Ella Fitzgerald – Stairway To The Stars (1959)

From the album Hello, Love, 1960 studio album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, recorded over two sessions in 1957 and 1959. Ella Fitzgerald – Vocals / Frank DeVol –  Conductor / Milt Bernhart – Trombone / George Roberts, Lloyd Ulyate, Pete Candoli – Trumpet / Harry “Sweets” Edison, Ray Linn, George Werth, Clint Neagley – Alto Saxophone / Ben Webster – Tenor Saxophone … Continue reading Ella Fitzgerald – Stairway To The Stars (1959)

Sidney Bechet – Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (1951)

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me is recorded November 5, 1951 and appears on The Fabulous Sidney Bechet. Bechet was in his twilight years at the time of these recordings, and still his soprano sax playing is extremely forceful, cutting through the six-piece ensembles like a beacon, loud as anything yet devoid of stridency. The music is old-school New Orleans swing, and this at a time … Continue reading Sidney Bechet – Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (1951)

Sun Ra – My Favorite Things (1978)

From the double album New Steps by Sun Ra and his Quartet recorded in Italy in 1978 and originally released on the Italian Horo label. “My Favorite Things” features Gilmore, and the listener’s first impulse may be to compare it to Coltrane’s classic version. But they are different treatments and Ra’s more conventional approach stands on its own terms. Michael Ray, a revelation throughout these recordings, … Continue reading Sun Ra – My Favorite Things (1978)

Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven (1963)

Title Track on the album Seven Steps to Heaven by Miles Davis. It’s easy to pigeonhole this ’63 Miles Davis recording as a “transition” period between his classic quintets, but one thing is quite clear: Miles was always in transition. Each Davis band was going through a musical or personnel metamorphosis, so we might as well simply take the music on its own terms and forget … Continue reading Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven (1963)