Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins – Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins

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Thelonious Monk’s years as a Prestige recording artist (1952-1954) were tough times for the legendary composer/pianist. Unable to work in New York clubs due to the unjust loss of his cabaret card, and misunderstood when not ignored by listeners as well as many musicians, Monk’s profile was sustained primarily by his appearances as both leader and sideman on a series of Prestige sessions released in the then-new LP format. The present collection, which samples three of those sessions, appeared as critics and fans were beginning to catch up to Monk’s singular genius and remains one of the best introductions to his iconoclastic brilliance. Three tracks feature leading Monk disciple Sonny Rollins, hitting early peaks on two standards and stretching out on “Friday the 13th,” plus a pair of tracks in which Monk’s greatest studio trio (with Percy Heath on bass and Art Blakey on drums) introduce the classic “Work” and “Nutty.”

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Julius Watkins (French horn); Percy Heath, Tommy Potter (upright bass); Art Blakey, Art Taylor, Willie Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Way You Look Tonight
02. I Want To Be Happy
03. Work
04. Nutty
05. Friday The 13th

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Dinah Washington – After Hours With Miss D

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The rare performer who achieved success in critical, artistic, and commercial terms. Dinah Washington was both the queen of the black jukebox and the consummate musicians’s musician. She was comfortable in virtually any musical context, but something special always happened when she surrounded herself with top-notch jazz musicians and let them wail.

After Hours With Miss “D,” featuring an extraordinary rhythm section and such outstanding soloists as Clark Terry, Paul Quinchette, and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, is one of Washington’s most jazz-oriented albums-and one of her most exciting.

Personnel: Dinah Washington (voice); Clark Terry (trumpet); Gus Chappell (trombone); Rick Henderson (alto saxophone); Eddie Chamblee (tenor saxophone); Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (tenor saxophone); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clarence “Sleepy” Anderson (piano); Junior Mance (piano); Jackie Davis (organ); Keter Betts (bass); candido Camero (congas); Ed Thigpen (drums).

Tracklist

01. Blue Skies (Edited Version)
02. Bye Bye Blues
03. Am I Blue
04. Our Love Is Here To Stay
05. A Foggy Day
06. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
07. Pennies From Heaven
08. Love For Sale
09. Blue Skies

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J.J. Johnson – The Eminent Volume One + Volume Two

For over four decades, until his death on February 4, 2001, J.J. Johnson (Or Jay Jay, as his early recordings had it) was the preeminent voice on trombone. So Fixe was his position at the top of the polls-even during this years of film scoring and his subsequent retirement from performing-it is easy to forget that his stature with the public, and that of his peers among the modernist, was not alwasy so exalted. At the time this recording session took place in 1953, Johnson had responded to the lean time facing his jazz generation by withdrawing from full-time playing in favor of a more scure factory job. When the titles were reissued on 12″ LP two years later, Johnson’s fortunes had reversed, and he was celebrating the first of a string of a poll vicotires taht would spread across the decades. These are some of the perforamnces that helped tunr matters around.

The Eminent Volume One
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Tracklist

01. Capri
02. Lover Man
03. Turnpike
04. Sketch
05. It Could Happen To You
06. Get Happy
07. Capri (Alternate Take)
08. Turnpike (Alternate Take)
09. Get Happy (Alternate Take)

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The Eminent Volume Two
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Tracklist

01. Too Marvelous for Words
02. Jay
03. Old Devil Moon
04. It’s You or No One
05. Time After Time
06. Coffee Pot
07. Pennies from Heaven
08. Viscosity
09. You’re Mine You
10. ”Daylie” Double
11. Groovin’
12. Portrait of Jennie
13. Pennies from Heaven (Alternate Take)
14. Viscosity (Alternate Take)
15. ”Daylie Double” (Alternate Take)

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Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

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This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards “April in Paris,” “Jim,” and “Lullaby of Birdland.” As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Jim,” and “September Song,” displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. Quinichette’s solos are magnificent as well, his feathery tone nearly a perfect match for Vaughan’s voice. Ironically though, neither Brown nor Quinichette or Mann appear on the album’s highlight, “Embraceable You,” which Vaughan performs with close accompaniment from the rhythm section: Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. Vaughan rounds the notes with a smile and even when she’s steeping to reach a few low notes, she never loses the tremendous feeling conveyed by her voice. In whichever incarnation it’s reissued, Sarah Vaughan With Clifford Brown is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded. (allmusic)

Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Ernie Wilkins (arranger); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Herbie Mann (flute); Jimmy Jomes (piano); Joe Benjamin (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Tracklist

01. Lullaby Of Birdland
02. September Song
03. I’m Glad There Is You
04. You’re Not The Kind
05. Jim
06. He’s My Guy
07. April In Paris
08. It’s Crazy
09. Embraceable You
10. Lullaby Of Birdland (Alternate Take)

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Dizzy Gillespie – Stan Getz – Diz and Getz

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Dizzy Gillespie was at the peak of his powers throughout the 1950s, still the pacesetter among trumpeters. This double CD matches Dizzy with Stan Getz, the Oscar Peterson Trio and drummer Max Roach. Getz, although identified with the “cool” school, thrived on competition and is both relaxed and combative on the uptempo explorations of “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “Impromptu.”

Tracklist

01. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
02. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
03. Exactly Like You
04. It’s The Talk Of The Town
05. Improptu
06. One Alone
07. Girl Of My Dreams
08. Siboney (Part I)
09. Siboney (Part II)

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Miles Davis Albums!

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis’ ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Dave Holland; and drummers Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette.

On October 7, 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as “one of the key figures in the history of jazz”.

On November 5, 2009, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan sponsored a measure in the US House of Representatives to recognize and commemorate the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary. The measure also affirms jazz as a national treasure and “encourages the United States government to preserve and advance the art form of jazz music.” It passed, unanimously, with a vote of 409–0 on December 15, 2009.

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