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Dizzy Gillespie Quintet: Blues Walk 1958

This incredible 1958 Belgian concert by Dizzy with Sonny Stitt, Lou Levy, Ray Brown and Gus Johnson is available in full on the Jazz Icons DVD entitled Dizzy Gillespie: Live in ’58 & ’70. Stitt is absolutely on fire.

-Michael Cuscuna



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Wednesday Matinee Day


When Was the Cool Really Born?

This first installment of a BBC documentary attempts to find a definition of cool through at advent of modern jazz in the ‘40s. The documentary is full of lots of “cool” stuff, including music and footage of New York in the ‘50s.

-Michael Cuscuna



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Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Moanin’ in Brussels, 1958

This clip, which I believe is from a Brussels concert issued on DVD by Jazz Icons, is the November-December 1958 tour by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. The band was new and had just finished recording the Blue Note album that introduced Bobby Timmons’ Moanin’ and several classic Benny Golson compositions. Golson only stayed with the band for three months and was replaced by Hank Mobley and finally Wayne Shorter. But here is an early live version of Moanin’ before it was a hit.

-Michael Cuscuna



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