Doug Ramsey

Stories

The Proof Is in the Piano

Fabled Texas pianist Peck Kelley appears, at last, on a gold mine of an album. There’s lodes more with Red Garland, Pete Petersen, and other jazz whizzes.

The Proof Is in the Piano

Fabled Texas pianist Peck Kelley appears, at last, on a gold mine of an album. There’s lodes more with Red Garland, Pete Petersen, and other jazz whizzes.

Jazz in Camouflage

The music of tenor saxman John Handy is rooted in Texas and the blues, and he uses his distinctive sound to lure more listeners to jazz.

Jazz in Camouflage

The music of tenor saxman John Handy is rooted in Texas and the blues, and he uses his distinctive sound to lure more listeners to jazz.

Down with Compromise

Freddie Hubbard’s attempts to play pop music have been disastrous. But when he tackles a pure mainstream sound, he shows what jazz trumpeting is all about.

Art Pepper’s Last Chorus

The late alto saxophonist lived a life marred by heroin addiction and prison time, but his pain was only a counterpoint to the beauty of his music.

The Kid Is Blowing Them Away

In the footsteps of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and other trumpet greats comes twenty-year-old Wynton Marsalis. Judging by their latest albums, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and fellow veterans are doing all right too.

Jazz Mastered

The greatness of Paul Desmond, the staying power of Art Blakey, the de-fusion of Stan Gertz–all these are on record, and more.

Jazz Mastered

The greatness of Paul Desmond, the staying power of Art Blakey, the de-fusion of Stan Gertz–all these are on record, and more.

Jazz Rally

Recordings from the old pros prove the virtue of virtuosity.

Jazz Rally

Recordings from the old pros prove the virtue of virtuosity.

Ambassadors of Jazz

The late Lester Young is a past president of jazz, and his
music still holds sway. Albums by other musicians get
votes of confidence, too.

Ambassadors of Jazz

The late Lester Young is a past president of jazz, and his
music still holds sway. Albums by other musicians get
votes of confidence, too.

Stompin’ By the Bayou

Houston’s first jazz festival turned Miller Theatre into a hothouse of sound.

Prince Albert

Although Don Albert’s music was a mainstay of the forties, his obstinate stand against racism put him years ahead of his time.

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