Doc’s Prescription For Hard-Bop: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers-The Big Beat (Blue Note)

By Devon “Doc” Wendell On March 6, 1960, Art Blakey and his most recent incarnation of his ever- changing Jazz Messengers were on fire. The Messengers consisted of the young trumpet wizard Lee Morgan, who emerged from Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band in 1957 and had made two previous recordings with Blakey & The Messengers: The… Read More Doc’s Prescription For Hard-Bop: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers-The Big Beat (Blue Note)

CD Review: Herb Alpert’s “Come Fly With Me”

By Don Heckman Renaissance Man is a label that’s been associated with Herb Alpert’s diverse career for years. And with good reason. How better to accurately describe Alpert’s mastery of skills reaching from the deep, often dark, complexities of the music business to his imaginative accomplishments as trumpeter, song writer, composer, band leader, producer, philanthropist… Read More CD Review: Herb Alpert’s “Come Fly With Me”

Nightbird: Eva Cassidy’s “Complete Blues Alley” 20th Anniversary Collection

by Faith Frenz Released last December by Blix Street Records, the Eva Cassidy Nightbird two-CD set is remastered from the original tape recordings of her 1996 performance in the Washington D.C. Jazz club, Blues Alley. All 33 songs were one take live performances in that club on one night. The album includes 12 previously unreleased… Read More Nightbird: Eva Cassidy’s “Complete Blues Alley” 20th Anniversary Collection

A ROGER SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Ella and Louis– “Sandpaper and Satin”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Ah, the gruff grit-and-gravel voice of Louis Armstrong and the warm, precise silky delivery of Ella Fitzgerald, a match made in heaven. Sandpaper and satin – but the difference is what makes it work. Ella and Louis displayed an extraordinary yin/yang vocal chemistry. As writer Doug Ramsey once noted… Read More A ROGER SONG SCOUT AURAL BACK RUB: Ella and Louis– “Sandpaper and Satin”

Doc’s Prescription for ‘Trane: John Coltrane-The Believer

By Devon Wendell So much is written about the life and music of John Coltrane. Everyone has their favorite Coltrane period. Most fans and journalists focus on the ‘60s modal and “free” Coltrane eras. My favorite music of “Trane’s” career is his rebellious hard-bopper faze of the late ‘50s, when he was playing with Miles… Read More Doc’s Prescription for ‘Trane: John Coltrane-The Believer