Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome

Have fun and enjoy the music. This effort is made purely out of love for the music, and as jazz lends itself to discussion so nicely don't forget to drop a line; don't be afraid of the keyboard, it won't bite you. Your thoughts, suggestions & contributions are welcome.

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Jazz great Lou Donaldson in action (pic by yours truly)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Umbria Jazz 1976



Here's Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Orvieto, Italy, on July 22, 1976. It is indeed touching that Art opted to stick to his bebop guns in an age where every jazzman and his dog jumped on the funk/fusion/synth/disco bandwagon. That of course meant a diminished audience, but the music is nothing short of breathtaking and immortal as can clearly be seen almost four decades later.

Personnel:

Bill Hardman t
David Schnitter ts
Mickey Tucker p
Cameron Brown b
Art Blakey d

Track Listing:

1. Backgammon 00:00
2. Uranus 13:09
3. Blues March 23:40
4. All The Things You Are 33:20
5. Gipsy Folk Tales 39:00

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Danny Gatton, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman - NY Stories Vol. 1


For the making of this rare, out-of-print gem from 1992 some stellar performers gathered in NYC to celebrate the time-honored habit of the studio jam session. The gentlemen in question were the great late Danny Gatton on guitar, Bobby Watson on alto sax, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Joshua Redman on tenor sax (on his first recording), Franck Amsallem on piano, Charles Fambrough on bass and Yuron Israel on drums. The concept was that each musician would bring a composition to the studio where it was recorded in the least takes possible in order to convey that live feel. The results might not be of Miles' So What proportions (which was recorded in the exact same way), but these guys show the world what an accomplished jazz player knowing his chops can do in a spontaneous musical situation - a lot. Alas, this splendid idea from the Blue Note label is laying at the bottom of the Ocean of Great Jazz Ideas and a Vol.2 was never released, so we have to cherish Vol.1 we have here as much as we can.   

Track listing

1. Dolly's Ditty
2. Wheel Within A Wheel
3. Ice Maidens
4. Out A Day
5. Mike The Cat
6. The Move
7. A Clear Thought
8. 5/4
9. One For Lenny

Release Date: 1992

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Bob Crosby and His Orchestra: What's New aka I'm Free - Summertime


"What's New?" is a 1939 popular song composed by Bob Haggart, with lyrics by Johnny Burke. It was originally an instrumental tune titled "I'm Free" by Haggart in 1938, when Haggart was a member of Bob Crosby and His Orchestra. The tune was written with a trumpet solo, meant to showcase the talents of band-mate Billy Butterfield. Crosby's orchestra recorded "I'm Free" the same day it was written.
The following year, the music publishers hired Johnny Burke to write lyrics for the tune. Burke's telling of the torch song is unique, using one side of a casual conversation between former lovers. Thus the song was retitled using the song's first line, "What's New?" The song was recorded with the new title in 1939 by Bob Crosby And His Orchestra With Vocalist Teddy Grace. The song reached a peak chart position of #10.
Other popular 1939 recordings of "What's New" include Hal Kemp and His Orchestra with Vocalist Nan Wynn, which peaked at #11, Benny Goodman and His Orchestra with vocalist Louise Tobin, which peaked at #7, and a recording by Bing Crosby which peaked at #7. (from wikipedia)



"I'm Free", as it was known then, was released on the F.7000 Decca 78rpm  featuring a very nice arrangement of "Summertime" on the flip side. Both are included in this 78rpm rip, enjoy.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Hampton Hawes - Trio And Quartet 1951-56 - Live & Studio Sessions


Nice twofer containing early Hampton Hawes live & studio work having appeared before mostly on the Xanadu label.

 CD-1: Live Sessions

1. Buzzy
2. What Is This Thing Called Love
3. Bud's Blues
4. Another Hair Do
5. All the Things You Are
6. Blue Bird
The Haig Club, September 22, 1951.
Hampton Hawes (p), Harper Crosby (b), Lawrence Marable (dr)

7. I'll Remember April
8. Where or When
9. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
The Surf Club, February 12, 1952.
Hampton Hawes (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Larry Bunker (dr)

10. Jumpin' Jacque
11. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
12. Hawes' Paws
13. It's You or No One
14. Buzzy
The Haig Club, September 9, 1952.
Hampton Hawes (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (dr)

15. Just One of Those Things
16. Again
17. What a Difference a Day Made
18. Blue Bird
The Haig Club, December 23, 1952.
Hampton Hawes (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (dr)


CD-2: Studio Sessions (except live tracks #16-18)

1. Night and Day
2. Where or When
Spring 1952.
Hampton Hawes (p), Harry Babasin (b, cello), Larry Bunker (dr, vib)

3. Jumpin' Jacque
4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
5. It's You or No One
6. Thou Swell
September 10, 1952.
Hampton Hawes (p), Joe Mondragon (b), Shelly Manne (dr)

7. Terrible T
8. Fanfare
9. Just Squeeze Me
10. I'll Remember April
11. Hamp's Paws
12. Move
13. Once in a While
14. Buzzy
December 1952.
Hampton Hawes (p), Larry Bunker (vib), Clarence Jones (b), Lawrence Marable (dr)

15. I Hear Music
May 2, 1955.
Hampton Hawes (p), Red Mitchell (b), Mel Lewis (dr)

16. All the Things You Are
17. I Got Rhythm
18. How High the Moon
Embers Club, May 15, 1956.
Hampton Hawes (p), Red Mitchell (b), Chuck Thompson (dr)






Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Art Ford's Jazz Party - 1958



Art Ford's Jazz Party, was a TV series featuring jazz musicians on WNTA-TV in New York City, and which aired on Thursdays at 9pm ET from May 8, 1958 to December 25, 1958.

The 90-minute shows, hosted by Art Ford (1921-2006), were distributed by the DuMont Television Network. The shows were also aired on Armed Forces Television. All episodes were filmed in a New Jersey studio, except for the final episode, which was recorded August 11, 1958 in New Orleans, and aired on December 25.

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The list of Jazz Party performers reads like a Who Is Who of jazz from Dixieland to swing to mainstream, along with a sprinkling of modern players. Giants appeared, as did emerging stars and the obscure. There were blues and folk artists also thrown in the mix. Performers who appeared on the show included Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Buster Bailey, Vinnie Burke, Roy Eldridge, Abbey Lincoln, J. C. Higginbotham, Les Paul, Dick Hyman, Anita O'Day, Mary Osborne, Teddy Charles, Harry Sheppard, Maxine Sullivan, Alec Templeton, and many others.

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The show was shot in a relaxed, free-for-all, strictly non-rehearsed atmosphere in those early days of television and it shows. The fact that these musicians tore down the roof every time they hit the set is a testament to their supreme musicianship.

Art Ford, himself a great jazz fan, was proud of the lineups, which, unlike other early TV shows, were integrated. That may have ultimately doomed the show, said jazz historian Dan Morgenstern, in an opinion that was shared by Nat Hentoff, another noted jazz historian.

"I never go into a show with any concern about what's going to happen," Ford once said. "I can always get the best jazz men in the business. That's why I'm completely relaxed.". So are we, Art.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Coleman Hawkins - Lover Man (1961 TV Short)



Coleman Hawkins performing Lover Man in the company of Johnny Guaneri on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, Barry Galbraith on guitar and Cozy Cole on drums.

Part of a short called "After Hours" that never made it to TV. Ignore the cheesy voice-over, the music is priceless.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims And Zoot (1964)



Guitarists Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall, both masterful unto themselves, team with tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims in a pianoless quintet on a recording made as one of the original CD's in the digital era from the Mobile Fidelity group. It's an energetic program (there's only one laid back tune, Hall's "All Across The City") of original boppish compositions or slightly Brazilian flavored musics that lend well to these great jazz players improvisational talents, especailly considering the strong rhythm section of bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson are also top notch. This rare recording, made in limited quantity, is one to search for and hold onto if you can find it. ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

1.Hold Me 2:55
2.A Primera Vez 4:19
3.Presente de Natal 3:06
4.Morning of the Carnival 4:34
5.Este Seu Olhar 4:35
6.Betaminus 3:18
7.Move It 4:25
8.All Across the City 4:48
9.Coisa Mais Linda 4:20
10.How About You?

* Jimmy Raney - Guitar
* Jim Hall - Guitar
* Zoot Sims - Tenor Sax Tenor
* Steve Swallow - Bass
* Osie Johnson - Drums

Recorded 1964

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Bill Evans - The Way To Play





It would be difficult to find a contemporary jazz pianist under the age of 50 whose playing was untouched by the influence of Bill Evans (1929-80). He is best known for his subtlety and lightness of touch, but he was a master of the whole jazz art. There's some quite ferociously swinging playing in this four-disc set. Best of all are the tracks by his classic trio of 1959-61, including the 12 wonderful pieces recorded live at New York's Village Vanguard club. The modern piano trio starts here, with total empathy among all three instruments – piano, bass and drums. Essential listening. ~ Dave Gelly - The Observer

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Cannonball Adderley Sextet BBC Jazz 625 TV Show Full (1964)




Extremely rare footage featuring the Cannonball Adderley Sextet appearing in London on May 12, 1964 for the now legendary BBC show Jazz 625 hosted by the great Steve Race. This is high-octane jazz of the take-no-prisoners variety. Enjoy

Tracklisting

1st clip

1. I Introduction
2. Work Song 00:58
3. The Song My Lady Sings 08:11
4. Poor Butterfly 16:06
5. Jive Samba 20:50
6. Unit Seven (outro) 28:08

2nd clip

1. Intro
2. The Weaver 01:11
3. Bohemia After Dark 09:29
4. Come Sunday 15:12
5. Sweet Georgia Bright 21:39
6. Unit Seven (outro) 26:43

Personnel

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley (alto sax)
Nat Adderley (cornet)
Charles Lloyd (flute, tenor sax)
Joe Zawinul (piano)
Sam Jones (bass)
Louis Hayes (drums),
Steve Race (host).