On February 9, 2020, Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea died aged 79. He was musician (piano, keyboards, percussion), composer and bandleader. He is regarded as one of the major piano players to emerge in jazz during the post-John Coltrane era. Recorded and performed with the most important Jazz musicians including Miles Davis, Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Blue Mitchell, Herbie Mann, Stan Getz, Roy Haunes, Miroslav Vitous, Stanley Clarke, Richard Davis, Joe Farrell, Joe Henderson, Eric Kloss, Hubert Laws, Herbie Mann, Blue Mitchell, John Patitucci, Wayne Shorter, Cal Tjader, Sonny Stitt, Dave Pike, Armando Peraza, Marion Brown, Sadao Watanabe, Larry Coryell, John Surman, Elvin Jones, Rolf Kühn, Airto Moreira, Antony Braxton, Pete La Roca, Al Di Meola, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ron Carter, Gábor Szabó, Donald Byrd, Tete Montoliu, Chaka Khan, Eddie Gomez, Wallace Rooney, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Sanches, Gary Burton and Hiromi Uehara. Corea formed and lead Return to Forever, Circle, Chick Corea Elektric Band, Chick Corea Akoustic Band and Five Peace Band. As leader he released 77 studio and 23 live albums. Corea won 23 “Grammy Awards”.
On December 17, 2020, Stanley Cowell died aged 79. He was musician (piano), co-founder of the “Strata-East Records” label, and professor at the “Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers”, the “State University of New Jersey”. He recorded with many famous jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Richard Davis, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, The Heath Brothers, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson, J. J. Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Owens, Art Pepper, Buddy Terry, Charles Sullivan, Charles Toliver, Roland Kirk, Marion Brown, Harold Land, and Max Roach. As leader Cowell released 34 albums.
On May 24, 2020, Wilbur James Cobb died aged 91. He was musician (drums), one of the most influential and respected drummers in Jazz music. He has recorded and performed with many musicians including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Phil Upchurch, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, Geri Allen, Earl Bostic, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Ernie Royal, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Timmons, Walter Booker, Jerome Richardson, Joey DeFrancesco, Keter Betts, Jimmy Cleveland, Sam Jones, Red Garland, Joe Henderson, Eddie Gómez, Bill Evans, Jeremy Steig, Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, Walter Bishop, Jr., Richie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Ricky Ford, David Amram, Donald Byrd, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Cobb recorded 17 albums as a leader.
On March 9, 1986, “Black Hawk Records” label released “Voyage”, the 99th Stan Getz album. It was recorded in 1985, at “Music Annex Recording Studio” in Menlo Park, California, and was produced by Herb Wong.
- Stan Getz- tenor saxophone
- Kenny Barron- piano
- George Mraz– bass
- Victor Lewis- drums
- Herb Wong – line notes
- Roger Seibel – mastering
- Babatunde Lea– percussion
- Phil Edwards – mixing engineer
- Jim Dean – assistant engineer
- I Wanted to Stay – Victor Lewis
- I Thought About You – Jimmy Van Heusen
- Yesterdays – Jerome Kern
- Dreams – Kenny Barron
- Falling in Love – Victor Feldman
- Voyage – Kenny Barron
On March 4, 1957, “Columbia” label released “’Round About Midnight”, the 28th Miles Davis album. It was recorded October 26, 1955, June 5 – September 10, 1956, at “Columbia Studios” in New York City, and was produced by George Avakian.
- Miles Davis – trumpet
- John Coltrane– tenor saxophone
- Red Garland– piano
- Paul Chambers– double bass
- Philly Joe Jones– drums
- George Avakian– liner notes
- Frank Laico – engineer
- Teo Macero– mastering
- Aram Avakian, Don Hunstein, Dennis Stock– photography
- Round Midnight – Thelonious Monk, Bernie Hanighen, Cootie Williams
- Ah-Leu-Cha – Charlie Parker
- All of You – Cole Porter
- Bye Bye Blackbird – Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson
- Tadd’s Delight – Tadd Dameron
- Dear Old Stockholm – traditional, arranged by Stan Getz
In April 1963, “Verve” label released “Jazz Samba Encore!”, album by Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfá. It was recorded in February 1963, in “Webster Hall” in New York City, and was produced by Creed Taylor. The album cover painting was by Olga Albizu.
- Stan Getz– tenor saxophone
- Luiz Bonfá– guitar
- Antonio Carlos Jobim– guitar, piano
- George Duvivier, Tommy Williams, Don Payne – bass
- Paulo Ferreira, Jose Carlos, Dave Bailey– drums
- Maria Toledo – vocals, brief vocalise
- Sambalero – Luiz Bonfá
- Só Danço Samba(I Only Dance Samba) – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- Insensatez(How Insensitive) Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- O Morro Não Tem Vez (Favela) – Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- Samba de Duas Notas (Two Note Samba) – Luiz Bonfá – reference to Jobim’s One Note Samba
- Menina Flor – Luiz Bonfá, Maria Toledo
- Mania de Maria – Luiz Bonfá, Maria Toledo
- Saudade Vem Correndo – Luiz Bonfá, Maria Toledo
- Um Abração no Getz (A Tribute to Getz) – Luiz Bonfá
- Ebony Samba – second version – Luiz Bonfá
- Ebony Samba – first version – Luiz Bonfá
In March 1964, “Verve” label released “Getz/Gilberto”,album by Stan Getz and João Gilberto.It was recorded in March 1963, at “A&R Recording Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Creed Taylor. The artwork was by artist Olga Albizu. In 1965, “Getz/Gilberto” received “Grammy Awards” for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album”, “Individual or Group and Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical;” and “Album of the Year”. It is considered to be the album that popularized bossa nova worldwide. In 2012, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 447 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
- Stan Getz– tenor saxophone
- João Gilberto– vocals, guitar
- Antônio Carlos Jobim– piano
- Astrud Gilberto – vocals
- Sebastião Neto – double bass
- Milton Banana– drums, pandeiro
- The Girl from Ipanema – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel
- Doralice – Antônio Almeida, Dorival Caymmi
- Para Machucar Meu Coração – Ary Barroso
- Desafinado – Antonio Carlos Jobim, Newton Mendonça
- Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) – Antônio Carlos Jobim
- Só Danço Samba – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- O Grande Amor – Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes
- Vivo Sonhando – Antônio Carlos Jobim
On January 6, 1993, John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie died aged 75. He was musician, singer, composer and bandleader, trumpet virtuoso and improviser, regarded as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time. Together with Charlie Parker, Gillespie was major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He has recorded and performed with some of the most important musicians in the jazz history, including Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Stan Getz, Sonny Stit,Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins,Benny Golson, Bobby Hackett, Mary Lou Williams, Willie Ruff, Dwike Mitchell, Art Blakey, Al McKibbon, Thelonious Monk, Kai Winding, Joe Turner, Roy Eldridge, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, John Lewis, Hank Jones, Percy Heath, Roy Eldridge, Machito, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Woods, Moe Koffman, United Nation Orchestra, Jackie McLean, Percy Heath, Ron Holloway, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mike Longo, Manhattan Transfer, Carmen McRae, Katie Bell Nubin, Mongo Santamaria, Woody Shaw, Lillian Terry and Randy Weston.
On February 23, 1997, Anthony Tillmon “Tony” Williams died aged 51. He is regarded as one of the most important and influential jazz drummers ever. In his career he has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in the jazz history, including: Miles Davis, Geri Allen, Arcana, Chet Baker, George Cables, Ron Carter, Stanley Clarke, Eric Dolphy, Kenny Dorham, Gil Evans, Tommy Flanagan, Hal Galper, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Wallace Roney, Jonas Hellborg, Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, Terumasa Hino, Allan Holdsworth, Hank Jones, Charles Lloyd, Michael Mantler, Ray Manzarek, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, John McLaughlin, Jackie McLean, Marcus Miller, Mulgrew Miller, Grachan Moncur III, Jaco Pastorius, Michel Petrucciani, Pop Workshop, Public Image Limited, Don Pullen, Sam Rivers, Sonny Rollins, Wallace Roney, Travis Shook, McCoy Tyner, Sadao Watanabe and Weather Report. In 1969, Tony Williams formed a trio, the Tony Williams Lifetime, with John McLaughlin on guitar and Larry Young on organ.