Morrice Blackwell

Morrice Blackwell

Owner and publisher of jazzreview.com, Morrice Blackwell is a christian husband dad jazz fan website developing marketing manager basketball playing engineer that lives for photography.

I remember watching Frank Gambale play at a Chic Corea concert while attending the annual Concord Jazz Festival in 1985. I was amazed with his lightning quick fingers and h…
The once ultra rare South American blues-rock LP "Dias de Blues," originally released in 1972 in Argentina on the Discos De La Planta label, is a slice of electric blues La…
The jazz idiom is famous for initiating a gathering of great players for unforgettable sessions. In 1978, four of the best in the business gathered to combine their talents…
McCoy Tyner’s "Sama Layuca," which was released to critical acclaim in 1974 and remastered for a more fruitful sound in 2001, is considered to be post bop. While it is that…
Avante garde, experimental, fusion.... all of that and more is what this music encompasses. Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath was formed in 1970. Although the lifespan…
Jack McDuff’s importance to the sub-genres of jazz is beyond what anyone had previously given him credit for, in truth he is an important link to the blending of jazz, soul…
This is certainly an ironic title for someone that ended up in jail for possession of heroin. Art Pepper’s Smack Up was a classic exploration of his instinctive abil…
Arnett Cobb is "Movin’ Right Along" on all eight tracks that encompass this original jazz classic. Released in 1960 originally, it was a roadmap to the sound of bop with se…
The polls are open for the public to choose the best smooth jazz artists of the year. 2002 marks the 3rd time for The National Smooth Jazz Awards Show. This year’s event will take place at the Golden Hall in San Diego California on March 2, 2002 at 7 PM (Pacific Time). Hosted by Mr. Personality himself, saxman Dave Koz and broadcast nationally on all participating smooth jazz radio stations, this show should be an event to remember.

Stay tuned to your local smooth jazz radio station where …
29.01.2011

On Soloing

Published in Jazz Viewpoints
I once had the opportunity to do a few gigs in a quartet featuring the great keyboardist/composer Rob Mullins. Nate Phillips, who had worked with Rob in the Jazz Crusaders, and Jeff Suttles, who had just come off tour with Janet Jackson, held down the bass and drums, respectively. The basic concept was to play instrumental arrangements of funky R&B tunes, sort of like a funk version of Paul Shaffers' "Worlds Most Dangerous Band" (the David Letterman Show band). The project was put together with …