Doug Ramsey

Articles by Doug Ramsey

Getting Mellow

Jun 30, 1984 By Doug Ramsey

In the sixties the fee-jazz movement produced music that was defiantly experimental, and the same artists are still playing some of the most stimulating jazz around.

Back in the Mood

Mar 1, 1984 By Doug Ramsey

A definitive Smithsonian Recordings collection sets a new standard for big band anthologies; other big band recordings prove that swing remains vibrantly alive.

Unabridged Webster

Jan 1, 1984 By Doug Ramsey

You may not have heard saxman Ben Webster when he was around, but his recordings with Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and Gerry Mulligan are a treasure trove not to be missed.

Jazz in Camouflage

Jun 30, 1983 By Doug Ramsey

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

Apr 1, 1983 By Doug Ramsey

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.

The Kid Is Blowing Them Away

Jun 30, 1982 By Doug Ramsey

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.