Claudia, Carol and Roy
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by Marc Myers
2d ago
In The Wall Street Journal last week, I interviewed legendary Italian actress Claudia Cardinale and her daughter, Claudia Squitieri, via Zoom for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Claudia Cardinale has been in more than 100 films, among them Girl With a Suitcase, I' bell'Antonio, 8 1/2, The Pink Panther, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Professionals. Her beauty in film remains staggering and unrivaled. [Photo above of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale in the 1960s] Here's a tribute to Claudia... Meredith d'Ambrosio last week wrote me after I posted on John Coltr ..read more
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Backgrounder: Nicola Stilo & Toninho Horta — 'Duets'
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by Marc Myers
3d ago
This week's Backgrounder comes courtesy of Bill Kirchner, who sent along Nicola Stilo and Toninho Horta's gorgeous album Duets (1999). Stilo is an Italian flutist and Horta is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. Both musicians play beautifully and are prolific, having recorded dozens of albums. Recorded in Rome, the album features the following tracks: Naima (John Coltrane), Meu Canário (Toninho Horta), In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington), Bibi's Mood (Nicola Stilo), Bons Amigos (Toninho Horta e Ronaldo Bastos), My One and Only Love (Guy Wood and Robert Mellin), Illusion (Nicola Stilo), Ven ..read more
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Carol Sloane: My 10 Favorite Tracks
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by Marc Myers
4d ago
Yesterday, I posted my full 2009 interview with the late Carol Sloane, quoted in Matt Schudel's obit in the Washington Post. Today, I thought I'd provide 10 of my favorite recordings by Carol: Here's Angel Eyes from After Hours, a demo tape recorded in 1959... Here's Prelude to a Kiss from Out of the Blue, with arrangements by Bill Finegan, in 1961... Here's Taking a Chance on Love from Carol Sloane Live at 30th Street in 1962... Here's When Your Lover Has Gone, live with Ben Webster, from Carol & Ben, in 1963... Here's Spring Is Here, with Carol's signature a cappella opener, in 197 ..read more
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Carol Sloane (1937-2023)
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by Marc Myers
5d ago
Carol Sloane, one of the finest jazz singers who was widely considered to be the last great big band and club vocalist to emerge at the dawn of the 1960s, just before the British Invasion swept over the record industry, died on January 23, 2023. She was 85. [Photo above of Carol Sloane by Eric Stephen Jacobs] "Sloaney," as she was know to friends, had Sarah Vaughan's phrasing in the 1960s but also shared the round richness and twinkle of Ella Fitzgerald. With a husky, rich and caressing voice, and her delivery came across as though sharing a story with you in confidence. What's more, Carol's ..read more
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Billy Taylor: Two Fresh Sound Releases
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by Marc Myers
5d ago
Between 1950 and 1960, jazz was dominated by elegant jazz pianists. The list is long and includes Oscar Peterson, Sonny Clark, Red Garland, Russ Freeman, Lou Levy, Ahmad Jamal and others. A pianist who belongs on this list but is often forgotten is Billy Taylor. Billy's technique was unrivaled in many ways because he covered so much ground effortlessly, from stride and swing to bop and Latin. [Photo above of Billy Taylor] As bassist and manager John Levy told me in 2010, “Billy was naïve—in a good way. He was an innocent and the classiest musician around. He was strictly educational. He did ..read more
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Thelonious Monk in Paris, 1969
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by Marc Myers
1w ago
On December 15, 1969, pianist Thelonious Monk was in Paris on tour with Charlie Rouse (ts) Nate Hygelund (b) and Austin "Paris" Wright (d), with Philly Joe Jones (d) on Nutty and Blue Monk. Hygelund was still a student at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. And Wright was only 17. Monk had asked his father, bassist Herman Wright, if he could take his son along on the road. Nine months ago, the complete broadcast of the quartet on stage was uploaded to YouTube. Although Rouse's sound seems to have been muffled over a copyright issue in Part 1 only, we at least can see the group in action a ..read more
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David, James and Laure
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by Marc Myers
1w ago
At The Wall Street Journal this week, I had just hours to write a David Crosby appreciation for the Arts in Review section following reports of his death. And I did so with a heavy heart. Over the past 10 years, I interviewed David five times, twice in person and once at his home in California (above). David launched California folk-rock in the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash,and was reckless with his health over the years. But deep down, he was a beautiful cat. He loved folk, was passionate about Bill Evans and John Coltrane, and was everything the 1960s and early '70s stood for and mor ..read more
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Backgrounder: Freddie Redd's 'The Connection'
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by Marc Myers
1w ago
In 1960, pianist Freddie Redd composed and recorded The Music From the Connection. The music was originally composed for Jack Gelber's 1959 New York play The Connection, about jazz musicians and drug addiction. Redd's music was performed on stage by Redd (p), Jackie McLean (as), Michael Mattos (b) and Larry Ritchie (d). The album for Blue Note is a tour de force not only for Redd's roiling jazz-gospel piano but for McLean's aching solos. Here's The Music From the Connection without interruption by ads... Other ad-free Backgrounders in my series: Zoot Sims Plays Bossa Nova, go here. Lee Mor ..read more
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John Coltrane: 'Like Sonny'
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by Marc Myers
1w ago
John Coltrane first recorded his composition Like Sonny on his initial recording session for Giant Steps, his debut LP for Atlantic, on March 26, 1959. The personnel on the first attempt at the song was John Coltrane (ts), Cedar Walton (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Lex Humphries (d). The song wasn't used on the Giant Steps, which came out in February 1960. [Photo above of John Coltrane by Francis Wolff (c)Mosaic Images] Instead, Like Sonny was recorded again on December 2, 1959 with John Coltrane (ts), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b) and Jimmy Cobb (d) and used on Coltrane Jazz, Coltrane's ..read more
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Eight New Stan Getz Video Clips
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by Marc Myers
1w ago
When Stan Getz plays, his tenor saxophone seems to awaken in you the same feeling of relaxation you get with a tropical breeze or a hot shower. His tone has a way of soothing your soul and drawing you in to whatever he's playing. A stark and forever-puzzling contrast between the tender, beautiful player and the erratic personality most musicians talk about with shock and awe. It's hard to understand how the two sides could exist in one person. [Photo above of Stan Getz courtesy of IMDB] At any rate, here are eight relatively new YouTube videos of Getz performances. One of them I discovered w ..read more
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