“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.
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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.
From the album Songs Without Words by Fred Hersch. “So In Love” is composed by Cole Porter.
Fred Hersch – Piano
[Dedicated my german friends MB & DV]
Walkin Appears on “The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965” (Columbia Legacy 1995). It is originally written by R. Carpenter.
Played live at the Plugged Nickel, First Set December 23, 1965 by:
Miles Davis – Trumpet / Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone / Herbie Hancock – Piano / Ron Carter – Bass / Tony Williams – Drums.
Research for a Wayne Shorter biography revealed that drummer Tony Williams, during the plane ride to Chicago, challenged the rest of the band to play anti-jazz, in essence sabotaging the gig by playing whatever one wished rather than the standard versions. The band kept to the challenge, and the tunes were then radically altered for the Plugged Nickel performances. [source]
At this time Mingus was working regularly with a piano-less quartet featuring Eric Dolphy, Ted Curson and Dannie Richmond, as heard on the Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus album also recorded in November 1960. The Mingus album features one track, “Stormy Weather”, recorded by the same quartet, plus two tracks recorded by a larger group featuring piano and additional horns. [source]
Charles Mingus – Bass
Eric Dolphy – Alto sax
Ted Curson – Trumpet
Dannie Richmond – Drums
Originaly released on the album The World of Cecil Taylor .
Cecil Taylor – Piano / Archie Sheep – Sax / Buell Neidlinger – Bass / Denis Charles – Drums