Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summer Music

I do a lot of listening to music over the summer months.  Here's a list of what's been on my CD players lately:

Arrangements by Michael Abene:

Judi Silvano - Let Yourself Go (2004)
Nneena Freelon - Maiden Voyage (1998)
Maceo Parker - Soul Classics (2012)
Fay Claasen with WDR Big Band - Sing! (2010)
Patti Austin - Avant Gershwin (2007)

Netherlands Metropole Jazz Orchestra

Jim Beard - Revolution
54 [w/ John Scofield] (2010)
Ernestine Anderson - Isn't It Romantic (1998)
Vince Mendoza - Nights On Earth (2011)

Piano trio albums:

Keith Jarrett - Up For It (2003)
Keith Jarrett - Setting Standards.  New York Sessions (2008)
Ketih Jarrett - At the Blue Note (1994)
Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (2012)

Eddie Palmieri:

Sun of Latin Music (1974)
Vortex (1996)
Obra Maestra w/ Tito Puente (2000)
El Rumbero del Piano
Listen Here! (2005)
Arete (1995)
Simpatico w/ Brian Lynch (2006)

Bruce Gertz:

Open Mind (2013)
Thank You Charlie (2010)
It Wasn't Me (2007)
Reptilian Fantasies (2008)

Misc. Big Band recording:

US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors - The Legacy of Hank Levy (1997)
Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and Jim McNeely - Jigsaw (1991)
Tyler Mire Big Band - Enter The Atmosph-mire (2013)

Orchestral Jazz:

Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge - River Runs (2013)
Maria Schneider - Winter Morning Walks (2013)

What are you listening to?

Monday, July 22, 2013

"Clark" - the autobiography of trumpeter, Clark Terry

"Emulate, assimilate, and innovate." (Clark Terry)

Clark Terry's formula for success is prominently displayed at the top of all my jazz improvisation course syllabi.  A more succinct and accurate summary of the learning process doesn't exist.

Clark, the autobiography of trumpeter Clark Terry
I just finished Clark's autobiography and recommend it highly to anyone even remotely interested in jazz.  Having played in the bands of Count Basie and Duke Ellington (among countless others), he has an incredible wealth of stories to share about his colleagues and employers, as well as valuable insights into how he learned and progressed as a player.

As I read, my recurring thought was how could he not sound the way he does, having lived all those wild experiences?  Clark lived more life by the age of twenty than most do in a full lifetime.

The stories are as colorfully told as Clark's solos are played.  Jazz history, directly from the source.  It doesn't get any better.

Below is some extraordinary footage of the Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet from 1965, which I had not seen until today.  Isn't YouTube an amazing treasure trove?  I especially dug the expressive, blues drenched version of "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", starting at 19:10 (complete with a taste of Clark's famous Mumbles routine).