Saturday, May 15, 2010

Clark Terry's Color Changes

After a week of solid rain, I am back out on my deck again.  The air is still.  The bugs are in Minnesota.  I am listening to brass man Clark Terry's Color Changes.  That is enough.  Here is the lineup, from the All Music Guide: 
Clark Terry, trombonist Jimmy Knepper, Julius Watkins on French horn, Yusef Lateef on tenor, flute, oboe, and English horn, Seldon Powell doubling on tenor and flute, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Joe Benjamin, and drummer Ed Shaughnessy.
That's one horn section.  It gives the music a big band feelin' at points.  Yusef Lateef is not someone to ignore.  I really enjoy his flute playing, especially when he dukes it out with Sheldon Powell. 

All the disc is good.  Over the top is 'Nahstye Blues'.  This is the kind of jazz number that makes you want to invent a personal story around it.  I was sitting in a Chicago bar, down on my luck, when she walked in...  There is so much pull in this number, you have to hang on to your hat.  

Well, here it is.  The rest of the album is on eMusic for less than you can afford.  
Clark Terry/Nahstye Blues/Color Changes
Go on and buy the rest of it!  Then drop me a note.  I'm starvin' here. 


  1. Dr. Blanchard,

    Thank you for sharing some Clark Terry with us! Clark is truly one of the great gentlemen of jazz. I had the pleasure to attend the Clark Terry jazz camp when I was in high school. For a week I had a front row seat to Clark and his quintet. I will always remember that he was not felling well that week, but once he was on the bandstand you could not tell. Clark is a connsumate jazz player, teacher, and story teller.

    I have yet to find a Clark album, whether as a leader or sideman, that does not put a smile on my face. But I will give a special hat tip to Serenade to a Bus Seat, and The Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One. Both are well worth a listen.

  2. Jason: thanks for the comment. I envy you. Meeting one of the jazz giants is a great memory.

    I'll keep a lookout for the albums you mention.