Return To Forever – The Complete Columbia Albums

Contributed by guest blogger Douglas Payne After a prodigious session career in the 1960s, several solo albums that toyed with both the traditional and freer forms of jazz and a mercurial period of experimentation with Miles Davis between 1968 and 1972, pianist and composer Chick Corea crystalized the notion of his first “group” endeavor, to…

By The Jazz Messenger July 28, 2011 Off

Jazz Stylist Stan Getz

Contributed by guest blogger Douglas Payne Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz (1927-91) is one of jazz’s best and best-known sax players. His warm, lyrical sound transcended many fads and fashions in jazz and was remarkably consistent throughout his long and varied career. Although he played everything from bebop to cool jazz, he is best remembered for…

By The Jazz Messenger July 19, 2011 Off

Eliane Elias Still Lighting Fires

Eliane Elias has been recording one great album after another going back to 1986. I remember first hearing about her when she was a member of Steps Ahead and was featured on their self titled classic from 1983. But it wasn’t until her first solo recording titled Illusions where I really took notice of her…

By The Jazz Messenger July 11, 2011 Off