Lester Young (Musique) (French Edition)
Strange new harmonies, polyrhythms, pantonality and extended composition — with Russell and Gil Evans, jazz just became a complete new zone of potentialities. More influential on the jazz community directly, on Miles, Coltrane and Oliver Nelson, than through its sales, this is the one that so many musicians still check out. A masterpiece of small group playing and a masterclass on the role of composition in the music.
Davis t, flhn , orchestra and Gil Evans cond, arr. Getz ts , Roy Haynes d , chamber string group and Hershey Kay cond. Focus stands in glorious isolation even within the jazz tradition but is a certifiable classic within the genre that others still cite in awe. Intoxicating music played by masters makes this an era-defining milestone. Heard and Jackie Mills d.
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However, her discography on vinyl is convoluted: her s 78rpm output, where she was normally a featured singer rather than the star, had to wait until the s to appear in any ordered way and the s to appear substantially on CD. Ditto her s Deccas. By the time she settled with Verve in her voice had darkened and lost its suppleness. This bold attempt to expand the boundaries of jazz in a dramatic jazz, blues, rock, Hendrix, MC5 amalgam left temperate listeners shell shocked and critics speechless. This is jazz, rhythm and electricity writ large in a tumbling roller coaster of ideas.
No wonder the album was called Emergency, with every member of the band having so much to say but so little time to say it. Miles got the altoist to shine through ballads and burnished blowing throughout, complementing in fine style while the rest of the crew kept a discreet distance. Even techno fans — no sampling as such — will find early creative use of editing, recycling and overdubbing. Even more creative is the work of soloists such as Jackson, Byard and the amazing Mariano later of ECM and all points east , and the unaccompanied flamenco guitar part apparently written note-for-note by Mingus himself.
Fitzgerald v and the Buddy Bregman Orchestra. His first project for her was to record as many Cole Porter songs as they could lay their hands on in large ensemble style and release them initially as volumes one and two on an unsuspecting but quickly enraptured public. The idea caught on and Ella kept doing composer songbooks well into the s. Feature Ella Fitzgerald: essential recordings. The fact that 60 per cent of the original including just about all of The Festival Suite was recorded in the studio in the following days due to onstage microphone problems was only confirmed decades later.
The original vinyl had just three tracks: this was also the original CD configuration. A later two-CD version combines much improved sound with the complete festival appearance, plus studio extras. This set, first pulled together on vinyl in the s and re-jigged many times on LP and CD since, preserves the best of a truly great big band and its leader. Intensity, meaning and space are essential to understanding what is probably the most misunderstood approach to jazz improvisation.
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By then the first album had delivered a blues-plus-bebop blueprint for the jazz organ trio that Smith would subsequently develop, refine and occasionally revise, but that stayed remarkably consistent in content and quality over the next decade. KS CD version currently only available from Japan. Essentially the Miles Davis Quintet of the day with Hubbard pinch hitting for Davis and playing as well as he would at any point of career it contained two Hancock originals that would assume quickly the status of jazz standards.
Taylor p , Jimmy Lyons as and Sunny Murray d. Powell p , Ray Brown b and Buddy Rich d. But the real jewels on this album are the eight solo selections recorded in February The level of invention Powell achieves puts this recital on equal par with anything in the recorded annals of jazz piano and makes it basic required jazz listening. They also had a secret weapon in that all four musicians were steeped in the blues and could wail whenever they needed to, thus obviating any tendency to effete noodling when things got a little formal.
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Fontessa was their first for Atlantic with the fully integrated line-up including Connie Kay: it delivered a perfect blueprint for the many MJQ advances of the next decade. He picked the strings with his thumb instead of a plectrum, creating a fresh, warm sound — sensitive on ballads but incisive on fast tempos. His solos would move through three stages, beginning with single-line improvisation, then shifting up a gear with passages in unison octaves, before building to a climax with lines stated in block chords.
Frank Sinatra v , Nelson Riddle arr, cond and big band. There are vast swathes of Sinatra recordings that could never be remotely described as jazz, but the man himself credits Tommy Dorsey and Billie Holiday as his musical mentors and, when he put his mind to it, he could phrase and swing with the best. Davies, whose expertise in this area is legendary. Except he did it first.
Jamal p , Israel Crosby b , Vernell Fournier d.
However, things went supernova-ish when this incredible unit made and released this jazz best-seller in Nobody remained untouched by his light-but-tight approach, his winningly imaginative arrangements and his incredible attention to dynamics. KS Reissued on Chess. Enjoying this list? Ornette set the musicians up in two parallel quartets, arranged some loose themes and collective playing to book end the entire performance as well as section off each solo, then let the musicians loose for a collective bout of improvisation that lasts well over half an hour reinventing the possibilities of jazz as it does so.
The overall marvel of this record is that, while it proved to be so pregnant with ideas for those who followed in the next decades, the music grips the listener as excitingly as ever today. A shame, because his good qualities are pretty special. For starters, he knew exactly the way to get the best from Paul Desmond, and for that we should all be down on our knees in thanks. Put that all together and the unusual time signatures that mark this album out tend to pale in significance while the music remains convincing.
The release represented a u-turn of spectacular proportions from the more esoteric direction mapped out on Crossings and Sextant to an album aimed squarely at the dance floor which is where it scored.
Ayler ts , Gary Peacock b and Sunny Murray d. It was only later that his musical forms were grasped and understood. On release, the record changed every conception of what constituted cutting-edge jazz overnight and unleashed generations of imitators. But Albert did it first, and did it best.
It lit up the night sky for almost two years, everything was played at mph with the Marshall stacks turned up to eleven. It left audiences in awe, then suddenly was gone.
McLaughlin redefined the role of guitar in jazz, Cobham the drums and the band set new standards in ensemble cohesion. They did it without sounding glib, a trick their legion of followers never fathomed. They also sold albums in pop numbers and played arena rock stadiums. Be that as it may, Out To Lunch represents another side of the Dolphy genius, showing him as a musician-leader intent on involving his entire group in the improvisatory process at every level and at all times.
What would he have done next? The great man himself knew that this album was a culmination rather than a new beginning, but that probably accounts for its consummate artistry as much as any other reason: Coltrane was the most thorough of players. Some CD versions have as many as eight bonus tracks.
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Jarrett p. This led to something of a temporary eclipse in his profile in the first half of the s, although his creativity continued to diversify and deepen. This remains the case with Jarrett and with the record, which is not only a jazz turning-point in its own right but one of the biggest-selling discs in the genre. After all, combining jazz and rock? With Bitches Brew the jazz-rock message was handed down from the mount on tablets of stone.
Lester Young (Musique) (French Edition)
These days, you can buy the complete Parker Savoys and Dials in a lavish multiple CD set, but you get all the breakdown, alternative takes and other bits and pieces, making it a trial for all but the committed Parker enthusiast. Undiluted precedent-breaking music from Parker, aided and abetted by the best and most sympathetic colleagues of the day. Recorded not long after his Blues And Roots, but Atlantic deliberately held that back for over a year because the bassist had signed his first contract with Columbia, the major whose distribution, especially to the white audience, was much more powerful.
The first new Monk album to receive more than a guarded welcome in the press, the praise was entirely justified. Rollins and Roach, currently making a success of the newly Clifford Brown-less Roach quintet, had worked for Monk before but both were seriously challenged by his material here.
Using the bubbly Clark Terry and Paul Chambers on a subsequent session was a stroke of genius, as was the unaccompanied piano track. And the whole thing was released just as Monk began his historic group with Coltrane. Was he ready!
But Saxophone Colossus towers above them all, not only because it concentrates on a quartet setting allowing undiluted access to the creative process of Sonny at his most inspired, but because it is one of those happy coincidences where all elements came off equally well, including the use of unusual repertoire and inspired originals. This is still the biggest-selling jazz album of all time in Japan. Two weeks or so later LaFaro was dead and Evans left with the ashes of his first great group.
The pianist obviously had great discernment because thousands of people have concurred with him since, naming this not only their favourite Evans album but the one that changed their lives and in some cases, their careers. Not only were the three trio members individually at their peaks on that particular Village Vanguard Sunday, but they interacted with quietly fierce invention as never before, certainly not on record.
Equal partners, they sustained a musical dialogue on selection after selection that has rarely been equalled within the earshot of a professional microphone, with the astonishingly inventive LaFaro perhaps meriting the sobriquet of senior partner at times, so dominant can he be. The various CD versions of this set come in all manner of configurations, many with as much as five bonus tracks. Original is best, however, and you will not be disappointed by a CD containing the bare LP track line-up.
Feature: Ten life-changing jazz piano trio recordings. Anyway, few observers of the day were bothered by the hyperbole, more by the claim that Ornette had any musical worth whatsoever. What this album did in fact contain and represent was a completely different and fresh set of musical signposts within the jazz vernacular, both in terms of the stunningly bright melodic patterns Ornette crystallised in his vibrant and beautiful compositions and in his off-the-wall improvisatory approach. He also brought back to jazz that rough, keening wail and constant pitch variations of the most basic blues and folk music.