Hank Mobley Box Set Back In Stock
Liner notes for the track Double Whammy:
The album Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan, which like several Blue Notes has a different title, Hank Mobley Sextet in this case, on the back liner, creates an interesting band of musicians who had varying experience with the leader. Silver and Byrd, of course, were Mobley’s steady partners. Drummer Charlie Persip had been a friend of the saxophonist’s years before they played together in Dizzy Gillespie’s 1954 group. Mobley had already encountered Paul Chambers on sessions with J.J. Johnson, Elmo Hope and Coltrane/Cohn/Sims, and partnered with Lee Morgan earlier in the month on Savoy. The two trumpets/tenor front line, employed by Byrd on his Transition date a year earlier with Joe Gordon in the second trumpet chair, was Mobley’s idea according to Leonard Feather’s original liner notes. “It gave us a limited range, and it was a challenge to make the writing interesting,” Mobley explained. “We used a certain amount of closed voicing, some unison lines, some double thirds; I think the ensemble got a good blend.” Feather’s notes were also the occasion for Mobley’s famous comment that he was seeking “Not a big sound, not a small sound, just a round sound.”
…Another fanfare frames Double Whammy, a 32-bar tune with interesting chord changes and an unusual three-bar slot left open in the theme chorus for Silver’s improvi\u00acsation. Mobley also uses an ensemble variation on the theme as a launching figure in the third of his four tenor choruses and during Persip’s drum chorus. After a spirited tenor solo (with some of Mobley’s trademark licks employed cleverly on the final bridge) Morgan takes two choruses with Byrd following hard on his heels. Both trumpeters are in a feisty mood that carries over to their two choruses of eight-bar exchanges, which Byrd commences. Morgan’s half-valve phrases already distinguish the teenager’s work, although both trumpeters are in fine form here. – Bob Blumenthal, liner notesView Video
Stanley Turrentine Box Set Back In Stock
http://www.mosaicrecords.com presents the great tenor man Stanley Turrentine. The six Blue Note dates collected on this Mosaic set are in a class by themselves; they are pure hard bop in the selection and treatment of the material and in instrumentation with Stanley Turrentine sharing the front line with a trumpet player or trombonist equal to him in talent. Mosaic Records is delighted to offer these excellent but overlooked hard bop sessions.View Video
John Coltrane: Giant Steps
Wow, this is a riveting transcription of Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” that unfolds as the music is being played. It reminds me how miserably I failed at being able to sight read and how thoroughly amazed I am at what Coltrane played and at how someone could commit it to musical notation in less than ten years of time! Have fun, watch this and be amazed.
-Michael CuscunaView Video
Jazz Conversations: Ornette Coleman
This December 1981 interview with Ornette Coleman by Eric Jackson is a gem. Ornette, whose conversations can sometimes sound like James Joyce being read aloud, is focused and on point throughout.
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The Story of the Baroness and the Jazz Musicians
The legend of Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, or Nica, friend to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and other jazz luminaries, has loomed large over the history of modern jazz. Publication several years ago of the book Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, under the Baroness’s name, amplified that legend. In a more recent biography just published in the United States, The Baroness: the Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild, Hannah Rothschild explores the life of her great-aunt; and in this CNN profile of the Baroness and the legend, Hannah Rothschild airs some of her findings about her fabled relative.Read More
How Jazz Scared the Nazis
As jazz enters its second century as an art form, historians and writers compile more evidence that what some listeners and musicians find invigorating and liberating about jazz sometimes seems frightening and dangerous to others’ need for control. Find out what scared Nazis about jazz, and what they tried to do about it when the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia. From Open Culture.
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Sun Ra’s Pathways through the 1970s
Sun Ra, by his attestation, may not have been of this world, but he was most certainly in this world during the 1970s; and like others who inhabited the space commonly associated with jazz during those times, his pathways grazed musical trends of the day. This NPR feature, by Jeff Golick and Jeff Jackson of Destination: OUT, points to five recordings documenting Sun Ra’s travels during that period.
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Vijay Iyer and his New Work on the Hindu Spring Festival
As Vijay Iyer’s April 27 Carnegie Hall headline debut approaches, Iyer’s work, particularly the premiere of his new multimedia work Radhe Radhe, Rites of Holi (the spring festival of colors) during this year’s observance of Holi, has caught the attention of the Hindustan Times. Here’s Anirudh Bhattacharyyaa’s take from Mumbai on Iyer, his work and what he has accomplished. (Photo: Jimmy Katz)
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1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert
This is a very well done video-montage compiled of newsreel footage, still photographs and other memorabilia of the famous 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert. All of this was gathered together by Jon Hancock who has, in fact, recently written a book on this concert for the ages.
-Scott WenzelView Video
Memories of a Classic Jazz Record Shop
For many of us, the music we own, and particularly the records we own, are inseparable from where we bought them. For those of us who roamed record shops in our youth, images that leapt out from the bins and walls of those shops, not to mention the music we heard in those shops, remain intertwined with our impressions of music we still love today. Richard Williams offers this blog post on one jazz record he cherishes, and one special shop where he bought it.
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