Friday, August 31, 2007

Charles Mingus... George Russell... Benny Golson... Tal Farlow

Time has just run away this week – we are still waiting for the date to move house which is annoying but it will be very soon. So a quick post, little chat (You lucky people, to quote the immortal Brit Comedian Tommy Trinder).

As promised, a couple of follow-ons... here's the opening track from George Russell's 1959 album 'New York N.Y.' An ever-fascinating reconstitution of 'Manhattan.' Jon Hendricks jives in to open the suite – then the orchestra glance and feint at the theme. Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Evans, John Coltrane solo – a neglected masterpiece.

More from 'Mingus at the Bohemia.' 'Septemberly' runs two standards together – 'Tenderly' and 'September in the rain.' Mingus was always looking for new forms and structures – his exploratory work in the fifties is especially fascinating...

Benny Golson -another oddity. Not sure where I acquired this from (the late-lamented Rab?) – but a fascinating album. Golson arranged and conducted the sessions for his 1962 album 'Just Jazz' from which I have selected the old Bird line, 'Ornithology.' Alto here is by Eric Dolphy... like some kind of avant-garde skater – performing miraculous leaps and veering so close to running out of the area. A skittering grace... And absolutely stunning... Running onwards all too briefly with the baton...

I had a request to re-up the Tal Farlow from the other week, so here it is - 'Just one of those things.' To the commenter - I don't put up whole albums for various reasons - there are plenty of sites who do, for one. But if you want the complete set - check the original comment for my email and send me a message - I'll send you a link...

More cardboard boxes have arrived - off to go and sort out more crap to be packed...

In the Videodrome...

Sheila Jordan chats about George Russell...

I hear a guitar rhapsody...


Shoot the liquor to me Artie Boy... Pity they didn't shoot the asinine commentator...

Cecil T in Hamburg, 1995. This really is fascinating...


George Russell
Art Farmer, Ernie Royal, Doc Severinsen (tp) Tom Mitchell, Frank Rehak (tb) Bob Brookmeyer (vtb) Hal McKusick (as) John Coltrane (ts) Sol Schlinger (bars) Bill Evans (p) Barry Galbraith (g) Milt Hinton (b) Charlie Persip (d) George Russell (arr, cond) Jon Hendricks (nar)
Manhattan
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Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus (b) Eddie Bert (tb) George Barrow (ts) Mal Waldron (p) Willie Jones (d)
Septemberley
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Benny Golson
Bill Hardman (tp) Grachan Moncur III (tb) Eric Dolphy (as) Bill Evans (p) Ron Carter (b) Charlie Persip (d) Benny Golson (arr, cond)
Ornithology
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Tal Farlow
Tal Farlow (g) Claude Williamson (p) Red Mitchell (b) Stan Levy (d)
Just one of those things
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3 comments:

Happy In Bag said...

Thanks for the Russell- that's just crazy!

Rod... said...

...it's a cool album...

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