Max came to prominence as a counterpart to Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker in the development of modern jazz, and he may be the most influential drummer of all time. To watch Max play the trap set, which he preferred calling a “multiple percussion unit,” was to behold a marvel of human agility and inventiveness.
Benny Golson, whom I had the pleasure of interviewing on July 25, said he was profoundly affected by the experience of seeing Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra with […]
On Jazz Beat 23, Tom Reney speaks with Benny Golson about his memoir, Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson. In their conversation, Golson vividly recalls the impact of seeing Lionel Hampton’s band with Arnett Cobb when he was 14; the challenge of composing I Remember Clifford for his “friend forever,” Clifford Brown; and his friendship with John Coltrane and other aspects of his Philadelphia boyhood. He expands upon a previously undocumented night when Louis Armstrong sat in with Tadd Dameron’s band in Atlantic City and engaged in a “time battle” with Clifford Brown. And he shares anecdotes about Bill Evans, Herb Pomeroy, and Miles Davis; expresses respect for the jazz writer Nat Hentoff; and discusses working with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the movie The Terminal.
Yesterday was Kenny Burrell’s 85th birthday. I heard him first on Jimmy Smith’s Back At the Chicken Shack, and first heard his great original “Chitlins Con […]
Known by the dual nicknames Rabbit and Jeep, Hodges’s admirers were a diverse lot. John Coltrane, who began his career playing alto saxophone, cited him as his first influence. He was also a sideman in Hodges’s band in 1953.
In the latest edition of JazzBeat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney uses personal memories and a true love of the blues to bring cultural context to a moment in musical history, when Howlin Wolf appeared on the American TV show Shindig!, through which we can appreciate this American blues master.
Ah, but Pops knew to leave us always wanting a little bit more!
Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, two of the most incisive and arresting soloists in modern jazz, made for one of the greatest trumpet/saxophone front lines […]
I hadn’t seen Wallace in at least a decade. Powerfully engaged by the two emerging masters, he sounded as expressive and full-throated as ever riding the harmonic edge of several standards and a trio of originals
Sir Charles Thompson died on June 16 near Tokyo, where he’d lived since 2002. He was 98, and was playing gigs up until a few […]