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Playing Favorites: Reflections on Jazz in the 1970s

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2 hours ago, HutchFan said:

I never would have been able to do it if I hadn't worked out my entire survey before starting, all 366 recordings.  I have them listed in a spreadsheet -- with the dates of recording in chronological order and sidemen.

It took a several years to put the spreadsheet together.  Lots of sifting and sorting, adding one LP and deleting another.  It kept evolving over time.

Plus, it was a great excuse to buy and listen to lots and lots of records from the 70s.  :g

 

The depth of your collection is impressive. I typically only have heard about two of the records you list each week. (This week the two Cecil McBees and the Kenny Wheeler).

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20 minutes ago, HutchFan said:

I agree 100%.  Music from the Source should be more readily available too.

 

It's in the next batch of ENJA CD reissues.

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3 hours ago, HutchFan said:

Weekly Recap - PLAYING FAVORITES: Reflections on Jazz in the 1970s 

Andy LaVerne Trio – Another World (SteepleChase, 1978)
Lou Levy – Tempus Fugue-It (Interplay, 1977)
Sheila Jordan & Arild Andersen – Sheila (SteepleChase, 1978)
Cecil McBee Sextet – Music from the Source (Enja/Inner City, 1978) and Compassion (Enja/Inner City, 1979)
Kenny Wheeler – Deer Wan (ECM, 1978)
Shakti with John McLaughlin – Natural Elements (Columbia, 1977)
Roland Hanna & George Mraz – Sir Elf Plus One (Choice, 1978)

 

A word about Sir Roland Hanna, one of the faces on my personal MOUNT RUSHMORE of jazz pianists: Check out his entry on my blog.  It includes a list of Hanna's recordings from the 1970s, when (from this listener's perspective) he was making his finest music.  If you're unfamiliar with his work, I urge you to listen.  Hanna never made a splash like McCoy or Chick or Herbie -- in the 1970s or at any time.  ... But Sir Roland is a poet!  His music is full of warmth and humanity.  To me, he's just as "important" as anyone you can name. 

 

The one that stands our for me on this list is -  Lou Levy - Tempus-Fugue It.

As is true for Roland Hanna, Lou Levy has never achieved much acclaim as a top level jazz pianist. He has played with a wide range of musicians, and spent a number of years as an accompanist to vocalists.

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7 minutes ago, kh1958 said:

The depth of your collection is impressive. I typically only have heard about two of the records you list each week. (This week the two Cecil McBees and the Kenny Wheeler).

Thanks. 

Honestly, it's only because I've been focused on this 70s Jazz project for a long time.   It motivated me to explore as many "rooms in the 70s jazz house" as possible -- including off-the-beaten path rooms that I'm sure I would've missed otherwise.  Plus, I tried to approach everything with big ears, as openly as possible.  ... So, over time, I've found my boundaries of my taste being s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d to encompass new things.  ... And I'm glad about that. 

That said, there are still gaping holes in my collection (and knowledge), even focusing on jazz in the 1970s.  The old saying is so true: "The more you know, the more you realize you don't know."  ... I suppose that's why I named the project Playing Favorites.  It isn't an objective history, and it doesn't pretend to be.  It's just a bunch of doorways, invitations to explore, and all that.

 

 

 

30 minutes ago, felser said:

It's in the next batch of ENJA CD reissues.

Oh. Cool!  :tup   

 

 

31 minutes ago, Peter Friedman said:

The one that stands our for me on this list is -  Lou Levy - Tempus-Fugue It.

As is true for Roland Hanna, Lou Levy has never achieved much acclaim as a top level jazz pianist. He has played with a wide range of musicians, and spent a number of years as an accompanist to vocalists.

I agree with you, Peter.  Tempus Fugue-It is a darn good record.

Speaking of Levy supporting vocalists, I dig his '77 LP with June Christy, Impromptu.  I didn't include it in my survey.  But it's another good one.

 

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23 hours ago, HutchFan said:

Sheila Jordan & Arild Andersen – Sheila (SteepleChase, 1978)

:tup:tup:tup and many more !!!

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If I might briefly hijack this thread, can anyone recommend any books with especially good 1970’s coverage? For instance, how’s this one?

Bill Shoemaker: Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams

The lengthy description found on Amazon looks promising:

https://www.amazon.com/Jazz-1970s-Diverging-Bill-Shoemaker/dp/1442242094

Would love to learn of other titles worth considering.

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6 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:

If I might briefly hijack this thread, can anyone recommend any books with especially good 1970’s coverage? For instance, how’s this one?

Bill Shoemaker: Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams

The lengthy description found on Amazon looks promising:

https://www.amazon.com/Jazz-1970s-Diverging-Bill-Shoemaker/dp/1442242094

Would love to learn of other titles worth considering.

Check the “Which jazz book are you reading thread?” for some discussion on the Shoemaker.

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Thanks for cross-posting this.

I'd also be interested in knowing of any good books that cover material similar to the blog.  

I have a lot of books that cover the more Avant Garde side (Val Wilmer etc), but there seems to be less on the sort of great straight ahead, soul jazz and fusion-oriented hard bop stuff that you have also been posting.

Most of this stuff doesn't even get a mention in generalised jazz history books covering the period, which tend to just touch on late Coltrane, the AACM and electric Miles and then move on to the 80s. 

There's obviously a lot more there. 

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Here's a list of books that I've compiled.  It's not precisely limited the subject of "Jazz in the 1970s."  Instead, it's a list of book about any artists who made music in the 1970s.  That's why it's extensive.  That said, I'm sure that there are MANY that I'm missing.

I should also say that I have not read all of these.  Only some. ... I've highlighted a few that are special to me.

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Balliett, Whitney. New York Notes: A Journal of Jazz in the Seventies. (Houghton Mifflin, 1976)
Balliett, Whitney. Night Creature: A Journal of Jazz 1975-1980. (Oxford University Press, 1981)
Balliett, Whitney. Goodbyes and Other Messages: A Journal of Jazz 1981-1990. (Oxford University Press, 1991)
Basie, Count and Albert Murray. Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie. (Random House, 1985)
Bauer, William R. Open the Door: The Life and Music of Betty Carter. (University of Michigan Press, 2003)
Beal, Amy C. Carla Bley. (University of Illinois Press, 2011)
Benson, George and Alan Goldsher. Benson: The Autobiography. (Da Capo, 2014)
Berger, Edward and David Chevan. Bassically Speaking: An Oral History of George Duvivier (Scarecrow Press, 1993)
Berger, Morroe. Benny Carter: A Life in American Music. (Scarecrow, 1982)
Bley, Paul and David Lee. Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz. (Véhicule Press, 2014)
Bley, Paul and Norman Meehan. Time Will Tell: Conversations with Paul Bley. (Berkeley Hills Books, 2003)
Blumenthal, Bob and John Abbott. Saxophone Colussus: A Portrait of Sonny Rollins. (Harry N. Abrams, 2010)
Britt, Stan. Dexter Gordon: A Musical Biography. (Da Capo, 1989)
Büchmann-Møller, Frank. Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster (University of Michigan Press, 2008)
Burton, Gary. Learning to Listen. The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography. (Berklee Press, 2013)
Campbell, Robert L. and Christopher Trent. The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra, 2nd edition. (Cadence Jazz Books, 2000)
Carr, Ian. Keith Jarrett: The Man And His Music. (Da Capo, 1992)
Chamberlain, Safford. An Unsung Cat: The Life and Music of Warne Marsh. (Scarecrow Press, 2004)
Chambers, Jack. Milestones: The Music and Times of Miles Davis. (DaCapo, 1998)
Conzo, Joe and David A. Pérez. Mambo Diablo: My Journey with Tito Puente. (Backbeat Books, 2012)
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Cooke, Mervyn. Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984. (Oxford University Press, 2017) 
Coryell, Larry. Improvising: My Life in Music. (Hal Leonard, 2007)
Dahl, Linda. Haunted Heart: A Biography of Susannah McCorkle. (University of Michigan Press, 2008)
Dahl, Linda. Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams. (University of California Press, 2001)
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Davis, Francis. Outcats: Jazz Instrumentalists, Composers, and Singers. (Oxford University Press, 1992)
Davis, Francis. Like Young: Jazz, Pop, Youth, and Middle Age. (Da Capo, 2001)
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Doerschuk, Robert L. 88: The Giants of Jazz Piano. (Backbeat Books, 2001)
Doran, James M. Erroll Garner: The Most Happy Piano. (Scarecrow Press, 1985) 
Ellington, Duke. Music Is My Mistress. (Da Capo, 1973)
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Enwezor, Okwui (ed.), et al. ECM: A Cultural Archaeology. (Prestel, 2013)
Erskine, Peter. No Beethoven: An Autobiography & Chronicle of Weather Report. (Alfred Music, 2013)
Freeman, Bud and Alicia Jay White. You Don't Look Like a Musician. (Balamp, 2012)
Freeman, Bud and Robert Wolf. Crazeology: The Autobiography of a Chicago Jazzman. (University of Illinois Press, 1989)
Friedwald, Will. A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. (Knopf Doubleday, 2010)
Gabbard, Krin. Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus. (University of California Press, 2016)
Garrick, Michael and Trevor Bannister. Dusk Fire: Jazz in English Hands. (Springdale Press, 2010)
Gavin, James. Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker. (Chicago Review Press, 2011)
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Giddins, Gary. Rhythm-A-Ning: Jazz Tradition and Innovation in the 80's. (Oxford University Press, 1985)
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Gillespie, John Birks "Dizzy" and Al Fraser. To Be, or Not… to Bop (Da Capo, 2009)
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Goodman, John F. Mingus Speaks. (University of California Press, 2013)
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Heining, Duncan. Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier (Equinox Publishing, 2018)
Heller, Michael. Loft Jazz: Improvising New York in the 1970s. (University of California Press, 2016)
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Hicock, Larry. Castles Made Of Sound: The Story Of Gil Evans. (Da Capo, 2002)
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Isoadari, Steve. The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles. (University of California Press, 2006)
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Jewell, Derek. Duke: A Portrait of Duke Ellington. (W.W. Norton, 1977)
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It just barely touches the 70's but it came out in the 70's.

"Modern Jazz  1945-1970 - Five Critics Compile a Basic Library"  The five critics being Max Harrison, Alun Morgan, Ronald Atkins, Michael James and Jack Cooke. 

I tried to obtain all 200 records on the list (except for some of what they called "the new thing", but I even listened to a few of those). This was very influential book in my formative jazz years, along with Martin Williams "The Jazz Tradition", which I borrowed from my high school library and never returned.   

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Larry Kart's "Jazz in Search of Itself" has some very good writing about the 70's (as well as before and after).

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1 minute ago, felser said:

Larry Kart's "Jazz in Search of Itself" has some very good writing about the 70's (as well as before and after).

You're right.  That should be on my list!  I've read it!  ;) 

 

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How about Ian Carr’s ‘Music Outside’? That’s an important 1970s contemporary jazz text.

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4 hours ago, HutchFan said:

You're right.  That should be on my list!  I've read it!  ;) 

 

Thanks. I used to have many copies, maybe 40 or so, that the Jazz Record Mart bought as remainders and then sold at a modest price -- they used to do that a lot with jazz books -- but my copies are gone now, given away to people whom I thought would like the book. I'm sure it still can be found used at Amazon and in some of your "better" libraries.

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9 hours ago, Larry Kart said:

Thanks. I used to have many copies, maybe 40 or so, that the Jazz Record Mart bought as remainders and then sold at a modest price -- they used to do that a lot with jazz books -- but my copies are gone now, given away to people whom I thought would like the book. I'm sure it still can be found used at Amazon and in some of your "better" libraries.

Abebooks has one at a good price, and Amazon has some fair prices on them.  Well worth picking up.

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Weekly Recap - PLAYING FAVORITES: Reflections on Jazz in the 1970s 

Karin Krog & Red Mitchell – ...but Three's a Crowd (Bluebell of Sweden, 1977)
Frank Foster & The Loud Minority Band – Well Water (Piadrum, 2007)
Lew Tabackin – Rites of Pan (Discomate/Inner City, 1978)
Paul Motian – Dance (ECM, 1978)
Carla Bley Band – European Tour 1977 (WATT/ECM, 1978)
Charles McPherson – New Horizons (Xanadu, 1978)
Sam Jones – Something in Common (Muse/32 Jazz, 1978)

 

A nice mix of styles and contexts this week:
- A couple very different big bands, Frank Foster and Carla Bley.  
- A couple quartet records, one featuring Charles McPherson on alto and one with Lew Tabackin on flute.
- Sam Jones and the "Magic Triangle" rhythm section, supplemented with Blue Mitchell, Bob Berg, and Slide Hampton.
- Motian's flowing trio LP with Charles Brackeen & David Izenzon.
- And Karin Krog's duo LP with Red Mitchell ... comparable to Sheila Jordan's Sheila with Arild Andersen.

 

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That's a really good Sam Jones album.

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12 minutes ago, felser said:

That's a really good Sam Jones album.

Yep.  I agree 100%. 

Sam Jones was on a TON of fantastic records in the 1970s -- with the "Magic Triangle" and a bunch of others too.

 

 

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1 hour ago, HutchFan said:

Yep.  I agree 100%. 

Sam Jones was on a TON of fantastic records in the 1970s -- with the "Magic Triangle" and a bunch of others too.

 

 

And his Riversides from the early 60's are also really good, well-written and arranged in addition to being well-played.

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Include me with praise for the Sam Jones recording. His Xanadu session is also a winner.

The Charles McPherson - New Horizons - is the other one on this list that I  like.

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Paul Motian – Dance (ECM, 1978)
Carla Bley Band – European Tour 1977 (WATT/ECM, 1978)
Charles McPherson – New Horizons (Xanadu, 1978)
Sam Jones – Something in Common (Muse/32 Jazz, 1978

Good records worth multiple listens!!

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Weekly Recap - PLAYING FAVORITES: Reflections on Jazz in the 1970s 

Hermeto Pascoal – Slaves Mass (Warner Brothers, 1977)
Manfred Schoof Quintet – Light Lines (JAPO, 1978)
Jan Garbarek – Places (ECM, 1978)
Air - Air Time (Nessa, 1978)
Rein de Graaff - Dick Vennik Quartet – Modal Soul (Timeless/Timeless Muse, 1977)
Frank Strozier – What's Goin' On (SteepleChase, 1978)
Charlie Rouse – Moment's Notice (Storyville, 1978)

 

This week's entries feature:
- The Chuck Nessa-produced classic Air Time
- Two American journeymen who deserve to be more well-known, Frank Strozier & Charlie Rouse.

- Bandleaders from Brazil, Germany, Norway, and The Netherlands; more evidence of jazz's evolution into a truly global phenomenon.

 

These are the last entries recorded in 1977. 

Next up, 1978 -- with more entries in my survey than any other year (by a considerable margin).

Turns out that 1978 was a GREAT year for jazz!  Who knew!?!?  

Of course, you may disagree.  We shall see!

 

Edited by HutchFan

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Strozier was a most underrated player.  Glad he had opportunity to record those SteepleChase albums in the late 70's.

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On 9/28/2020 at 6:55 PM, felser said:

Strozier was a most underrated player.  Glad he had opportunity to record those SteepleChase albums in the late 70's.

I've got his Remember Me from '76, good stuff.  He had his own thing going on.  Spent most of his time teaching in the NYC public schools, right?  Also got the one with Booker Little and some other '60s stuff.

Edited by danasgoodstuff

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