Tag: jazz

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Freeway" by Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Song Of The Day – “Freeway” by Gerry Mulligan Quartet Some of the greatest Jazz the West Coast had to offer from the very first release by Pacific Jazz Records. I’ve got this one on a 10″ heavy vinyl microgroove record from 1952: catalog number PJLP-1! What a line up: Gerry Mulligan on the tenor... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "St. Louis Blues" by Cab Calloway

Song Of The Day – “St. Louis Blue” by Cab Calloway Here, Cabel Calloway places his own stamp on a Louis Armstrong classic. This was from Calloway’s debut recording session in 1930 and you can hear that his style was already fully formed. While most people associate Calloway with New York’s Cotton Club in Harlem,... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Gone" by Miles Davis

Song Of The Day – “Gone” by Miles Davis From Miles’ 1958 album “Porgy And Bess” comes this George Gershwin classic arranged by Gil Evans. Miles made several great albums with Gil Evans and orchestra including “Sketches Of Spain,” “Miles Ahead” and “Quiet Nights.” Players on this track include Philly Joe Jones on drums, Paul... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Bud Powell" by Corea, Clarke & White

Song Of The Day – “Bud Powell” by Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke & Lenny White From this year’s exceptional “Forever” album comes Chick Corea’s tribute to the great jazz pianist Bud Powell. The record was recorded in Japan in 2009 on a tour that saw the Return To Forever alum return to an acoustic trio... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman -- "Rex Rhumba" by the King Cole Trio

Song Of The Day – “Rex Rhumba” by The Nat Cole Trio Sure we all know Nat “King” Cole could sing…and lord knows he surely could play piano too. This Cole original highlights the guitarist in the trio, the great Oscar Moore, on a track from “The Capitol Transcriptions” recorded on March 20, 1946. Rounding... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Anthropology" by Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra

Song Of The Day – “Anthropology” by Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra Recorded February 22, 1946, this be-bop classic written by Diz and Charlie Parker features Gillespie on trumpet, Milt Jackson on vibes, Al Haig on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Bill DeArango on guitar and J.C. Heard on drums. Saxophonist, Don Byas, was a member of... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Diga Diga Doo" by The Harlem Footwarmers

Song Of The Day – “Diga Diga Doo” by The Harlem Footwarmers On this record, they were billed as the Harlem Footwarmers. In reality they were The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Whatever you called them in 1928, the fact remains they were the hottest band around featuring the great Barney Bigard on clarinet, Jabbo Smith on... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "No Blues" by Miles Davis Quintet

Song Of The Day – “No Blues” by Miles Davis Quintet It’s all here on display…the fabulous and legendary quintet with Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass, Herbie Hancock on piano, Tony Williams on drums and Miles Davis on trumpet. This clip is reportedly from The Tonight Show in 1964. I’d sure... Read more »

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Dance At The Gym" from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein

Song Of The Day – “Dance At The Gym” from “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein Wow! It doesn’t get any better than this…and it never gets old! Probably the greatest musical to ever hit the Broadway stage. Bernstein’s modern Jazz score is inventive and cutting edge…and about as good as it gets!

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman - "Mosquito Knees" by Stan Getz Quintet

Song Of The Day – “Mosquito Knees” by Stan Getz Quintet Before “The Girl From Ipanema” and Bossa Nova there was Hard Bop and “Mosquito Knees” for Stan Getz as evidence by this 1951 recording from Storyville in Boston. This version of the Quintet featured the guitar work of Jimmy Raney with Al Haig on... Read more »
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