Review: Charlie Mingus – Tijuana Moods

Review: Charlie Mingus – Tijuana Moods Bluebird Re-Issue Series

©Laurence Svirchev The back cover of Tijuana Moods, recorded in 1957 but released in 1962, boldly proclaims Mingus saying, “This is the best record I ever made.” Each re-issue has retained the quote, but alternate arguments could be made that the words were . . . → Read More: Review: Charlie Mingus – Tijuana Moods

Dexter Gordon: Nights at the Keystone

Mosaic Select MS-014, 3 CDs ©Laurence Svirchev Dexter Gordon loved to make inventively sweet introductions to concert audiences. They were short ditties, sometimes in rhyme, designed to set the audience at ease about the song to come. Deep-voiced and articulating slowly, here is how he introduces It’s You or No One:

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Profile of Ray Anderson

Profile of Ray Anderson

©Laurence Svirchev Some people seem to float above everyday life, as if riding a big puffy cloud. Trombonist Ray Anderson gives that impression when he hits the stage decked out with suspendered pleated pants, a multi-patterned shirt, and a hip lid. He is a tall, lean, man, obviously in charge . . . → Read More: Profile of Ray Anderson