This blog covers the music I play on my Live365 station: Jazz Note NSU. It is devoted to hard bop and avant garde jazz. Here I confess my faith: the center of genius in modern music is jazz; the center of genius in jazz is hard bop, and especially the body of music produced between the early 50's and the mid-60's. And at the center of it all is Miles Davis. This blog is especially aimed at readers who want to build a serious jazz library.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Warne Marsh has a claim on my heart. My first introduction to serious jazz was listening to Bill Evans in the apartment of an English Professor, Mead Harwell, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. One of my first purchases was Crosscurrents, featuring the Bill Evans Trio backed by Lee Konitz and Marsh. It is still one of my favorite albums. Here is a sample from this superb recording:
Every time we say goodbye/Crosscurrents
I looked for Marsh records for years, but it is only recently that I have managed to obtain some of his own recordings. Recently I got The Unissued Copenhagen Studio Sessions. You gotta love the title: how can they be unissued if they are on this CD? This is a beautiful piece of work. How many brilliant albums are still in the can somewhere out there? Marsh is backed by guitarist Dave Cliff, bass player Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and drummer Al Levitt.
Marsh's tenor had a fuzzy, impressionistic sound, even when he was playing very fast. Cut your pallet first, maybe, by listening to a bit of Art Pepper. Here is one of my favorite standards from the album. You might contrast it with Booker Evin's interpretation.
You don't know what love is/The Unissued Copenhagen Studio Sessions