From the album The Berlin Concerts, recorded in Berlin in 1961.
Eric Dolphy (as), Benny Bailey (tp), Pepsi Auer (pf),
George Joyner (b), Buster Smith (ds)
[Dedicated Ronnie Rocket with a Happy Birthday]
“The Earth” from Akira Ishikawa “African Rock” (1972).
In December 1945, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker made history by bringing the frenetic sounds of bebop—then primarily an underground scene for in-the-know musicians—from the East to the West Coast for a two-month residency at Billy Berg’s Hollywood jazz club. It was the beginning of a harrowing and occasionally productive two year-stint for Parker bumming around L.A., showing up at jam sessions, crashing on people’s couches, causing havoc in public places (like stripping naked an walking through the lobby of the Civic Hotel downtown), and once in a while standing still for recording dates.
Dope sick from his prodigious heroin habit, Parker could barely function on the lightweight skag circulating along Central Avenue; called “mud,” it was a ghastly concoction of unrefined opium with twigs and dirt still in it. He took to drinking gallons of cheap wine and popping or smoking anything that came his way. Local fan Ross Russell, owner of the Tempo Music Store on Hollywood Boulevard, was a bebop fanatic; he started Dial Records in 1946 specifically to record Parker’s music.
“Relaxin’ at Carmarillo” – Considering the genesis of this tune—Parker wrote it while playing in the Camarillo State Hospital jazz band—this is one of Bird’s airiest and most relaxed performances. That’s L.A. guitarist Barney Kessel on the solo.
“I think Miles would’ve loved Erykah,” pianist and producer Robert Glasper told Rolling Stone recently, during a conversation about Everything’s Beautiful, an upcoming album on which he reworked snippets of Miles Davis’ studio recordings to create entirely new tracks. One of the highlights of the release, which stemmed from Glasper’s soundtrack work for Don Cheadle’s audacious Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, is a simmering bossa nova version of “Maiysha” – a song originally released on 1974’s Get Up With It – featuring lead vocals from Erykah Badu.
Here is the first edition of the new ‘Now That’s What I Call New Jazz United’ compilation series.
The 10 tracks here are all brand new releases and you can get most of them on vinyl.
If anyone tells you that jazz is dead, just pass them this blog link!
Photo: Saxophonist Oliver Lake.
Soul Call is a 1967 live album by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, recorded live at the Juan-les-Pins/Antibes Jazz Festival on the Côte d’Azur. Ella Fitzgerald appeared with Ellington and his band at the same festival, and a more complete version of Ellington’s appearance at the festival is documented on the 1998 album Ella and Duke at the Cote D’Azur.