These videos are simply amazing, from two piano masters recorded live at the Blue Note club in Toyko, Japan, 2007
I am simply amazed by their talent. Here is their Febuary 2009 duet album.
Like soft rain..the melody plays, easy to catch and follow, and suddenly off it goes, fast and exuberant, staccato like, exciting, with plenty of interesting improvisations, and the soft rain returns, absolutely beautiful. Here is a virtuoso displaying a level of emotion and talent comparing with Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. Hiromi Uehara and her new album “Place To Be” on the Telarc label is her first solo album and it’s simply moving. The music from the album is jazzy, full of swing, and even a little classical with the track Pachebels Canon. What an incredible talent it takes to make so much music beautiful. I’m particularlly impressed by her improvisations on the title track “Place To Be”, what a great melody she has created, simply lovely, as I listen to this I see a story unfold as the music plays, then as emotion and drama builds with-in the piece it slows a bit and her incredible improvisations which give me a thrill, kicks in and never strays too far, keeping you wondering whats next, and she ends up where she started, like soft rain falling again. Hiromi finds her “Joy Spring” with this piece, and I realize I was witness to something special. What’s equally impressive except for a Louis Belson/ Remo Palmier tune Berne, Baby, Berne and Pachelbels Canon, all compositions are hers. You will want this solo album in your library, a must own!!
Happy Birthday to the man and his Jazzy Violin!! Born in Paris, France 1908. Here is a tribute and boy what a tribute!! This guy was incredible!!
Stephane Grappelli passed in 1989 in Paris, France while undergoing a hernia operation.
I love live jazz and one of the most famous clubs to hear and witness this music was in San Francisco. In 1961 April 22nd. and 23rd. a Friday and Saturday night, Miles Davis with Hank Mobley tenor sax, Wynton Kelly piano, Paul Chambers bass, and Jimmy Cobb drums, recorded 2 nights of incredible music at the legendary Blackhawk. This recording reminds me of another Live set from 1961, Bill Evans at the Village Vanguard. 24 bit digitally remastered in a 4 CD boxed set is the standard in Live music. You must own this set if you are a Miles fan and enjoy live recorded music.
Remembering Django Reinhardt
Happy Birthday to the trombone master. From Indianapolis, Indiana born 1924. The first Trombonist to play in the Bebop style. J.J. came out of the Swing era regarded as the top trombonist playing with Benny Carter’s Orchestra and Count Basie’s Big Band from 1942 – 1945, he also played in the first “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concert in Los Angeles. By 46′ J.J. was playing in New York small group bebop settings and toured with Illinois Jacquet. He recorded as leader on Blue Note featuring greats such as Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, and Bud Powell. He recorded with Charlie Parker for Dial Records upon Parker’s release from Camarillo Hospital. At this point to say J.J.Johnson has some very deep roots in the history of Bebop would be an understatement. in 1954 J.J.Johnson played and recorded with fellow trombonist Kai Winding forming a unique combo under the name Jay and Kai creating several highly successful albums. After the mid fifties J.J. continued to play with some of the greatest names in Jazz, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry and many more. The late 80’s saw him playing Village Vanguard in New York which yielded Standards from the Polygram label, J.J. would pass in 2001 from cancer.