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    James Moody (1925-2010)

    JazzWaxMOODY JAMES FLUTE MONTEREY JAZZ FSTIVAL 2007 ©PAUL SLAUGHTERJames Moody, a bebop pioneer and seductive improviser whose mischievous sense ofhumor masked a highly serious and industrious saxophonist, flutist, composer and arranger, died Thursday in San Diego. He was 85. [Photo of James Moody at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival by Paul Slaughter]

    Interview: Don Sebesky (Part 2)


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    In the late '60s and '70s, Don Sebesky was one of the most in-demand jazz arrangers in the record business. His close working relationship with Creed Taylor and CTI Records resulted in 45 albums. Among them were George Benson's White Rabbit, Kenny Burrell's God Bless the Child and Stanley Turrentine's The Sugar Man.

    Interview: Don Sebesky (Part 1)

    JazzWaxArranger Don Sebesky is among only a handful of musicians Screen shot 2010-12-08 at 8.46.58 PMtoday who toured and recorded with both Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson's big bands at the tail end of the '50s. Don also arranged Wes Montgomery's most popular recordings for Verve and A&M in the '60s, and in the '70s arranged and conducted many of CTI's best-known releases.

    Kenton Declares Jazz Is Finished



    Six months before Stan Kenton recorded Kenton Plays Wagner, the bandleader let jazz have it in an April 1964 Down Beat article. Like the January 1964 Granz interview that I posted yesterday, Kenton blamed jazz's woes on folk—a rather quaint scapegoat of choice among one-time jazz powers.

    Bev Thorne on Brubeck East

    Today is Dave Brubeck's 90th birthday. At 5 p.m. (EST), Turner P1040499 Classic Movies will broadcast In His Own Sweet Way, a new documentary on Dave's life and music directed by Bruce Ricker and produced by Clint Eastwood. It is a valentine to the pianist and composer whose music continues to wow listeners. [Photo of Dave Brubeck at home, courtesy of Beverley D. Thorne]

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