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Benny Golson Quartet: “Three Little Words,” album: Horizon Ahead (2016)

With a release date of April 15, 2016, Horizon Ahead is something new from Benny Golson. Personnel on this one are Golson (tenor saxophone); Mike LeDonne (piano); Buster Williams (bass); and Carl Allen (drums). Track Listing: Don’t Get Around Much … Continue reading

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Random Jazz: Al Fairweather & Sandy Brown’s All Stars – “Yaknik” (1962)

The bio-blurb in my Penguin Guide to Jazz says this about Mr. Fairweather (1927-93): Born in Edinburgh, he co-led groups with his frequent partner Sandy Brown from the early ’50s and helped pioneer the development of the British mainstream sound. … Continue reading

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On the Charts: “I Am a Rock” – Simon and Garfunkel, No. 51 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1966

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Springsteen’s new anti-Trump protest anthem

The song with was written by Bruce’s longtime friend Joe Grushecky and is called “That’s What Makes Us Great.” “I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking,” Grushecky said. “I sent it to him and he liked … Continue reading

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On the Charts: “Band of Gold” – Freda Payne, No. 10 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 for 1970

“Band of Gold” was written by legendary former Motown producers Holland–Dozier–Holland (H-D-H) and Ron Dunbar, a staff employee and producer. H-D-H wrote the song under the pseudonym Edythe Wayne because of a lawsuit they had with Motown. It was big … Continue reading

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“The Breeze and I” – Jimmy Dorsey w/ Bob Eberly on vocals: No. 52 on the Billboard Top 100 for 1940

The original of “The Breeze and I” was an instrument called Andalucía, written by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. Spanish lyrics were added by Emilio de Torre and English lyrics by Al Stillman. This version below by Jimmy Dorsey is … Continue reading

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“Private Eyes” – Hall & Oates: No. 44 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles charts for 1982

“Private Eyes” is a 1981 single by Hall & Oates, also the title track from their album of that year. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from November 7 through November 20, 1981. It ended … Continue reading

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“Freddy Freeloader” – The DR (Danish Radio) Big Band (2009)

“Freddie Freeloader” is of course a Miles Davis classic, the second track on his 1959 album Kind of Blue. And here’s a blurb on the Danish Radio Big Band. Originally called The New Radio Dance Orchestra, in the early years … Continue reading

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“Blues Number Two” – Hank Mobley (1957)

Jazz Message #2 , also called Hard Bop and The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley Volume 2,  was released in 1957 on the Savoy label. It was recorded on July 23 & November 7, 1956. Featured performers are Mobley (tenor sax); Donald … Continue reading

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“Señor Blues” – Horace Silver (1956)

A beautiful jazz standard by Horace Silver, recorded on November 10, 1956, and released that same month on the album Six Pieces of Silver (Blues Note – BLP 1539). The recording features Silver (piano); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Doug Watkins (bass); and … Continue reading

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