Moonbeams by Evans

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I recently picked up this album and asked myself why haven’t I purchased this before. This all important Bill Evans album was the first album recorded after by him after Scott Lafaro’s untimely death. A great studio album with Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums, discover one of the most incredible trios in modern jazz!!

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The Birdlanders

June 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I discovered these two gems about a month ago and have been listening to them almost non stop. These albums were produced in 1954 by the well-known French pianist/producer Henri Renaud. He gathered together some incredibly talented musicians all of whom were regulars playing the famous Birdland club at the time and what a group of Allstars, these bebop orientated sessions are fantastic. Big things do come in small packages!! Discover and enjoy!!

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Steve Turre

May 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I love the Trombone in Jazz, the sound attracts my ear and it sounds delightful!! I have collected all the Greats, J.J.Johnson, Bob Brookmeyer, Slide Hampton, Frank Rosolino, Curtis Fuller, Bennie Green, Kai Winding, Urbie Green, Conrad Herwig to name a few. I recently heard Steve Turre on Bob Parlocha’s Jazz Radio show and he was great!! Check out this nice video which highlights his talent and his latest album.

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Urbie Green

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Urban Clifford “Urbie” Green was born on August 8, 1926, a professional jazz trombonist who toured with Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Jan Savitt, and Frankie Carle. Urbie is one of my favorite trombonist and I have quite a few as for some reason I’m drawn to the sound of this instrument. Mr. Green has a soft and pleasing melodic tone. Here are a few samplings of his style and sound. Discover and enjoy!!

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Henry Mancini Tribute

May 11, 2010 Leave a comment

I grew up listening to all his great music, for me it was one of my first introductions to jazz, and at the time I fell in love and you know 40 years later it’s still incredible!!

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Krzysztof Komeda Tribute

April 27, 2010 1 comment

Krzysztof was a Polish composer and jazz pianist. Born in Poland 1931 and passed in Warsaw in 1969. Today the 27th is his birthday. His music is beautiful and at times haunting. If you have not heard of him or his music, you must discover. He worked and wrote music for Roman Polanski’s early films. Early on he changed his last name from Trzciński to the stage name of Komeda because of the unpopular view the  Communism government held toward jazz. In the late 50’s The Komeda Sextet was the first Polish jazz group playing modern jazz, inspired by The Modern Jazz Quartet and Gerry Mulligan’s Quartet. I have been totally taken by this artist when I discovered his music last year. He died tragically from a hematoma, In Roman Polański’s memoirs he wrote that as a result a of friendly rough-and-tumble at a drinking party with friend Marek Hłasko, Komeda fell down and suffered head injuries. Discover and enjoy!!

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Discography

Johnny Griffin the “Little Giant” that was.

April 24, 2010 1 comment

Three days after his high school graduation he joined Lionel Hampton’s big band playing the Alto sax and it was “Hamp” who encouraged Griff to change to the Tenor, and what a Tenor…His first album as leader came in 1956 on the Blue Note label called simply “Introducing Johnny Griffin”  featuring Wynton Kelly on piano, Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums, this recording brought Griffin critical acclaim. In 1957 he recorded another hit Blue Note album”A Blowing Session” that features him with fellow tenor players John Coltrane and Hank Mobley. This album is a Hardbop treat, not so much of a Tenor battle here as these three artist have very distinctive sounds and plenty of solo’s abide here. Bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Blakey combine for some killer rhythm, trumpet man Lee Morgan and Wynton Kelly on the Keys make up for some classic Hard Bop. Happy Birthday to one of my favorites!!

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