Michael J. West

Michael J. West appears in the following:

The Drummer Who Invented Jazz's Basic Beat

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Faced with a rapid tempo one night, Kenny Clarke devised a new way to play the beat on the ride cymbal. His "spang-a-lang," and the rhythmic ideas it generated, wound up transforming the way we feel swing ever after.


Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The jazz trumpeter who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer might be his instrument's least appreciated giant. Perhaps the trumpeter of the 1970s, Shaw was an icon for t...