The Jazz Show Episode May 23, 2022

Pianist Kenny Cox: The Contemporary Jazz Quintet.

9:00pm - 12:30am

We continue our May series on short-lived bands. This one was exceptional and actually made two fine recordings for Blue Note Records at the end of the 60s. Pianist Kenny Cox is one of the many fine pianists who came out of Detroit but he is lesser known as he remained in that city. He did travel around the country for many years as singer Etta Jones' accompanist and arranger but she was the star. Kenny Cox decided to form this band and build a repertoire. The style of the group was influenced by Miles Davis' Second Quintet of the 6os but this band had it's own distinctive quality. Tonight's Jazz feature is their first date on Blue Note and it was met by excellent critical acclaim. The musicians involved in the Contemporary Jazz Quintet were of course all Detroit based players and were appreciated locally and had a fair amount of work in that city. On trumpet was Charles Moore, Leon Henderson is on tenor saxophone and yes he's Joe Henderson's younger brother! On bass is Ron Brooks and on drums, the dynamic Danny Spencer. The repertoire is by Kenny Cox (two tunes), Leon Henderson (two tunes), Charles Moore (one tune) and Detroit pianist Dave Durrah (one tune). Check out The Contemporary Jazz Quintet tonight and you won't believe your ears!

Track Listing:

Kenny Cox · The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
Kenny Cox · The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
Trance Dance
Kenny Cox · The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
Kenny Cox · The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
Number Four
Kenny Cox · The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
Kenny Cox · The Contemporary Jazz Quintet
All The Things You Are
Sonny Rollins/Coleman Hawkins · Rollins&Hawkins at Newport 1963
Delicate Chestnut Roll
The New Orchestra Workshop · Complete Recordings 1978/79
Blue Seven
Shirley Scott · Blue Seven
Mr. McGee
Charlie Rouse · The Upper Manhattan Jazz Society
Twilight is Upon Us
Billy Childs · Twilight is Upon Us.
Ekkriis Spirito
Avataar · Worldview
Guiding Light
Will Bonness · Change of Plans.
Miles Davis · Miles Smiles
Miles Davis · Miles Smiles
Freedom Jazz Dance
Miles Davis · Miles Smiles
Nica's Dream
Teddy Edwards · Tango In Harlem
Teddy Edwards · Tango In Harlem
Sponavating The Blues
Teddy Edwards · Tango In Harlem