A Brief Return of Dexter Gordon Nineteen fifty-five was the year that the 12-inch LP became the preferred format for issuing jazz recordings and the beginning of a decade-long period that produced some of the most revered and influential albums in the history of this music. It was also the year in which bebop would […]
In my article on compiling and displaying solo information in jazz discographies, I address the positioning and characterization of solos within a jazz performance using parameters such as the number of bars and/or choruses. An alternative involves using timings to indicate the location and duration of each solo. In the article, I only mention this […]
Several reliable sources, including pianist Harold Mabern (a fellow Memphis native and frequent Strozier collaborator), are reporting that Frank Strozier is alive and well, living in the state of Rhode Island. He remains musically inactive (update as of February 19, 2018).
This article was first published in The IAJRC Journal, Vol. 50, No. 1 – Spring 2017, pp. 36-43. With the IAJRC suspending operations and ceasing publication of the Journal, I am republishing the article here with some added graphics. Please contact me with any questions or comments. Introduction Although saxophonist Herb Geller (1928-2013) is remembered […]
For many years I had considered compiling the discography of trumpeter, flugelhornist and flumpeter Art Farmer. One of the most lyrical of jazz soloists, he has been on my radar since I first became interested in jazz in the early 1950s. But his 50-year career and substantial recording output discouraged me from embarking upon such […]
In many ways, Frank Strozier is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Although highly regarded by his peers, he stopped playing saxophone and flute in the 1980s, made a brief stab at a piano career in 1990 (his first instrument) and has not been heard from since. Rumors abound as to his fate, including allegations […]