Four Jazz Messengers Euro Gigs

On October 9, 1989, two days before his 70th birthday, Art Blakey took his Jazz Messengers to the Leverkusen Jazz festival in Germany.The concert turned out to be a special event when ex Messengers joined the party. From the Fifties / Sixties line-ups : Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Jackie McLean. From the Eighties : Terence Blanchard and Donald Harrison.Benny…

Stevie Wonder releases his eighteenth album : ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ featuring ‘Sir Duke’ ‘Pastime Paradise’ and ‘I Wish’ (1976)

Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key of Life' is his eighteenth album released on September 28, 1976 by Motown Records.Track Listing : 1.Love'S In Need Of Love Today (Stevie Wonder) - 07:06 . 2.Have A Talk With God (Stevie Wonder, Calvin Hardaway) - 02:42 . 3.Village Ghetto Land (Stevie Wonder, Gary Byrd) - 03:25 . 4.Contusion (Stevie Wonder) - 03:46 . 5.Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder) - 03:54 . 6.I Wish…

Playing Coltrane

'Naima','Giant Steps', 'Mr.PC' etc. John Coltrane whose birthday is today, has left next to fifty compositions. Some of them have been extensively covered by famous and not so famous jazz artists.Dave Liebman, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, McCoy Tynerr, Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride, Roy Haynes, Bobby Hutcherson, Marcus Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts,…

Warner Bros. publish Bette Midler’s ninth album : ‘Bathhouse Betty’ (1998)

Bette Midler's 'Bathhouse Betty' is her ninth studio album released on September 15, 1998 by Warner Bros.Track Listing : 1.Song Of Bernadette (Leonard Cohen, Bill Elliott, Jennifer Warnes) - 03:46 . 2.I'M Beautiful Dammitt! (Brinsley Evans) - 03:55 . 3.Lullaby In Blue (Adam Cohen, Brock Walsh) - 05:09 . 4.Ukulele Lady (Gus Kahn, Richard Whiting) - 03:34 . 5.I'M Hip (Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg) -…

Happy Birthday Wayne Shorter. ‘You Are So Wayne’

This day (August 25, 1933), in Newark, New Jersey, is born Wayne Shorter, an American jazz saxophonist and composer.Digest Tracklist : The Three Marias (2017) . w/ Wynton Marsalis & JLCO – Yes Or No (2016) . w/ Herbie Hancock – @Jazz_in_Marciac (2014) . w/ Esperanza Spalding – Footprints (2013) . w/ Herbie Hancock, Brian Blade, Dave Holland – Sonrisa (2004) . w/ Carlos Santana – Apache (2003)…

Atlantic publish Chic’s second album : ‘C’est Chic’ featuring ‘Le Freak’ and ‘I Want Your Love’ (1978)

Chic's 'C'est Chic' feat. 'Le Freak' is their second studio album released on August 11, 1978 by Atlantic.Track listing : . 1.Chic Cheer (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 04:42 . 2.Le Freak (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 05:23 . 3.Savoir Faire (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 05:01 . 4.Happy Man (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 04:17 . 5.I Want Your Love (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) -…

Chic release their third studio album ‘Risqué’ featuring ‘Good Times’ (1979)

Chic's 'Risqué' is their third studio album featuring Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers and released on July 30, 1979 by Atlantic. Track listing : . 1.Good Times (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 08:08 . 2.A Warm Summer Night (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 06:10 . 3.My Feet Keep Dancing (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 06:38 . 4.My Forbidden Lover (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 04:39…

Eliane Elias releases ‘Bossa Nova Stories,’ her nineteenth album featuring some famous bossa-nova standards (2008)

Eliane Elias' 'Bossa Nova Stories' is her nineteenth studio album released (in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of bossa nova) on June 24, 2008 by Blue Note.Track Listing : 1.The Girl From Ipanema (Norman Gimbel) - 05:22 . 2.Chega De Suadade (Antônio Carlos Jobim) - 03:22 . 3.The More I See You (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) - 04:13 . 4.They Can'T Take That Away From Me (George Gershwin, Ira…

Happy Birthday Monty Alexander. ‘The Full Monty’

This day (June 6, 1944), in Kingston, Jamaica, is born Monty Alexander, a jazz pianist with a strong Caribbean influence.Digest Tracklist : RastaMonk Vibrations (2019) . Battle hymn of the Republic/Glory Hallelujah (2018) . Nature Boy / Running Away (2015) . Funji Mama (2012) . Renewal (2011) . w/ Ernest Ranglin, Sly & Robbie - Live In Tokyo (2011) . w/ Harlem Kingston Express - No Woman No…

Columbia publish Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ his seventh album featuring ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and ‘My Hometown’ (1984)

Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.' is his seventh studio album recorded with his E Street Band and released on June 4, 1984 by Columbia. Track Listing : 1.Born In The U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen) - 04:40 . 2.Cover Me (Bruce Springsteen) - 03:27 . 3.Darlington County (Bruce Springsteen) - 04:48 . 4.Working On The Highway (Bruce Springsteen) - 03:13 . 5.Downbound Train (Bruce Springsteen) -…

Al Green releases ‘Lay It Down’ produced by two members of The Roots (2008)

Al Green's 'Lay It Down' is a studio album produced by Ahmir Questlove Thompson and James Poyser, both of The Roots and released on May 27, 2008 by Blue Note.Track Listing : 1.Lay It Down (Al Green, James Poyser) - 04:30 . 2.Just For Me (Al Green, James Poyser) - 03:58 . 3.You'Ve Got The Love I Need (Al Green, James Poyser) - 04:14 . 4.No One Like You (Al Green, James Poyser) - 04:31 . 5.What…

Diana Ross releases ‘Diana’ featuring ‘Upside Down’ and produced By Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers (1980)

Diana Ross' 'Diana' is her eleventh studio album produced By Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers and released on May 22, 1980 by Motown.Track Listing : 1.Upside Down (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 04:04 . 2.Tenderness (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 03:52 . 3.Friend To Friend (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 03:19 . 4.I'M Coming Out (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers) - 05:25 . 5.Have Fun…