Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch! Album Review

Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch Cover

I’m all out of superlatives! Recorded for the Blue Note label in February of 1964, Out to Lunch! is viewed by many as Eric Dolphy‘s masterpiece, the “essential” recording. For Dolphy, an artist possessed of an incredible musical mind with a voracious appetite for new musical forms and expressions, Out To Lunch! proved to be… Continue reading Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch! Album Review

Awesome Artie Shaw Songs and Selected Discography

Artie Shaw Songs This is your starting place for an introduction to the music of Artie Shaw and his quintessential swing sound that defined a generation. Table of Contents begin the beguine Nightmare Nonstop flight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFZhAKoZvaQ Concerto for Clarinet Frenesi Artie Shaw Vinyl Albums You Need Artie Shaw Books You Should Read The Artie Shaw… Continue reading Awesome Artie Shaw Songs and Selected Discography

12 Things that Most Don’t Know About the Great Artie Shaw

Everyone knows that Artie Shaw was the “King of the Clarinet,” he was an infamous lover, and a brave soldier. Few know anything beyond that! Here are some snippets of the unknown Artie Shaw: From 1984 until 1996, Artie was an Honorary Vice-President of the swimming federation, FINA. When given the opportunity to write a… Continue reading 12 Things that Most Don’t Know About the Great Artie Shaw

The Amazing Eric Dolphy: Top Bass Clarinet Player

The Amazing Eric Dolphy: top bass clarinet player

Alto saxophonist, flutist, and bass clarinetist Eric (Allen) Dolphy (1928-1964) was single-handedly responsible for introducing the bass clarinet to jazz as a viable solo instrument. Eric Dolphy and his bass clarinet was a key figure on New York’s early avant-garde scene, and he made formative contributions to the music of John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. He… Continue reading The Amazing Eric Dolphy: Top Bass Clarinet Player

Remembering Clarinet Great: Pee Wee Russell

Portrait of Pee Wee Russell, Dave Tough, and Max Kaminsky, Eddie Condon’s, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948 Remembering Pee Wee Russell (March 27, 1906 – February 15, 1969) By Don Rouse These are remembrances that Jimmy Hamilton, a clarinetist and long-time friend of Pee Wee Russell, has of the time when he knew… Continue reading Remembering Clarinet Great: Pee Wee Russell

Afro-Latin Jazz to Modern Creative Jazz

Table of Contents The term Afro-Latin covers a huge variety of music, resulting from the combination of elements of African styles with the Spanish, Portuguese, and even French cultures transplanted to South and Central America. The blend was achieved earlier and more thoroughly than any such hybrid in North American music before the 1970s –… Continue reading Afro-Latin Jazz to Modern Creative Jazz