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September 16, 2014
Johnny Dodds - Perdido Street Blues Originally from Johnny Dodds And the New Orleans Wanderers (Recorded 1926)
As you know… to get proper information about such early jazz recordings is pretty hard so excuse any ambiguity or mistakes. The Perdido Street Blues was written by Louis Armstrong in whose legendary band The Hot Five Dodds was clarinetist. His recordings also feature other members of Satchmo’s band like Johnny St. Cyr on Banjo, Kid Ory on trombone and Louis’ later wife Lilian Hardin (later Lil Hardin Armstrong). Johnny’s intonation in the intro really got to make every man’s heart blue!
John Coltrane - Cousin Mary From Giant Steps (recorded 1959, released 60, Atlantic SD 1311)
Great artists proof through a career that is a constant development. A career one can part in different creative periods. If we look for example at the work of Miles, we come from Bop with the Charlie Parker Quintet, to Cool Jazz with Birth of the Cool, over Hard Bop with the early Quintet to Modal Jazz with Kind of Blue and later Fusion with In A Silent Way or Bitches Brew. Identical with Miles Davis’ most famous side-men John Coltrane. Starting his recording action he made great records like Blue Train (1957 on Blue Note) or albums with different collaborators: Tommy Flanagan and Idrees Sulieman on The Cats (1957, Prestige) for example or as co-leader with guitarist Kenny Burrell (John Coltrane & Kenny Burrell, 1958, New Jazz/Prestige) who also was part of The Cats band. But my favorite from that time is Cattin’ With Coltrane And Quinichette (1957, Prestige). He teams up with the smooth playing tenor man Paul Quinichette who was called the Vice Pres for playing nearly similar to the President Of Tenor Saxophone Lester Young. The sound of that time in Coltrane’s discography is influenced by his work in the Miles Davis Quintet. Even though Coltrane’s style as soloist was always completely different and incomparable the basic sound was very much hard-bopish. This period came to its peak when John recorded his first album for Atlantic Records: Giant Steps. This outstanding and unmatched album is the first very true high point in Coltrane’s work. Still in Hard Bop tradition he expanded the parameters of Bop so they serve his style. I don’t think I have to refute anybody’s doubts about Giant Steps is one of the greatest jazz albums of all time always because I don’t think there is anyone who would doubt that. What I want to show you is that an album like Giant Steps or also the next of Coltrane’s album Coltrane Jazz (1959, Atlantic) is the product of a year long development in music. It is nothing different with the next legendary albums in the discography… like My Favorite Things (1960, Atlantic) that made the introduction to Coltrane’s 60s sound; like Impressions (1961, Impulse!) where Coltrane set the standards related to modal improvisation new; like A Love Supreme (1964, Impulse!) that was the start of trend in Modern Jazz that goes to spiritual expression; like Ascensions (1965, Impulse!) that is a landmark in Free Jazz. All these records that are used to be called masterworks are in fact the sum of all the other small masterworks Coltrane made before.
Lester Young & Teddy Wilson - Taking A Chance On Love From Pres And Teddy (1956, Verve MGV-8205)
Another great swinging tune by the President and Teddy Wilson. Another great production by Norman Granz, sad that doesn’t shine out in the quality of the upload. But we all know: a good rhythm still swings through the clicks and through the snaps. Exhibit A, above.
Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz - Be-Bop From For Musicians Only (1958, Verve MGV 8198)
A memorable meeting of three jazz giants who come from very different directions, especially regarding the contrast of a Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz’s style. The whole album is an exciting record. Solo high flights in excellent sound made by Verve Record’s Norman Granz. Next to the soloists the personnel feautres renowned sidemen like John Lewis or Oscar Peterson trio bassist Ray Brown.