Posts Tagged ‘miles davis’

Remembering the Great D.C. Drummer Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman

E.U. vocalist Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliot doesn't mince words when asked to reflect on Ricky “Sugarfoot” Wellman, the former Chuck Brown drummer who died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 23. "He was the best drummer the city ever had," Elliot says. "Not just go-go, all the way around. He played with Carlos Santana and Miles Davis. He was a [...]

The Wu Meets Gil on Tribute EP

This past spring, D.C.-based DJ 2-Tone Jones and his business partner Gerald Watson released Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber, an effective mashup of classic Wu-Tang verses and abstract jazz loops. On "Baby I Got Yo' Love," for instance, 2-Tone mixed the vocals of Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Got Yo' Money" atop Lonnie Liston Smith's "Love Beams." "The Brew Out" blended [...]

“What I’m Interested in Is Sound”: A Conversation With Wadada Leo Smith

This image is a section of a musical score by Wadada Leo Smith, the avant-garde trumpeter. Obviously, he doesn't use notation as you and I recognize it; Smith has a musical system he calls "Ankhrasmation," which merges the ideas of composition, improvisation, and performance into a single construction.
Currently a faculty member at the California Institute [...]

RIP Steve Reid: 1944-2010

Steve Reid, a New York-based drummer who moved through several forms of African-American music while rarely straying from the cutting edge, died this morning in New York at 66 years old. The cause of death has not been reported.
Reid's professional career began at 16 as the house drummer of Harlem's Apollo Theater, with his [...]

Jazz Setlist: New Year’s Eve Special

Setlist normally tries to stick with one jazz event per evening. But most evenings aren't New Year's Eve, where we'll all be out on the town and wondering what our options are. So, as a Washingtonian and a jazz nerd, it is my duty to tell you that the options are many.
Dec. 31
The District's strongest [...]

Merl Saunders, R.I.P.

Ever the bearer of bad news, I'd like to alert BPB readers to another rock 'n roll fatality: This time it's Merl Saunders, who passed away last Friday at the age of 74. Complications from a stroke sidelined him in 2002, effectively ending a remarkable career that included luminous collaborations with Miles Davis, B.B. [...]