Musically speaking, it’s hard to discern much of a connection to The Rite Of Spring in saxophonist Phil Woods’ Rights Of Swing suite. But in the final “Presto” section, he and his French horn player leave a little Easter egg for us — like many jazz recordings before and after it.
A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a standard in an idiom which didn’t exist when it premiered. Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky’s masterwork has inspired multiple generations of improvisers.
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn’s passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we’re about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who’s launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan’s music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a passionate set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.