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Remembering the Big Man, Clarence Clemons

Remembering the Big Man, Clarence Clemons

Music, People
As an adult, early childhood memories often seem like a blurry haze, but there are always a few that hang around.  When I was 3 years old I was fascinated with my parents’ turntable.  Any chance I got I would fiddle around with it, either playing their albums or one of my many Sesame Street records.  Music made me feel alive and I know my lifelong passion for it started then. One of the albums that I literally wore out was Born to Run.  I played that over and over again, until my parents were forced to buy me my own turntable, and another unscratched copy for themselves.  I scribbled on the cover over Bruce and Clarence and memorized the lyrics, even though I was far too young to understand them.  Before I even knew why, I fell deeply in love with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Sunday Jazz: Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section

Sunday Jazz: Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section

Music, Sunday Jazz
On January 19, 1957 -- one day after appearing on The Steve Allen Show -- alto saxophonist Art Pepper joined forces with the fantastic rhythm section from the Miles Davis group -- pianist Red Garland, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones -- in Hollywood, California. That day's recording sessions resulted in the excellent and aptly named Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section, released on the Contemporary label (Mono C 3532/S 7532; Stereo S 7018). It's a great album, and one that beautifully blends Pepper's distinctive tone and West Coast cool sound with a decidedly more upbeat pace. Take, for instance, this hot rendition of a Pepper original, "Straight Life." Pepper's Charlie Parker-esque soloing bookends the song brilliantly, and he is matched step-for-step by Garland. Cham...
Album Cover of the Week: Cannonball Adderley, Cannonball’s Sharpshooters

Album Cover of the Week: Cannonball Adderley, Cannonball’s Sharpshooters

Album Cover of the Week
It's been quite some time since I last featured a Western-themed album cover, although this one is not as obvious. It's Cannonball's Sharpshooters, from the late, great jazz saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. This is the original cover for the record, released in 1958 on the EmArcy label (a subsidiary of Mercury Records). I can't find any credit information for the graphic design but I can tell you that this is a typically fine release from Adderley, one of my favorite saxophonists.