Category Archives: Music

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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Wave: by Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) spent some years living and playing in Europe. In August 1975, he was recorded in Switzerland playing with Kenny Drew (piano), Niels Pedersen (bass), and Alex Riel (drums). Recommended is his version of Wave, a bossa nova written by the Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. This recording is filled with quotes and creative phrases. Dexter Gordon effortlessly […]

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