Wes Montgomery was a self-taught guitarist from Indianapolis – not exactly a hotbed of jazz – who went on to become one of the most influential and popular players in the mid-20th century. Who knows what he might have accomplished had he not died in 1968 at the age of 45 of a massive heart . . . → Read More: Wes Montgomery: In The Beginning
The middle decades of the 20th Century were a golden age of jazz. Dozens of world-class musicians all over the United States produced music that defined the era, from bop to cool jazz to hard bop, free improvisation and fusion. Three names tower over all: Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. Today, I’m talking . . . → Read More: Music matters: Thelonious Monk: The Complete Riverside Recordings
Like all geniuses, pianist Thelonious Monk was initially misunderstood, even scorned. His ideas about harmony were ahead of his time, and he definitely didn’t fit in with the strictures of bebop, the lingua franca of the jazz world in the late 1940s and early ’50s. But a few people “got” him, including the man who . . . → Read More: Thelonious Monk: The Complete Riverside Recordings
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A few months ago I had my first exposure to music from the Faroe Islands, a small group of Nordic islands that lie between Iceland and the Scottish Shetland Islands. I reviewed three recordings from the group Spælimenninir. Getting to know artists better over time as . . . → Read More: On Kristian Blak and Faroe Islands music