History of Jazz: Part 4
Bebop arrived on the scene, to hear the tale, a fully formed grotesque of music, a deranged Athena fully sprung from the head of the Zeus-like swing era. It caused some musicians, such as Cab Calloway and Tommy Dorsey, to have violent reactions. Many audiences weren’t ready for the new sound either. This is what we commonly hear about one of the most important musical developments of the 20th century.
Continue reading The Bebop Revolution
NDIM Jazz Guide: Part 1
Jazz music, heavily influenced by ragtime and blues music, first appeared sometime in the 1890s and is typically thought to have originated in New Orleans.
Continue reading Blues Music, Ragtime & the Origins of Jazz
The return of Bennie Maupin to somewhat regular recording, beginning with his first Cryptogramophone release Penumbra in 2006, is one of jazz music’s more welcome stories of the past few years. Maupin, widely known for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock through the late 1960s and well into the 1970s, is a strong tenor saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and also plays soprano sax and flute. In addition, he is a top-notch composer, and his 1975 ECM release The Jewel In the Lotus, has long been considered a classic recording (ECM just reissued the album for the first time on CD last year).
Continue reading Bennie Maupin: Early Reflections
Bennie Maupin is a master of improvisational music and of the woodwind instruments. He has worked with some of the most creative musicians and most innovative ensembles of all time.
Continue reading Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra