Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Used Jazz Record Bin
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'.