Thursday, February 25, 2021

Dave Brubeck/Gerry Mulligan - Indian Song (original recording jazz vinyl)

 

"I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas." - Hillary Clinton From the vinyl album Live at the Berlin Philharmonic. Dave Brubeck - piano; Gerry Mulligan - baritone sax; Jack Six - bass; Alan Dawson - drums "In 1967, Dave Brubeck broke up his famous quartet (alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright, drummer Joe Morello) and the following year formed his New Quartet with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six, and drummer Alan Dawson. They recorded two albums in 1968 (Compadres and Blues Roots) and the following year appeared at the 1969 Newport Jazz Festival. "This Saturday evening engagement on July 5th found Brubeck, Mulligan and the regal rhythm tandem of bassist Six and drummer Dawson to be truly on one accord in a stellar performance that wowed the Newport faithful at Freebody Park. They open with a soulful loping blues which eventually morphs into the Duke Ellington staple, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" (a tune that Brubeck had also played with his quartet at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, documented on a live Columbia recording). From the outset, Mulligan is in a laidback mood on top of Dawson's loose, interactive swing pulse. Brubeck comps forcefully behind Mulligan's solo before launching into a harmonically provocative solo of his own that introduces some edgier elements into the proceedings (his version of Cecil Taylor by way of Mary Lou Williams) while still remaining true to the spirit of Ellingtonia. Six also turns in a potent bass solo on this spirited opener. "They follow with a mellow rendition of the Johnny Green-Edward Heyman standard "Out of Nowhere," a tune introduced in 1931 by Bing Crosby and subsequently covered by such jazz stars as saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and guitarist Django Reinhardt, alto saxophonists Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt, vocalists Lena Horne and Joe Williams. Next up is requiem-like "Blessed Are the Poor (The Sermon on the Mount,)" a mournful piece carried by Mulligan's resonant baritone horn. (The following year, Brubeck's new quartet with Mulligan, Six, and Dawson would record this spiritual number with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra). Mulligan's performance is especially moving while Brubeck again pushes the envelope on his solo, treading into the Cecil Taylor camp with his spiky chordal clusters and sparkling, dissonant runs on the keyboard. And they close their set with the propulsive 6/8 number, "Indian Song," which highlights Dawson on a brilliant extended drum solo." (Excerpt from Liner Notes - Milkowski) I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Image post and video art were appropriated from the original album.) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use. As much as possible, I attempted to remove most of the pops and crackles from the original vinyl album. Hope you enjoy. INXDS #bebop #jazz #vinylrecord #qouteoftheday :

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bob Brookmeyer and Friends - Jive Hoot (restored 1965 original jazz vinyl LP)

 


"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain Jive Definition: noun: 1. a lively style of dance popular especially in the 1940s and 1950s, performed to swing music or rock and roll. 2. a form of slang associated with black American jazz musicians. verb: 1. perform the jive or a similar dance to popular music. 2. taunt or sneer at. 3. be in accord; agree. adjective: deceitful or worthless. Stan Gentz / Herbie Hancock / Ron Carter /Gary Burton / Elvin Jones/ Bass – Ron Carter Cover [Cover Art] – Bob Cato Drums – Elvin Jones Liner Notes – Dan Morgenstern Piano – Herbie Hancock Producer – Teo Macero Tenor Saxophone – Stan Getz Valve Trombone – Bob Brookmeyer Vibraphone – Gary Burton I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Image post and video art were appropriated from the original album.) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use. As much as possible, I attempted to remove most of the pops and crackles from the original vinyl album. Hope you enjoy. INXDS. #vinyl #jazzsax #bebop #quoteoftheday

Monday, February 22, 2021

One Monday Morning In Texas

Texas is broken.  Caught flat footed.  It's not supposed to snow this much in Texas.  

Today was a big relief.  Outdoor temperatures have gone up to a toasty 30 degrees F.  Snow has started to melt.  Power and running water were restored, indoor heating appeared stable.  I had my first hot shower this morning and it was the best. 

Since Monday morning, outdoor temperatures were  at 7 degrees F.  We would walk around the house with gloves, hats, and five layers of clothing for each of Rose and me. We slept with five blankets on - with our hats and gloves.  We didn't have power, heater and hot water.  At best, we might have about 2 hours of electricity a day.  No fireplace. We began worrying that we were running out of food that needed cooking since we have no ability to cook without electricity.  Mandatory "boil water" for consumption. Wasn't much of an issue because we didn't have water.  

I did fill two bathtubs with water before they shut the water supply.  One day, we boiled water so we can have an elephant bath.  Couldn't believe that a large pot of hot water was all that was needed for both Rose and I to shampoo our hair and soap our bodies.  "Try beating that, Navy Seals!"

A teachable experience for sure. We found out that the pasta bowl for cooking was the ideal size for flushing the toilet.  For a while, our rubric was "if it's yellow, make it mellow, if it's brown, send it down." Hahah.  I used an old hair dryer to thaw the water pipe to get hot water back.  

One of the upsides of this crisis is that Texans forgot about the Covid pandemic.  Everybody was talking about how to cope up with the snow storms (we had three consecutive storms).  Our church community was a great support to everyone.  People sharing food, opening their houses that still have power, praying for one another.  Kind of like the early church in the New Testament.  (Acts 2:44)

Sang this psalm after our morning prayer:

"I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me." - Psalm 116:1-6

The say this kind of snowstorms only happens every 30 years in Texas.  By then, I would be so old that I wouldn't know where I am.

Selah. 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Bobby Darin Story - Beyond the Sea / Spoken intro by Mr Darin (restored original 1961 vinyl LP)

 

The Bobby Darin Story - Beyond the Sea / Spoken intro by Mr Darin (restored original 1961 vinyl LP)

"The blues - the sound of a sinner on revival day." - William Christopher (WC) Handy The Bobby Darin Story is a 1961 compilation album by American singer Bobby Darin, featuring narration by Darin himself. The master plates of several versions of this release contained Darin's autograph in the trail off section of the vinyl on side two. Darin's career took off with a songwriting partnership, formed in 1955 with Don Kirshner, whom he met at a candy store in Washington Heights. (Yes, the same Don Kirshner who was best known for managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups like Kansas.) I do not own the copyright to the music, the recording and the photos. (Image post and video art were appropriated from the original album.) This video is posted for educational use under Section 17 U.S. Code § 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use. As much as possible, I attempted to remove most of the pops and crackles from the original vinyl album. Hope you enjoy. INXDS. #bebop #jazz #vinylrecord #qouteoftheday