I asked folks on Twitter and Facebook for their favorite performances by trumpeter Clifford Brown. Here’s what they said:
Alison Wedding, Justin Smith and Nicholas Urie said “Delilah.” Nicholas said, “They cultivated such an incredibly clear atmosphere in Delilah. The arrangement is also incredible — it is just great! This was one of the first jazz records I bought in junior high. I picked up the Brown/Roach record on a recommendation and Ornette’s Double Quartet record because I liked the cover. I listened to them both on repeat for the better part of a year.”
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Trumpeter Ralph Alessi’s new album is Baida (ECM, 2013). In this interview, Alessi talks about the cohesiveness of this band after multiple albums together; playing the record for his mother in her final days; and his many years studying classical music before his experience at CalArts changed the course of his life. Learn more at ralphalessi.com.
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Drummer Art Blakey would have been 94 today. Blakey is most famous for leading The Jazz Messengers, a band through whose ranks passed many of the great names in jazz. I’ve been fortunate to interview many former Messengers. Click on a name below to hear the interview. Oh, and the photo above is of my son Bernie in about 2004 or so, wearing a hat given to him by Art Blakey’s sister.
The season premiere of The Jazz Session begins with an extended conversation with saxophonist Lee Konitz. Konitz talks about why he followed a different path than most players of his generation; how he continues to find new things to play on standards; and what he looks for in the people he plays with. The music in this part of the show comes from Enfants Terribles (Half Note, 2012), his live album with Gary Peacock, Bill Frisell and Joey Baron. The album is available in The Jazz Session’s store.
In the second part of the show, guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza returns to talk about her new EP, Prisma (2013). Meza is performing at The Blue Note in NYC on October 11, 2013. Her new album is also available in The Jazz Session’s store.