Let's Get Together: Various Artists (Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Harold Land, et al) - "Jam Session"

Let's Get Together: Various Artists (Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Harold Land, et al) - "Jam Session"

An impromptu live set resulted in an excellent and exciting early hard bop session that featured some of the finest jazz musicians of the day, including the members of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet along with Harold Land, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson and Dinah Washington,

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Get Your Groove On: Milt Jackson (with the Ray Brown Big Band) - "Memphis Jackson"

Get Your Groove On: Milt Jackson (with the Ray Brown Big Band) - "Memphis Jackson"

Milt Jackson teams up with Ray Brown once again in the late-1960s, this time in a big band setting led by Brown to create an underrated album of funky and soulful jazz that will appeal to both fans of modern jazz and rare groove collectors alike. 

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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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Lost Classic: "The Curtis Counce Group, Vol 1 - Landslide"

Lost Classic: "The Curtis Counce Group, Vol 1 - Landslide"

After making a name for himself in the early 1950s on the West Coast jazz scene, Curtis Counce put together The Curtis Counce Group in 1956 and promptly recorded three albums for the Contemporary label, all firmly rooted in the hard bop style. Landslide is highly recommended for anyone who loves modern straight ahead jazz with a soulful and bluesy edge.

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