In no way was the recognition that Ira Sullivan received commensurate with his skill.
This 1969 concert by the Thelonious Monk Quartet was produced by a high school student and recorded by his school’s janitor. It presents this particular group at its optimistic best.
Playing vinyl involves holding something in your hand, putting a needle down and, at least on my high end system, listening to sound quality that can mesmerize.
Of all the musicians who were harbingers of change, none has had the long-term influence on young musicians that John Coltrane has had.
This is state-of-the art modern jazz, alternately hard swinging, contemplative, commercial, and abstract.
Inspired by their leader, bassist Christian McBride, the musicians in this big band always sound like they are having the times of their lives.
“Best band in the world”? Butcher Brown spends the next 40 minutes or so living up to its boast, as song after song heads off into a different direction without a stumble or misfire.
“I’m trying to get people to be at ease with the incredible amount of variety in the United States.”
This is what I feel can add: the perspective of a native-born son of the Rochester metro; and a view from the bridge through jazz-colored glasses.
There’s a larger story to tell about black composers and musicians breaking into the film and TV business, but its only lightly touched on here.