Jazz

8:36pm

Wed May 28, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:55 pm

Clifford Brown turned in a number of fine solos playing with bandleader Art Blakey in 1954.
Francis Wolff Courtesy of Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.

One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Its artists, both the jazz legends and those journeymen who are little regarded today, have helped shape the ever-evolving notion of what a solo is and what it can be.

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5:06pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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4:31pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

NPR

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis' quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter's harmonic conception, sense of space and bending of music-theory rules destined many of his tunes to become jazz standards.

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4:31pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

Norah Jones performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Norah Jones fans likely remember Come Away With Me — the 2002 recording which introduced her smoke-infused twang to the world. That album, like all of hers since, came out on Blue Note Records, merging her voice with those of major jazz artists of yesterday and the present.

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4:30pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith perform at Blue Note At 75, The Concert.
NPR

In a stretch of Blue Note albums throughout the 1950s, '60s and even early '70s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, now 87, emblematized the hard bop and soul jazz that we now consider "straight-ahead." The old dog has resisted certain new tricks in music — "no fusion, no confusion" is his motto — but he's certainly expanded his palette of dirty jokes to include, well, modern medicine. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, Donaldson warmed up the crowd and gave it some of his classic greasy polish. Sweet Poppa Lou was accompanied by organist Dr.

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4:26pm

Wed May 28, 2014
NPR Jazz Live

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:41 am

McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson perform at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Pianist McCoy Tyner and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson first connected on record in 1966, on Hutcherson's album Stick-Up! They must have realized they were musically simpatico — they've continued to work together for nearly five decades now. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, they didn't say a word, but locked into a miniature set of Tyner's classic compositions with ageless grace.

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12:29pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

Jon Faddis.
Jean Francois Laberine Courtesy of the artist

Jon Faddis is one of today's premier trumpet players and an accomplished teacher, composer, conductor and recording artist. Faddis consistently exemplifies an unparalleled range and dazzling technique, with a style that evokes Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Roy Eldridge.

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5:03am

Sun May 25, 2014
A Blog Supreme

In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Wynton Marsalis leads a group of musicians through upper Manhattan's Riverside Church for the New Orleans-style funeral of vibraphonist Lionel Hampton in 2002.
Doug Kanter AFP/Getty Images

New Orleans may be the nominal birthplace of jazz, though it's also where a jazz tradition associated with death began: The jazz funeral, in which mourners taking a casket to the cemetery are accompanied by a band playing spirituals, hymns and dirges.

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5:03am

Thu May 22, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 11:12 am

Sun Ra's music sounds like it was intercepted from another world.
Baron Wolman Courtesy of the artist

3:28am

Thu May 22, 2014
Music

Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 9:18 am

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," Sun Ra said in a 1980 documentary. May 22, 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the composer and bandleader's birth.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.

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