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: The Orient Artists Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) Charles Davis (baritone sax) Ronnie Mathews (piano) Eddie Khan (bass) Albert Heath (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, December 17, 1963, the week running up to Christmas. Obit: PETER KEEPNEWS JULY 2, … Continue reading →
Tying up some loose ends in the discography of important figures in Modern Jazz, I found I had neglected some albums because either I wasn’t convinced of their merit or the pressing wasn’t satisfactory, or in some cases both. However … Continue reading →
Selection 1: Brothers and Sisters (Tex Allen) Modal-funk, no less. What do the DJ Jazz Collective make of this? Selection 2: Moontrane (Shaw) Woody Shaw’s classic composition, one of the instantly recognisable great tunes of modern jazz (I’ll ask … Continue reading →
Previously blogged under title “Bad News Blues” Fantasy records Seventies reissue, now upgraded to the real thing, Roy Haynes Cracklin’ on Prestige New Jazz. Selection: Scoochie (Booker Ervin) Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) … Continue reading →
Track Selection: Medley: Hag – Cymbalism – Oleo (10:45) Haynes kicks off as he intends to continue, relentless propulsion, fizzling with brio and drive, sticks dancing on the cymbals, head-nodding double-time to keep up, as Strozier pulls up along side and then … Continue reading →
Track Selection: Dorian . . . “Dorian”, an electrifying modal jazz composition, credited to Haynes’ pianist Ronnie Mathews, sounds as fresh and modern today as it did 1963. Artists Booker Ervin (ts) Ronnie Mathews (p) Larry Ridley (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded … Continue reading →