When you get up in the morning, you must have a song - Ray Charles

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pete Rugolo - Music For Hi-Fi Bugs


 Oh, hell yeah. Finally ran across a copy of this in decent shape without some moron wanting an arm and leg for it. Here is a 5 dollar copy, recorded on the first spin after a bit of cleaning.
 Who the hell wouldn't snatch this up for the cover alone?  Just turns out the music is actually pretty cool as well. You know in the Pete Rugolo west coast laid back way.


1. For Hi-Fi Bugs
2. Once In Awhile
3. Fawncy Meeting You
4. These Foolish Things
5. Later Team
6. Oscar's and Pete's Blues
7. Dream of You
8. Snowfall

EmArcy  MG 36082    1956

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Robert Parker - Regional Rare


 Here's another of the Robert Parker shows. More great stuff here. I know it's not really cool to dig this early stuff but it really work checking out. And these sessions are as clean as they are rare.
 I have really fond memories of hearing these shows. They would run on the nearby college/NPR station on Sunday evenings. I was living in a basement apartment outside Chicago, mostly friendless and broke. I was learning more and more about jazz from this radio station. I recorded a handful of these on cassettes at the time because I suspected it was something that probably needed time to sink in.
It's always a treat to post one of these shows because it's gonna be playing in the background.
 As usual, dig it, cats!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Red Rodney - missing Okeh tracks



Here's the four Red Rodney tracks that everyone has been clamoring for these past few months. Somehow they got left off the Okeh compilation I posted, have no idea how but believe me, I am no digital genius.

There is always a silver lining. Just as i went to re record these tracks I ran into recording problems with my cd deck, quickly compounded by some turntable problems. It forced me to take care of these issues and I have a much better set up because of it and my recordings are sounding better than ever. 

And I listened to these tracks with a fresh ear,something I hadn't done in awhile.  So cool, this old school. Here ya go, all fresh and shiny!

1. Dig This Menu, Please
2. Red's Mambo
3. Honeysuckle Rose
4. Buckle My Shoe


Red Rodney - trumpet
Buddy Savitt - tenor sax
Jimmy Golden - piano
Joe Pauline - bass
Jerry Gilgore - drums
Morty Perry - vocals


recorded in NYC circa 9/52



Monday, March 24, 2014

Marian McParland - Live at The Carlyle



Marian McParland's NPR shows were instrumental in my return to jazz. Here's a record I scored at a local junk shop for 3 bucks...signed by the lady herself.
I'm sure it's not gonna turn the world on it's ear but this is really nice stuff. Great standards, a couple of tunes I wouldn't expect and a sweet little original. Enjoy!
.

1. Like Someone In Love
2. Ill Wind
3.One Morning In May
4. Crystal Silence
5. Giant Steps
6. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
7. Star Eyes
8. A Delicate Balance
9. For All We Know


Marian McPartland - piano
Steve LaSpina - bass
Michael Di Pasqua - drums

recorded live Carlyle Hotel, 9/10/79

Halycon records HAL 117



Friday, March 21, 2014

Dizzy Reece & Ted Curson - Blowin' Away




I really dig this line up. When this was recorded back in '78 I was two years outta high school. We all listened to rock and prog. I was the jazz guy though. Never heard of these guys back then. Ha! What did I know?


  1. Stella by Starlight
  2. All the Things You Are
  3. Bass Conclave
  4. Moose the Mooche
  5. Marjo
  6. Walkin'

Ted Curson - trumpet and flugelhorn (solo  A-2)
Roy Haynes - drums
Sam Jones- bass
Dizzy Reese - trumpet (solo A-1)
Claude Williamson - piano (solo  B-1)

recorded 6/9/78 Blue Rock Studio, New York
produced by Toshiya Taenaka and Fred Norsworthy

1978 Interplay Records  IP-7716




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hamiet Bluiett - Resolution






From sublime to funky to far out, Bluiett covers a lot of ground on this early Black Saint lp.

1. Happy Spirit
 (my inner-self that rarely gets a chance to emerge!)
2. Flux/A Bad M.F.
 (a caricature of Don Pullen - A Giant)
3. Head Drake
 (dedicated to my cousin Calvin Miller)
4. Before Yesterday
5. Spring's Joy
6. "Mahalia" ...No Other One
 (dedicated to Mahalia Jackson - A Great Lady)


Hamiet Bluiett - baritone sax, clarinet, flute, bamboo flute
Don Pullen - piano, organ
Fred Hopkins - bass
Billy Hart - drums, percussion (left channel)
Don Moye - sun percussion (right channel)


1978 Black Saint Records

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Charles Tolliver - The Ringer






Here's a groovy lp from 1969. Later reissued as Charles Tolliver and Music Inc. This swings from start to finish. A lucky junk shop find!

1. Plight
2. On The Nile
3. The Ringer
4. Mother Wit
5. Spur

Charles Tolliver - trumpet
Stanley Cowell - piano
Steve Novosel - bass
Jimmy Hopps - drums

Friday, July 26, 2013

Stephane Grappelli plays Cole Porter


 The violin may be my favorite non-traditional jazz instrument and it is very cool to see Cole get the treatment from a monster like Grappelli.
 These are a couple of sessions recorded in Paris in the mid 70's, part of a series of Grappelli sessions under the Jazz In Paris umbrella.
  Enjoyable reworkings of many of the standards but included are a couple of rarities.
Once again I am digging this on the back stoop, warm evening, stars over the mountains. All is a-ok in the world and Cole Porter rules it.


1. It's all right with me
2. You're the top
3. Anything goes
4. In the still of the night
5. You've Got a thing
6. Miss Otis regrets
7. I've got you under my skin
8. Love for sale
9. Easy to love
10. You'd be so nice to come home to
11. Let's do it, let's fall in love
12. My heart belongs to daddy


Stephane Grappelli - violin
Marc Hemmler - piano (1, 7)
Maurice Vander - piano
Eddy Louiss - organ
Luigi Trussardi - bass (1, 3, 5, 7, 8)
Guy Perderson - bass
Jimmy Gourley - guitar
Daniel Humair - drums

recorded May 1975 - 1, 3, 5, 7, 8
recorded Feb 1976 - 2, 4, 6, 9-12

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July - Prez!!

As I mentioned recently, I have been on a bit of a Lester Young kick. Have ya ever read an interview with him?. He was the ultimate hipster. I wanna be as laid back as Prez..

Here's a short set recorded a mere 60 years ago today!!


1. Up 'N Adam
2. I Can't Get Started
3. Lester Leaps In

Lester Young Band

Lester Young - ts
Jesse Drakes - trp
Horace Silver - piano
Gene Ramey - bas
Connie Kay - drums

Birdland - NYC  7/4/53





Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jazz at The Philharmonic Chicago 1955





Verve reissued a handful of these records in 1983. Pretty sure they never made the cd transistion. My copy is one of those ARS series that were sent to schools and libraries.

I have been on a bit of a Lester Young kick lately and digging through the lps I found this neglected little gem. Not a major record in anyone's discography but still a cool way to spend a hot summer evening. Hell, Prez doesn't even make the cover!!

Side one is a typical JATP jam session. Side two features the inevitable Oscar Peterson group and a odd outing by Gene Krupa. As much as Peterson leaves me cold, this version of Budo is entertaing.
Dizzy is smokin' as always.

Jazz At The Philharmonic
Chicago Opera House
10.2.55

1. Mail Order Blues
 Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Illinois Jaquet - saxes
 Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge - trumpet
 Buddy Rich - drums
 Oscar Peterson - piano
 Herb Ellis - guitar
 Ray Brown- bass

2. Anything Goes
3. Baby, Baby All The Time
4. Budo
 Oscar Peterson -piano
 Herb Ellis - guitar
 Ray Brown - bass

5. Drum Boogie
 Gene Krupa - drums
 Eddie Shu - sax & trpt
 Bobby Scott - piano
 Whitey Mitchell - bass


ARS EJ416


* The link has been corrected, You just have to look a little harder.