Content tagged 'Jazz'
Winelight (Album of the Day)
How Can You Live Like That? (Album of the Day)
Cut in a one-day session at L.A.'s Village Recorder studios 40 years ago this Sunday, HOW CAN YOU LIVE LIKE THAT? is a superb showcase for Eddie Harris' broad musical vision. Co-produced with Richard Evans, the Atlantic collection's nine originals run the gamut from big band sounds (“Ambidextrous”) to funk (“Get Down With It”), a touch of reggae (“Love Is Too Much To Touch”) and more, and the tenor saxophonist holds it all together with a tight groove. Harris has many top-flight instrumentalists behind him here, including pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Billy Higgins, who'd backed the performer on some of his mid-'60s albums. If you're a fan of the more eclectic side of '70s jazz, give a listen to Eddie Harris' HOW CAN YOU LIVE LIKE THAT? and you'll wonder how you lived without it.
Coltrane Jazz (Album of the Day)
For John Coltrane, the next step after the epochal GIANT STEPS was the 1961 Atlantic collection COLTRANE JAZZ. Seven of its eight tracks – including the Sonny Rollins tribute “Like Sonny” and the magnificent “Harmonique” - were recorded in 1959 with the rhythm section from Miles Davis' band (of which Coltrane had recently been a member). Cut a year later, “Village Blues” marked the beginning of the saxophonist's association with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones, who would go on to be featured players on 'Trane's classic Impulse sessions. Produced by Nesuhi Ertegün, COLTRANE JAZZ offers both a look back and a hint of things to come through an appealing mix of standards and original compositions, and as such is the perfect way to remember the legendary performer, who was born 90 years ago today.
One Night In Washington (Album of the Day)
THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO (Album of the Day)
Renown for his revolutionary “sheets of sound” technique and the deep spirituality of his music, John Coltrane was truly a “heavyweight champion” of jazz, and the albums he cut as a bandleader for Atlantic in 1959 and 1960 remain landmark recordings. JOHN COLTRANE: THE ATLANTIC YEARS - IN MONO gives fans a glimpse into how Coltrane's music first appeared to dedicated listeners through the 1960s; when these recordings were originally issued, most consumers were still using monaural equipment. Featuring six of his albums from the Atlantic vaults (mono masters of MY FAVORITE THINGS, COLTRANE JAZZ and COLTRANE'S SOUND were lost in a fire decades ago), this new boxed set represents the heart of John Coltrane's unparalleled legacy.
Live Around The World (Album of the Day)
Among the three or four greatest figures in jazz history, Miles Davis was on the cutting edge for decades, helping birth cool jazz, fusion and other stylistic innovations. An equally formidable trumpeter in concert and in a studio setting, Davis was also a bandleader with a golden ear for talent, and these strengths come together on LIVE AROUND THE WORLD. Drawn from three years of gigs through his final performance in 1991, Miles has marshaled a top-flight band including saxophonist Kenny Garrett, keyboardist Adam Holzman and bassist Foley on this well-recorded set. They give an '80s funk flavor to favorites including “In A Silent Way” and “Tutu” as well as versions of Cyndi Lauper's “Time After Time” and the Michael Jackson hit “Human Nature” (Garrett's solo here must be heard to be believed). Miles Davis was born 90 years ago today, and we'll pay tribute to the master with the essential LIVE AROUND THE WORLD.
Pithecanthropus Erectus (Album of the Day)
I, Eye, Aye: Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, 1972 (Album of the Day)
Montreux, Switzerland has seen many a triumphant musical performance, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk's appearance there 45 years ago certainly qualifies. I, EYE, AYE: LIVE AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL, 1972 captures the jazz eccentric in peak form – even if the recording took nearly a quarter-century to be released. Kirk was famous for playing several instruments at once; while that could prove difficult to keep up with, the quartet behind him here (pianist Ron Burton among them) rises to the challenge. Raucous and powerful, these seven songs include terrific versions of “Balm in Gilead” and “Volunteered Slavery,” and Kirk's interstitial raps show a sense of humor as sharp as his sax playing. I, EYE, AYE is a reminder of the vitality of jazz in the early 1970s, and a tribute to one of its true masters.
Inner Space (Album of the Day)
Jazz pianist Chick Corea had paid his dues as a sideman for the likes of Miles Davis before checking into Atlantic Records' New York studios to cut his solo debut, TONES FOR JOAN'S BONES. Labelmate Herbie Mann handled production chores on that fine 1967 collection, which was re-released in 1973 as part of the double album INNER SPACE. The four TONES originals are there joined by two previously unreleased tracks from the same sessions, which teamed Corea with trumpeter Woody Shaw, flutist/saxophonist Joe Farrell, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Joe Chambers; rounding out the 2-LP set are a pair of recordings (“Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano” and the superb “Windows”) that Chick made with flutist Hubert Laws around the same time. Corea was born on this day in 1941, and we'll celebrate the birthday with a trip to INNER SPACE.
The Complete Yusef Lateef (Album of the Day)
Don't be fooled by the title: THE COMPLETE YUSEF LATEEF isn't a multi-disc career retrospective, but rather a studio set by the esteemed jazz man. Lateef's first album for Atlantic Records following a string of releases for Savoy and Impulse offered a "complete" overview of the performer's musical outlook through seven songs covering an impressive amount of stylistic ground. The jazz here is flavored with Eastern sounds ("Rosalie"), blues ("In the Evening") and New Orleans R&B ("Kongsberg"), and also includes "Stay With Me," a lovely ballad drawn from a film score (to The Cardinal). THE COMPLETE YUSEF LATEEF was cut with producer Joel Dorn fifty years ago but its inviting approach still sounds fresh, and the collection remains among the saxophonist's best.