A jazz blog run by Dan Gomby, Director of Dazzle Records – Denver, CO
The Pocket: Introduction and Manifesto
Cheers everyone! Welcome to Dazzle Debut’s inaugural posting! *Releases Balloons* Curated by yours truly, the Dazzle Debut is and shall forever be a way to connect to the jazz community – starting here in Denver, Colorado and looking outward nationally, and beyond! We will be delving into matters of the groove, interviewing artists, posting amazing videos, linking great articles, and discovering exciting new artists on the scene, so follow closely and subscribe to our weekly email blasts! _ insert email link_
Seeing as this is our first post we figured we should keep with the theme: MAIDEN VOYAGE: Maiden Voyage, the title track from Herbie Hancock’s fifth album, was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1965 for Blue Note Records. The album was presented with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. The Penguin Guide to Jazz designated the album as part of its Core Collection, calling it “a colossal achievement from a man still just 24 years old.” Think about that… it was his FIFTH album at only 24 years old!
BRIEF SIDE NOTE: Now, for those of us who aren’t jazz familiars, Blue Note Records was the be all and end all of jazz labels back in the day, and rightfully so. Blue Note had powerhouse engineers like Rudy Van Gelder driving the backend and some of the most iconic album art done by designers like Reid Miles. All of this and Blue Note was putting out the edge. The most hip jive you ever bent an ear to, man.
To say it plainly, Rudy Van Gelder is widely regarded as the man who has heard it all, the greatest recording engineer in jazz history. His tenure of over half a century has overseen some of the most influential works come to light – John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”, Sonny Rollins’ “Saxophone Colossus”, Miles Davis’ “Walkin’”, and Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” to name a few. Reid Miles’ graphic design work, coupled with the help of Francis Wolff’s session photography, made Blue Note albums pop and sell! The simplistic two or three tone colour pallette with the bold typefaces complemented Wolff’s striking imagery and just looked the way the voice of jazz should look – striking.
Let’s get back to it, now catch this! Some of today’s best taking a stab at Herbie’s classic. Joey Alexander Trio featuring Chris Potter – Joey Alexander and Chris Potter have both made a point to stop over at Dazzle during their most recent tours. If you like what you see here take some time to peruse our calendar and find out when they will return!
This made me laugh:
Now for a Dazzle insider: Do you remember the signature cocktail? Maybe these guys can help you remember…
“These days, it’s a time worth spending in the shed.” – Unknown
Let’s end the first post with something to mull over: Has the best jazz already happened?
This question is a great divide in the jazz community today. Some believe that all forms of art end. Some believe the evolution is still alive and strong. Some stand aside and claim the art has taken on a new form and that the music of today should be stripped of the “Jazz” title and assigned a new one.
This idea will be the fundamental principle on which this blog is written. The Pocket will be comprised of a mix of all content. The best of both worlds, old and new, national and international, young talent and old veterans. Jazz, in whatever form, is the focus. After all, the only thing we can truly give another person is information. Join the conversation and listen more.