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.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Steve Lacy, Herb Ellis, & the Copyright Cop Blues
I just had another post taken down by the "authorities". Oddly enough, this one was an old post on Ike Quebec, with the link long since ineffective. I found a copy of the original notice, and my blog appears in a long list of offenders. I suspect that this is a largely automated process.
Anyway, and while I am still in business, I picked up a bunch of great jazz at the wonderful Jazz Record Mart in Chicago. One was a disc I have been searching for: Five Facings, by Steve Lacy. This is a series of duets with Lacy on Soprano Sax of course, and different piano players. If you know Lacy's music at all, well, this is more Lacy. With just a piano and sax, it is very laconic music. I find it exquisite: pure musical ideas laid out for all to hear.
Five Facings is apparently out of print. You can find it online, but only for the price of a new DVD player. I was delighted to find it at the Jazz Mart. Here is a sample. It won't be here long.
Steve Lacy/Ruby My Dear/Five Facings
I had planned to do a more extensive post in honor of Herb Ellis' passing. I ain't got around to it yet, but I did pick up a beautiful double album, with Nothing But the Blues & Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre. It is quite a find, if you like Herb's lovely lines. I think the latter is the real prize. Jimmy Giuffre is easy to miss. He looked and dressed like Lawrence Whelk, but played like he was from outer space. On this album, he sounds more like Lawrence Whelk. But the music is rockin' good jazz. Here is a sample:
You can get the double album at a reasonable price from Amazon. If you like jazz guitar, you won't be sorry you read this post.