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 / … Continue reading Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (1964)

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]     … Continue reading Nat King Cole – When I Fall in Love (1964)

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 … Continue reading Eric Dolphy – Springtime (1964)

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 – … Continue reading Eric Dolphy – Something Sweet, Something Tender (1964)

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