Michael J. West

Michael J. West appears in the following:

The Drummer Who Invented Jazz's Basic Beat

Thursday, January 09, 2014

It doesn't take an expert to identify this sound as a jazz rhythm:

Musicians call it "spang-a-lang," for obvious phonetic reasons, and it's so synonymous with jazz, it no longer occurs to us that someone had to invent it. But someone did: a drummer named Kenny Clarke, who would have ...


Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Woody Shaw, who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer, might be the jazz trumpet's least appreciated giant. Not among musicians, mind you; they recognize his genius whether they're horn players or not. Yet even hardcore fans often know Shaw's name more than his music.

Shaw, who died ...