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Larry Graham & the Graham Central Station: My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me

In May 1978, “Warner Bros” label released “My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me”, the sixth Larry Graham & Graham Central Station (the first by the name Larry Graham & Graham Central Station as opposed to Graham Central Station). It was recorded in 1978, and was produced by Benny Golson and Larry Graham.


  • Larry Graham – lead and backing vocals, bass, clavinet, guitar
  • Gemi Taylor – guitar
  • Nate Ginsberg – keyboards
  • Gaylord “Flash” Birch – drums
  • Robert “Butch” Sam – keyboards, organ, piano, backing vocals
  • Tina Graham – backing vocals

Track listing:

 All tracks by Larry Graham.

  1. Pow
  2. My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me
  3. Is It Love?
  4. Boogie Witcha, Baby
  5. It’s The Engine in Me
  6. Turn It Out
  7. Mr. Friend
  8. Are You Happy?

Charles Mingus: Mingus Dynasty

In May 1960, “Columbia” label released “Mingus Dynasty”, the 18th Charles Mingus album. It was recorded in November 1959, at “CBS 30th Street Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Teo Macero. In 1999, the album was inducted in the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.


  • Charles Mingus – bass
  • John Handy – alto sax
  • Booker Ervin – tenor sax
  • Benny Golson – tenor sax
  • Jerome Richardson – baritone sax, flute
  • Richard Williams – trumpet
  • Don Ellis – trumpet
  • Jimmy Knepper – trombone
  • Roland Hanna – piano
  • Nico Bunink – piano
  • Dannie Richmond – drums
  • Teddy Charles – vibes
  • Maurice Brown – cello
  • Seymour Barab – cello
  • Honi Gordon – vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Charles Mingus, except where noted.                         

  1. Slop
  2. Diane
  3. Song with Orange
  4. Gunslinging Bird (originally titled If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats) 
  5. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be – Mercer Ellington
  6. Far Wells, Mill Valley
  7. New Now Know How
  8. Mood Indigo – Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington
  9. Put Me in That Dungeon

Ray Charles: My Kind of Jazz

In April 1970, “Tangerine” label released “My Kind of Jazz”, the 29th Ray Charles album. It was recorded in January 1970, at “RPM Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Quincy Jones.


  • Ray Charles – vocal, piano
  • Ben Martin – guitar
  • Edgar Willis – bass
  • Ernest Elly – drums
  • J. Lloyd Miller – alto saxophone, oboe
  • Curtis Peagler – alto saxophone
  • Andy Ennis, Albert McQueen, Clifford Scott – tenor saxophone
  • Leroy Cooper – baritone saxophone
  • Bobby Bryant, Bill King, Marshall Hunt, Blue Mitchell – trumpet
  • Glen Childress, Henry Coker, Joe Randazzo – trombone
  • Teddy Edwards – arranger

Track listing:

  1. Golden Boy – Charles Strouse, Lee Adams
  2. Booty Butt – Ray Charles
  3. This Here – Bobby Timmons
  4. I Remember Clifford – Benny Golson
  5. Sidewinder – Lee Morgan
  6. Bluesette – Toots Thielemans
  7. Pas–Se–O–Ne Blues – John Anderson
  8. Zig Zag – Bill Baker
  9. Angel City – Teddy Edwards
  10. Señor Blues – Horace Silver

Wayne Shorter

On March 2, 2023, Wayne Shorter died aged 89. He was musician (saxophone) and composer. He was member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and  Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, and then co-founded the band Weather Report. Many of the Shorter’s compositions have become jazz standards and his work earned critical praise worldwide. In 1970, he won “Down Beat’s” annual poll-winner, winning the critics’ poll for 10 consecutive years and the readers’ poll for 18 consecutive years. Shorter recorded and performed with Donald Byrd, Billy Childs, Pino Daniele, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Gil Evans, Toninho Horta, Norah Jones, J. J. Johnson, Don Henley, Wynton Kelly, Michael Landau, Lionel Loueke, Grachan Moncur III, Milton Nascimento, Michel Petrucciani, The Rolling Stones, Masahiko Satoh, John Scofield, Esperanza Spalding, Steely Dan, Bobby Timmons, Kazumi Watanabe, Buster Williams, Herbie Hacock, Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, Freddie Hubbard, Joni Mitchell, Lee Morgan, Jaco Pastorius, Carlos Santana and McCoy Tyner. In 2008, “The New York Times” described Shorter as “probably jazz’s greatest living small-group composer and a contender for greatest living improviser”. In 2017, he was awarded the “Polar Music Prize”. As leader, Shorter released 28 albums.

Wes Montgomery: Wes Montgomery Trio

In March 1960, “Riverside” label released “The Wes Montgomery Trio”, the debut Wes Montgomery studio album. It was recorded in October 1959, at “Reeves Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.

Track listing:

  • Wes Montgomery – guitar
  • Melvin Rhyne – organ
  • Paul Parker – drums
  • Jack Higgins – engineer

Track listing:

  1. ‘Round Midnight – Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams
  2. Yesterdays – Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern
  3. The End of a Love Affair – Edward Redding
  4. Whisper Not – Benny Golson
  5. Ecaroh – Horace Silver
  6. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn
  7. Missile Blues – Wes Montgomery
  8. Too Late Now – Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner
  9. Jingles – Wes Montgomery

Jackie McLean: Swing, Swang, Swingin’

In March 1960, “Blue Note” label released “Swing, Swang, Swingin’, the 16th Jackie McLean album. It was recorded in October 1959, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced Alfred Lion.


  • Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
  • Walter Bishop Jr. – piano
  • Jimmy Garrison – bass
  • Art Taylor – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Jackie McLean, except where noted.

  1. What’s New? – Johnny Burke, Bob Haggart
  2. Let’s Face the Music and Dance – Irving Berlin
  3. Stablemates – Benny Golson
  4. I Remember You – Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger
  5. I Love You – Cole Porter
  6. I’ll Take Romance – Oscar Hammerstein II, Ben Oakland
  7. 116th and Lenox

Pharoah Sanders

On September 24, 2022, Farrell Sanders aka Pharoah Sanders died aged 81, He was musician (tenor saxophone), played a important role in the development of free jazz and spiritual jazz through his work as a member of John Coltrane’s groups in the mid-1960s, and later through his solo work. He recorded and performed with Leon Thomas, Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, Kenny Garrett, Norman Connors, Tisziji Munoz, McCoy Tyner, Randy Weston, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Michael Mantler, Fary Bartz, Larry Young, Ed Kelly, Hilton Ruiz, Idris Muhammad, Benny Golson, Art Davis, Sonny Sharrock, New York Unite, Franklin Kiermyer, Bheki Mseleku, Jah Wobble, Wallace Roney, Terry Callier, Alex Blake, Kahil El’Zabar, David Murray, Will Clhoun and Joey DeFrancesco. As leader Sanders released 37 albums.

Curtis Fuller: Up Jumped Spring

On March 16, 2004, “Delmark” label released “Up Jumped Spring”, the 24th Curtis Fuller album. It was recorded in August 2003, at “Riverside Studio” in Chicago, and was produced by Robert G. Koester and Jacey Falk.


  • Curtis Fuller – trombone
  • Brad Goode – trumpet
  • Karl Montzka – piano
  • Larry Gray – bass
  • Stewart Miller – bass
  • Tim Davis – drums
  • Jacey Falk – vocals

Track listing:

  1. Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
  2. Up Jumped Spring – Freddie Hubbard
  3. In a Mellow Tone – Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler
  4. God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog Jr.
  5. Bags’ Groove – Milt Jackson
  6. Equinox – John Coltrane
  7. I’m Old Fashioned – Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer
  8. Alone Together – Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz
  9. Whisper Not – Benny Golson
  10. Black Night – Jessie Mae Robinson
  11. Star Eyes – Gene de Paul, Don Raye

Benny Golson: One Day, Forever

On February 27, 2001, “Arkadia Jazz” label released “One Day, Forever”, the 31st Benny Golson album. It was recorded in November 1996, September 1999 and October 2000, at “Sandhausen Studios” in Germany, “Avatar Studios” and “Patrych Recording”  in New York, “39th Street Music”  in New York City, and was produced by Bob Karcy.


  • Benny Golson – tenor saxophone, arranger, conductor
  • Shirley Horn – vocals
  • Art Farmer – trumpet
  • Curtis Fuller – trombone
  • Robert Carlisle, John Clark – French horn
  • Elizabeth Mann – flute
  • Gerard Reuter – oboe
  • Mulgrew Miller – piano
  • Geoff Keezer – piano
  • Lara Downes – piano
  • Bill Mays – keyboards
  • Clay Ruede, David Heiss, Diane Barere, Eliana Mendoza, Erik Friedlander, Eugene Moye, Frederick Zlotkin, Jeanne Leblanc, Joseph Kimura, Lanny Paykin, Maxine Neuman, Richard Locker – cello
  • Ron Carter – bass
  • Dwayne Burno – bass
  • Joe Farnsworth – drums
  • Carl Allen – drums
  • Dennis Wall – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Benny Golson

  1. One Day, Forever (I Remember Miles)
  2. Blue Walk
  3. Killer Joe
  4. Are You Real?
  5. Sad to Say
  6. Out of the Past
  7. Blues Alley
  8. Along Came Betty
  9. On Gossamer Wings

Paul Chambers: Chamber’s Music

In September 1956 “Jazz West” label released “Chambers’ Music” the debut Paul Chambers album. It was recorded in March 1956, at “Western Recorders” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Herbert Kimmel.


  • Paul Chambers — bass
  • Kenny Drew — piano
  • Roland Alexander — piano
  • John Coltrane — tenor saxophone
  • Pepper Adams — baritone saxophone
  • Curtis Fuller — trombone
  • Philly Joe Jones — drums

Track listing:

  1. Dexterity – Charlie Parker
  2. Stablemates – Benny Golson
  3. Easy to Love – Cole Porter
  4. Visitation – Paul Chambers
  5. John Paul Jones – John Coltrane
  6. Eastbound – Kenny Drew