• 10 with Art Blakey

    A look back at the five-decade career of the original Jazz Messenger – with his own band and bringing the heat in some legendary sessions with other artists.

  • Hot New Artist: Sun Ra

    Hoping to make a career playing (or teaching) jazz? Take a few tips from interstellar traveler and consummate showman Sun Ra.

  • Songs of Worship

    A re-post, just in time for my own personal Sabbath (I have separate playlists for my Jewish and Wiccan friends)… Sunday morning – a time…

  • Chico and The Kid

    Jazz drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton passed away last week at the age of 92. Often associated with cool West Coast jazz, Chico also could…

  • 10 by John Coltrane

    I don’t think I can shed any new light on the legacy of John Coltrane. But I can answer the question, how did a white,…

  • Sweet Summits: Jazz

    I thought this theme worked pretty well in our blues post. But I couldn’t resist expanding the definition so I could cover some of my…

  • Soothe Me

    I don’t know about you, but I’m getting overwhelmed by all the dire news and violent images I’ve been digesting lately. Maybe it’s time to…

  • Dan’s Big Night, Dave Brubeck and Dino

    Time for another random post… Let’s start with The Grammys. Now RCR is probably the last place anyone would go for the latest news on…

  • 10 by Art Pepper

    I’ve got a real weakness for West Coast jazz – that cool, seductive sound that didn’t exactly get a big thumbs up from Miles Davis…

  • Hot New Artist: Sun Ra

    Let me start by pointing out that what I don’t know about Sun Ra could fill a book. A 476-page book, to be precise –…

  • 10 by Sonny Rollins

    Check it – RCR is now optimized for iPad and iPhone use. We’re also the only site I’m aware of that’s optimized for rotary phones. Just…

  • Monk and the Butterfly

    Several things happened since I first posted this piece almost two years ago: 1) Based on my google stats, it’s still drawing a lot of…

  • 10 by Miles Davis

    I’m a bit of a “completist,” but only with a few select artists. For example, I don’t need all 1,000 songs that Lightnin’ Hopkins recorded…

  • Thanks, But I’ll Do It Solo

    Don’t get me wrong… I like to hear John Lee Hooker do the boogie over a driving beat or Allen Toussaint comp behind a funky…

  • The Big Chill

    My wife and I just spent a week at one of these all-inclusive resorts in Mexico – the kind of place that makes you feel…

  • Tangled Up in Blue Note

    Here’s a re-post. See you soon… In a rare moment of weakness, my brother admitted that his love of Latin music makes for a very…

  • That Fender Rhodes Sound

    Kevin and Tim tag-team on this piece about an American classic that still gets a lot of action some 50 years after it first hit…

  • The Box Set is Dead (Part 2)

    At what point did we know that the box set was deceased? Was it when the German Bear Family label released a 12-CD collection (with…

  • Chico and The Kid

    Alright, guitar fans. I know all of you have your favorite examples of six-string nirvana – Derek & the Dominos, The Allman Brothers Band at…

  • Songs of Worship

    Sunday morning – a time of worship. And for me, that worship involves a cup of joe, the Sunday Times, and a playlist of soul-soothing…

  • Monk and the Butterfly

    “This is the story of a love affair between a man and a woman whose backgrounds and experiences, whose cultures and class were so different,…