Wednesday, June 19, 2013
What I am really sad to see go are the bins where you could find good second hand jazz CDs. I did manage to find a couple of gems this weekend at Cheapo Records in the Twin Cities. I have a respectable collection of Elvin Jones recordings, but I didn't have the double album Illumination/Dear John C. until now. Well, I did have Illumination. I was glad to get the second half for a very good price.
Dear John C., as you might have guessed, is a tribute to Trane. The lineup is Elvin Jones on drums, Charlie Mariano on alto sax, Roland Hanna and Hank Jones on piano, and Richard Davis on bass. It's worth a listen. I am playing the title cut and 'Love Bird'.
I picked up Natural Illusions by Bobby Hutcherson. It is a 1972 recording that seems to be rather lack luster, but it does fill out my Hutcherson collection.
I was pleased to find Revue, by the World Saxophone Quartet. This all star, all sax group is something you want to check out if you think, as I do, that the saxophone is the main register of modern jazz. The quartet features Hamiet Bluiett on baritone sax and also clarinet; Julius Hemphill on alto, soprano, and flute; Oliver Lake on the same; and David Murray on tenor sax and bass clarinet. There is enough texture here that you could float on it.
I am playing the title cut and 'David's Tune'.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Drummers and bass players have a position in a combo that is analogous to that of a catcher in baseball. Either can sit (or stand) at the point from which the entire field is visible. Paul Motian ranks as perhaps the most influential percussionist in modern jazz precisely because he played that position so well. Maybe Hemingway is another such drummer.
Anyway, The Other Parade (2011) is a splendid trio album, richly inventive and gorgeously recorded. Here is the trio:
Here is one to spend a few eMusic dollars on. I am playing 'Show Truck' and 'The Blue Light Down the Line'.