Second Time Around: Randy Weston - "African Cookbook"

Second Time Around: Randy Weston - "African Cookbook"

African Cookbook is the 1973 commercial release of an album Randy Weston recorded in 1964 that he originally had to release on his own due to a lack of interest from any record labels. It's an excellent advanced hard bop LP that shows off the full range of Weston's musicianship, compositional skills, and talent as a bandleader.

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Bobby Hutcherson 1941-2016

Bobby Hutcherson 1941-2016

The jazz world lost one of the last living legends from the golden age of jazz when Bobby Hutcherson left us at the age of 75. Here are four live performances that I've been going back to this past week as a reminder of what a giant talent Hutcherson was as both a composer and a performer.

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Snap Crackle: Roy Haynes Quartet - "Out Of The Afternoon"

Snap Crackle: Roy Haynes Quartet - "Out Of The Afternoon"

Roy Haynes steps out of his usual role as a master sideman to lead an exciting and adventurous session that features the outsized talents of Roland Kirk. It's an under-appreciated gem of a record from jazz's golden age that also showcases the playing of Tommy Flanagan and Henry Grimes.

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