ContemporaryJazz.com Store Launches

ContemporaryJazz.com StoreThe ContemporaryJazz.com Store will feature a number of different categories, from new releases to best of lists. It’s just starting out and there are two departments to shop from so far – new releases and the 1988 store. Items are purchased from Amazon.com, which this site is a member of its affiliate program.

The new releases has six recordings that came out this week. More will be added.

The other department is 1988. This is the first of the yearly departments I’ll be adding as I develop content for 1989 contemporary jazz recordings and beyond. The 1988 department has the best-selling contemporary jazz recordings for that year – including music from the David Sanborn, Tuck & Patti, George Howard, Steve Kindler, Spyro Gyra, Najee, and more! Stop in there and see which recordings you remember!

Michael Kamen Dies

Composer Michael Kamen died yesterday after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years. He was 55. Reports from news wires credit the Oscar-nominated man for his memorable work on the ‘Lethal Weapon’ films and ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, but I remember him best for his Concerto for Saxophone featuring David Sanborn CD in 1990. If memory serves, the Concerto was written by Kamen especially for Sanborn with whom he worked on the ‘Lethal Weapon’ films. Kamen also worked with Eric Clapton on those films, and I believe I remember Kamen stating at that time that he had planned on writing a Concerto for Guitar featuring Eric Clapton.

Kamen had a distinctive style in his compositions. It was easy to hear the music in a preview for an upcoming film and recognize that he was the man behind it. He is survived by his wife Sandra, two daughters, three brothers, and his father.