Rolling right along with the musical celebration of April, the first full month of spring, here’s an interesting album from the late flutist Herbie Mann. Mann was a dedicated bebopper, but in the late 1950’s and into the 1960’s, he delved into world music, particularly Afro-Cuban and Latin music, and created some intriguing music in process.
If there’s one thing anybody who knows me (or anybody who doesn’t know me but lets me talk to them long enough) is aware of, it’s that I’m a Californian through and through, despite my temporary residence in Alabama. One thing that Alabama has that California does not is seasons, and after suffering through another bleak winter, the weather is warming and the leaves are coming back on the trees. In celebration of the turning season, I thought it would be cool to dedicate each post this month to the first full month of spring, April. Continue reading
This is one of my favorite Miles albums. Tastefully recorded under electric circumstances, this live album comes from a 1964 benefit concert, and the material from this concert was put out on two records, this being one of them. Continue reading
Most people probably wouldn’t recognize the name Vince Guaraldi, but most people would immediately recognize his music that ran as the soundtrack to numerous Charlie Brown ‘Peanuts’ television specials. From the classic Charlie Brown theme ‘Linus and Lucy’ to the Christmas standard ‘Christmastime Is Here’, Vince’s music is loved by many, even if they don’t know it. Continue reading
West Coast jazz. Maybe it’s because I’m a Californian, but I think some of the most stimulating, consistently interesting jazz was made near the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading
A string orchestra in a jazz setting has always been an uneasy relationship, going back to the 1930’s. Many critics deride such Mozart-meets-jazz mashups, claiming the strings sound too sweet and syrupy, that they don’t swing, or that they overpower the music so that it’s not jazz anymore. Continue reading