Category: art

Sonny Rollins recorded Sonny Boy for Prestige …

Sonny Rollins recorded Sonny Boy for Prestige #onthisday in 1956. The album includes performances by Kenny Dorham, Kenny Drew, Wade Legge, George Morrow, and Max Roach.

Grant Green’s early Blue Note recordings, First Session, were…

Grant Green’s early Blue Note recordings, First Session, were completed #onthisday in 1961 (released 2001). 

Thelonious Monk began recording Genius of Modern Music (Vol.1)…

Thelonious Monk began recording Genius of Modern Music (Vol.1) for Blue Note Records #onthisday in 1947. (Sleeve design: 1956)

Johnny Griffin recorded The Congregation for Blue Note Records…

Johnny Griffin recorded The Congregation for Blue Note Records #onthisday in 1957 (Sleeve artwork by aspiring artist Andy Warhol).

Jackie McLean’s Jackknife was recorded #onthisday in 1965…

Jackie McLean’s Jackknife was recorded #onthisday in 1965 (pictured is the 2002 reissue)

Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded Destination…Out!…

Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean recorded Destination…Out! #onthisday in 1963.

Introducing The 3 Sounds was recorded for Blue Note Records…

Introducing The 3 Sounds was recorded for Blue Note Records #onthisday in 1958.

Horace Silver finished recording Blowin’ the Blues Away for Blue…

Horace Silver finished recording Blowin’ the Blues Away for Blue Note Records on this day in 1959.

Herbie Hancock recorded Inventions & Dimensions for Blue…

Herbie Hancock recorded Inventions & Dimensions for Blue Note Records #onthisday in 1963.

“To me, the excitement of not knowing exactly what kind of…

“To me, the excitement of not knowing exactly what kind of interplay there will be, what direction it will go, when or how it will end – these are special joys associated with free improvisation.” 

— John Corbett discusses his new book, A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation