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  • Birthday 08/10/1963

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  1. https://www.arts.gov/news/press-releases/2024/announcing-2025-nea-jazz-masters
  2. All -- thanks for the enlightening responses.
  3. I have always read that Don Pullen played organ/piano with Arthur Prysock and wrote arrangements for him -- but I had never found any recorded examples of this until today, when I found Prysock's 1969 LP "Where the Soul Trees Grow" (King Records) at Peoples' Records in Detroit. Pullen is listed as the arranger in the credits, but no other personnel is given. Of course, the record is on YouTube. Pyrsock sounds great on this record and I dig the soulful vibe of the charts and some surprising repertoire choices. While we're on the subject, does anyone know other recorded examples of Pullen as an soul/R&B sideman?
  4. I knew James well -- #JazzFromDetroit -- an earnest, super-positive spirit with a bit of the religious revivalist in his aura and an eccentric streak who would refer to himself in interviews in the third person. He would say things like: "I said, 'Tatum,' what you need to do is write a piece called "Rise Up Detroit!" Whenever I asked how he was doing, he might say something like, "Well, Tatum is 75 and still vibrating." He was a Southern transplant, who made his career as public school music teacher in Detroit but also also a jazz pianist and composer. He made things happen, most notably creating the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts in 1987, which would eventually grant some $500,000 in scholarships to roughly 500 Detroit-area students who went on to study music, dance, theater, etc. in college. The biggest annual fundraiser for the foundation was a sprawling concert he would produce at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Often he would write a new large-scale piece for the performance. Not sure if this particular Mass was originally written for such an occasion, but but I do remember it being performed at one of the concerts I attended. He died in 2021 at the age of 90.
  5. I believe his wife is French and a non-native English speaker so this may have something to do with what sounds like odd sentiment and syntax.
  6. The first two I would search for are Max Roach +4 (with Rollins/Dorham) and The Max Roach 4 Play Charlie Parker (Dorham/Mobley or Coleman). These are both tremendous records with everyone in peak form. "Jazz in 3/4 Time" is not as strong or consistent overall, though Rollins plays his ass off, especially on "Valse Hot," where he's wilder and more creative than on the original version on his own record a year earlier.
  7. There was only one of those. R.I.P.
  8. Cool podcast series about the history of jazz concerts at the Museum of Modern Art. https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/1066?sc_src=email_6099927&sc_lid=604885617&sc_uid=aS5gTmJNVc&sc_llid=41242&sc_eh=6b33ec2e2398ebc11&utm_source=Emarsys&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MSHIP_Engagement_Roundup_20240628_All+active&&mi_u=119402927&mi_ecmp=6099927
  9. See Lewis Porter's Coltrane biography, pages 98-99. Some measured negative comments about Coltrane from Nat Hentoff in a Downbeat review of the quintet's first LP on Prestige. Quotes from Sy Johnson also provide context.
  10. That's a LONG version -- too long, really. Gonsalves was often great at sustaining extended solos, but not every time ...
  11. Answering the opening question: Audiophile LP reissues mastered at 45 rpm have been a thing for a long time.
  12. Morgan and Hubbard also both appear on Blakey's "Golden Boy" recorded in late spring 1964.
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