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    Screen Shot 2017-01-29 at 7.39.59 PMJazz was in a strange place in the 1980s.

    Doc: Charles Mingus 1968

    Written by Marc Myers

    Friday, 27 January 2017 14:32

    ChazBy 1966, work slowed considerably for bassist and leader Charles Mingus. He hadn't recorded a studio album since 1963 (Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus for Impulse), and live dates in 1965 were largely in Europe.

    Doing It Better: CCM as Bond

    Written by Marc Myers

    Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:46

    0071239_nobody-does-it-better-ccm-jazz-orch-as-james_550The reason most jazz orchestras steer clear of the James Bond catalog is fear of ridicule. Bond music is deceptively difficult. To be convincing, the feel has to be sultry while the attack must be elephantine and brassy.

    Warne Marsh: Dec. 1975

    Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 8.45.34 PMWhenever I put on a Warne Marsh recording, I don't think of him as a jazz musician.

    Tony Bennett: Pennies in '58

    Written by Marc Myers

    Tuesday, 24 January 2017 14:35

    Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 7.12.22 PMOn Sunday, June 29, 1958, Tony Bennett appeared on NBC's Steve Allen Show to sing two songs. The first, Young and Warm and Wonderful, had been released weeks earlier by Tony on Columbia and reached #23 on the Billboard pop chart.

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