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    Eddie Diehl: Well, Here It Is

    Screen Shot 2017-08-01 at 8.33.15 PMIf you had the misfortune as a jazz musician to come up in the early 1960s, you were likely ill-prepared to cope with the seismic shift in the music landscape as rock and soul swept away an entire generation of potential listeners.

    Videos: Basie in the '30s & '40s

    No American big band had a bigger influence on swing and jazz than Count Basie's. Today, when we think of Basie, we most often associate him with his post-1952 "New Testament" band. But between 1937 and throughout the 1940s, Basie's band was electrifying for its sheer power, foot-tapping arrangements, infectious dance beats and swinging soloists. Here are a bunch of Basie videos from the period:


    Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers

    790e9e2836d341249cff542d64d549a6Donald Fagen loves jazz. Since 1972, his songs co-written with Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker have been laced with jazz instrumentals and chord voicings. The same goes for Donald's four solo albums. Jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter, Phil Woods and Pete Christlieb, to name just a few, have been featured on Steely Dan and Donald's solo recordings. And when he's at home with down time, Donald tells me he's often at the piano doing Red Garland imitations. "Have you heard Red's Soul Junction?" he asked me recently "Coltrane is so great it's like he was let out of a cage." Big time.

    Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker

    It's unclear why Bobby Hutcherson's The Kicker wasn't released by Blue Note until 1999, despite being recorded in 1963. As far as I can tell, the album is flawless. It swings, it's engaging, the musicians on the session were spectacular and there don't appear to be any instrumental errors or microphone snafus.

    Arch Martin: New Jazz From K.C.

    In 1959, trombonist Arch Martin recorded a superb album for Zephyr Records, a Hollywood label that specialized in jazz and was distributed by GNP. The album was New Jazz From Kansas City, which featured Arch Martin (tb), Dick Busey (ts), Jay Shore (p), Dave Rizer (b) and John "Terry" Tirabasso (d). Thought the album was recorded in Kansas City, the music's sound is West Coast in style.

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