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

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Andre Previn and J.J. Johnson play Kurt Weill

 I mostly dismissed Andre Previn for years. He still doesn't set my world on fire but he worked with these kick ass dudes and played some of my favorite showtunes so I guess he gets a pass.
  The version of Pirate Jenny (or the crazy titled equivalent) is over the top cool. The rest of the record races to keep up and nearly succeeds.

 1. Bilbao-song
2. Barbara-song
3. Overture
4. Seerauberjenny
5. Moritat
6. Surabaya - Johnny
7. Wie Man Sich Bettet
8. Unzulanglichkeit

Anre Previn - piano
J. J. Johnson - trombone
Red Mitchell - bass
Frank Capp - drums

vinyl rip Columbia CS 8541   (1962)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cal Tjader - West Side Story

 I know this is beat to hell. If I had a better copy I share it. Doesn't really make a difference here but I have this really groovy red vinyl copy.

1. Prologue - Jet Song
2. Something's Coming
3. Maria interlude
4. Maria
5. Tonight
7. Cool
8. One Hand, One Heart
9. I Feel Pretty

Cal Tjader - vibraphone
Clare Fischer - piano
Red Mitchell - bass
Shelly Manne - drums
Red Callender - tuba
Milt Holland - drums
Paul Horn - flute
Mongo Santamaria - conga
Willie Bobo - drums and Timbales

and a whole host of horn and string players I don't recognize. There are people out there that spend far too much time compiling lists for slackers like me, so the complete personel should be available with little effort.

Fantasy 3310

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charles Lloyd Quartet - Dream Weaver

Really can't imagine why this lp doesn't stay in print. Great tunes, fantastic line up. These cats were at the top of their game. I still struggle a bit with the flute but it is swinging opening track that sways me this time. I dig the long sequences on the first side, while Love Ship from the oether side has ended up on many a jazz comp for unsuspecting novices.

1. Autumn Sequence
  a) autumn prelude
  b) autumn leaves
  c) autumn echo

2. Dream Weaver
 a) meditation
 b) dervish dance

3. Bird Flight
4. Love Ship
5. Sombrero Sam

Charles Lloyd - tenor sax & flute
Keith Jarrett -piano
Cecil McBee - bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums

Atlantic Records  SD 1459     1967

Saturday, October 11, 2014

yosuke yamashita / adelhard roidinger - inner space

 Another duo lp by Yamashita. Another excursion into the ozone. Amazing lp that rides the wave between cool and just a little weird. Perfect for a cool autumn night.

1. Country Walk
2. Tight Pants
3. Soft Waltz
4. Green Wave

Yosuke Yamashita - piano
Adelhard Roidinger - bass

recorded 6/24/77

Monday, October 6, 2014

Terumasa Hino Sextet - Fuji


Here's a rare weeknight posting, but crisp fall weather is in the air, a large glass of bourbon and a sit out on the porch culminated with this lp.
 I came of age in the 70's, learned to dig jazz by the end of the decade. Bet yer ass I never heard this.
 Liner notes tell us the this 1975 lp was Hino's first US release as a leader. All the hipster's though were aware of him a couple of years earlier. Guess I missed out on that part. Probably bought a Yes lp instead.
 Just the same I love this lp that sounds very much of its time (little electric guitar, little electric piano) in a way I never appreciated back then. Then again, I'm pretty sure this record wasn't carried by my local hippie co-op records and tapes joint.

1. Be and Know
2. Reaction
3. Fuji
4. A Child Is Born

Terumasa Hino - trumpet
Takao Uematsua - tenor sax
Mikio Masuda - electric piano
Kiyoshi Sugimoto - guitar
Yoshio Ikeda - bass
Motohiko Hino - drums

Catalyst Records Cat-7901

Friday, September 19, 2014

Chico Hamilton - man from two worlds

Here's an overlooked smoker of a record. All laid back and cool, this thing has Charles Lloyd debuting what would become his signature track.

 The band is sparse and melodic, just the way I like things.

1. Man From Two Worlds
2. Blues Medley
 a-little sister's dance
 b-shade tree
 c-island blue
3. Forest Flower Sunrise/Sunset*
4. Child's Play
5. Blues For O.T.
6. Mallet Dance
7. Love Song To A Baby

Chico Hamilton - drums
Charles Lloyd - tenor sax, flute
Gabor Szabo - guitar
Albert Stinson - bass

produced by Bob Thiele

vinyl rip impulse stereo A-59

*Forest Flower is presented on the lp as two separate tracks but there is no discernible break. Even later cd versions list the song(s) as a single track.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Arthur Blythe Parkinson's Fund

Bumping this up. See comments.

 Please donate to the Arthur Blythe Parkinson's fund.
Arthur Blythe has Parkinson's Disease. Anyone wishing to contribute to a fund for his health care, please visit this site:

 The Arthur Blythe Parkinson's Fund

Friday, September 12, 2014

anthony davis james newton quartet - hidden voices

As I creep up into old age I find I don't dislike flute as much as I once did. Those Jethro Tull records really messed up my head when I was a kid and I'm just getting over it.
 Good thing because James Newton plays a fair amount of flute on this lp (it's what he does! ed.) but it was my rampant appreciation  of Davis' piano that made scoop this up the minute I found it. I really dig that the only other horn is a trombone. I kinda dig these odd combos, when they work.
This one does, but what would you expect from India Navigation, one of THE great labels?

side one:  a) forever charles
                 b) hocket in the pocket
                 c) past lives

side two:   a) crystal texts set 1, pre a-reflexion
                  b) sudden death

anthony davis - piano
james newton - flute
rick rozie - bass
pheeroan ak laff - drums
george lewis - trombone (guest)

india navigation in 1041   (1979) vinyl rip

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ken McIntyre Sextet...Intoducing The Vibrations

 I was surprised when I found this was a one off record. Bought it originally for the japanese connection. Found I loved it for far more than that.
  These guys pull off that slow burn groove that just kills me. especially late summer nights on the porch. And Hino throws a little gas on the fire occasionally.

1. Theme
2. Eileen
3. Shortie
4. Clear Eyes
5. Now Is The Time
6. Miss Priss

Ken McIntyre - alto sax,flute, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon
Terumasa Hino - trumpet, flugelhorn
Richie Harper - piano
Alonzo Gardner - bass
Andre Strotbert - drums
Andy Vega - congas, percussion

recorded 10/30/76

vinyl rip

Friday, September 5, 2014

Stan Kenton's West Side Story

 And now for something completely different. Well different from the Albam version I posted a couple of weeks ago. C'mon you know these songs and these versions are driving and exciting, and that's no lie.

1. Prologue
2. Something's Coming
3. Maria
4. America
5. Tonight
6. Cool
7. I Feel Pretty
8. Officer Krupke
9. Taunting Scene
10. Somewhere - Finale.

Capitol ST 1609

vinyl rip