Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow – Stretching Out (1961)

Stretching Out is from the album Emphasis & Flight by Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, recorded 7th and 23rd November, 1961 in Germany. At a time when the leading edge of mainstream jazz was pulling through modal jazz into hard bop, Jimmy Giuffre was headed in another direction. His early trios were simultaneously polite and experimental, an unusual combination that revealed both his cool roots and … Continue reading Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow – Stretching Out (1961)

Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet – Aggression (1961)

Aggression is recorded July 16, 1961. It appears on the second of three sets that document the Eric Dolphy / Booker Little quintet’s playing at the Five Spot At the Five Spot volumes one and two is a pair of jazz albums documenting one night (16 July 1961) from the end of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little’s two-week residency at the Five Spot in New York. This was the only night … Continue reading Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet – Aggression (1961)

Charles Mingus – Passions Of A Man (1961)

Passions Of A Man is from the album Oh Yeah by Charles Mingus. Mingus had always had a bizarre sense of humor, as expressed in some of his song titles and arranging devices, but Oh Yeah often gets downright warped. That’s partly because Mingus is freed up to vocalize more often, but it’s also due to the presence of mad genius Roland Kirk. His chemistry with Mingus is fantastically … Continue reading Charles Mingus – Passions Of A Man (1961)

Mal Waldron with Eric Dolphy – Warm Canto (1961)

Recorded 27 June 1961. From the album The Quest. The Quest is an album by American jazz pianist Mal Waldron recorded in 1961 and released on the New Jazz label. Some reissues of the album appear under Eric Dolphy´s name. [source] Joe Benjamin – Bass Ron Carter – Cello Eric Dolphy – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone Charlie Persip – Drums Mal Waldron – Piano     Continue reading Mal Waldron with Eric Dolphy – Warm Canto (1961)

Booker Little – Moods In Free Time (1961)

Moods In Free Time is from the album Out Front by Booker Little, recorded in New York, spring 1961, and first released on Candid ame year. Booker Little was the first trumpet soloist to emerge in jazz after the death of Clifford Brown to have his own sound. His tragically brief life (he died at age 23 later in 1961) cut short what would have certainly been a major career. … Continue reading Booker Little – Moods In Free Time (1961)