Ornette Coleman

2015 has been a rough year for America’s Classical Music. Irreplaceable, individual giants that have shaped the music with few peers such as the great Clark Terry and as of June 11, 2015 the enigmatic icon, Ornette Coleman, left the […]

Essential Small Group Jazz Performances: Part X

Gary Thomas: “You Don’t Know What Love Is” from the album Till We Have Faces (JMT, 1993, reissued 2004: Winter and Winter) Gary Thomas: tenor saxophone, Pat Metheny: guitar synthesizer, Tim Murphy: piano, Ed Howard: bass, Terri Lyne Carrington: drums, […]

Clark Terry

Clark Terry was positively a giant, one of the most joyful forces in jazz. A huge irreplaceable void has been left in the jazz community since his recent passing at the age of 94 on February 21, 2015. His sense […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part IX

Jeff “Tain” Watts: “The Impaler” from Citizen Tain (Columbia, 1999). Wynton Marsalis: trumpet, Branford Marsalis: tenor sax, Kenny Kirkland: piano, Reginald Veal: bass, Jeff “Tain” Watts: drums. Album recorded June 1-3, 1998 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY. Additional recording at […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part VIII

“Summertime” from Bam, Bam, Bam (Concord Jazz, 1988) Ray Brown Trio: Gene Harris: piano, Ray Brown: bass, Jeff Hamilton: drums. Recorded live at the Fujitsu Concord Jazz Festival, Kan-I Hoken Hall, Tokyo Japan, December 1988. Produced by Carl Jefferson. The […]