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Abbey Sings Abbey

Abbey Lincoln



Cyrus Plays Elvis

Cyrus Chestnut



My Foolish Heart

Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette



Cyrus Chestnut

Cyrus Chestnut



Roots and Grooves

Maceo Parker

Reading and Viewing

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Sarah Vaughan

Jazz Icons: Sarah Vaughan Live in '58 & '64

Jazz Icons

DVD - With perfect time, intonation and taste, she is hand-in-glove with her trio, pianist Ronell Bright, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Art Morgan. -- Doug Ramsey, Rifftides


Dave Brubeck

Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck Live in '64 & '66

Jazz Icons

DVD - [Displays] the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s unique penchant for creating music that is uncompromisingly cool and smooth but still loaded with clever time-changes and shifting dynamics, brimming with character. -- Jambands.com


David A. Jasen, Gene Jones

Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930

Schirmer Books

An entertaining and thoughtful history of great but neglected African-American tunesmiths from the vaudeville and early jazz eras. -- Kirkus Reviews


Wes Montgomery

Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery Live in '65

Jazz Icons

DVD - Close-ups of Montgomery's hands traversing the fretboard should be required viewing for any aspiring jazz guitarist. -- The Boston Phoenix


Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane

Jazz Icons: John Coltrane Live in ‘60, ‘61 & ‘65

Jazz Icons

DVD - Viewing these three sets is like watching the wheels of change transforming jazz itself. . . Each set is breathtaking and inspiring, and when viewed together, deadly awesome. -- Bass Player Magazine

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