Though Terry Teachout maintains the position of “drama critic” at the Wall Street Journal, Teachout stands out more in our mind as the biographer behind arguably the best book about Louis Armstrong in 2009′s Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong and it looks like he’s tackling another giant of jazz this month with his October 17th release, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington.
Musician Carline Ray, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who was a member of the famed International Sweethearts of Rhythm and The Duke Ellington Orchestra among others has passed away at age keep reading »
Fresh off of her Grammy-award winning ‘Mosaic Project,’ Terri Lyne Carrington went straight back into the studio to create another project of equal quality and substance. ‘Money Jungle’ was originally recorded in 1962 by Duke Ellington, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Just over 50 years later Carrington brings back the raw tension evoked by Ellington, Roach, and Mingus with her own trio filled out by Christian McBride and Gerald Clayton and featuring additional guests Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Tia Fuller, and more. Check out what Carrington had to say about the record before you see her perform it at Dizzy’s this week!
On February 5th, Terri Lyne Carrington will drop her homage to Duke Ellington to coincide with the 50th anniversary of their iconic 1963 Money Jungle album.The album features keyboardist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride who represent the historic trio.
1962 was a pivotal year in jazz. The music was adapting and changing with the times, joining with other styles, switching instrumentations, and more. This showed both in the musicians of the time and the recordings that were made from the era. As we look back 50 years later and some of the masterpieces from 1962, we can’t help but highlight some amazing duos and collaborations that defined the era. Check out just a few of our favorites:
Five-time Grammy nominee Joe Jackson has brought together a very different group of musicians to help him reinterpret 15 Duke Ellington tracks (compiled into 10 for the album) on his forthcoming tribute album entitled The Duke. “Ellington didn’t consider his own arrangements to be sacred,” Jackson notes. “He constantly reworked them, sometimes quite radically. So I think my approach is in the spirit of the man himself.”
JALC will be presenting “Essentially Ellington” at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday 5/6/12. “Essentially Ellington” starts with a competition for high school jazz bands and culminates in a concert featuring the jazz bands with special guest Wynton Marsalis.
What we have here instead is a meeting of the minds—the talented youth and the burgeoning legend. Do I believe that a degree of competition existed between the two? Of course. A mastery of form cannot exist without the inherent desire to be greater than. But, this is a pairing that builds upon accentuation more so than aggravation. Dizzy Gillespie provided a platform for showcasing potential, and potential was given the name, Stan Getz.
Blue Note Records’ celestial compilation album, Wizard of the Vibes, pairing of virtuosic vibraphonist, Milt “Bags” Jackson coupled with the high priest of the keys, Thelonious Monk, is nothing short of musical magic. The aptly titled recording attests to the musical wizardry emblematic of this bonding of varying styles. Brewing in a cauldron of mesmerizing sounds Wizard of the Vibes display the beauty, clarity, and soothing grace of Milt Jackson’s nimble rattling of the bones juxtaposed with the spatial complexity signature to Monk’s revered chops.
We know this week has passed you by too quickly and so we planned ahead and made you this week’s roundup! Here is what you missed…