Adventures in collecting "modern jazz": the classical music of America from the Fifties and Sixties, on original vinyl, on a budget, from England. And writing about it, since 2011. 100% coronavirus-free content.
Selection: US Three (Parlan) . Artists: Horace Parlan (piano) George Tucker (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 20, 1960 Music: “Us Three’s title track bristles with a funky wail that characterized Parlan’s forays … Continue reading →
Selection: Bags Groove . Bonus Selection: Lady Bird . Artists Horace Parlan (piano) Sam Jones (bass) Al Harewood (drums) recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 29, 1960 Music Leonard Feather opens the liner notes with the … Continue reading →
Selection: St James Infirmary Artists: Archie Shepp (tenor and soprano saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) recorded February 6, 1980 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Music: A companion volume to the previous year’s gospel infused Goin’ Home album , Trouble in Mind continues the … Continue reading →
Selection 1: Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child Selection 2: Go Down Moses Artists Archie Shepp (tenor & soprano saxophone) Horace Parlan (piano) recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 25, 1977; engineer Freddy Hanson Music: Emotionally wrenching, this … Continue reading →
Track Selection: Pork Pie Hat (Mingus) A rendition of Mingus’s elegy to Lester Young, “Goodbye Porkpie Hat,” Artists Horace Parlan (p), Wilbur Little (b), Dannie Richmond (d) recorded November 13, 1978 Copenhagen, Denmark. As a child, Parlan was stricken with polio, … Continue reading →
Pictures updated May 3, 2020 Track Selection 1 Speakin’ My Piece . . . Welcome aboard this flight to 1960. It is my pleasure to fly you today in this bluesy bopper. Our in-flight very dry Martini service will begin shortly. If … Continue reading →