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 / … Continue reading Gigi Gryce – The Rat Race Blues (1960)

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 – … Continue reading Miles Davis – You’re My Everything (1954)

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   Continue reading Jaki Byard Trio – Sunshine (1967)

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 … Continue reading Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet – Aggression (1961)

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 … Continue reading Miles Davis Quintet, Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet (1958)

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   Continue reading Gary Bartz – Music Is My Sanctuary (1977)