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, June 14, 2010
I fell in love with Tommy Flanagan back when my knowledge of jazz was limited to John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, and Bill Evans. I had a special affection for Burrell, and I got to see him twice. It seemed like Flanagan showed up on all my Burrell recordings. I think Flanagan was a very underrated player.
Here is one of my favorite pieces, a Flanagan composition. It is from an album that was originally released under the piano player's name. I think it has been repackaged under Coltrane's name. Trane and Burrell play on it.
Tommy Flanagan/Minor Mishap/The Cats
That's a marvelous piece of joyous jazz. A similar album was released under the names of Coltrane and Burrell. It is so bubbly and alive it could talk a man off the edge of a bridge. You just have to have these two recordings on your shelf.
Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane/Lyresto/Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane
And don't miss 'Why Was I born?' and 'Big Paul'. These will explain to you why you were born.