The Philadelphia born singer Marian Anderson (1897 / 1993) is always remembered as the first African American interpreter to enter the elitist world of Opera and an important figure in the struggle for black artists in the context of the 1960-s Civil Right Movement, Marian Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Her voice has been defined as "Rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty". In "He-s got the world in his hands" Marian Anderson with the only help from pianist Franz Rupp gets deep in the world of Spiritual. A long sequence of her favorite devotional songs interpreted with s... + INFO
"And I know no one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell." That's what Bob Dylan said about Willie McTell the great singer and guitarist from Piedmont. The uncommon Atlanta street musician and twelve strings guitar specialist. A master interpreter in various styles from Country Blues to Gospel to Ragtime.
"Fuego" was recorded in 1959 and released by Blue Note in 1960 featuring trumpeter Donald Byrd at the head of an allstar quintet with Jackie McLean - alto sax, Duke Pearson - piano, Doug Watkins - bass, and Lex Humphries - drums. A fine classic Blue Note album with the magnificent Byrd-McLean horn section driving the combo through different sound territories from a Hard Bop to Soul Jazz to Post Bop.
In 1955, Miles Davis played a beautifully received set at the Newport Jazz Festival and was offered a contract with Columbia Records if he could get a steady group together. In order to record for Columbia, Davis would first have to settle an obligation to Prestige and so he put together the now legendary quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. It was under these conditions, in a desire to churn out as many records as possible to change labels, that Davis recorded some of the most celebrated music of his entire career. This group, in the span of several months released a half/doze... + INFO
Recorded in the spring of 1952 at the Barrel Club in St. Louis, this is an inspired Bop session of Davis and tenor sax player Jimmy Forrest *then at the peak of his career(. A rare chance to hear Davis and Forrest playing together and joined here by the rhythm section of Charles Fox *piano( Johnny Mixon *bass( and Oscar Oldham *drums(. A fine selection of standards including Gillespie-s hot number Night in Tunisia and a bunch of classics tunes such as Perdido, All the things you are and Oh Lady Be good.