On This Day: First Light GRAMMY Award

Today, March 3rd, is the day to play your copy of #freddiehubbard First Light album. It was winner of the #grammys for Best Jazz performance by a group. Recorded 50 years ago this year, released 49 years ago and awarded 48 years ago. Almost ignored by critics at the time, First Light is one of the definitive Creed Taylor produced […]

Sixty Years of Impulse!

Founded in 1960 by Creed Taylor, Impulse! exploded onto the music scene in January of 1961. Four new albums were launched that month, for their time, they were all monsters. Ray Charles’s Genius + Soul = Jazz Gil Evans’s Out of the Cool’, JJ. Johnson and Kai Winding’s The Great Kai & J. J. and The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones. […]

Farewell Chick Corea

It is with great sadness we announce that on February 9th, Chick Corea passed away at the age of 79, from a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently. https://chickcorea.com/ There have been so many great jazz musicians over the last century, too many to debate who was the best, the greatest, or the most innovative. Purists […]

CT 510

CT 510 Move Over / Right There When You Need It – Samson & Delilah Side A: Move Over (2:34)Side B: Right There When You Need It (2:37)Sampson & DelilahIssues: CTI CT 510 [45]Master No.: CT 510 A/CT 510 BRecorded: Probably October 1970, New York CityReleased: Two known US Pressings, both the white promo and first release Green label pressing […]

The Specialty Years

In 1956, Creed Tylor quit his first gig as a record business executive at Bethlehem and moved over to ABC-Paramount, which would later become ABC Records, and had earlier been called AM-PAR. These were specialty recording years of Creed Taylor productions. The Specialty Years Creed Taylor arrived in New York City in 1954, aged 24-years old, with no experience or […]

#Nowplaying: Nautilus

While “Mardi Gras” is probably Bob James most sampled, track, “Nautilus” is right up there with it. This post looks at a Record Store Day, 2020, re-issue of the classic track. If you missed, or were not lucky enough to win one of the test pressing that Evo gave away in social media competitions, it’s unlikely you’ll see one of […]

On This Day: Quincy Jones calls Creed Taylor

[This post was a day late due to the holidays.] In December 1995, Billboard magazine issue featured a tribute to Quincy Jones “Quincy Jones: A Half Century Of Music” featuring an expansive interview with Quincy by Mark Rowland. Including numerous full page advertisements, it runs 34-pages. Not only is Creed Taylor not mentioned, but in it’s listings and discography, everything […]

picture of young Chet Baker with Trumpet

Happy Born Day – Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988, Age 58) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. He is known for major innovations within the cool jazz subgenre leading him to be nicknamed the “prince of cool”. I have to admit, that while I know many of Chet recordings, I know very little about the man. […]

Happy Born Day: Hank Crawford

Bennie Ross “Hank” Crawford, Jr. born December 21, 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, died January 29, 2009, Memphis, Tennessee. To celebrate the day of Hank Crawford’s birth, as well as my usual notes, research, and a few unique finds, I have a mix of some examples of Hank’s work, and a 4-part interview with Hank by visual artist Jomo Cheatham. Press play […]