Clarinetist Don Byron is known for his musical experimentation — playing classical compositions, Latin dance grooves, hip-hop, klezmer and pop songs. For his latest project, Byron returns to his first love — jazz, with a CD largely dedicated to legendary saxophonist Lester Young. With the CD Ivey-Divey, Byron reinterprets music from the 1946 recording Lester Young Trio, in which Young was accompanied by Nat King Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on drums. “With Lester Young, I think there’s a discipline suggested that at the moment I reheard him seemed very tangible to me,” Byron tells NPR’s Michele Norris. “He’s an incredibly disciplined person that kind of wants to sound like he has no discipline at all, like he’s just walking in the park.” Ivey-Divey includes a pair of Miles Davis tunes as well. And ironically it’s on Davis’ “In a Silent Way” that Byron says he hears himself sound the most like Young. It doesn’t hurt that Byron is accompanied on the new CD by drummer Jack DeJohnette, who was on the original Davis sessions of “In a Silent Way.” [Source]
“He Loved Him Madly” was recorded by Davis as his tribute to then-recently deceased Duke Ellington, who used to tell his audiences “I love you madly.” English musician Brian Eno cited it as a lasting influence on his own work.
Bitches Brew is a studio double album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released in April 1970 on Columbia Records. The album continued his experimentation with electric instruments previously featured on his critically acclaimed In a Silent Way album. With the use of these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style. Bitches Brew was Davis’s first gold record, selling more than half a million copies. Upon release, it received a mixed response, due to the album’s unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz’s greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1971. In 1998, Columbia Records released The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, a four-disc box set that included the original album as well as the studio sessions through February 1970.
From the album “NONAAH” released in 1977 & 2008, by Nessa Records.
180 Proof records has teamed up with Slice Of Spice to drop a completely re-mastered set of unreleased Maulawi records from the legendary Detroit label Strata Records. Recorded in 1974 from the unreleased ‘Maulawi’s Orotunds’ album, this track is a part of a fully re-mastered 180 gram x2LP release, dropping later this year.