Gigi Gryce – The Rat Race Blues (1960)

Titletrack on the album The Rat Race Blues by Gigi Gryce Featuring Richard Williams, recorded June 7th 1960. The next to last album before Gigi Gryce permanently dropped out of jazz.

The group swings its way through two of Gryce’s lesser-known originals and three then-recent obscurities. Interesting and generally fresh straight-ahead jazz. [source]

Lineup: Gigi Gryce – Alto Saxophone / Richard Williams – Trumpet / Richard Wyands – Piano / Julian Euell – Bass / Mickey Roker – Drums

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Miles Davis – You’re My Everything (1954)

Second track on the album Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, recorded in 1956 in Van Gelder Studio.

Tracks such as “You’re My Everything” and “Oleo” highlight the synchronic nature of Davis and Coltrane as they carry each other’s melodies while trading off solos. The steady syncopation of Philly Joe Jones keeps the rhythms tight and the delicate interplay all the more conspicuous. [source]

Miles Davis – Trumpet
John Coltrane – Tenor Sax
Red Garland – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Philly Joe Jones – Drums

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[Dedicated Janne Skakon & Jens Kruse, with the best wishes for a long and happy marriage]

Jaki Byard Trio – Sunshine (1967)

Listen to John Arthur “Jaki” Byard playing the piano. Sunshine is the first track on the album Sunshine Of My Soul by Jaki Byard, recorded in New York City on Halloween October 31, 1967. Jaki Byard not only played piano and composed but also played saxophone and taught at New England Conservatory, among other places.

David Izenzon – Bass / Elvin Jones / Drums, Timpani / Jaki Byard – Piano

 

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Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet – Aggression (1961)

Aggression is recorded July 16, 1961. It appears on the second of three sets that document the Eric Dolphy / Booker Little quintet’s playing at the Five Spot

At the Five Spot volumes one and two is a pair of jazz albums documenting one night (16 July 1961) from the end of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little’s two-week residency at the Five Spot in New York. This was the only night to be recorded; the engineer was Rudy Van Gelder. [source]

An excellent set that records what may have been Dolphy’s finest group ever, as well as one of that era’s best working bands. [source]

Eric Dolphy – alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute / Booker Little – trumpet / Mal Waldron – piano / Richard Davis – double bass / Ed Blackwell – drums

 

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Miles Davis Quintet, Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1958)

Relaxin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet is an album recorded in 1956 by Miles David. Two sessions on 11 May 1956 and 26 October in the same year resulted in four albums—this one, Steamin´with The Miles Davis Quintet, Workin´with The Miles Davis Quintet, Cookin´with The Miles Davis Quintet. These four albums are considered to be one of the best performances for the whole hard bop subgenre. The album was remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 2005 for Prestige Records. This album includes dialogue snippets taken from the original master reel. It also emphasizes the Miles Davis’ concentrated ballad-style playing with his medium-register trumpet. [source]

Tracks:
1. “If I Were A Bell” (8:15)
2. You’re My Everything (5:18)
3. I Could Write A Book (5:09)
4. Oleo (6:18)
5. I Could Happen To You (6:37)
6. Woody ‘n’ You” (5:02)

 

Line up:
Miles Davis – Trumpet
John Coltrane – Tenor Saxophone
Red Garland – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Philly Joe Jones – Drums

[via Ronnie Rocket Nielsen]

Gary Bartz – Music Is My Sanctuary (1977)

Music is My Sanctuary is the first track on the C-side of Gary Bartz´double album  I´ve Known Rivers And Other Bodies, released on Prestige Records in 1973.

The line up on I´ve Known Rivers And Other Bodies:

Stafford James –  Acoustic and Electric Bass
Hubert Eaves – Acoustic and Electric Piano
Gary Bartz – Alto and Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Howard King – Drums