Last Call remembers legendary avant-garde drummer and composer Ronald Shannon Jackson. He died in October at the age of 73.
One of the finest drummers to emerge in the last 50 years, Jackson was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Jackson played drums in his high school marching band and sang a soloist in the school choir. While at Lincoln University, Jackson gained invaluable experience working with Lester Bowie, Oliver Nelson and John Hicks.
Miles Davis Quintet/Live In Europe 1969/Columbia/Legacy Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble / The Space Between / Delmark Dr. Lonnie Smith / In The Beginning Volumes 1 & 2 / Pilgrimage Etienne Charles / Creole Soul /Independent Release Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystals/Aquarius/Delmark Jeremy Pelt / Water and Earth / High Note Gretchen Parlato / Live In NYC / ObliqSound Frank Rosaly / Cicada Music / Delmark Corey Christiansen / Lone Prairie / Origin Records Dave Holland / Prism / Dare 2 Records
Janis Siegel - Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude-Palmetto Records Brian Lynch- Unsung Heroes Volume 2 – Hollistic Music Works Kathy Kosins- The Space Between-Resonance Records David Weiss-Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter-Motema Steve Turre- Bones of Art- High Note Andy Bey- World According to Andy Bey-High Note Kenny Garrett -Pushing The World Away- Mack Avenue Giacomo Gates- Miles Tones- Savant Ted Nash Big Band- Chakra- Plastic Sax Records Gregory Porter-Liquid Spirit- Blue Note
The James Hunter Six / Minute By Minute / Fantasy Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite / Get Up! / Stax Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters / Just For Today / Stony Plain James Cotton / Cotton Mouth Man / Alligator Dayna Kurtz / Secret Canon Vol. 2 / M.C. Candye Kane / Coming Out Swingin' / Vizztone Roomful of Blues / 45 Live / Alligator Valerie June / Pushin' Against A Stone / Concord Shawn Holt & The Teardrops / Daddy Told Me / Blind Pig Guy Davis / Juba Dance / M.C. Jim Allchin / Q.E.D. / Self Release
Shelly Yoellin's Jazz Workshop Septet / Secret Steps / Blujazz Pablo Masis / Intrinsic / Self Release Minho Hazama / Journey To Journey / Sunnyside Giacomo Gates / Miles Tones / Savant Eliane Elias / I Thought About You / Concord Ken Fowser & Behn Gillece / Top Shelf / Posi Tone Etienne Charles / Creole Soul / Culture Shock Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express / Expectativas / Mavo Janis Siegal / Nightsongs / Palmetto Diego Rivera / The Contender / D Clef
Yes, it's that time of year when we take a fond look back at some of the delightful releases of the year and attempt to whittle so many worthy contenders to a dozen, because only ten was just too difficult. Come to think of it, twelve is kind of tough – so here's our baker's dozen at the Jazz Junction:
Jim Alfredson's Dirty Fingers – A Tribute to Big John Patton – Big O Records – Nothing like good meat and potatoes Hammond organ music and here's an outing that encompasses the thrill and energy of the genre in this savory dedication to organist Big John Patton.
The pantheon of jazz trumpet players includes familiar names such as Davis, Gillespie, Brown, Hubbard and Morgan. There are, however, numerous lesser known trumpet players whose music comprises an essential part of jazz history. One of our contemporary trumpet masters, Brian Lynch, embarked upon a project focusing upon some of the unsung heroes – and thus the title for this project, the second volume of which is our album of the month for December.
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY LECTURE – Lesley Hazelton, Middle East Reporter for Time, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s, and author of “The First Muslim” and “After the Prophet” ‘The First Muslim”