February 10, 1992
Herman (Junior) Cook, 57, a tenor saxophonist who played with such seminal jazz leaders as Dizzy Gillespie and Horace Silver in the late 1950s. Cook generally confined his appearances to Manhattan nightclubs but he recorded with several bands, including those of Freddie Hubbard. In the mid-1970s he formed a quintet with trumpeter Bill Hardman as co-leader. Most recently he had been playing with Clifford Jordan's orchestra. At his New York City home on Tuesday of undetermined causes.
January 9, 1994 |
* * * 1/2 Brian Lynch, "Live at the Main Event," Criss Cross. This is a gutsy, flavorful date, spotlighting the ex-Art Blakey, now Phil Woods trumpeter, whose tone snaps and pops, and whose lyricism is compelling. Also featured is organist Melvin Rhyne, whose sound--open yet subtle--recalls the late Larry Young.
May 11, 1989 |
Woody Shaw, the jazz trumpeter and composer whose left arm was severed in a February subway accident, has died of pneumonia after a long illness, it was announced today. He was 44. Shaw's eyesight had been declining for a decade, and he tumbled down a stairway Feb. 27 onto the tracks in a Brooklyn subway station where a train struck him, severing his arm. As leader of the Woody Shaw Quintet, Shaw was rated the top jazz trumpet player of 1978 in the prestigious Downbeat Magazine poll, and his record, "Rosewood," was the No. 1 jazz album in the same poll.
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January 15, 1986
Joe Farrell, a versatile jazz musician who won Downbeat awards for playing three different instruments, died of bone cancer Friday at the City of Hope in Duarte. He was 48 and had last performed in November. He was born Joseph Carl Firrantello in Chicago Heights, Ill., and studied clarinet, tenor saxophone and flute in the Chicago area. He joined the Ralph Marterie band in 1957 and later played with Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Elvin Jones, Woody Herman and Horace Silver.
February 16, 1992 |
There used to an explosive quality about saxophonist Bob Berg's playing that inspired love or hate. From the early '70s until the late '80s, the hornman was renowned for unleashing thundershowers-of-notes solos that had a curl-your-hair intensity. While adored by some, these instrumental essays gave others Angst. That's all changed, says Berg, a native of Brooklyn who lives in Montauk on Long Island. "These days, I've mellowed. I'm less intense, less bombastic, more lyrical," he says.
January 15, 1995 |
The studio-based GRP unit, with its multiple arrangers--Michael Abene, Bob Mintzer, Tom Scott, Dave Grusin, Russell Ferrante--suffers from the lack of a single personality. It's also small in size--13 pieces, with only one trombone (the excellent George Bohannon) and three trumpets--so its sound is slightly diminished from a full 16-17 member unit.
September 9, 1991 |
The club with two names (Marla's Jazz Supper Club, Marla's Memory Lane) and two policies (jazz, comedy) blended its dual identity successfully over the weekend with the veteran trombonist Benny Powell supplying the music and a surprisingly transformed Reynaldo Rey furnishing the jokes. Powell, a Basie alumnus and later a Southland resident in the '70s, grew up in the shadow of J. J. Johnson, whose fluency and strong melodic sense he reflects.