Essential Listening: The Magnificent Thad Jones
Percy Heath, Elmo Hope and Philly Joe Jones during the Elmo Hope Trio session, Hackensack NJ, June 18 1953
John Coltrane and Don Cherry - The Avant-Garde
When people think of the avant-garde Coltrane, they usually start with his 1st Village Vanguard LP, and make their way towards his output through the mid 60s. However, Coltrane was experimenting with the avant-garde several years before that. When Ornette Coleman released The Shape of Jazz to Come in 1959, Coltrane was his label mate at Atlantic. Ornette’s band (Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell) recorded with Coltrane at Atlantic studios a year later. Most of the compositions on the album are by Ornette Coleman. The album wasn’t released until 1966.
Sonny Rollins - The Sound of Sonny
Rollins is joined by another Sonny. Sonny Clark.
I’ll end my Miles Davis flood with the LP ‘Bag’s Groove’ on Prestige records. It’s another great album in his vast catalog.
I hope you enjoyed the mini flood. To put it in perspective, I only posted about a tiny spec of his amazing career. It barely scratches the surface. Today is like a holiday in my mind, so I decided to post about just a small, but critical part in his career.
Don’t worry, I won’t make it a habit of posting this frequently. Until John Coltrane’s birthday comes around, then all bets are off! :D
Bad ass song of the day. Tempus Fugit composed by Bud Powell. This version is performed by Miles Davis. The sidemen are Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, J.J. Johnson and Gil Coggins.