Bud Powell – Get Happy (1959)

Bud Powell in the Blue Note, in Paris, France in December 1959. Bud Powell – Piano / Kenny Clarke – Drums / Pierre Michelot – Bass “No one could play like Bud; too difficult, too quick, incredible!” – Thelonious Monk   Continue reading Bud Powell – Get Happy (1959)

David Murray Quartet – Return of The Lost Tribe (1991)

From the album A Sanctuary Within. A SANCTUARY WITHIN, like much of Murray’s work from this period, defies categorization. It combines traditional and modern elements of jazz and adds a healthy dose of African rhythms to the mix. Murray himself would argue that categorizing jazz only serves to damage the art form. One is tempted to agree with him when he suggests simply calling it … Continue reading David Murray Quartet – Return of The Lost Tribe (1991)

Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. [source] Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone / Fred Guy – Banjo, Guitar / Harry Carney –  Baritone Saxophone / … Continue reading Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)

Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now (1979)

From the album Gravaty by Fred Frith. Gravity is a 1980 solo album by English guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith from Henry Cow and Art Bears. Gravity has been described as an avant-garde “dance” record that draws on rhythm and dance from folk music across the world. AllMusic called it one of the most important experimental guitar titles from Fred Frith. [source] Fred Frith … Continue reading Fred Frith – Spring Any Day Now (1979)

Sonny Sharrock – Princess Sonata (1986)

From the album Guitar by Sonny Sharrock. Princess Sonata consists of four parts: Princess And The Magician / Like Voices Of Sleeping Birds / Flowers Laugh / They Enter The Dream This is pure, undiluted Sonny Sharrock. Taking advantage of the overdubbing process, Sharrock accompanies himself in a series of duets that demonstrate the range of his playing, from menacing to tender. The songs are fairly simple; a brief introduction and chord statement lays … Continue reading Sonny Sharrock – Princess Sonata (1986)

Fred Frith – Same old me (1989)

From the film by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel. Shot in black and white, the 35mm documentary was filmed between 1988 and 1989 in studios, streets, concerts, rehearsals, fields, hotel rooms and sundry other locations in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, England, the United States and Switzerland, and shows Frith rehearsing, performing, giving interviews and relaxing. Compiled with additons and alterations at Sound Fabrik, Munich Dec. 89. Bill Laswell … Continue reading Fred Frith – Same old me (1989)

Chet Baker – I’ve Never Been In Love Before (1954)

“I’ve Never Been in Love Before” is a song written by Frank Loesser, published in 1950. Chet Baker did a tender vocal version by, recorded for his 1956 vocal debut, Chet Baker Sings. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn’t sound … Continue reading Chet Baker – I’ve Never Been In Love Before (1954)