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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.

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This is Tadd Dameron!!

February 21, 2010 1 comment

On this day in 1917 Bebop’s most influential arranger, composer and pianist was born. He arranged for Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, and Sarah Vaughan. Tadd along with lyricists Carl Sigman wrote “If You Could See Me Now” for Sarah Vaughan one of her first hit songs. Dameron composed several bop standards, including “Hot House”, “Our Delight”, “Good Bait”, and “Lady Bird”. His bands featured some of the finest in Bebop jazz  Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and Wardell Gray. 

Dameron was addicted to narcotics at the end of his career, and suffered from cancer and had several heart attacks before he died at the age of 48 of cancer in 1965.

Mating Call is an incredible album of tunes really highlighting Dameron’s compositional skill and Coltrane’s talent. “A Must Have” in you collection and one of my favorites. I return to this one quite often. Discover, Enjoy!!

Tenor Giants Meet!!

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment

May 1956, Sonny Rollins was on his way to a recording session at Rudy Van Gelder’s Studio for “Prestige” records, with him were members of  Miles Davis’s rhythm section, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Sonny met John Coltrane before the session and both agreed to John tagging along to the session date. John was just hanging out but Rollins noticed that Coltrane had brought his horn, both agreed to do one song together. Tenor Madness was the title song of the album, a simple blues piece and for 12:15 minutes magic was created. It was to be the only recording of the two together. Two of the most important Tenor men in Jazz history on one track, both get the chance to solo and an old-fashioned “Chase” ensues trading fours. Rollin’s big bluesy sound versus Coltrane’s “Young” inspired lyricism. What an album to own…an absolute must have!!

Side Steps

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Side Steps

I received this 5 disc boxed set for Christmas and haven’t stopped listening to it since. The remastering and quality of the music is superb!! The music here in opened up a part of his music I had not heard before, being only familiar with his more popular albums. This is definitely a side of the artist that must be heard if you count yourself as a fan. John Coltrane’s legendary Prestige recordings as a sideman to a host of jazz legends including Gene Ammons, Tadd Dameron, Red Garland, and Sonny Rollins. This 5-disc box set features 24-bit remastering from the original analog master tapes, a 72-page book with rare photographs, discography, and sessionography, some great essays by noted music historian Ashley Kahn, interview transcript with Prestige founder Bob Weinstock, and fully reproduced original album cover artwork and notes. 10 albums are represented in this set, some in their entirety. This completes the Prestige label’s trilogy of John Coltrane. Check out “Fearless Leader” and “Interplay” the first 2 boxed sets in this trilogy.

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John Coltrane

March 7, 2009 Leave a comment

John Coltrane beginning in Bebop and Hardbop, he later practically invented Free Jazz. He is one of the most significant saxophonist in jazz history. He played on Miles Davis’s Milestones and Kind of Blue albums playing the tenor sax. His influences were Sidney Bechet and Steve Lacy and in 1960 he formed his own group McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Steve Davis recording for Atlantic Records My Favorite Things which also was a debut for his decision to change to soprano sax. 1961 saw his switch to Impulse where he was given creative freedom to explore and help lead the way in the Avant-garde or Free Jazz movement. 1961 also saw Reggie Workman replacing Steve Davis on bass and Eric Dolphy as a second horn. During this period critics branded him and his group as members of the “anti-jazz” or “Free jazz” movement lead by Ornette Coleman. 1962 Dolphy left the band and Jimmy Garrison replaced “Workman” to form his “Classic Quartet”. This quartet in 1964 recorded the most favorite album A Love Supreme. In 1967 John died of Liver Cancer leaving behind a tremendous legacy. Ravi Coltrane his son is a tenor and soprano saxophonist, band leader and composer. He plays in the group The Blue Note 7 commemorating Bluenotes 70 years as a jazz leader.

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