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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4600 on: October 06, 2020, 02:43:08 AM »

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4601 on: October 10, 2020, 07:53:25 AM »


Bird & Diz (LP)

Charlie Parker: alto saxophone; Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet; Thelonious Monk: piano; Curly Russell: bass; Buddy Rich: drums.

Rich has come under some criticism but as SAMUEL CHELL wrote in his All About Jazz review:

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In the liner notes, James Patrick laments the neglect this session has received, then observes that though Parker, Gillespie, Monk, and bassist Curley Russell "play beautifully," Buddy Rich is "intrusive" and should have been replaced by a "Max Roach, Roy Haynes, or Kenny Clarke. Fine, then we have another recording practically indistinguishable from the earlier Dials and Savoys.

Rich may be less flowing and propulsive than the aforementioned bebop drummers, but he's definitely not intrusive. In fact, his swing-era symmetry and unfailing metronomic pulse bring a different dimension to the music and complement, above all, Monk's clockwork. It begs credulity that a musician like Monk would have hung around the studio if he didn't appreciate Rich's time. (In the early '70s at Chicago's Plugged Nickel I saw Monk fire a drummer in the middle of the second tune of the first set!) In fact, the "world's greatest drummer convincingly retains his title on Rich Versus Roach (Mercury, 1959), unless you fault him for machine-like precision.

Which is not to say a case can't be made against him. After 1942 Sinatra never recorded with him and brought along his own drummer, Irv Cottler, even when performing with the Rich band. Rich didn't have the big back-beat, the "deep stroke," that Sinatra derived his energy and swing from. And Rich could be so symmetrical and metronomic, so unforgiving, that much of the expressive fire generated by a soloist working with an Art Blakey or Elvin Jones would fail to ignite in a small Rich ensemble.

But just when you start to question the eminence of Rich, you rediscover all of those Verve recordings he made, not just with Diz and Bird but with Lester Young, Nat Cole, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. All of it so tasteful, supportive, swinging and even elegant. The man encompasses as much of the tradition as Miles Davis, though he rarely gets his due.

Still, this LP is a wonderful session, their last, showcasing the music they created which made them famous in the first place.
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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4602 on: October 12, 2020, 08:13:53 AM »


Bird & Diz (LP)

Charlie Parker: alto saxophone; Dizzy Gillespie: trumpet; Thelonious Monk: piano; Curly Russell: bass; Buddy Rich: drums.

Rich has come under some criticism but as SAMUEL CHELL wrote in his All About Jazz review:

Still, this LP is a wonderful session, their last, showcasing the music they created which made them famous in the first place.

VG album.

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4603 on: October 14, 2020, 09:46:13 AM »
Some distinguished ladies on the list for today...

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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Re: What Jazz are you listening to now?
« Reply #4604 on: October 16, 2020, 08:44:40 PM »
God the Son (Pharoah Sanders), what else?