Saturday, February 9, 2008

Jimmy Smith Quartet 1988

The master of the Hammond B-3 organ, the one and only Jimmy Smith (1925 - 2005) appearing in Germany in 1988 accompanied by the great late Herman Riley on reeds, Terry Evans on guitar and Frank Wilson on drums in a set guaranteed to make your trousers flap (if it were the seventies).

program material

Eight Counts For Rita
Mood Indigo
It's All Right With Me
The Cat / Walk On The Wildside
Honky Tonk

Friday, February 8, 2008

Cal Tjader - Milt Jackson

Vibes extravaganza in this small chunk of jazz TV history from the 70s.

First half teams up stalwart latin jazz vibraphonist Cal Tjader with keyboard wizard Clare Fischer and percussion wonder Poncho Sanchez in a set containing Guachi Guara, aka Soul Sauce, and Manha De Carnaval.

Second half features legendary vibes player Milt Jackson in a set of standards and originals including his famous blues composition Bag's Groove.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Erroll Garner 1964

The one and only Erroll Garner (1921 - 1977), appearing on two consecutive airings of the legendary BBC TV show Jazz 625 circa 1964, accompanied by Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums. Host is Steve Race as always -- this is jazz with a broad grin.

Part I
Just One of Those Things
What Is This Thing Called Love
Spring Is Here/It Might Well Be Spring
Sonny Boy
Erroll's Theme

Honeysuckle Rose
No More Shadows
Mombo Erroll
Penthouse Serenade
On The Street Where You Live/I Could Have Danced All Night
All Yours
The Lady Is A Tramp
Erroll's Theme

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ben Webster 1964

Tenor sax giant Ben Webster giving us his own kind of magic at the Marquee club in London on Dec 21, 1964 for the legendary BBC TV series 'Jazz 625' with three fourths of the Ronnie Scott Quartet, the great Stan Tracey on piano, Rick Laird (of later Mahavishnu fame) on bass, and Jackie Dougan on drums. Ronnie Scott jumps on stage at mid set for an excellent rendition of A Night In Tunisia in true cutting contest fashion. Host is the omnipresent Steve Race.



part 3

program material:
1. Sunday
2. Chelsea bridge (Billy Strayhorn)
3. Poutin'
4.A Night In Tunisia
5. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (H. Arlen)
6. Perdido

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Cannonball Adderley Sextet - London 1964 - Part II

Second part of The Cannonball Adderley Sextet appearance in London on May 12, 1964 at the BBC Television Theatre for legendary TV show JAZZ 625.

Lineup is Cannonball Adderley with his brother Nat on trumpet, Charles Lloyd on tenor, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on drums and Louis Hayes on drums.

The program consists of 1)The Weaver 2)Bohemia After Dark 3) Come Sunday 4)Sweet Georgia Bright 5) Unit Seven. Host is Steve Race, a cult BBC figure, enjoy his stiff upper lip and pure British phlegm.

Viewers are advised to fasten their seat belts as this swings hard!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Wes Montgomery Quartet - London 1965

Enough cannot be said about Wes Montgomery (1925-1968), the most important jazz guitarist to emerge since Charlie Christian. He has influenced hordes of guitarists, George Benson notwithstanding. Let's enjoy the Wes Montgomery Quartet appearing in London in 1965 for BBC's legendary TV show Jazz 625. Wes is accompanied by Harold Mabern on piano, Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. Hosting this seminal show is the great Humphrey Lyttelton, trumpet player of great finesse, BBC broadcaster and gentleman who has graced British TV for decades.

Track listing:
West Coast Blues
Jingles aka Mr. Walker
Round Midnight
Twisted Blues
Full House
West Coast Blues