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Hi all-

I’m excited to have curated this month’s (August 2020) collection of tracks. I’ve tried my best to include things that I’m currently digging as well as some gems from my past. 

thanks to Thom Keith for helping me with all the logistics! 

I hope you guys enjoy the music.


http://thomkeith.net/index.php/blindfold-tests/

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Welcome and thank you for compiling this month's BFT.  

I am not sure if it has ever happened before but you went the longest (tracks 1-6) among recent BFTs without forcing me to say "NEXT" and hit the forward button, so that is appreciated.

I can also say that there are at least two tunes I recognize but can't name, and felt like a couple of others played around the melody but wouldn't come out and state it, so I look forward to having other participants relieve me of that curiosity.

I don't guess very often on these but will go with Roy Hargrove on Track 5.

A word on programming that you should definitely take or ignore as you wish: I'd have programmed the solo piano last, as a final slow tune to end on. Better to start with some swinging, and I'd have shifted everything up one, or led off with track 5. But that's just me - who tends to obsessively program his own BFTs.

Thanks again and I hope you continue to participate both here and elsewhere on the board. :tup

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Track 1: "In My Solitude"

Track 2: "Dinah"

Track 3: Monk's "Ask Me Now"

Track 4: Ben Webster

Track 5: Rollins composition?

Track 6: Joe Lovano?

Track 7: Joe Henderson

Track 8: Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way" played by Jerry Bergonzi.

 

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   1)     This is “Solitude” played solo and with a great touch and sensitivity.  I don’t listen to a lot of solo piano (mainly Tyner and Weston), and I don’t have any idea who this is.  But it is a lovely performance.

 

2)     That’s a curious piece; I don’t know what of make of the vocal opening. Then it’s full-blown New Orleans, though almost certainly a very modern or recent recording.  It made me think of Wynton Marsalis, but I doubt it.  However you regard him, he is a more distinctive player than this.  But it is a fun little performance.

 

3)     “Ask Me Now”—Monk masterpiece!  Others besides Lacy can do Monk solo.  This guy sounds quite masterful.  It reminds me of Joe Henderson, but is more likely someone who has Joe as a pretty significant influence.

 

4)     “The Single Petal of a Rose”—Ellington masterpiece.  That’s Ben Webster.  I don’t think I’ve heard Ben perform this before, but it is unquestionably him.

 

5)     This is “Valse Hot.”  I believe Sonny wrote this one and performed it with Clifford Brown. This comes from the Roy Hargrove album with various tenor players.  Is it Branford and the more obscure Ron Blake?  I think Roy has the standout solo.

 

6)     Joe Lovano…that was clear within seconds. I can listen to Lovano on ballads all day.  Not sure what this is.  The drummer makes me think of Bill Stewart, whom I have been checking out lately. But it doesn’t appear to be from Landmarks.  DeJohnette on drums?  This is likely an original—not a standard.  I have tons of Lovano; I should know this.

 

7)     Not sure here.  It certainly has a bit of a Blue Note sound; but whether it’s BN or not, it seems to come from the 70s.  Then again, some artists in the past couple of decades have been returning to this sound.  I kind of like it, especially the tenor solo. Joe Henderson?  I seem to have him on the brain.

 

8     “In Your Own Sweet Way.”  Biff F I probably correct on the artist. It’s pretty cool, but it does lose the sweetness.

 

9)  “Shenadoah” by Bill Frisell.  Talk about pure beauty!  This is the version found on Good Dog, Happy Man.  I saw/heard him do this live, and it was just about the greatest concert experience I’ve ever known!  Thanks for putting this on the BFT.   

 

 

 

 

 

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I thought Ben Webster on that track but didn't hear enough breathiness to call it. Shame on me if I was wrong.

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      10) Good modern tenor—perhaps Joshua Redman or Chris Potter.  Or  it could be someone lesser known. 

 

11)     Catchy little piece.  It has some of those Americana qualities found in Bill Frisell and Charlie Hunter.  Mark Feldman on violin?  In any case, not bad.  I like the violin as a change of pace in jazz. 

 

12)     Somehow this reminds me of Henry Threadgill or Art Ensemble of Chicago.  Just the joyous rhythm of it.  This is played very straight and doesn’t really have avant garde elements.  Nice spirited performance to close out the BFT!

 

I really love this Blindfold Test.  Clearly we have pretty similar jazz tastes.

 

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Yes, #7 is Joe Henderson, the title track to "Power to the People", 1969 on Milestone.  Great stuff, and couldn't get any more in my wheelhouse than that!

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Solitude has a verse?

Who knew?

Dinah also has a verse? I did not know that!

That's Melissa Aldana playing "Solitude", not sure that's what I want to hear, but outstanding command of the instrument across all registers!

Definitely Ben doing "Single Petal..." originally released on an impulse! sampler, a "leftover" (HA!) form the See You at The Fair album.

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Track 3 is 'Ask Me Now' (as recognised above) by the Chilean sax player Melissa Aldana from her Crash Trio album.

Track 11, (agreed, a catchy piece), is bass player Ben Allison from his album 'Think Free'. It's the opening track,"Fred', with Shane Endsley on trumpet and Jenny Scheinman on violin (the Americana connection). A great album for a summer day, feel good jazz!

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