Here is another of my favorite albums, but then I asked myself why? Well maybe because it has three very unbeatable components. One this is 1963, a time when jazz was jazz, secondly it is recorded “live”, need I say more? And thirdly, it was recorded at the hottest joint on the “Westcoast”, Shelly’s Mann-Hole. Bill Evans is a bit more aggressive than usual here on the keys, possibly because of the setting or could be that his two incredible band mates were pushing the envelope so to speak. Bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker really combine for a wonderful live performance recorded for the Riverside label. This is one you will want in your collection. Discover and enjoy.
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!
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.
One of the greatest trio’s ever. Jamal’s minimalist approach to jazz piano is cool jazz, Miles Davis cites Jamal as a major influence in his “Kind Of Blue” album. Israel Crosby an underrated bass player and drummer Vernell Fournier round out the trio. This is what a tight combo playing un-self-conscious jazz sounds like.
Cross Country Tour 1958-1961 Live
This is what a “Live” jazz set is like. Very close to Bill Evans Complete Village Vanguard 1961 recording. This music puts you there!! A must hear and own.
At Birdland known as “The Jazz Capital of The World” in Newyork City, there are a couple of really good sessions in April that caught my eye. First on the 7th. thru the 11th the club will be featuring Joe Lovano’s Quartet with 91 years old Hank Jones (piano), Paul Motian (drums), and George Maraz (bass). Then beginning April 14th – the 19th. will be the The Blue Note 7 commemorating the 70th. anniversary of Bluenote. If you are in the area this would be a real treat.