Friday, January 05, 2007

Duke Ellington...Charles Mingus... Ornette Coleman... Stan Getz/Chet Baker... Bukka White... Marian Mc Partland... DJ Screw...











Duke Ellington recorded the 'Latin American Suite' in 1968. Here's 'The Sleeping Lady and the Giant who watches over.' Mainly an ensemble piece, based on a couple of riffs that get tossed around and across the orchestra... from such simple material Ellinton creates a late gem.

Charles Mingus from 1963 with a largish band playing 'Hora Decubitus.' A booting, fiery track that encapsulates much of the pleasures of this man's music – rooted in the tradition (Dukal as well as general) but bursting at the seams with ideas that ing point forward... visceral and smart...

Ornette Coleman – firstly, from the late fifties – 'Congeniality.' Which is one of Ornette's stop-start tunes that seem to shadow a dancing move in and out of bop. The pianoless quartet had of course been famously identified with Gerry Mulligan... here one feels that there is so much more freedom...

And even more... 'The Empty Foxhole' was the notorious album Ornette recorded with his son Denardo – who was ten at the time. Critical response was – to say the least – unfavourable, if not downright hostile. Ornette plays violin for the first time on record... this is 'Sound Gravitation'... Haden underpins with mighty arco – and I don't think that Denardo sounds too bad...

Piano-less groups... were the pianos on the West Coast that bad? Gerry Mulligan was the famous pre-cursor, of course, (before Ornette took up the ball and ran...) but his one-time musical partner Chet Baker is not a musician I have ever really listened to a great deal. My loss, some close aural encounters over the past week confirm he had much more to offer – even late on - than the junkie noir romance of the fatal arc that his life described. (Although – remember my encounter in Nantes – 'Chet Lives' is still going the rounds in certain circles). Here he is joined by Stan Getz (who apparently had little respect for him, especially later on in their several encounters: Stan apparently when he was using could hold his drugs better and still play brilliantly – well, according to Stan ... ). This is essentially the Mulligan quartet with Stan depping for the baritonist, in 1953 when Chet was still burning youthfully bright. In certain later tourneys, Stan ran all over him, apparently. Here – he more than holds his own... Getz solos first – fluent, bouncing across the solid rhythm of Carson Smith and Larry Bunker and the bar/chorus line divisions. Baker next – sprightly but with that special emotional vulnerability he brought to his take on 'cool' – out of Miles. Getz again then collective imrov to take it out...

The freedoms of the country blues... 'Aberdeen Mississippi' by Bukka (Booker) White, vocals and National Steel guitar. String-snapping, bottleneck-sliding funky brilliance and that mournful, so sad voice... 'Play it good now'...

Something by Marian McPartland – a gorgeous and elegant reading of 'I've got a crush on you.' Marian has run her show on NPR for many years – and is still going strong. Timeless piano jazz.

I didn't get into the James Brown obituary scenario as I was away over Christmas... here's an oblique tribute... Miles Davis playing 'Funky Tonk' from those wild 'Live/Evil' sessions. Smouldering stuff...

And out... with another diagonal move... a DJ Screw track: 'Southside rolling on choppaz.' It's all related somewhere/somehow – slurred syncopated vocals bouncing off the beat... break out the Dr J Collis Brown... time seems to stretch... back to Bukka White and beyond maybe...


In the Videodrome...


Bukka/Booker White in the 1970s...

... and again... I love YouTube!

... Count Basie in Europe 1959...

... Charles Gayle blowing...





Duke Ellington
Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Mercer Ellington (tp) Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (as) Russell Procope (as, cl) Paul Gonsalves (ts) Harold Ashby (ts, cl) Harry Carney (bars, cl, bcl) Duke Ellington (p) Jeff Castleman (b) Rufus Jones (d) )
The Sleeping Lady and the Giant who watches over
Download

Buy

Charles Mingus
Eddie Preston, Richard Williams (tp) Britt Woodman (tb) Don Butterfield (tu) Dick Hafer (fl, cl, ts) Jerome Richardson (fl, ss, bars) Eric Dolphy (as, fl) Booker Ervin (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Charles Mingus (b) Walter Perkins (d)
Hora Decubitus
Download

Buy


Ornette Coleman
(Ornette Coleman (as); Don Cherry ( c ); Charlie Haden (b); Billy Higgins (d) ).
Congeniality
Download

Buy


Ornette Coleman
(Ornette Coleman (v); Charlie Haden (b); Denardo Coleman (d) ).
Sound Gravitation
Download

Buy

Stan Getz/Chet Baker
(Stan Getz (ts); Chet Baker (t); Carson Smith (b); Larry Bunker (d) ).
The way you look tonight
Download

Buy


Bukka White
(Bukka White (g) ).
Aberdeen Mississippi
Download

Buy

Marian McPartland
(Marian McPartland (p) ).
I've got a crush on you
Download

Buy



Miles Davis
(Miles Davis (t); Gary Bartz (ts); John McLoughlin (eg); Keith Jarrett (ep); Michael Henderson (b); Airto Moreira (perc); Jack De Johnette (d)).
Funky Tonk
Download

Buy

DJ Screw
Southside roll choppaz
Download


Buy

4 comments:

Happy In Bag said...

It's all of one piece. Yet another great post.

chenlu said...

runescape money
runescape gold
runescape money
runescape gold

chenlu said...

runescape money is a massive 3d multiplayer adventure, with monsters to kill, quests to complete, and treasure to win. You control your own character who will runescape gold
runescape gold
...

Anonymous said...

29047126483369175 I play dofus Replica Watches for one year, I Replica Rolex Watches want to get some Replica Watch kamas to buy Replica Chanel Watches item for my character. So, I search "Replica Swiss Watches" on google and found many website. As Exact Replica Graham Watch the tips from the forum, I just review the Swiss Replica Watches websites and choose some Replica Montblanc Watches quality sites to Replica Cartier Watches compare the price, and go to their Replica Breguet Watches online support to make Replica Breitling Watches the test. And Last Chaos Gold I decide to use Replica BRM Watch at the end. And Tag Heuer Replica Watch that is the Replica IWC Watch beginning..