A Passion for Jazz

Clifford Brown Blowing

Clifford Brown

Forty-four Years of Listening . . .

My next door neighbor turned me on to jazz when I was 14 and a young reed player. He was in the US Air Force, leaving for his station in Greenland, so he left his collection of jazz records with me until his return four years later. The year was 1959. I was well-versed in the Glenn Miller repertoire of my high school dance band, but had never heard real jazz. Imagine, if you will, how awestruck I was to put those old 10-inch vinyls from the late Forties through the mid-Fifties on the record player for the first time and to be transported by the rising trumpet section bop lines of Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band, the frenetic energy of Art Blakey's 1954 "Night at Birdland" sessions with the young Clifford Brown, the magnificent interplays in the writing of Pete Rugolo, Bill Russo, and Bill Holman for the Kenton band of the early Fifties, and the pianoless counterpoint of the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker Quartet.

Thus commenced my exploration of bop, hard bop, cool, modal, and the evolving styles up to the present. Love affairs developed along the way for Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Frank Rosolino, Art Pepper, Count Basie, and more lately for bassist John Leitham, singer Karrin Allyson, and my contemporary Pete Christlieb.

Combined with a Love of Writing . . .

One of my other passions is writing. I think I'm pretty good at it.
So naturally I like to write about jazz.
You can find me often at Jazzonline in bbs discussions about jazz.
I'm also quite likely to post reviews of performances and CD's there.
I'm attempting to use these pages to present a collection of my
past reviews and to present new ones from time to time.
I hope you enjoy them.

RC's Reviews

Coming Soon!!to these webpages -- The Complete Illustrated Critical Rosolino Discography (critiques by yours truly)

Links You Need (or just might like)

  • AMG Small LogoThe All-Music Guide (a required bookmark for any music lover) -- Absolutely indispensible (that's what all the links in the first paragraph lead to)
  • GEMM LogoThe GEMM Search Engine  -- Searches an ever-increasing number of catalogs of CD and vinyl sellers on the Web to find the cheapest as well as the hardest-to-find recordings -- (never wonder whether you're getting a good deal again or if you'll ever see another copy if you pass this one up). Plus, you can purchase what you find online with the search engine without jumping to the seller's own pages -- without surcharge in most instances. (Hint: place a checkmark in both "Best Price Only" and "Quick and Dirty" and it will quickly load summary information on the artist or title showing the cheapest price available for each title. Then click on the name of the album that interests you for full details concerning where it is available and the range of prices. If you click directly on a price it will automatically place the album in your shopping cart.)
  • Tunes.com logoTunes.com -- One of the major online CD stores such as CD Universe, Music Boulevard, and CD Now . What sets them apart is the ease of searching, more RealAudio clips than the others, and the fact that you can maintain your own personal discography at their site along with a wish list (for your own use and for your wired friends and family to know what to buy you and what you already have).
  • Doubletime-Jazz logo"Double-Time Jazz" -- Jamie Aebersold's online store devoted entirely to jazz. (If  you want to skip his slow-loading main page, here's a quick-link to his catalogue. The logo links to his old index page, which I prefer; the underlined text links to his new index page.)
  • JOL largeClick large logo for JOL main page;
    JOL smallclick small logo to go to JOL's interesting BBS.

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    Listen to America's Jazz Station
    (Click on logo for live streaming audio -- requires Windows Media Player)

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