No doubt about it: 1964 is one of the all-time greatest years in the history of popular music. The Rolling Stones released their eponymous first album. Simon & Garfunkel likewise released their debut LP ("Wednesday Morning, 3 AM"). Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" album came out. "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway. Oh, and this pop group called The Beatles visited America for the first time and subsequently changed the course of civilization.
And 1964 was similarly, though obviously on a lesser scale, a pioneering if not landmark year in the history of jazz. John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," Eric Dolphy's "Out to Lunch," Albert Ayler's "Spiritual Unity," Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil," Horace Silver's "Song for My Father," Andrew Hill's "Point of Departure" (as pictured here) --- all of these classic, influential albums, and several others, were recorded fifty years ago, in '64.
So, on the next All This Jazz --- which kicks off at 10pm on Saturday the 26th on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM --- such will be our second-hour theme: Great Jazz Recordings from 1964.
Hope you can join us.
(The all-important, who-what-when-where details: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel. Each week, we spin modern jazz, both recent and classic...from Geri Allen to John Zorn, Cannonball Adderly to Joe Zawinul, Louis Armstrong to Denny Zeitlin. And the second half of our two-hour program, beginning at 11pm, invariably carries a theme of some sort.)
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