Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (1964)

Incredibly high energy level. Free For All is composed by Wayne Shorter and appears on the album Free For All, recorded in Van Gelder Studio in February 1964. Yay! Shorter’s title track is one of the finest moments in the Jazz Messengers’ history. [source] Lineup: Art Blakey – drums / Cedar Walton – piano / Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone / Freddie Hubbard – trumpet / … Continue reading Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (1964)

John Coltrane – Consequences (1965)

Consequenses comes after Love on Coltranes fabulous album Meditations, recorded in Van Gelder Studio the 23rd of November 1965. The year 1965 was a turning point in the life of John Coltrane. It was at this point that he crossed the line into the free jazz arena that he had been approaching since the early ’60s. Besides his landmark Ascension, no album better illustrates this than … Continue reading John Coltrane – Consequences (1965)

Bud Powell – Un Poco Loco (1949)

Un Poco Loco [Alternate Take No. 2] (English translation: “A Little Crazy”) is recorded on May the 1st, 1951 and appears on the album The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1 from 1955. While the song “Un Poco Loco” has been identified as musically outstanding, it has also been discussed as culturally significant. According to Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, although Afro-Cuban jazz had been introduced … Continue reading Bud Powell – Un Poco Loco (1949)

Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones – Rip, Rig and Panic (1965)

Title track from the album Rip, Rig & Panic by The Roland Kirk Quartet, Featuring Elvin Jones. The title of the album was explained by Kirk in the liner notes as follows: “Rip means Rip Van Winkle (or Rest in Peace?); it’s the way people, even musicians are. They’re asleep. Rig means like rigor mortis. That’s where a lot of peoples mind are. When they … Continue reading Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones – Rip, Rig and Panic (1965)

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)