Crate-dig with Jimmy Cobb, Sheila Jordan & more in RECOLLECT

Ingrid Jensen in RECOLLECT

News | Sep, 16th 2016

Ever wondered what it would be like to go record shopping with your favorite jazz musicians?

In our new original video series RECOLLECT, we take some of the world's greatest artists on record shopping sprees, digging up forgotten favorites and certified classics in the process. This Blue Engine Records-produced series takes you behind the recording process with the artists who know it best and learn the stories behind your favorite albums from the musicians who heard them firsthand.


Legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb talks about his first experience in the recording studio, how he joined Miles Davis's band, and fielding constant fan questions about playing on Kind of Blue.


Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen digs through some classics by one of her mentors, Clark Terry; reveals how Louis Armstrong records served as her substitute daycare growing up; and talks about the importance of listening to music with loved ones. Plus, "Splanky"!


Bassist and NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter discusses his advice for up-and-coming musicians, why it's a bad idea to touch Buster Williams's bass,  and how he can never get out of a record store without buying something he had no intention of buying.


Drummer and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Ali Jackson talks Miles, Duke, and Dizzy. Plus, he has a chance encounter with someone who has a high school connection to Wynton Marsalis...


Ask vocalist Sheila Jordan why she dedicated her life to this music and the answer is simple: "Bird. It was Bird. Bird is the reason why I stand here today." In this episode of RECOLLECT, she discusses Bird, Monk, and how she once gave an old piano to Horace Silver.


Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath discusses his place in the jazz history books, loaning his horn to Charlie Parker, and his preference for being an acorn rather than an icon.


Jazz scholar Phil Shcaap discusses loaning records to Max Roach, how Jo Jones came to take him under his wing, and the importance of NYC's Jazz Record Center to the music.


Saxophonist and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Paul Nedzela talks about getting into vinyl, how he was formerly incapable of getting away from Gerry Mulligan's sound, and his first lesson with the late, legendary Joe Temperley.


Pianist Helen Sung discusses Monk's individuality, reveals how Harry Connick, Jr. helped get her into jazz, and discovers a rare test pressing by a legendary pianist!


Guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled discusses why Nina Simone is one of the best song interpreters, compares Errol Garner to rain, and reveals her magical background.


"It's like home." That's what saxophonist and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Walter Blanding has to say about jazz. Watch Walter tells a story about an irritable Thelonious Monk, digs up an Oliver Nelson classic, and discusses why Charlie Parker makes him glad to be alive.


"It's a deep thing, this." South African vocalist Vuyo Sotashe digs for Ella Fitzgerald LPs, discusses jazz's international appeal, and wonders if it's possible to buy the whole record store.


Trumpet player and vocalist Bria Skonberg talks about the similarities between comedy and jazz, why bebop's great music for the gym, and the merits of listening to music on vinyl. 

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