I recently picked up this album and asked myself why haven’t I purchased this before. This all important Bill Evans album was the first album recorded after by him after Scott Lafaro’s untimely death. A great studio album with Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums, discover one of the most incredible trios in modern jazz!!
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.
What a driving beat this guy Stanton Moore has, right out of the box the first track “Squash Blossom” is fresh and funky,WOW! You know something that really thrills me in life? It’s when I come across something that’s new and I haven’t seen or heard before, and I ask myself, where has this been? I’ve not seen this before, and you find yourself searching to find or listen to more, and that’s what this album had done for me, I gotta listen to more of this music! This artist and album is certainly that kind of discovery. Groove Alchemy is a new album on the Telarc label by drummer Stanton Moore, a trio album featuring Robert Walter on Hammond B3 and piano, and Will Bernard on guitar. This trio has been around since 2006 and this is their third album. Groove Alchemy is a great combination of groovy, funky, jazzy, bluesy, and I swear do I hear a little Ragtime theme mixed into that funky beat on the “Keep On Gwine” track? Close your eyes and you may think that you just stepped into a New Orleans jumpin’ / jive joint and wantin’ to know who are these guys? Well Mr. Moore has grown up in that kind of enviroment being a native of New Orleans and has the tradition of being surrounded by an incredible amount of musical influences in which his own music reflects this, my opinion is with this album you get much more than you bargain for. This album is full of surprises for any lover of Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, and will convert you into an instant fan of his music, it certainly has me. 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!
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.