11.30.2007

Gerry Mulligan Sings!

Miles Davis – Birth of the cool




Birth of the Cool is an album which collects twelve songs recorded by the Miles Davis nonet for Capitol Records in 1949 and 1950. Featuring unusual instrumentation and several notable musicians, the music featured innovative arrangements strongly inspired by classical music, and mark a major development in post-bebop jazz. As the title implies, these recordings are considered seminal in the history of cool ."

Track listing
Arrangements by the composer unless otherwise noted.
1. "Move" (Denzil Best, arranged by John Lewis) – 2:32
2. "Jeru" (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:10
3. "Moon Dreams" (Chummy MacGregor, Johnny Mercer, arranged by Gil Evans) – 3:17
4. "Venus de Milo" (Mulligan) – 3:10
5. "Budo" (Miles Davis, Bud Powell, arranged by Lewis) – 2:32
6. "Deception" (Davis, arranged by Mulligan) – 2:45
7. "Godchild" (George Wallington, arranged by Mulligan) – 3:07
8. "Boplicity" (Cleo Henry, i.e. Davis and Gil Evans, arranged by Evans) – 2:59
9. "Rocker" (Mulligan) – 3:03
10. "Israel" (Johnny Carisi) – 2:15
11. "Rouge" (John Lewis) – 3:13
12. "Darn That Dream" (Eddie DeLange, James Van Heusen, arranged by Mulligan) – 3:26

Recording dates
• Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7 – 21 January 1949
• Tracks 4, 8, 10, 11 – 22 April 1949
• Tracks 3, 6, 9, 12 – 9 March 1950
Recordings exist of radio shows broadcast from the Royal Roost in 1948: "Birth of the Cool Theme" (Gil Evans), "Move", "Why Do I Love You?" (DeSylva, Gershwin and Gershwin, vocals by Hagood), "Godchild", "S'il Vous Plait" (John Lewis), "Moon Dreams" and "Budo", recorded on 4 September; and "Darn That Dream" (vocals by Hagood), "Move", "Moon Dreams" and "Budo" recorded on 18 September.

Personnel
• Miles Davis – trumpet (all)
• Kai Winding – trombone (January 1949)
• J. J. Johnson – trombone (April 1949, March 1950)
• Junior Collins – French horn (January 1949)
• Sandy Siegelstein – French horn (April 1949)
• Gunther Schuller – French horn (March 1950)
• Bill Barber – tuba (all)
• Lee Konitz – alto saxophone (all)
• Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone (all)
• Al Haig – piano (January 1949)
• John Lewis – piano (April 1949, March 1950)
• Joe Shulman – bass (January 1949)
• Nelson Boyd – bass (April 1949)
• Al McKibbon – bass (March 1950)
• Max Roach – drums (January 1949, March 1950)
• Kenny Clarke – drums (April 1949)
• Kenny Hagood – vocal ("Darn That Dream" only)

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_of_the_Cool"

Link: Birth of the cool

11.29.2007

Night and The City



Kenny Barron and Charlie Haden plays together at Iridium in New York City.
Take a look at the cover and the title, it explains a lot about this intimate and touching recording. It really resembles the atmosphere of NYC jazz clubs, the city at night and everything. This city has a incredible magic around it; to bad there are so many many idiots at loose....

1 Twilight Song Barron
2 For Heaven's Sake Bretton, Edwards, Meyer
3 Spring Is Here Hart, Rodgers
4 Body and Soul Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour
5 You Don't Know What Love Is DePaul, Raye
6 Waltz for Ruth Haden
7 The Very Thought of You Noble


Kenny Barron Piano
Charlie Haden Bass, Producer, Bass (Acoustic)
Ruth Cameron Producer
Jay Newland Engineer, Mixing
Doug McKean Assistant Engineer
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Georgia O'Keeffe Artwork

Link: Night and The City

11.17.2007

Bill Evans - My Foolish Heart

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Charlie Parker - Jam Sessions


It´s party time!

Charlie Parker´s class A Team will knock you down!
Recorded in 1952 with the legendary producer Norman Granz and, well,
take a look at the players, click on the link, and jazz up!


Tracks
1. Jam Blues (14:42)
2. What Is This Thing Called Love? (15:51)
3. Ballad Medley (17:23)
4. Funky Blues (13:27)

Players
Charlie “Bird” Parker: Alto Sax
Johnny Hodges: Alto Sax
Benny Carter: Alto Sax
Ben Webster: Tenor Sax
Flip Phillips: Tenor sax
Charlie Shavers: Trumpet
Barney Kessel: Guitar
Oscar Peterson: Piano
Ray Brown: Bass
J.C. Heard: Drums

link: Jam Sessions

11.11.2007

Freddie Hubbard - New Colors



One rapid link before I go to sleep.
"Freddie Hubbard is heard exclusively on fl├╝gelhorn on this impressive release, accompanied by the New Jazz Composers Octet; although none of the octet members contributed any compositions to the session, trumpeter David Weiss did most of the arrangements, sometimes collaborating with Hubbard. Gone are the lip problems that plagued Hubbard somewhat during the 1990s, as he launches into his richly textured post-bop "One of Another Kind," which also has strong solos by tenor saxophonist Craig Handy and alto saxophonist Myron Walden. The leader's funky "Blues for Miles" is reminiscent of a street parade, while the Latin flavor of "Dizzy's Connotations" obviously salutes Dizzy Gillespie, and Hubbard also revisits his classic "Red Clay." The only song not from Hubbard's pen is Chick Corea's "Inner Space," a fine arrangement by Weiss that oddly features no trumpet or fl├╝gelhorn solos. The supporting cast on this topnotch CD also includes Kenny Garrett, Xavier Davis, Javon Jackson, and Dwayne Burno."From allmusic.com

Link: Freddie Hubbard - New Colors

11.07.2007

Cedar Walton - Blue Monk

Look at that show! I really wish I was there...

McCoy Tyner - Land Of Giants



Land of Giants is a perfect name for this album. It is a giant album in all senses. McCoy Tyner on piano, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Charnett Moffett on bass, Eric Harland on drums. Pure mastery. Recorded in DSD, a new technology for recording, this album is sounding amazing.
No need to say more...
Just get it!

Tracks:
1. Serra Do Marr
2. December
3. Steppin'
4. If I Were A Bell
5. Manalyuca
6. Back Bay Blues
7. For All We Know
8. The Search
9. Contemplation
10. In a Mellow Tone

Credits:
McCoy Tyner Piano
Bobby Hutcherson Vibes
Charnett Moffett Bass
Eric Harland Drums

link: Land of giants
Wait for the file info to load, then click download. Thank you

Scolohofo - Oh!



Ok. This is a really, really good album from Scofield and his troupe, and what a troupe! Al Foster on drums, Joe Lovano on sax and Dave Holland on bass. The compositions are superb, it really sets new standards for modern jazz; this is a good description, modern standards.
I hate to say this again, but... You have to get this album!
Enjoy!

Credits:
Greg Calbi Mastering
James Farber Engineer
Steve Mazur Assistant
Gordon Jee Creative Director
Eli Wolf Producer, Art Direction
Al Foster Drums, Producer
Dave Holland Bass, Producer
Joe Lovano Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Producer, Sax (Curved Soprano)
John Scofield Guitar, Producer

Tracks:
Oh! Lovano
Right About Now Scofield
The Winding Way Holland
Bittersweet Foster
Shorter Form Scofield
New Amsterdam Lovano
In Your Arms Holland
The Dawn of Time Lovano
Brandyn Foster
Faces Holland
Oh I See Scofield

Links: Part1
Part2

11.06.2007

Dave Holland Quintet - Points of View



This album has followed me for some years now, and has really set me a new way to see the world. No wonder why the name is Points of View; the atmosphere of the album resembles me that hour of the night, around 3-4am, that you can just sit, look trough a window - that is, if you are not outdoor or just relaxing in your chair -, light a cigar and enjoy the world passing at a slow, magic rate. A refill for mind and soul.
Enjoy this extraordinary album but be alert, this is not ear candy, it is a heavy album. The recording is superb, thanks again to James Farber and Avatar Studios; all the players are at it's best and, well...
Enjoy!!

Tracks:
The Balance Holland
Mister B. Holland
Bedouin Trail Holland
Metamorphose Eubanks
Ario Holland
Herbaceous Holland
The Benevolet One Wilson
Serenade Nelson

Credits:
James Farber Engineer
Sascha Kleis Design, Cover Design
Jim Bengston Photography, Cover Photo
Manfred Eicher Executive Producer
Robin Eubanks Trombone
Dave Holland Producer, Double Bass
Billy Kilson Drums, Drums (Snare)
Steve Nelson Marimba, Vibraphone
Steve Wilson Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)

Link: Dave Holland Quintet - Points of View

Dave Holland Big Band

Not For Nothin'

John Coltrane live - Naima

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Sound of Surprise



Lee konitz on sax alto, John Abercrombie on drums, Ted Brown on sax tenor, Marc Johnson on Bass recorded by David Baker at Avatar... really need to say more? Really need to say that this is a must have? Need to say that Sunny Side is the best?
I didn't think so..
Enjoy!!

ps: I'll post the details later. Thank you. All compositions by Konitz.

Link: Sound of surprise

11.03.2007

Gong With Wind Suite


My internet was off a few weeks. I came here to the U.S imagining that everything worked here, but this is just bullshit. If somebody works at Time Warner here, I am very pissed off, and you are forbidden to download this a-m-a-z-i-n-g album from Lee Konitz and Matt Willson. Yes, that's right, Lee Konitz and Matt Wilson, only the two. GET THIS!

Credits:

Lee Konitz Sax (Alto)
Matt Wilson Drums
Nils Winther Producer, Photography
Poul Jupont Cover Art
Jon Rosenberg Engineer

Link: Gong With Wind Suite