Who Picked the Sidemen?
A couple of items from the Jazz Collector mailbox.
One of our readers and regular commenters, Japhy, send a note with the following question:
“Sidemen — who picked em?
“Something I’ve long wondered is — if an artist without a regular working band came in to can an album, how were the sidemen chose? At Blue Note, for example, did Alfred and Frank assemble the players, or would a guy with some pull like Dexter Gordon say, “Hey this is who I want to play with?” Could a name artist veto a sideman? Maybe the leader would come in with a couple of guys and then Lion would fill in the holes? It’s pretty clear that a lot of artists tended to record together, but overall it’s just something I’ve always wondered about.”
Another reader sent me this article:
It’s about jazz fans wanting to be buried near favorite artists, such as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. Doesn’t do much for me, but perhaps others . . . ?