Join us for Throwback Thursday, we’re spinning classic tunes by the jazz legends of yesteryear all day long!

Tune in for hits by Cannonball Adderley, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and others!

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Cannonball Adderley’s Big Man

In what would turn out to be the final years of his short life, jazz great Julian Cannonball Adderley embarked on a number of ambitious, genre-stretching projects.

The last of these was 1975’s Big Man, the score for a musical play based on the John Henry ( the steel driving man ) American folk legend.

The album was released as a two-LP set with libretto, and featured music from Adderley and his current musical associates, including his brother Nat Adderley, George Duke (using the alias Dawilli Gonga ), Roy McCurdy, Airto Moreira, Carol Kaye, and others.

The vocal cast includes lead vocalist Joe Williams, Randy Crawford (making her professional debut on record here at age 21), and Robert Guillaume  Long out of print and never before issued on CD, this album is the final artistic statement of jazz giant Adderley.

Duke Ellington’s After Midnight

Legacy Recordings releases “Duke Ellington: The Original Recordings That Inspired The Broadway Hit, After Midnight


This album collects Ellington’s original recordings (between 1927 – 1940) that were beautifully showcased in the 2014 Best Musical Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical sensation After Midnight, all in one place; including popular favorites like “It Don’t Mean a Thing”, “Stormy Weather” and “Cotton Club Stomp”.

The After Midnight collection takes the sexy, smoky glamour of the original Jazz Age and catapults it into a whole new era of heart-pounding, mind-blowing entertainment! 

Thelonious Monk’s Live at the It Club (complete)

Recorded over two evenings in 1946 in Los Angeles, this recording presents the great Thelonious Monk at the peak of his considerable talent.

This version restores the 11 cuts – arranged in order – to their entirety and offers three previously unreleased songs with 20-bit digital remastering. The result is perhaps as close as we can come to a great-sounding, complete show by one of the most fertile minds in the history of jazz.

From the first note, the sound is classic Monk! Highlights include an exquisitely gorgeous “I’m getting Sentimental over You”, a spicy “Rhythm-A-Ning,” and an up-tempo “Bright Mississippi.” This album includes excellent liner notes by Bob Blumenthal and new photos

Charles Mingus’s Ah Um

Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for a short time in 1959, and his Columbia recordings remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history.

The flowing sadness of “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young’s life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there’s the funky furnace blast of “Boogie Stop Shuffle,” which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin’s Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone.

With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the ’90s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral color.


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