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    Less well known Jazz Musicians

    It seems to me, (and obviously others may disagree), that many Jazz Forum posters tend to limit their entries to jazz musicians who are well known.
    I would like posters to this thread to expose their interest in lesser well-known musicians and wherever possible to link examples of their music. (And of course to comment on that interest).

    To start things off I introduce "Booker Little"

    Despite his premature death from kidney failure at the age of 23, Little made an important contribution to jazz. Stylistically, his sound is rooted in the playing of Clifford Brown, featuring crisp articulation, a burnished tone and balanced phrasing. He is considered to be one of the first trumpet players to develop his own sound after Clifford Brown.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi3Qb...yer_detailpage
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wYgF5FggK8
    great thread john, how about johnny windhurst.he is almost unknown and very talanted. gord

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    I agree on Booker Little, one of the greatest loss jazz has ever had.
    Harmonically his music sound to me a lot more advanced than Brown, his use of dissonance is fascinating and personal, but it's also clear that in his music there was a great interest in structure.
    Out front is easily one of my favorite jazz albums.

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    French pianist Martial Solal, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRijIWTcPls

    Two for the price of one here, Martial Solal with Toots Theilemans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31K7cxtvEs
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    OK Gord, I hadn't heard of Johnny Windhurst and I agree he sounds good (I'll look him up on Spotify).

    MIke, with regard to Martial Solal, I would personally rate him as a well known pianist, but anyway he's a very good one and I enjoyed the links.

    Here's another from me who's very good but does not often crop up in personell lists (or does he, in which case please correct me):
    Edmund Hall (cl)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syzu3...yer_detailpage

    Cheers John

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    He's got a long interesting Wiki article

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Hall

    We probably don't know him as well as he deserves, being overshadowed by other big names of the times.
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    Some personnel lists from 2 Mel Powell 2 CDs, "The best things in life" and "It's been so long" they are compiled from LPs from around 1956, both available from Amazon as CDs or MP3 downloads: personnel lists other than Mel Powell from the relevant LPs,

    2 lists for "Out on a limb" [a] Ruby Braff tpt, Skeeter Best Gtr, Oscar Pettifford bass, Bobby Donaldson drs; "Out on a limb" [b] Al Mattalialo tpt, Peanuts Hucko clrt, Nick Caiazza tnr sax, Tommy Kay gtr, Arnold Fishkin bass, Bobby Donaldson drs;



    "Mel Powell Bandstand" John Glasel Tpt, Jimmy Buffington Fr Horn, Mundell Lowe gtr, Joe Kay bas, Chuck Russo Clrt, BassClrt, Alto and Bar Sax, Eddie Phyfe drs,

    "Borderline" Paul Quinichette tnr Sax, Bobby Donaldson Drs;

    "Mel Powell Septet" Buck Clayton tpt, Edmond Hall clrt, Henderson Chambers Tbn, Steve Jordan gtr, Walter Page bass, Jimmy Crawford drs

    "Thigamajig" Ruby Braff tpt, Bobby Donaldson drs.

    Of these before I bought the CDs I'd heard of Ruby Braff and Buck Clayton but not Al Mattalalio nor John Glasel on trumpet, I knew of both Edmond Hall and Peanuts Hucko on Clarinet, but not Chuck Russo who looks to play most reeds, nor the tenor sax Nick Caiazza, Paul Quinichette I did know of, none of the guitar nor bass players were known to me, Bobby Donaldson I had heard, but not Jimmy Crawford.

    Admittedly these were playing nearly 60 years ago, but so were many others we enjoy on record.
    Cheers MIKE.

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    How about Teddy Edwards (no - not our teddy)


    Edwards was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He learned to play at a very early age, first on alto saxophone and then clarinet. Edwards' first professional job was with The Royal Mississippians with Doc Parmley.
    His uncle sent for him to come to Detroit to live because he felt opportunities were better. Due to illness in the family, he went back to Jackson and ventured to Alexandria, Louisiana. He was persuaded by Ernie Fields to join his band after going to Tampa, Florida. Teddy had planned to go to New York, but Ernie Fields convinced him he could get there by way of Washington, DC if he worked with his band. Teddy ended up at the Club Alabam on Central Ave. in Los Angeles, which later became his city of residence.
    Teddy Edwards played with many jazz notables, including his personal friend Charlie Parker, Roy Milton, Wynonie Harris, Vince Guaraldi, Joe Castro and Ernie Andrews. A classic 1947 recording with Dexter Gordon, The Duel, helped set him up as a legend, a status he liked to maintain by challenging other worthy sax players to similar duels whenever possible, including a recording with Houston Person. One such memorable duel took place in the 80s at London's 100 Club with British tenor Dick Morrissey.[2]
    In 1964, Edwards played with Benny Goodman at Disneyland, and at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
    Edwards played live with and appeared on albums of Tom Waits. He toured with him on the Heart Attack and Vine tour and played to a packed Victoria Apollo in London with Tom and a bassist. (The drummer had apparently been left behind after some dispute). The 1991 album Mississippi Lad features two tracks with Waits, and Waits covers the Edwards-written ballad "Little Man" on his Orphans collection

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    Cheers John
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    The previous post was a group led by Henry James "Red" Allen (January 7, 1906 – April 17, 1967) a jazz trumpeter and vocalist whose style has been claimed to be the first to fully incorporate the innovations of Louis Armstrong
    Other players are thought to be
    Vic Dichenson on trombone;
    Jo Jones - drums;
    Pee Wee Russell - clarinet
    and possibly Coleman Hawhins on Tenor
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    [QUOTE=OLDUDE;131167]The previous post was a group led by Henry James "Red" Allen (January 7, 1906 – April 17, 1967) a jazz trumpeter and vocalist whose style has been claimed to be the first to fully incorporate the innovations of Louis Armstrong

    I had the great pleasure of being with a group of friends and hearing Henry "Red" Allen playing one evening at the old Metropole Bar in NYC in the early 60's. An experience never to be forgotten.

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    There was a great Jazz guitarist named Hiram Bullock whose music I became acquainted with in 1985 - He passed away a few years ago at too young of an age.
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    Nice one MSJ

    I will look him up.

    Cheers John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    There was a great Jazz guitarist named Hiram Bullock whose music I became acquainted with in 1985 - He passed away a few years ago at too young of an age.
    Hi CD can you suggest a track by him?

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