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Saturday, October 4, 2014

4. OJC October 4 2014

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There are many of these in life both historical and personal - real and metaphorical. Here is the title track from an important 1965 recording about that by Herbie Hancock called "Maiden Voyage."
"Maiden Voyage"

"The Other Man's Grass is Always Greener"
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"Society Red"


"Society Red" is the composition we just listened to.
Dexter Gordon, also known as "Long Tall Dexter" was 6'6" tall and was a bebop tenor sax player whose career lasted 40 years. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell were his contemporaries who also spoke bebop.

- before that...
"The Other Man's Grass is Always Greener" from Wes Montgomery. Down Here on the Ground is the Album it appeared on.
Wes Montgomery, especially in his time at Riverside Records, took his place in the pantheon of great jazz guitarists like Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and he set the stage for many including George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny.

- and at the top of this set...
"Maiden Voyage" was the title track from an album by Herbie Hancock.
Maiden Voyage was recorded by the great Blue Note label engineer, Rudy Van Gelder in May of 1965 and was a conceptual one with the ocean in mind.
Herbie Hancock was part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet, and helped define"post-bop."


- up next...
One of Canada's greatest contributions to jazz is pianist Oscar Peterson and "Something's Coming."

"Something's Coming"

 "Back At The Chicken Shack"

"Take Me Out To The Ballgame" - Derek Jeter's Final Game

"Just a Little While to Stay Here"


- that was...

"Just a Little While To Stay Here," from dixieland clarinetist Jim Beatty was released on his record called The West Coast Years.

Jim Beatty started his career in New York City where he worked with Eddie Condon, Pee Wee Russell, and Sidney Bechet. He later moved to Los Angeles until the US Army drafted him in 1956 and in the fall of 1967, he moved with his wife and two boys to Portland, Oregon, where he performed regularly in a vibrant jazz club scene of the 70's and 80's.

- before that...

"Take Me Out To The Ballgame" is a standard at baseball games that has been interpreted by many jazz artists including former baseball player and classically trained guitarist Bernie Williams, a former New York Yankee center fielder. This smooth jazz and somewhat melancholy version released on an album called Moving On, was played for the 7th inning stretch at the last 2014 Yankee game in which shortstop Derek Jeter participated.

- ahead of that one...

"Back At The Chicken Shack"came out on an album called Right Turn on Blue.
Ray Charles originally hired Hank Crawford as a baritone saxophonist. but in 1959 he switched to alto and remained with Charles' band—becoming its musical director until 1963. In 1986, Crawford began working with blues-jazz organ master Jimmy McGriff and that is about when I saw them at the Blues Alley in Washington DC. 

- and starting out this set...

"Something's Coming" by the great Oscar Peterson was released on The Essential Oscar Peterson: The Swinger.
Oscar Peterson won 8 grammys and many other awards and in the opinion of many is one of the greatest, bebop and hard bop pianists jazz has ever produced. 
At, the blog for this show, there is a fascinating video with talk show host Dick Cavett in which he displays his wide ranging understanding of jazz piano styles.


And finally today, here is one about a beach located on the South American continent, at the south end of Brazil's capital, Rio de Janeiro, by Astrud Gilberto, "Girl From Ipanema."

"Girl From Ipanema"


- that was...

"The Girl From Ipanema" was a mix of great writing, exotic location and a serendipitous moment for Astrud Gilberto, the wife of João Gilberto. At a 1964 recording session in New York, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz and the song's original vocalist João Gilberto, wanted to cut an english version of the song. Astrud was the only Brazilian that could speak english and her untrained singing was a hit. 

Thanks for joining me today.


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