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Charles Mingus: Montreux '75

On July 20, 1975, Charles Mingus was in Montreux, Switzerland, to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He was on tour to promote Changes One and Changes Two, a pair of albums recorded for Atlantic months earlier in December 1974.

Videos: Bossa Nova Legends

Well, it's Friday once again. A long week. So let's tilt our seats back, put up our feet and jet down to Rio. Here are four fab videos of bossa nova founders that I found surfing around on YouTube yesterday:

Donald Byrd: Fancy Free

Mention the 1970s to jazz fans and many will think of the jazz-rock fusion movement. Bands then that united jazz and the rock guitar and other electric instruments included Tony Williams Lifetime, Chick Corea's Return to Forever, Miles Davis, Weather Report, Larry Coryell's Eleventh House and the Mahavishnu Orchestra to name just a few.

Oscar Peterson: Sinatra Portrait

A zillion jazz tributes to Frank Sinatra have been recorded over the decades. The first and the best is Oscar Peterson's A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra.

Donald Byrd: Fuego

Trumpeter Donald Byrd first came to New York from Detroit in 1955, when he was 22. While studying for a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Byrd played in pianist George Wallington's quintet at the Cafe Bohemia.

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