Posts in category "Jazz"
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Stella by Starlight” by Carmell Jones Another great West Coast Jazz trumpeter who recorded with the likes of Bud Shank, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra and Horace Silver. This 1962 track features arrangements by Gerald Wilson and is culled from the exceptional 2003 “Mosaic Select” collection featuring three... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Milestones” by Gerald Wilson Big Band They were one of the leading West Coast big bands during a time when big bands were not commercially viable to keep together for very long. This is a live televised version of “Milestones” that originally appeared on the 1963 Pacific... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Jungle Strut” by Gene Ammons He was the son of boogie woogie pianist Albert Ammons, but Gene Ammons or “Jug” as he was affectionately nicknamed was known for his full round tone on the tenor. His career featured many memorable recordings dueling with Sonny Stitt and two... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Raju” by Five Peace Band The Five Peace Band consists of Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride and Vinnie Colaiuta. Fusion Jazz never sounded better on this McLaughlin composition culled from 22 concerts performed throughout Europe in 2008 for their sole Live album.
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Squeeze Me” by Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars Two of the most kindred spirits in Jazz were Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. Both had larger than life personalities and musical chops to spare. So it made perfect sense in 1955 for Armstrong to pay tribute to Waller... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Inamorata” by Miles Davis Time has yet to catch up with Miles Davis’ recordings from the early ’70s…still totally fresh and ahead of their time. The line-up here includes Keith Jarrett, John McLaughlin and Jack Dejohnette on a track originally from the record “Live/Evil” and reissued in... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “The Pearls” by Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers Watching HBO’s post-Katrina New Orleans set show, “Treme,” led me to dig out some 1927 Jelly Roll Morton for today’s SOTD. Last night’s episode had one of the characters trying to figure out what made Morton’s... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Chronos” by James Farm Jazz on a Friday morning… James Farm is a new quartet featuring Joshua Redman on saxophone, Aaron Parks on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Eric Harland on drums. I love the way Redman’s saxophone echoes Parks’ piano at the beginning of this... Read more »
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Hot And Bothered” by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Classic Ellington from 1928 featuring the great Joe Nanton on trombone, Johnny Hodges on saxophone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Lonnie Johnson on guitar and Sonny Greer on drums. Yesterday was Ellington’s Birthday – Happy Birthday Duke!
by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Moose The Mooche” by Charlie Parker Septet One of the great Dial masters from 1946 featuring Parker alto sax, Miles Davis trumpet, Lucky Thompson tenor sax, Dodo Mamarosa piano, Vic McMillan bass and Roy Porter drums. Moose was allegedly the name of Parker’s heroin dealer…