Bill Evans plays Nardis!!

April 22, 2010 1 comment

This is a most reflective piece of music and one of my favorites written by Miles Davis. The Bill Evans trio performs this wonderfully and is one of his signature pieces. Three stunning videos capture this talent. This sound which is totally mesmerizing , it’s like the epitome of “The Jazz Trio”!!


Lionel Hampton Tribute

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Lionel Hampton…drummer turned to the Vibraphone when he discovered the NBC Vibraphone behind a curtain at NBC Radio Studios used for their famous “Chimes” trademark station identification. Born in Louisville, Kentucky he was the first master of the instrument and made it a household name.

“Hamps” famous Flying Home!!

“Chicago was jazzy, man, jazzy – they had all the great jazz men”. Lionel Hampton

“Jazz went from the classics to ragtime to Dixieland to swing to bebop to cool jazz, . . . But it’s always jazz. You can put a new dress on her, a new hat, but no matter what kind of clothes you put on her, she’s the same old broad.” Lionel Hampton.

“I worked hard learning harmony and theory when I was growing up in Chicago in the 1920s.” Lionel Hampton.


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The Avant-Garde…Don Cherry & John Coltrane

April 14, 2010 1 comment

Don Cherry played the Cornet or Pocket Trumpet. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1936 and raised in Los Angeles, California. He played with Ornette Coleman’s landmark quartet becoming very well known by 1958. One of my favorite of his is his album as co-leader with John Coltrane “The Avant-Garde” , this one is a classic, two incredible artists recording this in 1960 but wasn’t released till 1967 on the Atlantic label. The lineup features bassist Charlie Haden, Percy Heath on Monk’s “Bemsha Swing”  and drummer Ed Blackwell. Lots of improvisations going on here and Coltrane’s “Sheets Of Sound” being matched by Cherry’s high energy, showing us how a Cornet can be played.


Herbie Hancock Tribute

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s a video tribute to a great jazz pianist, Happy Birthday to Herbie Hancock!

And what a great “LIVE” performance!!

Herbie Hancock official site

Herbie Hancock discography

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Freddie Hubbard’s Ready!!

April 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Freddie Hubbard born on this date in Indiana, seems to a favorite of many including myself. My first album of his which introduced him to me was Red Clay and I fell in love with his sound then. He is an incredible artist playing in the style of my favorite genres of  jazz, Bop, Hard Bop and Post Bop. Speaking of his sound, it is his own, being influenced by Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan. Ready For Freddie is perhaps his best album on the Bluenote label with stellar sidemen, Bernard McKinney on the euphonium, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner piano, Art Davis bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Recorded in 1961 at the Van Gelder Studios, this particular album has extra tracks and been remastered making it a RVG album. This is brilliant work, way up on the WOW scale, definitely a must own album. Happy Birthday to Freddie Hubbard! Discover and enjoy!

Gerry Mulligan’s Piano-less Quartet

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

This double CD set recorded on the Pacific jazz label is the music that launched the careers of Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Chico Hamilton. Something quite different happened between June 1952 to 1953. Thats how long this quartet stayed together and to top it off there was not a piano in the group! These guys created a sound that is legendary, playing some of the best post-war jazz to date. Happy Birthday Gerry Mulligan! This is essential jazz. Discover and enjoy!


Jeru, the words of Gerry Mulligan.

Bill Evans…at Shelly’s Manne-Hole

April 5, 2010 Leave a comment

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.