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‘Round About Midnight [Columbia]

Side 1
'Round Midnight -3
Ah-Leu-Cha -1
All Of You -3

Side 2
Bye Bye Blackbird -2
Tadd’s Delight -2
Dear Old Stockholm -2

Miles Davis Quintet: Miles Davis (tpt); John Coltrane (ts); Red Garland (p); Paul Chambers (b); Philly Joe Jones (d)

Recording dates:
1: October 26, 1955 at Columbia Studio D, New York City, New York
2: June 5, 1956 at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City, New York
3: September 10, 1956 at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York City, New York

Producer: George Avakian

Issued as ‘Round About Midnight (Columbia CL 949 [LP, mono: US, 1957] and CS 8649 [LP, stereo: US, 1960])

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Living In A Beat Box: Cindy Blackman

My whole apartment is a drum,“ says jazz drummer Cindy Blackman. And homegirl is not exaggerating.

Her tiny basement studio apartment, tucked away in Manhattan’s tony Gramercy Park neighborhood, is consumed by her seven-piece Sonor kit. Even the post of her bed, a pine futon loft, hoists drums to the ceiling.

"Sleeping beneath drums and staring at them when I wake up, there’s no way I can lose my focus,” says Blackman, best known to the world as Lenny Kravitz’s drummer with the funky Afro wigs. “My aim is to play every day.”


10 great Jazz albums released in 1959

Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

Chet Baker - Chet

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers - Moanin’

Cannonball Adderley Quintet - In Chicago

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out

George Russell - New York N.Y.

Bud Powell - The Scene Changes

The Thelonious Monk Orchestra - At Town Hall

#10 great jazz albums


Miles Davis - The Meaning of the Blues/Lament (alternate take)

Miles Ahead (Columbia, 1957)

Personnel: Miles Davis – flugelhorn; Bernie Glow – lead trumpet; Ernie Royal – trumpet; Louis Mucci – trumpet; Taft Jordan – trumpet; John Carisi – trumpet; Frank Rehak – trombone; Jimmy Cleveland – trombone; Joe Bennett – trombone; Tom Mitchell – bass trombone; Willie Ruff – French horn; Tony Miranda – French horn; Bill Barber – tuba; Lee Konitz – alto sax; Danny Bank – bass clarinet; Romeo Penque – flute, clarinet; Sid Cooper – flute, clarinet; Paul Chambers – bass; Art Taylor – drums; Gil Evans – arranger and conductor

The Wall of Respect, celebrating jazz, in Chicago, 1967. Painted by Elliott Hunter, Jeff Donaldson, and containing photos by Billy Abernathy, it shows the following figures (l to r, top row): Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane. (l to r, middle row): Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Elvin Jones. (l to r, bottom): Nina Simone, Sonny Rollins, and Ornette Coleman


Don Cheadle needed a white co-star to get the Miles Davis movie made

It’s hard to get movies financed in Hollywood, but Don Cheadle convinced investors to pay for his new film using a simple trick. He hired a white guy. “Having a white actor in this film turned out to be a financial imperative,” Cheadle told reporters Thursday. The other clever, atypical way he got funding.