New PIcks

You've had nearly a month to memorize those old picks, so they're gone. You'll find the new Doug's Picks in the right-hand column. … [Read more...]

Signing Ornette Coleman

In jazz histories, as in all histories of human activity, small errors are repeated and become the standard version of events. Don Payne, the bassist on Ornette Coleman's first album, sent the following addendum to the Rifftides piece on Johnny Mandel's contribution to a Coleman compositon and the record deal that led to Coleman's emergence. We soon did a one a.m. audition at the club. It was attended by John Lewis, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson and Connie Kay--the Modern Jazz Quartet. They brought … [Read more...]