Dinah Washington - The Queen
Dinah Washington - The Queen
For Bird Fans: Charlie Parker at Storyville.
This LP was originally a broadcast for a Boston radio station in 1953. It was later released on Blue Note records. It should be noted that Parker was never signed to Blue Note records. They just had the rights to the broadcast.
This LP is a great way to listen to a live recording of Bird’s later period.
Bird on Blue Note.
Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
The text on the upper left of the LP says "The men in uniform alleged I swallowed some quantity of hemp. My shit was sent for lab test. Result-negative. Which brings us to…EXPENSIVE SHIT.”
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
Mr. Shorter turns 81 today.
Fela Kuti - Fear Not For Man
"The secret of life is to have no fear"
Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears, & Blood
Musique du Benin
YES! (but I am also very jealous)
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
‘I started the shop in 1979,’ Vall explains. ‘Thirty five years ago.’ A short man with cropped grey hair, he seems much younger. Vall was born in Nema, far in the east of the country. ‘At that time, it took six days to travel to the capital,’ he says. Like so many others fleeing the drought and hardships of the countryside, Vall settled in Nouakchott. With a steady supply of music from Mali and Senegal, he built the Saphire D’Or.
‘I picked the name after the most beautiful thing, which is gold, naturally.’ Deejaying at soirées throughout the capital, Vall lists a number of the hotels and nightclubs where the Mauritanian youth partied late into the night: the Chinguetti, the Palmeri, the Maision de Jeune. Most of them no longer exist, torn down, paved over, and replaced.
Over the years, as vinyl faded into obscurity and Nouakchott’s old residents cast out their record collections, Vall was here to absorb them. ‘All the vinyl records that were in Mauritania, I pretty much have them here,’ he laughs. He began to sell dubbed cassettes. Customers could come in, browse the records and make their choice.
The Musings of Miles in 1955 was an album that finally began showcasing the future path Miles would take with his groups. The album included Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones, two-thirds of his rhythm section that rounded out the group that went on to be known as the first Great Quintet.
*It should be noted that Miles recorded an album called “Blues Moods” with Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones a month after The Musings of Miles. It was on Mingus’ short lived record label, Debut Records. It was a fairly low key release.*
This record started a very fruitful relationship between Philly Joe and Miles.
Lee Morgan - Candy
Lee recorded this masterpiece when he was only 19 years old.
Happy birthday Lee Morgan.
Today is Hank Mobley’s birthday.
A Caddy for Daddy is one of his overlooked records. The lineup with Mobley is Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, McCoy Tyner, Billy Higgins and Bob Cranshaw.
"John Coltrane is a quiet, powerfully-built young man who plays tenor saxophone quite unlike anyone in all of jazz. His style has been described as "sheets of sound" or as "flurries of melody." But, despite the accuracy, or lack of accuracy of such descriptions, it is a fact that Coltrane’s style is wholly original and of growing influence among new tenor players." - The first paragraph of the liner notes in Africa/Brass, penned by Dom Cerulli.
The Africa/Brass session was Coltrane’s first album on Impulse! records. Coltrane was backed by a fifteen-piece brass band, plus his own working band. In total, there were 21 musicians for the Africa/Brass sessions. This was the largest ensemble Coltrane had ever gathered as a leader.
This is the full list of musicians
John Coltrane — soprano and tenor saxophone
Eric Dolphy — alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute (Also the arranger)
Booker Little — trumpet
Freddie Hubbard — trumpet
Britt Woodman — trombone
Charles Greenlee — euphonium
Julian Priester — euphonium
Carl Bowman — euphonium
Bill Barber — tuba
Garvin Bushell — piccolo, woodwinds
Donald Corrado — french horn
Bob Northern — french horn
Robert Swisshelm — french horn
Julius Watkins — french horn
Jim Buffington — french horn
Pat Patrick — baritone saxophone
McCoy Tyner — piano
Reggie Workman — bass
Paul Chambers — bass
Art Davis — bass
Elvin Jones — drums
He doesn’t get enough credit for it, but Eric Dolphy was the arranger on this record.
Listening: Eric Dolphy - Berlin Concerts
Today is Eric Dolphy’s birthday.
Horace Silver died today at the age of 85.
These are but a few of my favorite records with him as a leader. It’s a very long list and I have all his 50s and 60s output both as a leader and as a sideman.
If you are one of those that knew me from the now defunct Blue Note forums many years ago, then you might remember me as “The Hard Bop Disciple”. Yes, that was me selling all those original Blue Note pressings, including the signed ones from Horace Silver. I got those signed records from my mentor who told me many stories of his escapades in the 60s, some of which included Horace Silver. Maybe I’ll get around to posting some tidbits at a future date.
R.I.P. Horace Silver