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(The following describes the show as it took place from: September 13, 2014 to January 16, 2016)
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

51. OJC August 29 2015

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Diane Schuur - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered


Chet Baker - Indian Summer

After Chet Baker tasted success on his own following the breakup of the quartet with Gerry Mulligan, he never looked back, though his drug problem would increasingly hamper his career for the rest of his life. The quartet he took to Europe was a junkie band, with the leader, pianist Dick Twardzik (who would die from an overdose in Paris just over a month after these concerts), and drummer Peter Littman all being heroin addicts. Yet the band is in good form for this pair of performances, recorded on two consecutive nights in Amsterdam and Scheveningen. Johnny Mandel's "Tommyhawk" is used as an opener for the two concerts, with Baker on fire in both versions. Twardzik's inventive playing behind Baker in "Indian Summer" alternates between a colorful tremolo and sparse bop. —

Joe Williams - Singin' in the Rain Then and Now

Art Pepper - All the Things You Are

Dick Haymes - The Nearness of You

Laurence Hobgood - Mice

Laurence Hobgood, Brian Torff, and Paul Wertico's Union is a busman's holiday for the musicians. On their second album, they take tunes from everywhere -- the folk song "Jacob's Ladder," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Double Rainbow," Lionel Bart's "Where Is Love?" from the musical Oliver, and some originals -- and have fun with them, sometimes playing slowly and thoughtfully, sometimes melodically and warmly, sometimes in cacophonous free improvisation. The spontaneity of the sessions is added to by the recording process, which is strictly direct to stereo, unmixed and unedited, and in that sense true jazz. The players are familiar enough with each other to play sympathetically, but since they only get together occasionally, there are plenty of surprises. It may not be their best, most considered work, but there's some fine playing. —

Count Basie - Thad Jones - Corner Pocket

Dianne Reeves - Mista

George Adams - Take Me Out To The Ball Game

… best of all, "Take Me out to the Ballgame" becomes an unaccompanied tenor solo -- at one point Adams makes clicking sounds that are very similar to a ball hitting a mitt. —

Leadbelly - Good Morning Blues

Etta Jones - Just Friends

The sound of this release brings to mind a cross between Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline. Not a bad combination, and one that sounds remarkably fresh and invigorating long after its 1962 recording date. Here, Etta Jones' swinging singing is augmented with Oliver Nelson's attractive and distinctive arrangements. Wally Richardson's guitar is especially noteworthy in the rhythm section, while Nelson's use of horns and strings is as wonderful as ever. From the Heart is a lot of fun, a too-long-forgotten gem that takes the listener back to a more innocent time and provides the perfect setting for Etta Jones to display her vocal wares. —

David "Fathead" Newman

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