Note Records, BLP 4179 & BST 84179 (1965) This one: King Records, GXK … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, It’s Time! (1978 Blue Note King Records)

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)

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

8 Great Jazz Movies

These are 8 of my favorite jazz-related movies. As I write below, maybe they're not all "Great®", but they're all worth seeing. What am I missing here? Tell me your favorites in the comments. 1. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959) Arguably the greatest concert film ever made. Inarguably (!) the greatest jazz concert film ever … Continue reading 8 Great Jazz Movies