MUSICIANS ON THIS PAGE: MARCUS MILLER * CELINE RUDOLPH & LIONEL LOUEKE * RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA * CECILIE STRANGE * BIX BEIDERBECKE * DIANNE REEVES * TORD GUSTAVSEN * CANNONBALL ADDERLEY * MOSES BOYD * DON CHERRY * GINGER BAKER TRIO *SONNY ROLLINS * BENNY GOODMAN * CHARLIE HADEN & PAT METHANY * KENNY DORHAM * MARCO PIGNATARO * JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
Miles Davis’ sometime bass player covers a Temptations classic:
Another song from Miller’s album “Afrodeezia.” This one with guest rapper Chuck D:
French singer Céline Rudolph, vocals; Lionel Loueke (from Benin), guitar:
From Mahanthappa’s album Bird Calls:
Set List: “Killer” ; “Playing With Stones”. Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone; Rez Abbasi, guitar; Rich Brown, bass; Rudy Royston, drums:
Johnny Cash classic performed by Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Hero Trio featuring François Moutin and Rudy Royston:
Danish tenor saxophonist Cecilie Strange plays her own moody and evocative tunes:
Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931)
China Boy. Lazy Daddy. Cryin' All Day.
He dreamed he played the notes so slowly that
they hovered in the air above the crowd
and shimmered like a neon sign. But no,
the club stayed dark, trays clattered in the kitchen,
people drank and went on talking. He watched
the smoke drift from a woman's cigarette
and slowly circle up across the room
until the ceiling fan blades chopped it up.
A face, a young girl's face, looked up at him,
the stupid face of small-town innocence.
He smiled her way and wondered who she was.
He looked again and saw the face was his.
He woke up then. His head still hurt from drinking,
Jimmy was driving. Tram was still asleep.
Where were they anyway? Near Davenport*?
There was no distance in these open fields--
only time, time marked by a farmhouse
or a barn, a tin-topped silo or a tree,
some momentary silhouette against
the endless, empty fields of snow.
He lit a cigarette and closed his eyes.
The best years of his life! The Boring Twenties.
He watched the morning break across the snow.
Would heaven be as white as Iowa?
by Dana Gioia, 1950
* Small city in Iowa on the Mississippi River, Beiderbecke’s home town.
Here, she sings an Ellington standard:
Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophone; Miles Davis, trumpet; Hank Jones, piano; Sam Jones, bass; Art Blakey, drums:
Playlist of entire album Somethin’ Else:
Features Bill Evans, piano and song composer:
DON CHERRY ———————————-
Codona = Sitar: Collin Walcott; Trumpet: Don Cherry; Percussion: Naná Vasconcelos:
Playlist of full album The Bridge (w/ Jim Hall):
Playlist of full album Saxophone Colossus:
Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Donald Byrd (trumpet) and others:
In 1936, this quartet (Benny Goodman, clarinet; Lionel Hampton, vibes; Teddy Wilson, piano; Gene Krupa, drums) was, I believe, the first racially integrated musical group in the U. S.
Playlist of full album (and then some) of late bassist Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny’s “Beyond the Missouri Sky”
Kenny Dorham (tp) Tommy Flanagan (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 13, 1959:
Marco Pignataro, saxophonist from Bologna, Italy, who moved to the United States in 1991 and currently leads the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston:
Graduating Berklee students and our honorary doctorate recipient, John McLaughlin, play an adaptation of John Coltrane’s arrangements for “My Favorite Things.” Guitar: John McLaughlin; Flute and Vocals: Rasika Shekar; Piano: Hooni Min; Bass: Tabari Lake;
Drums: Joshua Wheatley:
Full album of Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “Inner Mounting Flame” featuring on Guitar – John McLaughlin; Drums – Billy Cobham; Bass – Rick Laird; Piano – Jan Hammer; Violin – Jerry Goodman:
McLaughlin’s jazz fusion band live in 1972 (featuring Jan Hammer & Billy Cobham):
McLaughlin’s jazz/Indian music band live in 1976 (featuring L. Shankar on violon & Zakir Hussain on tabla):
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