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  1. I remember her from another jazz board where she posted under another name. Very sad.
  2. Another one of Ed Palmero's Big Band albums.
  3. I played it in the past week and was impressed by how good it is. Ed Palermo has had a big band for many years that has recorded many albums of mostly Frank Zappa compositions. I have not heard those albums but have read about them. This album is supposedly his turn to his own compositions and jazz standards.
  4. Thank you! I am glad you enjoyed it. That Rahsaan album was so common in the mid-1970s, that I thought that everyone would know it. I guess my advanced age is showing. Either/ Orchestra has several really good albums, including some of their later ones. After I saw them live I started to buy as many of their albums as I could find. I have to admit that I was drawn to the Ed Palmero album by the cover and album title.
  5. I have some work commitments which will prevent me from posting this Reveal until May 4, unless I post it today (April 29). I hope that the slightly early Reveal is all right. I hope that you enjoy the album title and album artwork for Track 8 as much as I do. · 1. Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy · Song: Siesta for the Fiesta · Album: The Fire This Time · Label: In and Out · Release Date: 1992 · Recorded live on May 1, 1992 at the Moonwalker Club, Aarburg, Switzerland · Composer: Jimmie Lunceford Personnel Lester Bowie: trumpet Vincent Chancey: French horn · Frank Lacy: trombone · Luis Bonilla: trombone · E. J. Allen: trumpet · Gerald Brezel: trumpet · Tony Barrero: trumpet · Bob Stewart: tuba · Famoudou Don Moye: percussion · Vinnie Johnson: drum 2. Louisiana Sugar Babes Song: Willow Tree Album: I took this from Frog Spawn, a CD reissue of various artists on the Frog label. Release Date: 1928 Label: Victor Composer: Fats Waller/Andy Razaf Musicians: James P. Johnson—Piano Fats Waller—Organ Garvin Bushnell—Clarinet Jabbo Smith—Cornet 3. Muhal Richard Abrams Song: Oldfotalk Album: The Hearinga Suite Release Date: 1989 Label: Black Saint Composer: Muhal Richard Abrams Musicians: Ron Tooley - trumpet Jack Walrath - trumpet Cecil Bridgewater - trumpet Frank Gordon - trumpet Clifton Anderson - trombone Dick Griffin - trombone Jack Jeffers - bass trombone Bill Lowe - bass trombone John Purcell - flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone Marty Ehrlich - piccolo, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone Patience Higgins - bass clarinet, tenor saxophone Courtnay Winter - bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone Charles Davis - baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone Diedre Murray - cello Fred Hopkins - bass Warren Smith - glockenspiel, vibes, percussion Andrew Cyrille - drums Muhal Richard Abrams - piano, synthesizer, conductor 4. Duke Ellington Song: Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies Album: New Orleans Suite Release Year: 1970 Label: Atlantic Composer: Duke Ellington Musicians: Duke Ellington – piano Cootie Williams – trumpet Fred Stone – trumpet Money Johnson, Al Rubin – trumpet Booty Wood – trombone Julian Priester – trombone Dave Taylor – bass trombone Russell Procope – alto saxophone, clarinet Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone Norris Turney – alto saxophone, clarinet, flute Harold Ashby – tenor saxophone, clarinet Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone Harry Carney – baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet Joe Benjamin – bass Rufus Jones – drums 5. Rahsaan Roland Kirk Song: Anysha Album: Other Folks Music Release Date: 1976 Label: Atlantic Composer: Trudy Pitts Arranger: Trudy Pitts Musicians: Rahsaan Roland Kirk: tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, reed trumpet, harmonica, miscellaneous instruments Richard Williams: trumpet Kermit Moore: cello Gloria Agostini: harp Trudy Pitts: piano, electric piano, arranger Hilton Ruiz: piano Henry Mattathias Pearson: bass Roy Haynes: drums Sonny Brown: drums Arthur Jenkins, Joseph "Habao" Texidor: percussion 6. Julius Hemphill Song: For Billie Album: Julius Hemphill Big Band Release Date: 1988 Label: Elektra/Musician Composer: Julius Hemphill Musicians: · Julius Hemphill - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone · John Purcell, John Stubblefield, Marty Ehrlich - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute · J. D. Parran - baritone saxophone, flute · David Hines, Rasul Siddik - trumpet · Vincent Chancey - french horn · Frank Lacy - trombone · David Taylor - bass trombone · Bill Frisell, Jack Wilkins - guitar · Jerome Harris - electric bass · Ronnie Burrage - drums · Gordon Gottlieb - percussion 7. Either/Orchestra Song: Born in a Suitcase Album: Radium Release Date: 1988 Label: Accurate Composer: Russ Gershon Musicians: Alto Saxophone – Robb Rawlings Baritone Saxophone – Charlie Kohlhase Bass – Mike Rivard Drums – Jerome Deupree Electric Guitar – John Dirac Piano, Keyboards – Kenny Freundlich Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Russ Gershon Trombone – Curtis Hasselbring, Russell Jewell Trumpet, Flugelhorn – John Carlson, Tom Halter 8. Ed Palermo Big Band Song: Laurie Frink Album: A Lousy Day in Harlem Release Date: 2019 Label: Sky Cat Composer: Ed Palermo Musicians: Reeds: ED PALMERO-alto sax CLIFF LYONS - alto sax, clarinet PHIL CHESTER - alto sax, soprano sax, flute, piccolo BILL STRAUB - tenor sax, clarinet, flute BEN KONO - tenor sax, flute, oboe BARBARA CIFELLI - baritone sax, bass clarinet, Eb mutant clarinet Trumpets: RONNIE BUTTACAVOLI (lead) JOHN BAILEY STEVE JANKOWSKI Trombones: CHARLEY GORDON (lead) MIKE BOSCHEN MATT INGMAN (bass trombone) Drums: RAY MARCHICA Electric Bass: PAUL ADAMY Piano: BOB QUARANTA Keyboard: TED KOOSHIAN - SOLOISTS LAURIE FRINK: Phil Chester, soprano sax; Bill Straub, tenor sax 9. Teo Macero Song: Soft Distance Album: Impressions of Miles Davis Release Date: 2000 Label: Teo Records Composer: Teo Macero Musicians: Paul Metzke-Guitar Michael Brecker-Tenor Saxophone Teo Macero-Keyboards Ron McClure-Bass Al Foster-Drums 10. Dr. John Song: Boxcar Boogie Album: The Brightest Smile in Town Release Date: 1989 Label: Clean Cuts Composer: Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) Piano: Dr. John 11. Ahmed Abdul-Malik Song: Song of Delilah Album: Spellbound Release Date: 1964 Label: Status Composer: Victor Young/Ray Evans Musicians: Ahmed Abdul-Malik – bass Ray Nance – cornet, violin Seldon Powell – tenor saxophone, flute Paul Neves – piano Hamza Aldeen – oud Walter Perkins – drums 12. McCoy Tyner Song: Theme For Nana Album: Focal Point Release Date: 1976 Label: Milestone Composer: McCoy Tyner Musicians: · McCoy Tyner: piano · Joe Ford: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute · Gary Bartz: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet · Ron Bridgewater: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone · Charles Fambrough: bass · Eric Gravatt: drums · Guilherme Franco: conga, tabla, percussion 13. Carla Bley Song: Útviklingssang Album: Social Studies Release Date: 1981 Label: Watt Composer: Carla Bley Musicians: Carla Bley - organ, piano Michael Mantler - trumpet Carlos Ward - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone Tony Dagradi - tenor saxophone, clarinet Joe Daley - euphonium Gary Valente - trombone Earl McIntyre - tuba Steve Swallow - bass guitar D. Sharpe - drums
  6. Reply—There is a joyful, fun feeing to this performance, which is a live recording.
  7. Dan, I am sorry that you did not like the Blindfold Test. I am surprised that someone would not like the music played by an entire instrument, the flute in your case. I did not consciously try to include a lot of flute songs. To me, if it is good music it is good music, if played on a tenor saxophone, a flute. a French horn, or a native tribal instrument from a remote area of Africa. I once tried to take a young woman to see Paul Butterfield in concert and she refused, saying that she did not listen to harmonica so I have run into this attitude before. It is not something I can identify with personally. But to each his own.
  8. Reply--I like this too. i am surprised that no one has identified this. Reply--i think that the Reveal for this track will surprise many. Reply--Thanks for the nice comments. The other recordings of Ahmed Abdul-Malik are very much worth checking out.
  9. Thank you. I appreciate your nice thoughts and look forward to your comments. I also want to thank you for letting me use your office today in my working visit to Kansas City while you are working from home!
  10. Yes, you have identified it. James P. Johnson and Fats Waller on one song, two jazz giants together.
  11. That is all true. Focal Point is one of my favorite Milestone Tyners. Every track is memorable and performed very well. It is a fun album to listen to. A lot of it is more uptempo than "Theme For Nana." I saw the Focal Point band live in the mid-1970s, and it was one of the best McCoy Tyner concerts I ever went to. The band was Joe Ford, Ron Bridgewater, Tyner, Charles Fambrough, Eric Gravatt, Guilherme Franco. (Gary Bartz plays on Focal Point and was not part of the live band when I saw them).
  12. Those are some very insightful thoughts about the Teo Macero album. Now that you have articulated them, it strikes me that much of the album has the feeling of someone who was part of the 1970s Miles “immediate orb” as you put it. That is a funny story about having Phil Woods on hand at the same time! That explains it.
  13. Replies to your comments: 1.This has been identified as Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy playing a Jimmie Lunceford song. So it is a mixture of older and newer. 2. It is Fats himself, with another jazz giant on this track too. 3. It is not Gerald Wilson. That is an interesting comparison to this artist. 4. Yes, you have identified it. I think that the New Orleans Suite album by Duke Ellington is all just wonderful. 5. I am surprised that no one has identified this artist yet. Your guesses are not correct. 6. The artist would be surprised to know that he had been compared to Phil Woods and Oliver Nelson, I believe. 7. This is not Randy Weston or Muhal Richard Abrams. Your comments are so interesting because this is a band which actually did perform very often together both live and in the studio. 8. Again, your comments are interesting because the bandleader is from the urban northeast of the United States, and has no Los Angeles connection that I know of. 9. You hit the nail on the head. It is Teo Macero leading the album. It is Michael Brecker on saxophone. I am impressed that you thought of Teo Macero. However, this is from many years later than the mid-1970s era which it is evoking. 10. It is not Buck Hammer. It is someone who you might not think of playing in this way. 11. Yes, you have identified it! 12. It is a McCoy Tyner composition from an album in his name. 13. Those are some insightful comments! This is one of my favorite recordings ever by Carla Bley, who has been previously identified. Flute is also prominent on Duke Ellington's "70th Birthday Concert" but not in this arranged way.
  14. Thanks for these reactions. You actually guessed a musician correctly and I thought no one would get him. Guitarist Paul Metzke on #9. Your other guesses were not correct but I liked reading your impressions of the music.
  15. Here is my Blindfold Test 193. I hope you enjoy it. http://thomkeith.net/index.php/blindfold-tests/
  16. This Kamasi album is surprisingly good. He is not a gimmick. He is the real thing. He may get people to listen to him because of his strings and choir, but they are used much less on this new album. There is a lot of straightahead jazz on the new album, with compelling solos. I hear a sound, a feel, to his music now that is more like the old jazz we love, compared to some of the young technicians and their clinical, cold sound.
  17. 1. 1. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/517KnB6RolL.jpg 1. Song: I’m Shooting High Artist: Catherine Russell Album: Bring It Back Label and Year: Jazz Village, 2014 Composers: Ted Koehler/Jimmy McHugh Catherine Russell-Vocals Matt Munisteri-Guitar Mark Shane-Piano Lee Hudson-Bass Mark McLean-Drums Jon-Erik Kellso-Trumpet Brian Pareschi-Trumpet John Allred-Trombone Dan Block-Alto Saxophone Andy Farber-Tenor Saxophone Mark Lopeman-Baritone Saxophone Catherine Russell is the daughter of Luis Russell, the big band leader and musical director for Louis Armstrong. She began her solo career in the 2000s, and has recorded several albums which I think are excellent. It could be that her singing is better than her sidemen, as some members here found the backing to be like a not entirely successful recreation of an earlier time. 2. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91i%2BHu-U7DL._SL1500_.jpg Song: Uptown Artist: McCoy Tyner Album: Inner Voices Label and Year: Milestones, 1978 Composer: McCoy Tyner Arranger: McCoy Tyner Solos—Alex Foster—Tenor Saxophone, McCoy Tyner—Piano, Jon Faddis—Trumpet Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Preston, Ernie Royal, Jon Faddis—Trumpets Charles Stephens, Dick Griffin, Earl McIntyre, Janice Robinson—Trombones Jerry Dodgion, Joe Ford—Alto Saxophones Alex Foster—Tenor Saxophone Ed Xiques—Baritone Saxophone Earl Klugh—Guitar McCoy Tyner—Piano Ron Carter—Bass Eric Gravatt--Drums I love this recording, from its energy, the arrangement, the solos by Alex Foster and Jon Faddis--it all clicks for me. 3. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71SfPBiK%2BUL._SL1200_.jpg Song: Sabiduria Artist: Eddie Palmieri Album: Sabiduria/Wisdom Label and Year: Ropeadope, 2017 Composer: Eddie Palmieri Arranger: Eddie Palmieri Eddie Palmieri--Piano Ronnie Cuber—Baritone Saxophone (solo) David Spinozza—Guitar (solo) Joe Locke—Vibes Luques Curtis—Bass Marcus Miller—Electric Bass Bernard Purdie--Drums Obed Calvaire--Drums Little Johnny Rivero--Congas Anthony Carrillo—Bongos, Cowbell Luis Quintero--Timbales Iwao Sado—Bata Drums This is from a very recent Eddie Palmieri album which I think is very strong overall. This Track did not seem to get much approval from the members who commented, though. 4. Song: Axulito Artist: Mario Bauza and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra Album: Tanga Label and Year: Messidor, 1999 Composer: Ray Santos Arranger: Ray Santos Solos: Dioris Rivera—Tenor Saxophone, Conrad Herwig—Trombone, Stanton Davis--Trumpet Victor Paz, Ross Konikoff, Stanton Davis, Larry Lunetta—Trumpets Tracy Turner, Gregory Williams—French Horns Conrad Herwig, Gerry Chamberlain, Bruce Eidem, Douglas Perviance—Trombones Nathan Durham-Bass Trombone Rolando Briceno, Eddie Alex—Alto Saxophones Enrique Fernandez—Tenor Saxophone, Flute Dioris Rivera—Tenor Saxophone Jerome Richardson—Tenor Saxophone Pablo Calogero—Baritone Saxophone Marcus Persiani—Piano Guillhermo Edgehill—Bass Juan “Papo” Pepin—Congas Carlos “Patato” Valdez—Congas, Guiro Joe Gonzales—Bongos, Cowbell Bobby Sanabria—Drums, Timbales, Cascara Mario Bauza—Musical Director I heard this song in the background at a Mexican restaurant while I was planning this Blindfold Test. It made me think of the excellent albums which Mario Bauza released in the 1990s. 5. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61vLDT9dnFL._SL1217_.jpg Song: Hub-Tones Artist: Kamasi Washington Album: Heaven and Earth Label and Year: Young Turks Recordings, 2018 Composer: Freddie Hubbard Arranger: Kamasi Washington Kamasi Washington-Tenor Saxophone Dontae Winslow-Trumpet Ryan Porter-Trombone Cameron Graves-Piano Brandon Coleman-Organ, Keyboards Miles Mosley-Bass Ronald Bruner, Jr.-Drums Tony Austin-Drums Allakoi Peete-Percussion Kahlil Cummings-Percussion I think that this new Kamasi Washington album is very enjoyable to listen to, and is mostly successful, (except for a few songs which seem overarranged with strings to me). This is one of my favorites from the album. 6. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91bjlQ53-3L._SL1500_.jpg Song: De Pois Do Amor, O Vazio (After Love, Emptiness) Artist: Wayne Shorter Album: Odyssey of Iska Label and Year: Blue Note, Recorded August, 1970, Released 1971 Composer: Robert C. Thomas Wayne Shorter—Soprano Saxophone Dave Friedman—Vibes, Marimba Gene Bertoncini—Guitar Ron Carter, Cecil McBee—Bass Alphonse Mouzon, Billy Hart—Drums Frank Cuomo—Percussion, Drums I love this lyrical Wayne Shorter performance, released after Weather Report was underway. 7. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61yAgNQtYHL._SS500.jpg Song: Dreaming of the Master Artist: Art Ensemble of Chicago Album: Nice Guys Label and Year: ECM, 1979 Composer: Joseph Jarman Roscoe Mitchell—Saxophone Soloist. Lester Bowie—Trumpet Roscoe Mitchell—Saxophones Joseph Jarman—Saxophones Malachi Favors—Bass Don Moye—Drums, Percussion The credits list many other instruments played by members of the group, but I do not hear them on this particular track. This is the concluding selection on their ECM album "Nice Guys." I loved the Art Ensemble of Chicago and I think that this is one of their better studio selections. Roscoe Mitchell is smoking in his solo work here. 8. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51lJ83Ms5UL.jpg Song: Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin’ Shoes Artist: Roscoe Mitchell Album: Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin’ Shoes Label and Year: Nessa, 1981 Composer: Roscoe Mitchell Roscoe Mitchell—Tenor Saxophone Hugh Ragin—Trumpet A.Spencer Barefield—Guitar Jaribu Shahid—Bass Tani Tabbal--Drums Here is a Roscoe Mitchell solo album from a few years after "Nice Guys." It is interesting to compare his soloing on the two tracks, I think. This album was released on the label owned by board member Chuck Nessa. 9. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91d4MjCm%2BwL._SX425_.jpg Song: Exaltation/Religious Experience/Major Artist: Carla Bley Album: The Carla Bley Big Band Goes to Church Label and Year: Watt, 1996 Composer: Exaltation composed by Carl Ruggle Religious Experience/Major composed by Carla Bley Arranger: Carla Bley Recorded live at Chiesa San Francesco Al Prato, Umbria Jazz, Perugia, Italy Soloists: Wolfgang Puschnig—Alto Saxophone, Dennis Mackrel—Drums, Lew Soloff—Trumpet, Wolfgang Puschnig—Alto Saxophone Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Claude Deppa, Steve Waterman—Trumpets Gary Valente, Pete Beauchill, Chris Dean—Trombones Richard Henry—Bass Trombone Roger Jannotta—Soprano and Alto Saxophones, Flute Wolfgang Puschnig—Alto Saxophone Andy Sheppard, Jerry Underwood—Tenor Saxophones Julian Arguelies—Baritone Saxophone Karen Mantler—Organ, Harmonica Carla Bley—Piano Steve Swallow—Bass Dennis Mackrel--Drums This is from one of my favorite Carla Bley big band albums. At first I thought it was Carla on organ, but a reading of the liner notes shows that it is her daughter, Karen Mantler, on organ. My cover of the CD has very shiny gold lettering, which I cannot find in any online image of the album cover. 10. Song: If You Could See Me Now Artist: John Lewis Album: CD Only Bonus Track to The Wonderful World of Jazz Label and Year: Atlantic. This track was recorded in 1960. The original album was released in 1961. This CD Only Bonus Track was first released in 1988. Composer: Tadd Dameron. John Lewis—Piano Jim Hall—Guitar George Duvivier—Bass Connie Kay--Drums I love the sound and depth of this track. There is something about veterans playing with purpose, which young technicians cannot attain. I like George Duvivier's sound on bass on this track. 11. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51WHtMAM%2BLL._SS500.jpg Song: Was It Something I Said? Artist: Yoko Miwa Album: Pathways Label and Year: Ocean Blue Tear Music, 2017 Composer: Yoko Miwa. Yoko Miwa—Piano Will Slater—Bass Scott Goulding—Drums Yoko Miwa is a 48 year old Japanese pianist, who is new to me. I am very favorably impressed with all of this recent album. 12. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51NCoSgJToL.jpg Song: Random Vibrations Artist: Frank Ku-Umba Lacy Album: Tonal Weights and Blue Fire Label and Year: Tutu Records, 1991 Composer: Frank Lacy. Frank Lacy—Trombone, keyboards Fred Hopkins—Bass Michael Carvin—Drums I love the sound of Frank Lacy's trombone and Fred Hopkins' bass on this selection. It was a great loss when Hopkins passed away at a relatively young age. I think that this is one of Lacy's more successful albums. 13. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ZympWAs9L._SS500.jpg Song: Shepp’s Way Artist: Charlie Haden Album: The Golden Number Label and Year: A&M Horizon, 1977 Composer: Charlie Haden. Charlie Haden—Bass Archie Shepp—Tenor Saxophone I love everything about this track. I have always liked Charlie Haden's sound and playing. Archie Shepp really impresses me here as well.
  18. I really appreciate all of the end of month comments after the earlier discussion was erased. I will post my Reveal tomorrow, on November 1.
  19. That is correct. It is a bonus track only on the CD reissue. Track 2: you are correct on Jon Faddis as the trumpet soloist. As others have pointed out, it is McCoy Tyner. Very interesting comments on 3, 4 and 5. When you see the Reveal I think you may be surprised. Track 6: This has been identified as a 1971 solo album by Wayne Shorter, so your comments are apt. Track 7: you have correctly identified it. Roscoe Mitchell is identified as the saxophone soloist in every source I have read. Track 8: I think you may be surprised at who this is. Track 9: very interesting to think of Ballad of the Fallen in relation to this. Track 10: I agree with you about how good this is. Track 11: not Gene Harris! Track 12: don’t talk yourself out of all of them. Track 13: It is Archie Shepp. If you don’t have this album, I think you would really enjoy all of it.
  20. Those are interesting thoughts about Track 1. The musicians are contemporary. The vocalist has a history which fits somewhat into your thoughts and which does not fit somewhat too. I had not thought of the similarities between McCoy Tyner’s use of a vocal choir on the album that Track 2 comes from, and Kamasi Washington’s recent uses of a vocal choir, I think that you will find the identifications for Tracks 3 and 4 to be very interesting. i like your insights about Track 10. I agree with them. There is something about seasoned musicians playing with purpose, that younger technicians often do not get to.
  21. All of those identifications are correct. i like Track 6 as it is one of the times when Wayne Shorter did not compromise and also played accessible music which my mother likes to overhear. She does not know much about jazz. Track 7 features Lester Bowie, the pride of my home town St. Louis.
  22. http://thomkeith.net/index.php/blindfold-tests/ There is the link to BFT 175, which was accidentally deleted with all of your comments, as Hot Ptah has explained. Please start with your comments again! I hope that we can have a robust discussion in the days that remain in October.
  23. 1. Song Title: Green Night and Orange Bright Artist: Tom Talbert. Album: Bix Duke Fats Label: Modern Concepts Year of Release: 1956 Composer: Tom Talbert Arranger: Tom Talbert Conductor: Tom Talbert Alto Sax (solo): Herb Geller Alto Sax and flute: Joe Soldo Tenor Sax and Clarinet: Aaron Sachs Baritone Sax and Bass Clarinet: Danny Bank Trumpet: Joe Wilder Trombone: Eddie Bert French Horn: Jim Buffington Guitar: Barry Galbraith Piano: Claude Williamson Bass: Oscar Pettiford Drums: Osie Johnson This is the only Tom Talbert composition on the album. All of the other songs are composed by Bix, Duke or Fats. 2. Song Title: Avalon Artist: Harry “Sweets” Edison Album: Edison’s Lights Label: Pablo Year of Release: 1976 Composer: Jolson/De Sylva/Rose Producer: Norman Granz Trumpet: Harry “Sweets” Edison Tenor Sax: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Piano: Count Basie Bass: John Heard Drums: Jimmie Smith I think that this track is a little bit surprising. It is a later example of Count Basie loosening up and playing without his usual restraint. When I saw him live in the mid to late 1970s, he never soloed like this. 3. Song Title: Limehouse Blues Artist: Phil Woods and Lew Tabackin Album: Phil Woods/Lew Tabackin Label: Omnisound Year of Release: 1981 Composer: Furber/Braham Producer: Bill Goodwin Alto Sax: Phil Woods Tenor Sax: Lew Tabackin Piano: Jimmy Rowles Bass: Michael Moore Drums: Bill Goodwin 4. Song Title: Tanjah Artist: Randy Weston Album: Tanjah Label: Polydor Year of Release: 1974 Composer: Randy Weston Arranger and Conductor: Melba Liston Producer: Randy Weston Piano: Randy Weston Oud, Arabic Narration: Ahmed Abdul-Malik (Soloist) Alto Sax, Piccolo: Norris Turney Tenor Sax, Flute: Billy Harper (Soloist) Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Clarinet: Budd Johnson Baritone Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute: Danny Bank Trumpets, Flugelhorns: Ray Copeland, Jon Faddis, Ernie Royal Trombone: Al Grey Bass Trombone: Jack Jeffers French Horn: Julius Watkins Bass: Ron Carter Drums: Rudy Collins Conga, Kakabar: Azzedin Weston (Soloist) Conga, Spanish Narration: Candido Camero: (Soloist) Timbales, Marimba: Omar Clay Ashiko Drum: Taiwo Yusve Divall Percussion: Earl Williams 5. Song Title: Hello Little Girl Artist: Duke Ellington Album: Ellington Jazz Party Label: Columbia Year of Release: 1959 Composer: Duke Ellington Piano: Jimmy Jones Trumpet Soloist: Dizzy Gillespie Vocal: Jimmy Rushing Trumpets: Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Andres Ford Trombones: Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders Saxophones: Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney Bass: Jimmy Woode Drums: Sam Woodyard 6. Song Title: Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love Artist: Betty Carter Album: Now It’s My Turn Label: Roulette Year of Release: 1976 Composer: Cole Porter Vocal: Betty Carter Piano: John Hicks Bass: Walter Booker Drums: Eddie Moore I saw Betty Carter with John Hicks live, in the mid to late 1970s. They were great live. Then the next time I saw her live, she had Mulgrew Miller on piano. 7. Song Title: Boy Meets Horn Artist: Duke Ellington Album: The Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts: January 1943 Label: Prestige Year of Release: 1977 Composer: Duke Ellington/Rex Stewart Piano: Duke Ellington Cornet: Rex Stewart (Soloist) Trumpets: Ray Nance, Shorty Baker, Wallace Jones Trombones: Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton , Juan Tizol Saxophones: Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Chauncy Haughton, Harry Carney Guitar: Fred Guy Bass: Junior Raglin Drums: Sonny Greer I have wondered if Lester Bowie was familiar with this track, or with Rex Stewart’s playing in general. 8. Song Title: Django’s Castle (All Mine Almost) Artist: Phil Woods Album: The Phil Woods Six “Live” From the Showboat Label: RCA Year of Release: 1977 Composer: Django Reinhardt Arranger: Harry Leahey Recorded live at the Showboat Lounge, Silver Springs, Maryland, November, 1976. Alto Sax: Phil Woods Guitar: Harry Leahey Piano: Mike Melillo Bass: Steve Gilmore Drums: Bill Goodwin Percussion: Alyrio Lima I saw Phil Woods live many times from the late 1970s into the 1990s, and he was never a disappointment. He was always a great live performer in those years, whenever I saw him. This entire 2 LP live album is excellent, in my humble opinion. 9. Song Title: Very Early Artist: John McLaughlin Album: Belo Horizonte Label: Warner Brothers Year of Release: 1981 Composer: Bill Evans Guitar: John McLaughlin I think that for John McLaughlin, this is uncharacteristically concise and simply beautiful. 10. Song Title: Open Beauty Artist: Don Ellis Album: Electric Bath Label: Columbia Year of Release: 1967 Composer: Don Ellis Alto Saxophone, Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Joe Roccisano, Ruben Leon Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet – Ron Starr Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo Flute, Clarinet – Ira Schulman Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet – John Magruder Trumpet – Don Ellis, Alan Weight, Bob Harmon, Ed Warren, Glenn Stuart Trombone – Dave Sanchez, Ron Myers, Terry Woodson Piano, Clavinet, Electric Piano [Fender] – Mike Lang Bass – Dave Parlato, Frank De La Rosa Bass, Sitar – Ray Neapolitan Drums – Steve Bohannon Congas, Bongos – Chino Valdes Timbales, Vibraphone, Percussion [Miscellaneous] – Mark Stevens Percussion [Miscellaneous] – Alan Estes This was such an unusual sound in 1967, and it does not seem like it really influenced the later fusion music all that much. This era of Don Ellis seems unique to me. 11. Song Title: A.I.R. (All India Radio) Artist: Carla Bley Album: Escalator Over The Hill Label: JCOA Year of Release: 1971 Composer: Carla Bley Desert Band of Musicians: Trumpet: Don Cherry Violin: Leroy Jenkins Cello: Calo Scott Clarinet: Souren Baronian Acoustic Guitar: Sam Brown Organ: Carla Bley Bass: Ron McClure Drums: Paul Motian 12. Song Title: Rawalpindi Blues Artist: Carla Bley Album: Escalator Over The Hill Label: JCOA Year of Release: 1971 Composer: Carla Bley Lyrics: Paul Haines Jack’s Traveling Band: Guitar: John McLaughlin Bass, Vocal: Jack Bruce Organ: Carla Bley Drums: Paul Motian Desert Band and Sand Shepherd: Trumpet, Vocal: Don Cherry Violin: Leroy Jenkins Cello: Calo Scott Clarinet: Souren Baronian Acoustic Guitar: Sam Brown Organ: Carla Bley Bass: Ron McClure Drums: Paul Motian NOTE: Tracks 11 and 12 make up all of Side 5 of the original vinyl LP issue of “Escalator Over The Hill.” We have discussed these tracks at some length in the Discussion for this Blindfold Test. 13. Song Title: H-46M…B-BW4 (as titled on the original vinyl release, with a diagram in the title) Opus 40(0) (as titled on the Mosaic box set reissue) Artist: Anthony Braxton Album: The Montreux/Berlin Concerts, reissued on Mosaic’s The Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton Label: Arista Year of Release: 1977 Composer: Anthony Braxton Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival, July 20, 1975 Alto Sax: Anthony Braxton Trumpet: Kenny Wheeler Bass: Dave Holland Drums, Percussion, Gongs: Barry Altschul 14. Song Title: Fusion Artist: Teo Macero Album: Teo Macero Conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra Featuring the Lounge Lizards-Fusion Label: Europa Year of Release: 1984 Recorded: 1982 Composer: Teo Macero Composition Year: 1954 Conductor: Teo Macero Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Guitar: Ryo Kawasaki Alto Sax: John Lurie Trombone: Peter Zummo Piano: Evan Lurie Bass: Tony Garnier Drums: Douglas Bowne In the CD liner notes, the following appears: “FUSION was originally performed at Columbia University, New York City, on April 23, 1956. Howard Shanet conducted the Columbia University Orchestra and a Jazz quintet. It was later performed at Carnegie Hall, on January 11, 1958. Leonard Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and a Jazz quintet featuring Art Farmer, John La Porta, Don Butterfield, Wendell Marshall, and Ed Shaughnessy.”
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