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

Friday, February 17, 2012

I Miss Monk

This is not a proper lp but a recording of a show from NPR. It may not be of interest to everyone, but what the hell, it is cool and it's less than an hour long. You can listen to it while doing the dishes and folding the clothes. Also a nice accompaniment to cooking dinner or dusting the apartment. Kinda pointless while running the hoover though.

While probably offering no new insight to old fans, it is nice to hear some of his contemporaries speak of him. Hosted by Nancy Wilson, the was released as part of a Jazz Profiles series.

Monk passed away 30 years ago today. Which means I've been a fan for over 35 years. Damn time flies.While many many pianists have appeared on the scene since then, I cannot think of one who surpasses Monk's legacy.

I first posted this two years ago today.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kenny Drew Trio - Introducing the

Being on BN, I would have thought this would be a little easier to run across. Mine is a replica of a very rare 10'er.
 This Drew's first outing as a leader. Even though there are only two originals, this is a great example of just past bebop jazz. the version of "It Might As Well Be Spring" is an absolute smoker. i listened to this record this evening as the sun was setting and the grill was wafting the sweet smell of charcoal and apple wood. I was amazed at how long it had been since I played the wonderful record. I am happy to share it here.

1. Yesterdays
2. Stella By Starlight
3. Gloria
4. Be My Love
5. Lover Come Back To Me
6. Everything Happens To Me
7. It Might As Well Be Spring
8. Drew's Blues

Kenny Drew - piano
Curly Russell - bass
Art Blakey - drums

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