Jeeze AC, I'm sorry man- I "called you out "unawares-- but I "gotcha' back"
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"jass" on? ;_
Oct 14 2009, 03:11 AM
OH, i like trane very much.probably have all of his recordings. i am especially partial to his africa brass sessions.
oddly, on 1 october, at the blue note, caught an act where the group leader, an excellent slide trobonist by the name of conrad herwig, gave a performance of his latin arrangements of miles and trane. a pretty amazing performance.
friday night it was karrin allyson at dizzy's. a great performance. almost ruined when she caught my flip minoHD making a record of it. she didn't like that. karrin is a real trouper. 46 looks 60. but she has a good voice, she is a pretty good pianist, and she was fronting some good musicians in the vest club venue in music.
saturday night, it was david hazeltine with eric alexander at smoke. it was a "smoking" set.
sunday, hilary kole at birdland. watch for this wonderful voice. until some weeks ago, she performed with the andy farber big band. but somehow, she started paying attention. instead of just being another instrument, she has decided to be the star. now she is playing with a quartet. and a good one. i think that when she figures out that she needs a mike renzi or a chris marlowe to finesse the arrangements, tinkle the ivories, she is going to capture a brass ring. catch her when and if you can. as she says, she is still performing at birdland's sunday jazz party[6pm show]. make a rez, get there early, get a table right down front. be bowled over.
closed the week with a great quartet performance at dizzy's. bobby hutcherson on the vibes. joey defrancesco on the b3. peter bernstein on guitar. i don't recall the drummer's name - he was serviceable only. this trio, however, went over the edge. lamentably, hutcherson seems to have some health issues. it may be one of his last gigs. catch him if and when you can.
closing, live is so much better than recorded. regrettably, i missed a lot of live performances in my life. i think that in my geezerdom i am trying to compensate for that. houston, which used to have a great jass club back in the 1970's[la bastille] lost that venue a long time ago.
still, there is one performance that i caught there that remains indelible. i recall that it was december, 1973. weather report. dom um ramao on percussion. eric gravatt on guitar. wayne shorter on soprano sax. miroslav vitous on bass. joe zawinul on electric piano.
another great performance was stanley turrentine's. i don't know were the guitar player came from. but he was stellar. as i recall, his name was eric prince. never heard of him again. and don't know why.
on the other hand, there are a lot of great musicians out there who resign. for innumerable reasons.
i am thinking of what bobby hutcherson said about ray drummond in a mosaic retrospective: "when i got to san francisco, ray drummond was already living here, still deciding whether he wanted to be a bass player or go into insurance."
which illustrates the financial obstacles which can confound the muse. if you don't know of ray drummond, i would say that he might be the best bass player in jazz. arguably.
i think i caught one of his best performances last year with hank jones at dizzy's. along with another bit of masterpiece, victor lewis on the drums. and a russell malone playing a barney kessel guitar.
anyway, i am pretty catholic in my musical pleasures. and continue to delight in beauty in all its forms.
if you are in the manhattan area, try to catch hazeltine with eric alexander. real jazz played straight-on.
and do anything to catch any good act at dizzy's. the best venue for jazz in the world. and apparently a secret space. some weeks ago, the nyt did a long article on wynton marsalis and jazz at lincoln center. dizzy's went unrevealed.
if you want to know what makes dizzy's so special, it goes beyond the perfect acoustics. if you get there early for a performance, you can get a table with an unobstructed sight line.
but better still is the backdrop for the stage. a view NE across central park from the 5th floor of the time warner tower. no other music venue in the world offers that gorgeous backdrop.
Oct 14 2009, 03:14 AM
BOTTOM LINE: I'm looking to "harvest" a list of the BEST FUCKING JASS IMAGINABLE." It all started that day that I wrapped my lips around that piece of bamboo...
EDIT:- sorry AC- "cross-posted" with you and the content may have "shuffled?"
EDIT2: AC- title changed (although you never asked, sir.)
Oct 14 2009, 03:37 AM
how about i make you some cdr's of some of the stuff that i think is consequential. then you can make up your mind.
and just to keep you anon, i shall send them to where?
on the other hand, i don't know if i have the time. to dupe. neither do i know if you have the time to listen. i could bury you in an avalanche of artistry/passion.
Oct 14 2009, 03:43 AM
a correction, eric gravatt was the drummer for weather report that night.
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