Charles Lloyd signs with Blue Note Records. Lloyd’s career is incredibly unique, and it will be interesting to see what jazz history texts do with him. He has had a long career and made some incredible records. Yet, I’m not sure any saxophonist imitates him, nor he is viewed as any sort of revolutionary (I’m not saying that he isn’t, rather it seems as though he isn’t viewed this way). He will also be staying busy this year.
Some interesting posts this week in jazz news. Danilo Perez is doing amazing work in his native country of Panama, a summary/review on the death of the Great American Songbook, the Nina Simone biopic premiered and robots are now playing jazz (and not just talking about it!).
This post is probably better titled “Last Month’s Jazz”. We have a lot to catch up here at Dizzyland and we’ll probably be spending a few days discussing everything that we’ve missed in the last month. A lot of great stuff here. Jazz musicians getting older, discussions of the year 2014 in jazz, a great Cannonball Adderley video and a heart-warming story about Mike LeDonne.
‘Tis the season for Jazz books! Several new jazz books were announced or released over the holiday including works on Frank Foster, Gigi Gryce and current jazz stars. Here are some links to interesting jazz items from the past week:
Herb Pomeroy was a Boston based trumpeter that is infrequently discussed in the history of jazz. This is not due to his performance abilities as they have been highly thought of by many musicians, including the great saxophonist Charlie Parker. It was Pomeroy’s abilities as a trumpeter that led Parker to hire him when he was performing in Boston based clubs like Storyville or the Hi-Hat. One such date in 1953 was recorded and released as the BlueNote album, “Charlie Parker Live at Storyville.”
Pomeroy’s solos on this date show a very detailed and thoughtful approach to harmony as well as a way of playing the trumpet that seemed to be in vogue at the time. His playing is frequently in the middle and low registers of the instrument, features a dark yet brassy tone, and a ‘laid-back’ approach in his time-feel. These aspects were not uncommon among trumpeters hired by Parker such as Miles Davis or Chet Baker. Of the material on “Charlie Parker Live at Storyville,” Pomeroy’s solo on the Parker blues, Now’s The Time shows the overall finesse which the former brings to these recordings.
Here is a list of jazz concerts that are streaming for FREE this weekend. Notable performances include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra playing the Brazilian-inspired music of Duke Ellington and the E.J. Strickland Quartet. (more…)
I have to admit that when I first saw that drummer Rudy Royston was releasing his first album as a leader, I was pretty excited to take a listen. I heard Royston play live for the first time in 2005 at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, CO. At the time, I was a budding musician that had just relocated to Boulder, CO for graduate school at the University of Colorado. Royston left a strong impression on me with his lively, melodic, and tasteful playing. Those qualities certainly are on display in his recently released album 303. (more…)
Here is your list of jazz concerts that are streaming online for FREE this weekend. Notable performances include: Anat Cohen, the DIVA Big Band, Victor Goines, Ralph Lalama and John Ellis. (Click on the artist to be redirected to the site where the concert will be streamed!)(more…)