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January 4, 2010 Born in the '60s, soul-jazz is a groove-oriented style built from the bottom up. You take a strong bass line, establish a steady groove between the bass and drums, and then embellish that groove with riffs and melody lines that draw heavily from gospel, blues and R&B.
December 30, 2009 Studio recordings from 1959 make a strong case for that year as one of the best ever for jazz. Now, a large set of 50-year-old live recordings from the Newport Jazz Festival have been released online. WBGO's Josh Jackson and The New York Times' Ben Ratliff select some choice highlights.
Dominick Farinacci leads a trumpet trio at the Detroit Jazz Festival in a tribute to the one-of-a-kind Lee Morgan.
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June 18, 2009 When trumpeter Dominick Farinacci pitched a Lee Morgan tribute to the programmers of the 29th Detroit Jazz Festival, they loved the idea. Outdoors in the sun, three top young horn men nail Morgan's going-too-fast-and-making-the-corners style, sometimes in harmony.
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October 1, 2007 Fresh Air's jazz critic reviews a remastering of trumpeter Lee Morgan's 1956 Lee Morgan, Volume 2: Sextet.
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August 1, 2001 Of all of his albums, John Coltrane selected one as his favorite: Blue Train. Released in 1957, the record is frequently cited as one of the most important in the history of jazz. The 1997 reissue has several bonus tracks, as well as video and interview clips.
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August 1, 2001 Lee Morgan may have single-handedly saved Blue Note Records from bankruptcy. In 1963, he recorded The Sidewinder for the struggling label, producing a lucrative pop chart hit with the funky title track. By the 1970s, the album was a jazz phenomenon.
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