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01 May 2007

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Welcome to another 2 hours of jazz on Radio Mecha. As I have before, I'll be posting some links, comments and credits as the set plays, which I hope are of interest to those listening, as well as to those who come to this thread later.

In this program, we have a boogie woogie tune from Meade 'Lux' Lewis, in honor of my father, who died 2 years ago today, and got me interested in jazz when I was just a kid, while everybody else was listening to The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Also, a seminal recording of a kind of saxophone that hasn't been made since the 1930's, and a number of recordings from the 1950's and early '60s that really defined jazz for many people.

The tune that I open these sets with, "The Greeting" is from a later McCoy Tyner album, called Things Ain't What They Used To Be.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:00
#2 Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me

Art Tatum with the 1943 Duke Ellington and Bob Russell hit tune, from the Art Tatum: Solo Masterpieces Vol. 6 compilation CD.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:02
#3 For No Reason at All (in C)

In this May 13, 1927 recording by Bix Beiderbecke (cornet & piano), Frankie Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone) and Eddie Lang (guitar), you can hear what remains as one of the definitive recordings of Frankie Trumbauer and the C-melody sax. As Loren Schoenberg wrote for C-melody sax revivalist Scott Robinson's 2000 "Melody from the Sky" CD:

"The C melody saxophone is an odd instrument. Popular for a hot moment during the 1920's, it soon went the way of Calvin Coolidge, redolent (in an oddly inverse fashion) of a vibrant era, but one whose time was long past. Until recently, that is. Scott Robinson has managed to bring this moo-cow of a saxophone blazingly back to life in a typically original fashion. ...
...For No Reason At All In C was a themeless improvisation on the chord changes of I'd Climb The Highest Mountain that Bix (on piano, save for a few golden cornet notes in the coda), Tram and guitarist Eddie Lang recorded in the spring of 1927. ..."

From the 1991 Academy Sound and Vision compilation CD "At The Jazz Band Ball."
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:07
#4 Mr. Freddie Blues

Meade 'Lux' Lewis with a boogie woogie tune by J. Henry Shayne, recorded January 11, 1936 at Decca studios in Chicago, from the 1997 Topaz compilation CD. For my dad, who was a big Meade 'Lux' Lewis fan.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:10
#5 I've Found A New Baby

The New Orleans Feet Warmers [Tommy Ladnier (trumpet), Teddy Nixon (trombone), Sidney Bechet (clarinet and soprano sax), Hank Duncan (piano), Wilson Meyers (bass), and Morris Morland (drums)] recorded September 15, 1932 in NYC, with a tune by Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams from the 1988 RCA/Bluebird compilation CD "The Legendary Sidney Bechet."
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:13
#6 She Rote

The Charlie Parker Quintet [Charlie Parker (alto sax), Miles Davis (trumpet), Walter Bishop (piano), Teddy Kotick (bass) and Max Roach (drums)] , featuring two stars (Miles Davis and Max Roach) from his 1947-48 Quintet, recorded January 17, 1951 in NYC, produced by Norman Granz. From the Yardbird Suite CD boxed set, with notes by Bob Porter of WBGO in Newark:
"..."She Rote" is a blazer on the seldom used chord pattern of 'Beyond the Blue Horizon.' Note also that 'She Rote' has an arranged introduction, while the remainder of the tune is pure improvisation."
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:16
#7 Moon Dreams

Miles Davis from "Birth of The Cool", with a Chummy MacGregor/Johnny Mercer tune, recorded March 9, 1950 in NYC.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:19
#8 Inside a Silent Tear

Carmen McRae from a 1991 compilation CD with a lovely tune by Blossom Dearie and Linda Albert-King.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:23
#9 All Of You

Pianist George Shearing from a 1993 Capitol/Curb compilation CD, with a Cole Porter standard.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:28
#10 Fajista [Previously Unreleased]

Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax) and Ben Webster (tenor sax) in one of those 50's era Norman Granz produced "meets" of jazz greats for the Verve label, "Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster" with a Gerry Mulligan tune recorded, in stereo, in 1959.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:31
#11 I Remember Clifford

The Modern Jazz Quartet [John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Connie Kay (drums) and Percy Heath (bass)] from the 1960 album "European Concert" with a tune by Benny Golson & Jon Hendricks.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:37
#12 But Not For Me

John Coltrane from his 1960 album "My Favorite Things" with the familiar George and Ira Gershwin tune. With McCoy Tyner on piano, Elvin Jones on drums, and Steve Davis on bass.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:42
good evenin' paulsc! how are you?
posted by phoenixc 01 May | 18:44
I'm good, phoenixc! Glad you could join us. How was Denver?
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:47
#13 Felicidade (Happiness)

The Ramsey Lewis Trio with the Vinicius de Moraes/Jobim tune from the Oscar winning film Orfeu do Carnaval (Black Orpheus), from the 1965 album "The In Crowd."
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:52
#14 Don't Smoke In Bed

Josh White, Jr. and Robin Batteau with a tune by Willard Robison from the 1986 CD Jazz, Ballad, and Blues.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:55
Denver was lots of fun! The weather was fantastic - I took in some sights, went on a hike, did some shopping and just hung out. Joel Harrison was great, too. Thank you for recommending him. We sat maybe 15 feet from him at the club and my friend who picked up his CD had him and members of his band autograph it. And on a purely superficial level, I found his drummer really cute! haha!
posted by phoenixc 01 May | 18:56
Jazz drummers generally are cute, phoenixc. Their job let's 'em pound out all their frustrations, while making other people happy doing it. If there is such as thing as reincarnation, I want to come back as Roy Haynes!
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:59
#15 Until I Met You

Joe Williams with a Freddie Green tune from the 1985 CD "I Just Wanna Sing".
posted by paulsc 01 May | 18:59
Hmm...well, then he's the first cute jazz drummer that I've come across cuz up until him, I've always noticed the bass player! ;)
posted by phoenixc 01 May | 19:01
#16 Change of Heart

Pat Metheny (guitar), Dave Holland (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums) from the 1989 CD "Question & Answer" with a Pat Metheny tune.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:02
I'm not selling anything, but personally, a lot of bass players I've known have been dour souls. A lifetime of lugging around big fiddles, of buying station wagons in which to transport them, and of trying to make piano players look like geniuses leaves them spent, and standing 3 feet out of the limelight. So, if you're a fan of bass players, more power to you! They need the love!
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:06
#17 Double Rondo on the River (Pedro's Getaway)

From the 2001 CD "Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis" here is Wynton Marsalis with a tune of his own.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:08
LOL! I hadn't thought of it that way before! I've always just thought they looked kinda cool standing up there bopping their heads along to tbe beat. ;)
posted by phoenixc 01 May | 19:12
#18 Origin

From the 1990 CD Reunion, here are Gary Burton (vibraphone), Pat Metheny (guitar), Mitch Forman (piano), Will Lee (bass), and Peter Erskine, with a tune by Forman.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:18
#19 Begin the Beguine

Nashville pianist Beegie Adair and her Trio, with a Cole Porter tune from her 2000 CD "Dream Dancing."
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:24
#20 Nice Work If You Can Get It

Frank Sinatra with The Count Basie Orchestra in an October 2, 1962 recording in Los Angeles, of the George and Ira Gershwin tune, from the 1997 Reprise CD boxed set.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:30
#21 Laurie

The Bill Evans Trio in its last incarnation (with bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera), in a 1980 recording of an Evans tune from the 1996 re-issue of Highlights from Turn Out the Stars. These are the final Village Vanguard recordings made by the Bill Evans trio, and Evans was still in the midst of editing them for release, when he died.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:32
#22 Festival in Bahia

McCoy Tyner and the Latin All Stars from the 1999 CD, with a tune by Tyner.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:39
#23 Devil May Care

Diana Krall from her 2002 "Live in Paris" CD, taking the Bob Dorough/Terrell P. Kirk, Jr. standard way too fast, after a disarmingly melodic introduction. She manages to almost sound mad at somebody before it's over, but you've got to give her credit for trying to keep up with some of Bob Dorough's versions.
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:50
#24 I Will Say Goodbye

Once again, The Bill Evans Trio, with Eddie Gomez on bass and Eliot Zigmund on drums, takes us out with the title track from the 1977 album of the same name. To recap, in this set, we heard:

1. McCoy Tyner - The Greeting (2:27)
2. Art Tatum - Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (4:56)
3. Beiderbecke, Bix - For No Reason at All in C (3:05)
4. Meade 'Lux' Lewis - Mr. Freddie Blues (3:04)
5. Sidney Bechet - I've Found A New Baby / The New Orleans Feetwarmers (3:14)
6. Charlie Parker - She Rote (3:08)
7. Miles Davis - Moon Dreams (3:21)
8. Carmen McRae - Inside a Silent Tear (5:48)
9. George Shearing - All Of You (2:43)
10. Gerry Mulligan - Fajista [Previously Unreleased] (5:50)
11. The Modern Jazz Quartet - I Remember Clifford (5:14)
12. John Coltrane - But Not For Me (9:35)
13. Ramsey Lewis Trio - Felicidade (Happiness) (3:28)
14. White, Josh Jr., with Robin Batteau - Don't Smoke In Bed (3:45)
15. Joe Williams - Until I Met You (3:12)
16. Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Roy Haynes - Change of Heart (6:16)
17. Wynton Marsalis - Double Rondo on the River (Pedro's Getaway) (9:26)
18. Gary Burton - Origin (6:32)
19. Adair, Beegie - Begin the Beguine (5:22)
20. Frank Sinatra - Nice Work If You Can Get It (2:36)
21. Bill Evans - Laurie (6:25)
22. McCoy Tyner - Festival in Bahia (11:01)
23. Diana Krall - Devil May Care (6:52)
24. Bill Evans Trio - I Will Say Goodbye (3:30)

See ya next time!
posted by paulsc 01 May | 19:57
Sorry I missed it, paul.
posted by box 01 May | 21:59
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