Jazz (6): the lost genius of Herbie Nichols


Herbie in action
Herbie in action

Herbie Nichols was not a star in his lifetime, and like so many jazzmen he died young, nothing to do with drugs, but in this case leukaemia. No one survived that kind of diagnosis in 1963. It was 51 years ago to this day.

He was a great pianist, and wrote nearly all of his stuff, one of the many similarities with the far more famous (and also brilliant) Thelonious Monk.

The Blue Note recordings are very fine, but I agree with Marc Myers in this excellent blog, that one of his masterpieces was something that for Herbie was unusual, a cover version. In this case Frank Sinatra’s All The Way.

Quite magnificent:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s