Jazz Institute of Chicago

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Classic recordings—Gerry Mulligan

Classic recordings—Gerry Mulligan
by Stuart Nicholson

The Complete Pacific Jazz and Capitol Records of the Original Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Tentette with Chet Baker
Mosaic MR5-102
Mulligan (bar); Red Mitchell (bs); Chico Hamilton (d).
Los Angeles, 9-10 June 1952.
Get happy. ‘S wonderful. Godchild. Haig and haig. She didn’t say yes...

Chet Baker (tpt); Mulligan (bar); Jimmy Rowles (p).
Los Angeles, 9 July 1952.
Bernie’s tune. Lullaby of the leaves. Utter Chaos #1.

Same personnel as above.
Los Angeles, 15 & 16 October 1952.

George Coleman

George Coleman
by Stuart Nicholson

Live at Yoshi's
Evidence ECD 22021-2
Coleman (ten); Harold Mabern (p); Ray Drummond (bs); Alvin Queen(d).
Oakland and San Francisco
August 1987

They Say It's Wonderful, Good Morning Heartache, Laig Gobblin' Blues, Io, Up Jumped Spring, Father, Soul Eyes.

Electric Miles

Electric Miles

Black Beauty: Live at Fillmore West
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65138), April 1970
Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at Fillmore East
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65139), June 17-20, 1970

Live-Evil
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65135), 1969-70
Miles Davis in Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65140), September 1972
Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall
(Columbia/Legacy C2K 65137), March 1974

Reviewed by Greg Masters
www2.thorn.net/~gmasters

Eddie Marshall Day at the San Francisco Jazz Festival 2000

Eddie Marshall Day at the San Francisco Jazz Festival 2000
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Day 8
Thursday, 2 November

Thursday had been declared Eddie Marshall Day in San Francisco by Mayor Brown. And the celebration set up by SF Jazz promised to be a really fine affair. With the likes of Bobbie Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard—who hasn't performed in Chicago for years—Bobby McFerrin, and a reunion of the late-60's group Fourth Way with violinist Michael White all slated to perform, drummer Eddie Marshall was going to be feted in style.

Cindy Blackman

Cindy Blackman
reviewed by Rahsaan Clark Morris

Spring 2001—The drummer Cindy Blackman has been on the scene for many years, at least since the early Eighties with Sam Rivers and, later, Wallace Roney, and I was pleasantly surprised to see her one evening a few years back when I was working lights at the Aragon Ballroom and she was backing the guitarist Lenny Kravitz, kicking much harder and funkier than Sheila E. had playing behind Prince. On record, I recalled her playing on Roney's The Standard Bearer with Gary Thomas, Mulgrew Miller, and bassist Charnett Moffett.

Classic recordings—Chick Corea

Classic recordings—Chick Corea
by Stuart Nicholson

Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Blue Note CDP 7900552.
Chick Corea (p); Miroslav Vitous (bs); Roy Haynes (d).
New York City, 14, 19 & 27 March 1968.

Matrix. My one and only love. Now he beats the drum—now he stops. Bossa. Now he sings—now he sobs. Steps—what was. Fragments. Windows. Pannonica. Samba yantra. I don’t know. The law of falling and catching up. Gemini.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker
by Stuart Nicholson

The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve Vol 4
Verve 837146-2
Parker (alt); Mitch Miller (ob, possibly eng h); Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milt Lomask (vln); Frank Brieff (vla); Frank Miller (cel); Myor Rosen (hrp); Stan Freeman (p); Ray Brown (bs); Buddy Rich (d); Jimmy Carroll (cond, arr).
New York City
30 November 1949
Just friends. Everything happens to me. April in Paris. Summertime. I didn't know what time it was. If I should lose you.
Parker (alt); Hank Jones (p); Ray Brown (bs) Buddy Rich (d).
New York City
Early April 1950

Bill Evans

Bill Evans
by Stuart Nicholson

This excerpt from The Essential Jazz Records Vol. 2: Modernism to Postmodernism, adapted by the author for this website, is the first article in what we hope will become a series about classic jazz recordings.

Waltz for Debby
Original Jazz Classics OJC20 210-2
Evans (p); Scott LaFaro (bs); Paul Motian (d).
New York
25 June 1961
My foolish heart, Waltz for Debby (two versions), Detour ahead (two versions), My romance (two versions), Some other time, Milestones, Porgy (I loves you, Porgy).

Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Betty Carter

Betty Carter
by Stuart Nicholson

Sounds (Movin' on). I think I got it now. Caribbean sea. The trolley song. Everything I have is yours. I'll buy you a star. I could write a book. Can't we talk it over/Either it's love or it isn't. Deep night. Spring can really hang you up the most. Tight. Fake. So.... My favourite things. Open the door (theme song).

1999 Jazz Awards

1999 Jazz Awards
by Howard Mandel

The 1999 Jazz Awards, held Monday, June 14, in New York City, came off splendidly—celebrating all jazz musicians and jazz music, as well as some worthy jazz journalists. It was a loose event, hot and humid in the draperied hall where about 500 members of the jazz corps convened on folding chairs.

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