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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mal Waldron - The Whirling Dervish

Another of Waldron's early 70's output, this was recorded in Paris in May of '72.
After my last posting I found this in the cd player frequently over the next few days.
This is a particularly nice trio session with the opening piece entering in at a lengthy 25 minutes. Sure it requires some attention but the rewards are great. The title tune proves to be aptly named as spins off at a quick pace. It is a bit more accesible but never short of ideas, takes an interesting turn as Waldron lays out for a bit and then makes a sly re entry. The final piece, the shortest, Walk is the closest to a standard post bop entry. Once again the title reflects the feel of the music as we stroll away from the lp feeling satisfied and happy.

I don't believe this lp is terribly hard to come by, but it seems to be criminally overlooked.

Mal Waldron - piano
Peter Warren - bass
Noel McGhie - drums

Mal Waldron - The Whirling Dervish (America (F) 30 AM 6128)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

mal waldron - up popped the devil

Contrary to simple thinking that enja only showcases quiet, meditative third stream recordings, some of these earlier ones are freaking burning down the barn.

A great trio recording made just before Mal basically headed down a quieter path. I love Waldron in group settings and this is by far one of my favorites. I've even managed to accept the guest flautist but I still carry reservations concerning the instrument.

With all respect I must say that I got this recording from another blog a couple of years ago, but I will be damned if I remember where ( and I have tried to figure it out.) To the original poster, my many thanks for such a great record.

Recorded NYC 12-28-73
enja 2034-1

Mal Waldron - piano
Reggie Workman - bass
Billy Higgins - drums
Carla Poole - flute (tr. 2)

If you are so inclined, it can be found here.

Dizzy Gillespie - New Wave

It's late at night. It's hot out. I'm half in the bag. This record washes over me like a warm breeze. The only relief is in the quiet passages. What makes a man start fires on a night like this?

Dizzy cooks one up. This is Diz in full Caribe mode. Even the production makes this for a spot on period piece.

Does anybody really give a shit who plays on it? You couldn't tell by the comments on past postings.

Thank goodness there are people out there, filling their blogs with great OOP stuff. Keeps me thinking this might actually be worthwhile, keeping these records out there, so they don't drop into obscurity.

Sounds very altruistic, no? Screw that! These are great records I want to share, even with only 10 of my "i never met 'em" best friends.

So here's a vinyl rip of a decent Diz lp.

Monday, July 13, 2009

william parker clarinet trio - bob's pink cadillac

This absolutely stunning record was recorded in 2001. I have been wrenched into the present tense. There are still so many great records being made. And yes, I realize it is 8 years old. We have a lot of catching up to do.

Disc One -
1. bob's pink cadillac
2. overcoat in the river
3. blue flower
4. fence in the snow

recorded 01/01 @ strobe-light, brooklyn

Disc Two -
ebony fantasy parts 1-5

recorded 08/01/01 by new eremite mobile unit

william parker - bass, gralle, jogibaba, orchestra bells, vocals
walter perkins - trap drums, vocals
perry robinson - clarinet, ocarina

all compositions william parker

eremite records 032

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Jimmy Giuffre Trio - Music for People, Birds, Butterflies and Mosquitos

Just when I thought I had completely mined the borrowed vinyl collection...I ran across another great one from that very batch.

Giuffre's trio is not without subtlety. He manages to hold on to his "cool" as he explores mostly African rhythms. Once again joined by a couple of musicians I don't know, Giuffre brings it all together.

This record rules on a warm summer night.

Jimmy Giuffre - flute, clarinet, and tenor sax
Kiyoshi Tokunaga - bass
Randy Kaye - percussion

12/72 Choice 1001

produced by Gerry MacDonald