I just downloaded this from e-music to add to my collection of Hank Jones trio’s and it is wonderful. A 4 disc boxed set from 4 different settings during the 1977 and 1978 time frame. These were recorded after the groups famous Live at the Village Vanguard group of albums, and what a great addition. This is one of my favorite trio’s, Hank Jones can really play and Ron Carter bass and Tony Williams drums are a first rate rhythm section. Discover and enjoy!
Here is an interesting album of George Russell’s New York big band “Live In An American Time Spiral” recorded in 1983 and has been out of print for some time. This was released new for this year on the Soul Note label. Three extended pieces that feature a great rendition of “Ezzthetic” and “D.C. Divertimento”. If you know his work in jazz you will enjoy this.
Well this wonderful early afternoon I’m listening to Bill Charlap’s “Somewhere” The songs of Leonard Bernstein album. He is a strong modern jazz pianist with the gift of interpreting standards into something beautiful. This album released in 2004 on the Blue Note label with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, one of the best rhythm sections in jazz today. Bill Charlap displays influences of Tommy Flanagan and one of my favorites Hank Jones, he’s one of the strongest pianists to be heard today almost creating his own beat on the keys and his solo’s are special. Sometimes the difference between a good pianist and a rare and gifted performer like Mr. Charlap is simply the touch of the keys, and he has created an incredible touch. You will enjoy this album and return to it often.
Trumpeter Thad Jones recorded this superb album in 1956 with Billy Mitchell on tenor, Barry Harris piano, Percy Heath on bass, Max Roach drums and Kenny Burrell on guitar. The rhythm section here is Top-Notch and demonstrates that Thad was a great soloist and performer. This is Bop at its best and Thad’s second album as leader before his famous association with Mel Lewis. This music has given me a great Sunday afternoon and you will definitely want to include this in your collection.
The year was 1956 or 57, I remember now, I was listening to the radio and they kept playing jazz music from this guy Dave Brubeck and his quartet. I remember this stuff being broadcast “Live” and it really sounded good. Dave was on piano and This guy Paul Desmond was on alto sax and boy could he play! Desmond’s playing is so soft and mellow while Brubecks piano work is classic. I remember that this was a couple of years before this same group made a famous album called “Take Five” which really took the jazz world by storm. Man what a memory that was..you know they don’t play this kind of music anymore and what a shame.
Re-discover what it was like to be there in 56 and 57 when jazz was fresh and original. Discover and enjoy!
This 1961 album of Don Friedman’s trio with Chuck Israel bass, and Joe Hunt drums, was ahead of its time, a mix between Avant-Garde, Free Jazz and some romanticism thrown in. Don Freidman said that Bill Evans was his only influence and you can hear some of Bill’s stuff here. But Don is his own artist and he separates himself nicely with some great play from the trio. Don Friedman produced several albums over the years but was overlooked during his career. This is a beautiful and thought provoking album, one of those rare albums where you can loose yourself in the music, this must be owned by all serious fans of the trio format.
Enrico Pieranunzi’s trio album named “Ballads” is not your normal ballad’s album. These guys are solid, I mean one tight unit. The 2006 Camjazz album features Marc Johnson on bass, and Joey Baron drums and what a trio they make, Enrico is one of only a handful of top notch accomplished jazz pianist alive today and his albums will be collector items one day. Marc Johnsons bass work is a joy to listen to and his solos are beautiful. Last but not least Joey Baron’s drum work brings them all together. This one’s for late night when your by yourself and jazz becomes special. If you want to study the art of the trio this album would be a fine place to start. Discover and enjoy!