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Saturday, January 24, 2015

20. OJC January 24 2015

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Jimmy Guiffre and Bob Brookmeyer
1958 Newport Jazz Festival


I love to travel. That introduction was the sound of a journey. Let's go back to the host of that show again as she introduces the band...

Trio in Tokyo

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Trio in Tokyo was recorded in 1997 at the Blue Note Tokyo in Japan. Anthony Jackson and Steve Gadd who were important studio musicians, in this live performance provided a great rhythm section for this recording.

"These Foolish Things"
with the Oscar Peterson Trio

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Lester Young or "Prez" a nickname given him by Billie Holiday, was a tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist who came to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra. He worked this magic with Oscar Peterson.

"Up in Dodo's Room"
Central Av 1956

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Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa was a respected Italian piano player who studied with his schoolmate Erroll Garner in Pittsburgh. He was Charlie Parkers first choice and was the piano player on Birds legendary Dial sessions. He was tied to the past of Art Tatum and the bebop of his day and that tension was on full display in this 1946 Howard McGhee Sextet recording. Dodo made some amazing recordings through the 40s but left performing due to mental illness and returned to his Pittsburgh home. Despite that he was drafted in 1954 where he received electric shock therapy and was discharged.

"The Lip"
The Wildest

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Louis Prima was a force of nature who's work was a mixture of jump blues, Italian pop, and jazz. Keely Smith joined Louis Prima after recording for Capitol Records with orchestras directed by Nelson Riddle and Billy May. They began working together, got married and appeared in Las Vegas where they were one of the most popular stage acts through the 1950s.

"Well You Needn't"

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Thelonious Monk was just wrapping up some time at Prestige Records and was just about to sign with the classic Riverside label. when recorded some interesting songs in Paris on June 7 1954. In 1955 he began a very productive period of more than 20 albums through 1961 with Riverside which was released in 1986 on 15 CDs called Thelonious Monk: the Complete Riverside Recordings.

"Dinks Blues"
Brother Jack Live

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This quintessential soul jazz collection is from live music Jack McDuff recorded in the 1960s. These are fine pure examples of his classic Hammond B3 organ is accompanied by a lineup that was first call. Red Holloway on tenor sax and flute, we will hear from him as a leader later in todays program by the way, Joe Dukes on drums and George Benson long before he became uber famous in the 70s. If it seems like you've heard riffs like these before on the organ, its only because they were lifted from this man who created them first.

"Rockin' Chair"
Black and Blue and Tobacco Road

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This 1962-63 recording was a very successful artistic endeavor for Lou Rawls. The orchestra he worked with included some of the best musicians of the day like Teddy Edwards, Sonny Criss and organist Groove Holmes, and bass player Curtis Counce. Surprisingly though this was not a huge commercial success. But history weeds out the good and the bad and this recording, at the beginning of Lou Rawls career has only grown in importance. There are many others on this large collection that we will hear in future installments of Oregon Jazz Central.

Frank Morgan
"It's Only A Paper Moon"
Love, Lost & Found

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Frank Morgan over the course of his career became known for his ballads many of which are represented on this record. This recording is predictable really, but in this case it is a good thing. Cedar Walton on piano, Ray Brown on Bass and Billy Higgins on drums provided a rich setting.

"Hot House"

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Joey DeFrancesco works with Ron Holloway and gives a good straight ahead with funk or hard bop version of the bebop standard Hot House. He has taken away a lot of experience with Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, and Dizzy Gillespie's last band (1989-1992).

"Someone To Watch Over Me"
Gershwin Volume 1

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She posessed one of the most amazing voices of the 20th century. Her reputation for being able to sing when she was scheduled even if she hadn't slept was legendary. She was one of the few musicians with the chops to keep up with the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gilespie, both of whom were sidemen in Earl Hines band while she was there 1943-44 A musicians strike delayed her recording debut until she joined her lifelong friend Billy Eckstine when he formed his own orchestra.

"The Train and the River"
The Train and the River

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Jazz Guitar

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This is music that was probably recorded about 1965 with Harold Mabern on piano, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Jimmy Lovelace. Montgomery's recordings up through 1965 are considered the hard-bop part of his career. He adopted a pop jazz approach toward the end of his career to 1968 which likely gained him a much wider audience.

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