Chick Corea – Humpty Dumpty (1978)

The Mad Hatter is an album recorded by Chick Corea and released in 1978. The track names for the album, as well as its title, are derived from the children’s fairy-tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Chick Corea – Piano, Synthesizer, Marimba, Percussion, Vocals, Arrangement. Stewart Blumberg – Trumpet. John Rosenburg – Trumpet. John Thomas – Trumpet. Ron Moss – Trombone. Joe Farrell … Continue reading Chick Corea – Humpty Dumpty (1978)

Miles Davis – Riot (1967)

The fourth album by Miles Davis’ second classic quintet, Nefertiti is best known for the unusual title track, on which the horn section repeats the melody numerous times without individual solos while the rhythm section improvises underneath, reversing the traditional role of a rhythm section. Also featured are the lilting ballad “Fall”, Williams’s “Hand Jive”, a more bobbish composition, and the other pieces showcase the group’s unique post-bop approach. Both “Nefertiti” … Continue reading Miles Davis – Riot (1967)

John Coltrane – Olé (1961)

This is a little masterpiece composed by John Coltrane. The first track from the album Olé Coltrane, with only three tracks, plus an additional “bonus” track, recorded may 25 1961, A&R Studios NY. It was Coltranes last album on Atlantic Records, released february 1962. Coltrane tries to explore the larger group format. Olé features Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, Art Davis, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman and Elvin Jones, and … Continue reading John Coltrane – Olé (1961)

Marco Di Marco / Chris Wood Sextet – Together in Paris (1974)

“Together in Paris”  is the last track on the album of same name by Marco Di Marco/ Chris Wood Sextet. It is recorded by Marco Di Marco in 1974. They share  the writing and bring a swinging rare delight of uptempos, moods, solos and atmospheric jazz in this magical collaboration . Dusty groove filled with direct beauty and  lyricism and style. One of our favorite jazz albums of … Continue reading Marco Di Marco / Chris Wood Sextet – Together in Paris (1974)

Miles Davis – Ahmad’s Blues (1959)

Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles Davis. Two sessions on May 11, 1956 and October 26 in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Relaxin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet, Steamin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet and Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet. Track 2 is a composition written for Davis by Eddie Vinson (see Blue … Continue reading Miles Davis – Ahmad’s Blues (1959)

Tomasz Stańko Quintet – My Night, My Day (1973)

Purple Sun is a festive fusion album that works well within the constraints of the idiom and avoids all its pitfalls. Stanko and company liberally mix On the Corner-era Miles Davis with the tonal advancements of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The addition of well-thought out melodies makes this one of the finer and most tasteful statements in an often-overworked genre. “Boratka/Flute’s Ballad” and “Falir” are rooted … Continue reading Tomasz Stańko Quintet – My Night, My Day (1973)

Max Roach featuring Abbey Lincoln – Freedom Day (1960)

We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite is a jazz album released on Candid Records in 1960. It contains a suite which Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown had begun to develop in 1959 with a view to its performance in 1963 on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. The cover references the sit-in movement of the Civil Rights Movement. The Penguin Guide to Jazz … Continue reading Max Roach featuring Abbey Lincoln – Freedom Day (1960)