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)

Archie Shepp – Body And Soul (1969)

Recorded August 12, 1969 in Paris. Last track on the B side of the album Yasmina, a Black Woman by Archie Shepp. It features musicians from the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The first track, giving its title to the album, is a long free jazz piece by an eleven-piece orchestra; in it, the references to Africa that Shepp had experimented with only a few weeks earlier in … Continue reading Archie Shepp – Body And Soul (1969)

Archie Shepp – Blasé (1969)

Recorded, August 16, 1969, Paris. As the ’60s drew to a close in a hail of blood and lead, jazz gradually began to close its doors. What had blossomed in the ’50s and ’60s as young men struggled to raise a music out of the whorehouses of New Orleans and into the concert halls turned into something less and more than it had been. Musicians … Continue reading Archie Shepp – Blasé (1969)

Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli / Eddie South – Improvisation On 1st Movement From Concerto In D Minor by JS Bach (1933)

Improvisation On 1st Movement From Concerto In D Minor by JS Bach is arranged by Django Reinhardt and recorded in Paris in 1933. Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. Django was foremost among a group of Gypsy guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s through the 1950s, … Continue reading Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli / Eddie South – Improvisation On 1st Movement From Concerto In D Minor by JS Bach (1933)