Monday, January 23, 2006
John Coltrane from 1958 - a perkily tender reading of 'Time after Time' with a solid Red Garland solo thrown in. Garland had a bounce to his playing I always found infectious. Trane is playing within the boundaries of the tune here – but his tone is wonderful, that keening, sad edge giving the flavour of melancholy. For all the fury and fire, it is interesting to see how much of Coltrane's music has been marketed as 'Smooth Jazz,' 'Jazz for lovers,' etc... something about the man's tenor that speaks to many.
'Stardust' – add Wilbur Harden on flugelhorn. An elegant player, not as well known as he should be – long gone into the backroads of jazz obscurity- unfortunately. A long, rambling take on the Hoagy Carmichael tune with an arco solo from Paul Chambers. The flugelhorn added to Coltrane and the Davis rhythm section gives this a slightly off-kilter mirroring of the Miles Davis band of the time.
Time after time