I’ve loved Eli “Lucky” Thompson’s mellifluous tenor and soprano saxophone playing since I first heard it on Lucky Strikes about 45 years ago. His name resonates too, even though it’s a misnomer.
I enthused over Ehud Asherie two years ago on this blog, and my appreciation for the pianist only grows. I’ve seen him twice since then, and two or three new recordings have appeared as well, so the Israeli-born New Yorker remains in view.
Jim Hall was featured on the premiere recording of John Lewis’s “Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West” in 1956. The tune, an enchanting blues, alludes to the birthplaces of the five participants on the session…
Today is Monty Alexander’s 70th birthday. The pianist was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and while he’s an outstanding exponent of mainstream grooves, his career began with r&b bands in Kingston and his repertoire has long included blues classics…
Marian McPartland’s In My Life, recorded in 1993, has an eclectic quality that’s fairly typical for the English-born pianist. But how many other jazz artists […]
Duke Ellington died forty years ago on May 24, 1974. He’d turned 75 a month earlier. I was twenty, I’d seen him six times, and I felt like I’d lost my guiding light. He was a shepherd to countless thousands over three generations…
Sidney Bechet’s 117th birthday anniversary was on May 14, Fats Waller’s 110th on May 21, recent datelines that coincide with an anecdote I gleaned from an interview heard two weeks ago in New Orleans.
When my wife Meg and I visited New Orleans a year ago, we heard Aurora Nealand in person for the first time, and I wrote […]
In my recent review of the Mike Bloomfield anthology, From His Head to His Heart to His Hands, I mentioned some of the artists he recorded with who are missing from the Al Kooper-produced, 3-disc set.
The blues-rock icon Michael Bloomfield is the subject of a new 3-CD retrospective produced and “curated” by Al Kooper for Columbia/Legacy. From His Head to His Heart to His Hands includes a smattering of….