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Ray Bryant 1931-2011

Ray Bryant, the gifted gospel-tinged pianist whose work straddled many different jazz styles from Dixieland and hard bop to blues and R’n’B and enjoyed some chart success, has died aged 79. 493 more words


Blue Note 75 for 75: Lee Morgan's City Lights (1957)

Our third feature for Blue Note 75 for 75 is Lee Morgan’s third album for Blue Note, the now-classic City Lights.

Featuring what was a strong line-up of mostly up-and-comers at the time (Morgan himself was only 19 when this was recorded) and a fresh batch of original compositions from the pens of Benny Golson and Gigi Gryce (neither of whom were available to record them),  155 more words


George Sourrys beats windy conditions and the field at Nudgee.

Overcast conditions and strong winds weren’t enough to dampen the spirits nor deaden the game of George Sourrys at Nudgee today. George shot (64) to take out the first Monthly Medal of the year. 524 more words

Great Moments In Dance On TV

No ballet on this post, but we have some treats. The source of inspiration? Seeing Stephen Colbert in one of his finest moments last night dancing to the song of the summer of 2013, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. 508 more words


Groove! numero uno

This particular post does not need much explaining – only that it is a necessity in life, perhaps once a day, to have a rut carved into your cerebrum by a shuddering groove. 238 more words


Grace Slick

An old jazz piano playing buddy of mine was telling me yesterday how back in 1967 this hippie chick he was dating (ahem) took him to see Jefferson Airplane at the monthly love-in in Griffith Park. 119 more words

All Jazz And The Jazzoid

Diggin' Tenor Titan Benny Golson

Benny Golson

Gone with Golson

New Jazz, 1959

If you were to name a few of the great old breed tenor players who are still alive and kickin’, Benny Golson would probably be mentioned along with Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter. 429 more words