Leon Lee Dorsey Thank You Mr. Mabern Jazz Avenue 1 Harold Mabern, one of the great post-bop pianists, played soulful Memphis-blues and R’n’B-drenched jazz piano. He died, aged 83, in late 2019. There are over a dozen albums you can hear with him leading a band and he was a sideman on records by the […]
Eddie Henderson Shuffle And Deal Smoke Sessions Records The redoubtable trumpeter and flugelhornist Eddie Henderson is 80. And he celebrates in fine style with his knock-it-out-of-the-park session featuring an all-killer line-up that includes the great Kenny Barron on piano and Mike Clark on drums along with Gerald Cannon on bass and alto-sax wiz Donald Harrison.
Mike Clark Indigo Blue Live At The Iridium Ropeadope Mike Clark literally wrote the book on funk drumming. And I’m using the word ‘literally’ quite correctly here – see here for the very book he wrote, called: Funk Drumming. He is best known, to this day, for the records that made his name, started his […]
Herbie Hancock, Thrust (1974) I went through a huge Herbie Hancock phase a decade or so ago – all the albums, pretty much; all the phases anyway, all aspects/eras of his leadership. I knew he was good but it was albums like this that sealed the deal – actually this album was the big one, […]