Blue Mitchell


Mitchell 2Unlike many jazz players, Blue Mitchell was able to move back and forth between jazz field and rhythm and blues during his career. His 1st recording with Cannonball Adderley introduced him to the public and his late 1950’s albums as leader established him as one of the most lyrical of the hard bop trumpet players. His resume includes playing in bands led by Earl Bostic and Horace Silver. He also recorded 100’s of tracks with important hard bop musicians throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

Blue Mitchell - Episode 1

CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Big SixBlue Mitchell Big 61958
A Little TasteCannonball AdderleyPortrait of Cannonball1958
People Will Say We're in LoveCannonball AdderleyPortrait of Cannonball1958
Blues MarchBlue MitchellBig 61958
Blue SoulBlue MitchellBlue Soul1959
Studio BBlue MitchellOut of the Blue1959
Sir JohnBlue MitchellBlue's Moods1960

Blue Mitchell - Episode 2

On this podcast you will hear Blue’s most important recordings as a bandleader from the late 1950’s through the mid 1960’s. He was one of the great interpreters of the blues and the most lyrical hard bop trumpet player of his generation. His solos represent an education in timing and note choice, and the recording of Tones for Jones Bones (with Chick Corea) shows him moving into a more modern approach to improvisation.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Cup BearersBlue MitchellThe Cup Bearers1962
Waverly Street Blue MitchellBlue Soul1959
I'll Close My EyesBlue MitchellBlue's Moods1960
Sweet PumpkinBlue MitchellBlue's Moods1960
CapersBlue MitchellThe Cup Bearers1962
Mona's MoodBlue MitchellThe Thing to Do1964
Tones for Joan's BonesBlue MitchellBoss Horn1966

Blue Mitchell - Episode 3

I examine Blue Mitchell’s important collaboration with Horace Silver in the late 1950’s through the early 1960’s. These recordings are some of the best Blue Records from this period and certainly some of Horace Silver’s most memorable. Together with Junior Cook on tenor, bassist Gene Taylor, and drummer Roy Brooks, the Horace Silver Quintet was one of the most exciting bands in jazz from this period. Also included is a track from Jackie McLean’s album Jackie’s Bag and one track from a collaboration with Red Garland. These recordings clearly define why Blue was one of the most often recorded trumpet players from this period.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
The GringoHorace SilverFinger Poppin’ 1959
Finger Poppin’Horace Silver Finger Poppin'1959
Baghdad Blues Horace SilverBlowin' the Blues Away1959
PeaceHorace SilverBlowin' the Blues Away1959
Nica's DreamHorace SilverHorace Scope1960
Appointment in GhanaJackie McLeanJackie's Bag1960
Falling in Love with LoveRed GarlandRed's Good Groove1962

Kenny Dorham


Dorham 1Originally from Texas, McKinley Dorham (1924-1972), better known at Kenny or KD left a giant mark on jazz trumpet from the late 1940s through the late 1960s. His prodigious skills included not only trumpet playing but also as a pianist, composer, and arranger. In the 2nd half of the 1940s he had opportunities to perform with the greatest bebop musicians.

Kenny Dorham - Episode 1

This show examines some of his influences and bebop recordings from the 1940s as he is beginning to develop a highly personal style. These recordings were originally issued as 2-sided 78s and later reissued in 33rpm compilations
CompositionAritstYear
Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillesie Sextet1945
Rue Chaptal (Royal Roost)Kenny Clarke and his 52nd Street Boys1946
Everything's CoolFats Navarro & Gil Fuller's Modernists1946
Bop AlleyArt Blakey's Messengers1947
VisaCharlie Parker Sextet1949
ElyseeJ.J. Johnson’s Beboppers1949
April In ParisCharlie Parker Live at Cafe Society1950

Kenny Dorham - Episode 2

Recordings from 1950 to 1955. In the early 1950s he relocated to Los Angeles where he took a day job, but continued performing. Here he recorded his 1st album as a band leader and also recorded some great tracks with pianist Thelonious Monk and with the Horace Silver/Art Blakey Jazz Messengers.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Let’s Cool OneThelonious MonkGenius of Modern Music Vol.21952
OsmosisKenny DorhamThe Kenny Dorham Quintet1953
Ruby My DearKenny DorhamThe Kenny Dorham Quintet1953
Room 608Horace Silver & the Jazz Messengers1954
Minors HolidayKenny DorhamAfro Cuban1955
Like Someone in LoveArt Blakey & MessengersLive at Café Bohemia vol 21955

Kenny Dorham - Episode 3

CompositionArtistAlbum TitleYear
Ezz-thetic (Love for Sale)Max RoachMax Roach + 41956
Love LettersMax RoachJazz in 3/4 Time1957
Valse HotMax RoachJazz in 3/4 Time1957
My ReverieHank MobleyHank Mobley Featuring Sonny Clark1957
Autumn LeavesKenny DorhamThis Is The Moment1958
Stage WestKenny DorhamThe Arrival of Kenny Dorham1960

Kenny Dorham - Episode 4

CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Spring is HereKenny DorhamBlue Spring1959
My IdealKenny DorhamQuiet Kenny1959
BillKenny DorhamShowboat1960
It Could Happen to YouKenny DorhamInta’ Something1961
Sunrise in MexicoKenny DorhamWhistle Stop1961
SmileKenny DorhamMatador1962

Kenny Dorham - Episode 5

By 1963 his music shows a Brazilian influence mixed with some popular dance rhythm. His collaboration with younger musicians such as Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock show that he is still developing as a creative improviser, and could change his approach to playing in order to accommodate the newer modern styles that were becoming popular in the mid 1960’s.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Una MasKenny DorhamUna Mas1963
RecordameJoe HendersonPage One1963
Blue BossaJoe HendersonPage One1963
Pedro’s TimeJoe HendersonOur Thing1963
Trompetta ToccataKenny DorhamTrompetta Toccata1964
RefugeAndrew HillPoint of Departure1964
In and OutJoe HendersonIn and Out1964

Woody Shaw


woody 3Woody Herman Shaw was born on December 24, 1944 in Laurinburg, NC, and raised in Newark, NJ. He started playing the trumpet at age 11 and two years later he began his professional career, playing with a variety of local bands in Newark. Woody never finished high school, but received valuable musical schooling through his work with local jazzmen like organist Larry Young and saxophonist Tyrone Washington. At 18, he had a chance to perform with Latin-jazz pioneer Willie Bobo at a club called the Blue Coronet in Brooklyn—other members of the band included Chick Corea and Joe Farrell.

Woody Shaw - Episode 1

In 1964, Woody went to Paris where he gained valuable experience playing with expatriate bebop greats Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell. He was also reunited with organist Larry Young. Woody returned to the U.S. in May, 1965 and joined Horace Silver's group the following month. Woody remained with Silver for almost 3 years making some outstanding recordings including "African Queen" and "Nutville.” After leaving Horace Silver, Woody spent the latter part of the sixties working and recording with McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, Andrew Hill
CompositionArtist/LeaderAlbumYear
Beyond All LimitsWoody Shaw/Larry YoungUnity1965
MilestonesBooker LittleBooker Little 4 w/Max Roach1958
Lester Left TownLee Morgan/Art BlakeyAfricaine1959
One Finger SnapFreddie Hubbard/Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isle1964
Iron ManWoody Shaw/Eric DolphyIron Man1963
The MoontraneWoody Shaw/Larry YoungUnity1965
Theme From ZoltanWoody Shaw/Nathan DavisHappy Girl1965
The African QueenWoody Shaw/Horace SilverCape Verdean Blues1965
NutvilleWoody Shaw/Horace SilverCape Verdean Blues1965

Woody Shaw - Episode 2

Woody’s famous album Cassandranite recorded in 1965 was organized by Woody as a demo hoping to get a recording contract. The recordings were not released commercially until almost two decades later. The session is excellent; indeed, it is difficult to believe no record producer took notice. These recordings from 1965 through 1970 show his great talents as a trumpet player and composer. He was breaking new ground by the late 1960’s and collaborating with many important young musicians on the scene in New York. Blackstone Legacy was Woody's debut as a leader. The loosely constructed music crackles with energy and imagination and you can hear parallels to Miles' Bitches Brew in concept and instrumentation.
CompositionArtist/LeaderAlbumYear
CassandraniteWoody ShawCassandranite1965
ObsequiousWoody ShawCassandranite1965
TetragonWoody ShawCassandranite1965
LithaWoody Shaw/Chick CoreaTone's for Joan's Bones1966
Capricornian WayWoody Shaw/Booker ErvinTex Book Tenor1968
Blackstone LegacyWoody ShawBlackstone Legacy1970
Think On MeWoody ShawBlackstone Legacy1970

Woody Shaw - Episode 3

After working frequently with Bobby Hutcherson, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner and others, Woody relocated to the West coast in the early 1970’s, where he worked in the bands of Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Art Blakey. He also made his recording debut as a leader with two albums on the Contemporary label. Shaw also emerged as an important band leader during the this period which was a time when many jazz artists began to explore jazz-rock and fewer bands performed in the tradition of hard bop. Shaw wrote original compositions for almost every band with which he played. His composition, "The Moontrane" has become a jazz standard. When he was signed to Columbia Records in 1977 it afforded him an opportunity to record with a major label with high production values and greater monetary resources. The 1977 album Rosewood was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
CompositionArtist/LeaderAlbumYear
In a Capricornian WayWoody ShawStepping Stones1978
In Case You Haven't HeardWoody ShawLittle Red's Fantasy1976
Little Red's FantasyWoody ShawLittle Red's Fantasy1976
Blue BossaWoody ShawLive At NIU1976
RosewoodWoody ShawRosewood1977
Rahsaan's RunWoody ShawRosewood1977

Woody Shaw - Episode 4

The album Woody III from 1979 represents some of his best work. Shaw wrote all of the compositions and arrangements. The three selections on the first side, performed by a 12-piece ensemble, are designed to tell the musical story of three generations of Woody Shaws. The compositions on this album show the wide range of influences in his work. The live tracks on this podcast feature some of his best trumpet playing. Woody
Shaw is now one of the most revered figures for trumpeters today and he is credited with
having extended the harmonic and technical vocabulary of the trumpet. These recordings
have influenced generations of subsequent jazz trumpet players.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Woody I: On the New ArkWoody ShawWoody III1979
Woody IIWoody ShawWoody III1979
Woody IIIWoody ShawWoody III1979
Escape VelocityWoody ShawStepping Stones-Live at the Village Vanguard1978
In a Capricornian WayWoody ShawStepping Stones-Live at the Village Vanguard1978
DianeWoody ShawMaster of the Art--Live1982