Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (1964)

Incredibly high energy level. Free For All is composed by Wayne Shorter and appears on the album Free For All, recorded in Van Gelder Studio in February 1964. Yay!

Shorter’s title track is one of the finest moments in the Jazz Messengers’ history. [source]

Lineup: Art Blakey – drums / Cedar Walton – piano / Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone / Freddie Hubbard – trumpet / Curtis Fuller – trombone / Reggie Workman – bass

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Nat King Cole – When I Fall in Love (1964)

The performance of When I Fall in Love is from The Jack Benny Program in 1964.

It’s not difficult to hear why with his jazz leanings, his blues undertones and a voice as smooth as silk he appealed to just about everyone…Black or White. He was dubbed the Sepia Sinatra in the 1940s because he was the only challenger to Frank’s role as America’s premier singer. [source]

 

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[via BONGORAMA.COM, Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Nat King Cole’s Birth]

Eric Dolphy – Springtime (1964)

Recorded live  in Paris, France, June 11, 1964. Originally released in 1988 on the album Last Recordings by Eric Dolphy and rereleased in 2010 on The Complete Last Recordings by Eric Dolphy. Eric Dolphy died 18 days after this recording and apparently it was the very last time he recorded at all.

Jacques Hess – Bass
Eric Dolphy – Bass Clarinet
Franco Monzecci – Drums
Jack Diéval – Piano
Nathan Davis – Tenor Saxophone
Donald Byrd – Trumpet

 

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Eric Dolphy – Something Sweet, Something Tender (1964)

Second track on the album Out to Lunch by Eric Dolphy.

Much has been written about Dolphy’s odd time signatures, wide-interval leaps, and flirtations with atonality. And those preoccupations reach their peak on Out to Lunch, which is less rooted in bop tradition than anything Dolphy had ever done.  [source]

Eric Dolphy – flute, alto saxophone / Freddie Hubbard – trumpet / Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone / Richard Davis – bass / Anthony Williams – drums

 

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Graham Moncur III – Some Other Stuff (1964) (full album)

According to Moncur, “Gnostic”, a free jazz piece “which eliminates a pulsating meter”, should represent the achievement of salvation through the expression of knowledge and wisdom. “Thandiwa” means “beloved one” in the Zulu language, and it is the least experimental track of the album.With “The Twins”, built off only one chord, he wanted to portrait his twin brothers; he considered the rhythm the focal point of the composition.”Nomadic” is centered on a drum solo by Tony Williams. [source]

Graham Moncur III was one of the top trombonists of the jazz avant-garde in the 1960s although he had only a few chances to lead his own record sessions. This 1964 set (which has been reissued on CD) was one of his finest, a quintet outing with bassist Cecil McBee, two of the members of the Miles Davis Quintet (pianist Herbie Hancock and drummer Tony Williams), and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter  just a brief time before he joined Miles. The group performs four of Moncur´s challenging originals, including “Nomadic” (which is largely a drum solo) and “The Twins,” which is built off of one chord. None of the compositions caught on but the strong and very individual improvising of the young musicians is enough of a reason to acquire the advanced music. [source]

Tracks: Gnostic  (11:46) / Thandiwa (8:21) / The Twins (12:55) / Nomadic ( 7:43)

Line up:
Cecil McBee – Bass
Anthony Williams – Drums
Herbie Hancock – Piano
Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur III – Trombone

 

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