Arthur Blythe – Carespin’ With Mamie (1980)

From the album Illusions by Arthur Blythe, recorded at CBS Recording Studios, New York , 1980. It is surprising how artistically productive altoist Arthur Blythe was during his period on Columbia. Despite the hype and Columbia’s reputation for pressuring artists to play mass-appeal music, Blythe´s recordings for that label are inventive and creative. For this, his third Columbia release, Blythe uses two different groups: an “in the tradition” … Continue reading Arthur Blythe – Carespin’ With Mamie (1980)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Jam With Sam (1951)

Recorded May 10, 1951, Columbia recording session, New York City. Columbia 39670. Nelson Williams, Andres Meringuito, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker (t) / Ray Nance (t,vl,v) / Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Juan Tizol (tb) / Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) / Russell Procope (cl,as) / Willie Smith (as) / Paul Gonsalves (ts) / Harry Carney (cl,as,bar) / Duke Ellington (p,tk) / Wendell Marshall (sb) / Louis Bellson (d)   Continue reading Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Jam With Sam (1951)

Billie Holliday / Ray Ellis & His Orchestra – I’m a Fool To Want You (1958)

First track on the album Lady In Satin by Billie Holliday and Ray Ellis & His Orchestra , recorded 19–21 February 1958, released on Columbia same year. This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. Lady Day herself said that this session (which finds her accompanied by Ray Ellis´ string orchestra) was her personal favorite, and many listeners have found her emotional versions of such songs as “I’m … Continue reading Billie Holliday / Ray Ellis & His Orchestra – I’m a Fool To Want You (1958)

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1972) (full album)

Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchechestra´s second album. It was released in the first half of 1973 and is the last studio album by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up, before the group dissolved, although Between Nothingness and Eternity, a live album, was recorded and released later that same year. [source] All compositions by John McLaughlin, except “Miles Beyond”, by Miles Davis: Birds of Fire (5:50) / Miles Beyond (4:47) … Continue reading Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1972) (full album)

Chet Baker – I Love You (1954)

 Chet Baker and Strings was recorded over three days in late 1953 and early 1954. Joining Baker (trumpet) on these sessions are Jack “Zoot” Sims (tenor sax), Jack Montrose (tenor sax), Russ Freeman (piano), Joe Mondragon (bass), Shelly Manne (drums), and Clifford “Bud” Shank (alto sax), who steps in for Sims on the 1954 date. [source] Joe Mondragon – Bass Shelly Mann – Drums Russ … Continue reading Chet Baker – I Love You (1954)

Miles Davis – On the Corner (1972) (Full Album)

On the Corner is a studio album by jazz musician Miles Davis, recorded in June and July 1972 and released later that year on Columbia Records. It was scorned by critics at the time of its release and was one of Davis’s worst-selling recordings. Its critical standing has improved dramatically with the passage of time, as it is now seen as a strong forerunner of the musical techniques … Continue reading Miles Davis – On the Corner (1972) (Full Album)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Prelude To A Kiss (1957)

Prelude To A Kiss is from the album Ellington Indigos, recorded in 1957 and released on Columbia in 1958. Duke Ellington – Piano / Jimmy Woode – Bass / Sam Woodyard – Drums / Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone / Jimmy Hammilton – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone / Russell Procope – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone / Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone / Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone / Rick Henderson – Alto Saxophone / John … Continue reading Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Prelude To A Kiss (1957)