Song of the Day

Herbie Hancock with Buster Williams – “Toys”

Bassist Buster Williams was born on this day in Camden, New Jersey, in 1942. One of the most prolific bassists in jazz, Williams was a seminal figure in the bebop movement and played a crucial role in developing the sound of the bass in modal jazz, cool jazz and other post-bop genres.


Lenny Pickett – “What Is Hip?”

A colossally talented tenor player with a scorching altissimo range, Lenny Pickett is best known as the leader of the Saturday Night Live house band, in which he’s been playing weekly since 1995.

Don Friedman – “Strength and Sanity”

In 1961, the 23-year-old trumpet phenomenon Booker Little recorded two extraordinary albums: Out Front and Booker Little and Friend. Booker was a visionary musician, possessing a flawless technique, a burnished tone and a purely modern artistic vision.

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