Let me reserve a spot on my 2016 Top 10 right now! Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun was always more than metal. 'Celebrating Elvin Jones' (Motema Music) has the drummer with keyboardist Jan Hammer, superstar bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Antoine Roney and pianist Carlos McKinney, all of whom have played with Mr. Jones.
'Ask The Ages' was the last studio album of Sonny Sharrock's short life. Its rerelease by M.O.D. Technologies is cause to rejoice as its participants have all gone on to great careers, yet together in this one moment in time, created something of rare and powerful beauty.
On June 26, 1965, John Coltrane performed, for the only time in his career, "A Love Supreme" to a live audience. Perhaps dividing jazz listeners early on, nonetheless, Supreme has been ranked by critics as one of the most iconic jazz albums in existence. This month brought the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane recording "A Love Supreme" with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison. The following year the album was released and revolutionized the genre. As NPR notes, the recording is "a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion was now intertwined with his faith in God." And to add to this shrouded musical legacy, Coltrane only held one performance of the album. A one-off in Antibes, France, July 26, 1965, saw the unparalleled excellence of Coltrane as he wailed from his instrument.
Singer Betty Carter, guitarist Wes Montgomery, drummer Elvin Jones and bandleader Fletcher Henderson have been voted into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame...and Stanley Crouch had absolutely nothing to do with it!