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Friday, September 25, 2009
If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats is not only the name of a Charles Mingus composition, but it is also the name of one of my favorite photo blogs covering a wide array of topics, but regularly featuring some great jazz shots. Today is Shutterbug Friday over there and they are featuring the photography of Blue Note Records' Francis Wolff in a series of several cool shots - many of which I have never seen. The latter statement does have some heft as I have made it my business to see as many of these photos as possible. Wolff took the above photo of the legendary (and my personal favorite) drummer Max Roach at Rudy Van Gelder's first studio in Hackensack, NJ on December 16, 1956 on a Sonny Rollins recording session. An alternate shot from the same session is for sale here, through Mosaic Records for those you who got the news that the recession is over and were looking to spend a little cash.