On January 16, 2021, Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. aka Junior Mance died aged 92. He was musician (piano) and composer, one of the main figures of the Hard bop jazz scene. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names of jazz, blues and soul music including Gene Amons, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Wynton Kelly, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Nat Adderley, Joe Gordon, Bennie Green, Al Grey, Ernie Andrews, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey, Cliford Brown, Benny Carter, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cleveland, Arnett Cobb, Red Holloway, Jose James, Ray Crawford, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie Jefferson, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Irene Kral, Jay Leonhart, Les McCann, Paul Gonsalves, Howard McGhee, The Metronomes, Virgil Gonsalves, James Moody, Wild Bill Moore, Barbara Morrison, Sandy Mosse, Leo Parker, Ken Peplowski, Billie Poole, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alvin Queen, Jimmy Scott, Arnold Sterling, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Frank Vignola, Wilbur Ware, Ben Webster, Joe Williams, Marion Williams, and Leo Wright. As leader, Monce released 56 albums (live and studio). In 2007, Mance and his wife Gloria started their own record label “JunGlo”.
In December 1960, “Verve” label released “Gillespiana”, the 32nd Dizzy Gillespie album. It was recorded in November 1960, in New York City, and was produced by Norman Granz.
- Dizzy Gillespie, John Frosk, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Joe Wilder – trumpet
- Urbie Green, Frank Rehak, Britt Woodman – trombone
- Paul Faulise – bass trombone
- Jim Buffington, William Lister, Al Richman, Gunther Schuller, Morris Secon, Julius Watkins – French horn
- Don Butterfield – tuba
- Leo Wright – alto saxophone, flute
- Lalo Schifrin – piano, arranger
- Willie Rodriguez – timpani
- Art Davis – bass
- Chuck Lampkin – drums
- Candido Camero – conga
- Jack Del Rio – bongos
All tracks by Lalo Schifrin
On December 6, 1949, Huddie William Ledbetter aka Lead Belly died aged 61. He was musician (guitar, piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, windjammer), regarded as one of the pioneers of the blues and folk music. His songs covered a wide range of genres including folk, blues, and gospel, some of them like “Goodnight, Irene”, “Midnight Special”, “Cotton Fields”, and “Boll Weevil” became standards, and influenced generations of musicians. In 1988, Lead Belly was posthumously inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2008 in the “Louisiana Music Hall of Fame”.
On August 13, 1971, Curtis Ousley (born Curtis Montgomery) aka King Curtis died aged 37. He was music director, record producer, and musician (soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet), worked in various music genres, rhythm, and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk, and soul-jazz. He performed and recorded with numerous musicians and bands including Aretha Franklin, Nat Adderley, Wynton Kelly, ]Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Andy Williams, The Coasters, LaVern Baker, Joe South, John Lennon, the Rimshots, Champion Jack Dupree, Jerry Jemmott, Oliver Jackson, King Pins, Bernard Purdie, The Shirelles, The Noble Band, Cornell Dupree, and Duane Allman. At the 1970 “Grammy Awards”, Curtis won the “Best R&B Instrumental Performance Grammy” for “Games People Play”. In March 2000, he was posthumously inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
On May 2, 1995, “Criss Cross Jazz” label released “Yam Yam”, the debut Mark Turner Quintet album. It was recorded in December 1994, at “PRM Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Gerry Teekens.
- Mark Turner– tenor saxophone
- Larry Grenadier– double bass
- Brad Mehldau– piano
- Kurt Rosenwinkel– guitar
- Jorge Rossy– drums
- Seamus Blake – tenor saxophone
- Terence Dean – tenor saxophone
All tracks by Mark Turner except where notrd.
- Tune Number One
- Cubism – Kurt Rosenwinkel
- Yam Yam I
- Moment’s Notice – John Coltraness
- Subtle Tragedy – Brad Mehldau
- Yam Yam II
In February 1971, “Polskie Nagrania Muza” label released “Blues” the fourth Breakout album.
- Tadeusz Nalepa- vocal, guitar
- Dariusz Kozakiewicz – guitar
- Tadeusz Trzciński – harmonica
- Jerzy Goleniewski – bass
- Józef Hajdasz – drums
- Marek A. Karewicz – cover art, photography
- Ona poszla inna droga
- Kiedy bylem malym chlopcem
- Oni zaraz przyjda tu
- Przyszla do mnie bieda
- Pomaluj moje sny
- Usta moje ogrzej
- Gdybym byi wichrem
- Co sie stalo kwiatom
- Dzisiejszej nocy
On May 9, 2005, “Voiceprint Records” label released “Ilhas (Portuguese for Islands), the fourth Violeta de Outono album. It was recorded in 2003, and was produced by Fabio Golfetti and Angelo Pastorello.
- Fabio Golfetti– vocals, guitar
- Cláudio Souza – drums
- Angelo Pastorello – bass, cover art
- Gregor Izidro – additional percussion
- João Parahyba – additional percussion
- Fábio Ribeiro – keyboards
- Naide Patapas – backing vocals
- Línguas de Gato em Gelatina
- Moon Princess
In January 1969, “Transatlantic” label released “Birthday Blues”, the sixth Bert Jansch album. It was recorded October – November 1968, at “IBC Studios” in London, and was produced by Shel Talmy.
- Bert Jansch – vocals, guitars
- Danny Thompson- bass
- Terry Cox- drums
- Ray Warleigh- alto saxophone, flute
- Duffy Power– harmonica
- Damon Lyon-Shaw – engineer
- Hans Feurer- cover photography
- Heather Jansch – cover design
- Gordon House – graphics
All tracks by Bert Jansch except where noted.
- Come Sing Me a Happy Song to Prove We All Can Get Along the Lumpy, Bumpy, Long and Dusty Road
- The Bright New Year
- Tree Song
- Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell
- I’ve Got a Woman
- A Woman Like You
- I Am Lonely
- Promised Land
- Birthday Blues
- Wishing Well – Bert Jansch, Anne Briggs
On January 20, 2012, Jamesetta Hawkins aka Etta James died aged 73. She was singer with powerful voice, performing blues, R&B, soul, jazz and gospel music She won six “Grammy Awards” and 17 “Blues Music Awards”; In 1993, she was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1999 she was inducted in “Grammy Hall of Fame”, and in 2011 in the “Blues Hall of Fame”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Etta James at number 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.
On March 16, 2017, James Henry Cotton died aged 81. Being blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, he had successful solo career, recording albums under his own name, and recording and performing with number of great blues and rock musicians including Gregg Allman, William “Billy Boy” Arnold, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Butterfield, Grateful Dead, Pat Hare, Howlin’ Wolf, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Freddie King, Alexis Korner, Steve Miller, Charlie Musselwhite, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Keith Richards, Todd Rundgren, Santana, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Otis Spann, Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thornton, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Johnny Winter.