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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4580 on: September 15, 2020, 05:28:18 PM »
I very much prefer Kimbrough's recording over Schlippenbach's - precisely because it is "more mainstream" as you put it.  The playing is first rate and well worth a listen.

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Thanks, O.S.A. I'll check it out. :)
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4582 on: September 16, 2020, 12:19:58 PM »


Coltrane Plays the Blues

    John Coltrane — soprano saxophone on "Blues to Bechet" and "Mr. Syms"; tenor saxophone on all others
    McCoy Tyner — piano
    Steve Davis — bass
    Elvin Jones — drums

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4583 on: September 19, 2020, 02:14:04 PM »


Second spin of this fun album.
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4584 on: September 19, 2020, 05:29:16 PM »


The Savoy 10-inch LP Collection [4 Disc Deluxe Box Set]
Charlie Parker

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4586 on: September 20, 2020, 01:34:26 PM »
Louis Armstrong: A Legendary Performer





This is a bit of a “Lollipops” type album. Armstrong was older in these recordings and the songs and presentation are somewhat more mainstream. Still, it makes for pleasant listening once in a while.
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4587 on: September 20, 2020, 01:46:38 PM »
Louis Armstrong: A Legendary Performer



This is a bit of a “Lollipops” type album. Armstrong was older in these recordings and the songs and presentation are somewhat more mainstream. Still, it makes for pleasant listening once in a while.

You may already heard them, but his Hot Five and Seven recordings from the mid-late 20s are some of his best stuff.  I revisited them on one of the LPs I retrieved from storage.



They have released them re-mastered in a complete CD box set - which if you like the music, as I do - is mandatory, IMO.


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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4588 on: September 20, 2020, 01:56:29 PM »
You may already heard them, but his Hot Five and Seven recordings from the mid-late 20s are some of his best stuff.  I revisited them on one of the LPs I retrieved from storage.



They have released them re-mastered in a complete CD box set - which if you like the music, as I do - is mandatory, IMO.



Yes, I have them but only on CD, unfortunately. Terrific stuff indeed. Another strong recommendation here for those who might be interested.
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4589 on: September 20, 2020, 03:01:28 PM »
Another LP from storage, I retrieved all my Gary McFarland records yesterday, along with about 25 other things. 



The October Suite
Gary McFarland, Steve Kuhn

    All compositions by Gary McFarland

    "Remember When" - 4:52
    "St. Tropez Shuffle" - 6:22
    "One I Could Have Loved" - 7:13
    "Traffic Patterns" - 7:38
    "Childhood Dreams" - 6:34
    "Open Highway" - 6:03

Recorded on October 14, 1966 (tracks 1-3) and November 1, 1966 (4-6).

    Steve Kuhn - piano
    Gary McFarland – arranger, conductor
    Isadore Cohen, Matthew Raimondi - violin (tracks 1-3)
    Al Brown - viola (tracks 1-3)
    Charles McCracken - cello (tracks 1-3)
    Don Ashworth, Joe Firrantello (aka Joe Farrell), Irving Horowitz, Gerald Sanfino - woodwinds (tracks 4-6)
    Corky Hale - harp (tracks 4-6)
    Ron Carter - bass
    Marty Morell – drums

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The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars stating "it is an anomaly in the Impulse catalog of the time in that it did not pursue the free jazz realms with the vengeance that most of the label's other acts did during that year".

I am a huge fan of Gary McFarland (and have all his records) - he was a very imaginative arranger, and composer - America the Beautiful is his major work, a suite for jazz band.  He played vibes, and his late career material went in a bossa/lounge direction, but his recordings were always done with first rate musicians, displaying witty and colorful arranging. There was always a protean intelligence at work, and a dazzling creativity underlying even his most pop influenced tracks. 

He died tragically in 1971 at the age of 38: "... after drinking a lethal dose of liquid methadone that, apparently, he had ingested while at Bar 55 at 55 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. It will never be known whether he took the drug on purpose or whether someone spiked his drink, as inexplicably, the police never investigated."

A documentary was made about his life, career and the mystery surrounding his death, This is Gary McFarland

He attained a small somewhat "cult" following after working with Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, and Anita O'Day.

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As well as his own albums and arrangements for other musicians he composed the scores to the films Eye of the Devil (1966) and Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? (1971). By the end of the 1960s, he was moving away from jazz towards an often wistful or melancholy style of instrumental pop, as well as producing the recordings of other artists on his Skye Records label (run in partnership with Gábor Szabó and Cal Tjader until its bankruptcy in 1970).  (Wikipedia)

October Suite is one his more adventurous recordings, utilizing a string quartet (side one), woodwind quartet and harp (side two) along with a piano trio.  It is one of the few small group recordings in which he does not play the vibraphone, his contribution was writing and arranging the music. 

Steve Kuhn is a pianist in the Bill Evans mold, although a little more prickly:

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In his early years, Kuhn was known as an avant-garde jazz pianist. He was associated with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca during the 1960s on several notable recordings: Three Waves, under Kuhn's leadership; Basra, under La Roca's leadership, which also featured Joe Henderson; and Sing Me Softly of the Blues under flugelhornist Art Farmer's leadership. Also notable was Kuhn's inclusion in the quartet on the landmark recording Sound Pieces led by saxophonist, composer, and arranger Oliver Nelson and including Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on drums. Among other critically acclaimed recordings there was The October Suite composed by Gary McFarland for Kuhn and an ensemble which included strings, woodwinds, and reeds. The Promises Kept album features Kuhn's compositions, piano, and strings.

For decades, Steve Kuhn has led all-star trios that have included such players as bassists Ron Carter and David Finck, and drummers Al Foster, Jack DeJohnette, and Joey Baron. He has had several live recordings made in some of New York's leading jazz clubs. (Wikipedia)
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4590 on: September 22, 2020, 08:03:22 AM »
Louis Hayes, The Real Thing.

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4591 on: September 23, 2020, 09:58:27 AM »
Bill Frisell - Valentine



New vinyl; it is surprisingly heavy.  Fantastic music.

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4592 on: September 25, 2020, 04:03:12 PM »
Charles Mingus's Epitaph



Along with Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige, which received a long overdue resurrection in 2018, Mingus's Epitaph is a long form composition in the jazz idiom that rivals 20th century classical works.  Gunther Schuller did much of the spade work in 1990, when this album came out.  However, more importantly, Montreal-based musicologist Andrew Homzy finished the job wen he found the last missing piece of the puzzle.  Hornzy pieced the score together measure by measure from hundreds of yellowing manuscripts he found in a wooden trunk in Sue Mingus’ living room.

This recording from 1990 is really good, but a new complete recording is mandatory. 

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4593 on: September 26, 2020, 03:09:15 AM »
1959 was a very good year.  This morning's listening:



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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4594 on: September 27, 2020, 11:56:13 AM »
Count Basie:





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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4595 on: September 28, 2020, 07:18:37 AM »
Way Out West: Sonny Rollins.



My wife has little interest in my music but loves "I'm an Old Cowhand". On vinyl Rollins is hard left and Ray Brown with Shelly Manne hard right. My old preamp had a mono switch which I used to correct the imbalance. I do not have that luxury at the present time so have to live with it. I use this recording to check that the left and right channels are configured correctly in my system.
I have just noticed that on CD Rollins is holding the cowboy hat in his right hand.
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4596 on: September 29, 2020, 06:46:03 AM »


Miles Davis - Walkin'

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4597 on: October 05, 2020, 06:41:44 AM »
Pop oriented production doesn't fit well with the music here. Bass sound on some of the tracks is just not my cup of tea, although the album is fairly listenable overall.


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