Category Archives: Music

Ladybird: By Hank Mobley & the Jazz Messengers

Our Music Choice is “Ladybird” by Hank Mobley and the Jazz Messengers. Ladybird was composed by Tadd Dameron (1917-1965) in 1939. It was recorded by the Jazz Messengers in 1955, with Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Horace Silver (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), and Art Blakey (drums) being the personnel on the recording. During his solo, Hank Mobley plays in […]

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River’s Invitation: by Stanley Turrentine

Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) was a master of the tenor saxophone, whose big sound, gospel-style phrasing and gift of improvisation, enabled him to navigate through several jazz fashions, including Soul Jazz and Hard Bop. In order to make a musical living he sometimes recorded music that was shallow by jazz standards, but he left behind a library of great recordings. His […]

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How High the Moon: by Ella Fitzgerald

Our Music Choice is Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘How High The Moon’. This great song was written in 1940 by Morgan Lewis with the excellent lyrics by Nancy Hamilton. In the past we have recommended the Les Paul/Mary Ford version, and, of course, the genius Charlie Parker used the chord sequence for his several versions of ‘Ornithology’. For Ella, the song […]

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