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    Four Maynard Ferguson Clips

    Screen shot 2011-01-24 at 7.26.43 PMJazzWaxSadly, Maynard Ferguson does not get nearly enough credit for being a bandleader and brass player of the highest order. Though somewhat commercially successful in his latter years and increasingly exciteable on stage, Ferguson struggled to create a sound in the rock and disco eras that made sense. He found it in material that scorched everything he touched and that today is largely forgettable.

    Sunday Wax Bits

    The jazz record producer is fast going the way of the typewriter Screen shot 2011-01-21 at 6.08.18 PM repairman and movie-theater usher. I don't mean the guys who create historic box sets. Those will always have an audience. I mean the person in the past who had an album vision and recruited musicians to record, created an intriguing title, supervised the cover art and then assembled a track order that enticed and entertained buyers. You know, those guys. [Photo: Rudy Van Gelder's studio in the '50s, the workspace of many producers]

    Gary Burton on Lofty Fake Anagram

    JazzWaxToward the end of1966, vibist Gary Burton left the Stan Getz Quartet to Imagesform his own group. The personnel he chose for his quartet shifted over the early months of 1967, but by the time Gary recorded Duster in April, he was joined by guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Roy Haynes. But in the summer, drummer Bob Moses had replaced Roy in the recording studio.

    Jazz, Rage and the Rampage

    Jazz, Rage and the Rampage

    Here's a shocker: Alleged Arizona gunman Jared Loughner Images-2 played saxophone in two jazz bands while in high school and dug Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. According to yesterday's New York Times, Loughner, 22, was so passionate about jazz and dedicated to practicing that a career in music was once considered.

    JazzWax List: Lou's Organists

    JazzWax List: Lou's OrganistsLou Donaldson was one of the first alto saxophonists to Lou Donaldson Torso Shot perform and record consistently with a Hammond B3 behind him. He used the sound extensively on the road in the '50s while touring across the country and developed a new jazz-funk approach in the '60s. Here's a list of the groovy organists who have recorded with him over the years. Dates signify their first recording session:

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