Gato Barbieri – Why Did She Choose You? (1972)

Although some of the smoky sax solos get a little uncomfortably close to 1970s fusion cliché, Gato Barbieri’s score to Bertolucci’s 1972 classic is an overall triumph. Suspenseful jazz, melancholy orchestration, and actual tangos fit the film’s air of erotic longing, melancholy despair, and doomed fate. [source] Gato Barbieri – Saxophone / Wolmer Beltrani – Accordion / Franco D’Andrea – Piano / Franco Goldani – Accordion … Continue reading Gato Barbieri – Why Did She Choose You? (1972)

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)

Benny Goodman / Igor Stravinsky – Ebony Concerto (1945)

Two different worlds united in one. I. Allegro moderato II. Andante III. Moderato; Con moto Igor Stravinsky wrote the Ebony Concerto in 1945 for the Woody Herman band known as the First Herd. It is one in a series of compositions commissioned by the bandleader/clarinetist featuring solo clarinet. Herman recorded the concerto in the Belock Recording Studio at Bayside New York, calling it a “very delicate and a very sad piece”. Stravinsky … Continue reading Benny Goodman / Igor Stravinsky – Ebony Concerto (1945)