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‘Yes I can, No You Can’t’, by Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan, hard bop’s baddest trumpeter, may never quite have topped his iconic 1963 masterpiece ‘The Sidewinder’, but he came pretty damn close with ‘The Gigolo’ from 1965.
Jeff McMillan writes in his outstanding biography ‘Delightfulee, The Life And Music Of Lee Morgan’ (p. 144-146):
“…The tune that proved hardest to capture was Morgan’s composition ‘Yes I Can, No You Can’t’. After numerous false starts, the band made it through the head melody to Morgan’s solo in the 22nd (!) take. The trumpeter struggles through an awkward two-chorus solo where his effort to bend and sound slippery undermines both his intonation and phrasing…The band finally wraps up the (June 25th, 1965) session with a complete take, the 49th (!!) of a long, unsuccesful session focused on one tune…”
“…Lion booked Van Gelder’s studio for six days later (July 1st, 1965) so Morgan and his men could record enough material to fill an album. In this second effort, the group produced one of the great recording sessions of Morgan’s career. The trumpeter, especially, was in top form, producing a standout performance of ‘Yes I Can, No You Can’t’. Notable in Morgan’s playing are razor-sharp execution and a brilliance of tone, qualities that were not reliably there for him in the previous session. Clearly, the trumpeter had spent time practicing the material, likely supplemented with technical trumpet exercises. On the July 1st session his chops are strong and sure…”
Lee Morgan - Trumpet
Wayne Shorter - Tenor Saxophone
Harold Mabern Jr. - Piano
Bob Cranshaw - Bass
Billy Higgins - Drums
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise - Miles Davis
Dedicated to our friend Elia that passed this afternoon after battling cancer of the pancreas - much loved and will be sorely missed, forever.
Here is a poem I wrote not so long ago for Elia
His Heart was Golden
His Body was Broken
His Wisdom, pure fact
His Friends, White, Yellow, Red and Black
Elia had back problems all his life, ran a successful business 7 days a week, all day and night. His friends were all colour and race, his intelligence was at another level.
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I saw DJ Mehdi’s name all over the place, but this is probably one of the first places… One of my favorite remixes off the “Blue Note Revisited” compilation.
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Roy Haynes with Booker Ervin—“Dorian”
Cracklin’ (New Jazz 1963)
‘Empty Pockets’, by Herbie Hancock
Because I’m going to see Hancock with his ‘Tribute To Miles’ gig coming Sunday (accompanied by Wayne Shorter and Marcus Miller, to name a few), I’m going to get in the mood with today’s song ‘Empty Pockets’, from Herbie’s first solo album ‘Takin’ Off’, recorded in 1962. ‘Watermelon Man’ (from the same album) provided Mongo Santamaría with a hit single, but more importantly for Hancock, ‘Takin’ Off’ caught the attention of Miles Davis, who was at that time assembling a new band. He stayed with Miles’s ‘second great quintet’ the next 5 years.
Flanked by superb personnel that includes trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Dexter Gordon, and drummer Billy Higgins, Hancock offers excellent compositions that balance between adventurousness and the rigors of classic hard bop.
Herbie Hancock - Piano
Dexter Gordon - Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet
Butch Warren - Bass
Billy Higgins - Drums
Miles Davis | “My Funny Valentine,” Live
Recorded live at a Columbia Records party in the Persian Room of New York’s Plaza Hotel on September 9th, 1958. Playing with Davis were John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.
(Note: this track is about ten minutes long.)
Minor’s Holiday - The Jazz Messengers
Album - At The Cafe Bohemia, Vol. 1
Tia Fuller - Decisive Steps
Personnel: Tia Fuller: alto, soprano saxophones; Kim Thompson: drummer; Miriam Sullivan: bass; Shamie Royston: piano, Fender Rhodes; Sean Jones: trumpet; Christian McBride: bass; Warren Wolf: vibraphone; Maurice Chestnut: tap dancer.
Welcome The Weekend: “Breezin’”
George Benson plays the title track from his triple-platinum album, which topped the Billboard charts in 1976. Too simple and slick for the purists, the tune nonetheless ignited the former Jack McDuff sideman’s career and is considered a seminal entry in the birth of Smooth Jazz.
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“Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock. - George -> Freddie -> Herbie.
Stan Getz Quartet Feat. Astrud Gilberto - Eu E Voce (Getz Au Go Go, 1964)
Wayne Shorter - Dance Cadaverous