Sun Ra – My Favorite Things (1978)

From the double album New Steps by Sun Ra and his Quartet recorded in Italy in 1978 and originally released on the Italian Horo label. “My Favorite Things” features Gilmore, and the listener’s first impulse may be to compare it to Coltrane’s classic version. But they are different treatments and Ra’s more conventional approach stands on its own terms. Michael Ray, a revelation throughout these recordings, … Continue reading Sun Ra – My Favorite Things (1978)

Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake – Worry Now Later (1989)

From the CD You Stepped out of a Cloud by Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake, recorded, August the 11th, 1989. Originally Worry Now Later is composed by Thelonious Monk. Lyrics by Margo Guryan. In 1961, both pianist Ran Blake and singer Jeanne Lee (helped out on two cuts by bassist George Duvivier) made their recording debut with a set of coolly emotional duets. Nearly 28 years later, they had a reunion … Continue reading Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake – Worry Now Later (1989)

Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. [source] Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone / Fred Guy – Banjo, Guitar / Harry Carney –  Baritone Saxophone / … Continue reading Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)

Fred Frith – Same old me (1989)

From the film by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel. Shot in black and white, the 35mm documentary was filmed between 1988 and 1989 in studios, streets, concerts, rehearsals, fields, hotel rooms and sundry other locations in Japan, Italy, France, Germany, England, the United States and Switzerland, and shows Frith rehearsing, performing, giving interviews and relaxing. Compiled with additons and alterations at Sound Fabrik, Munich Dec. 89. Bill Laswell … Continue reading Fred Frith – Same old me (1989)

Chet Baker – I’ve Never Been In Love Before (1954)

“I’ve Never Been in Love Before” is a song written by Frank Loesser, published in 1950. Chet Baker did a tender vocal version by, recorded for his 1956 vocal debut, Chet Baker Sings. When the 24-year-old California-based trumpeter started his vocal career in 1954, his singing was revolutionary; as delicate and clear as his trumpet playing, with a similarly bright and vibrato-free tone, Baker simply didn’t sound … Continue reading Chet Baker – I’ve Never Been In Love Before (1954)