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Here’s a solid Hard Bop fast-beat album that will certainly wake the listeners here. Johnny Griffin is at his finest and works wonders with Clark Terry. The name of this album is “Serenade to a Bus Seat” and is just another exceptional Keepnews remastered beauty. Check the schedule link for play times, enjoy!
About the album:
Serenade to a Bus Seat album by Clark Terry Quintet was released Sep 11, 2007 on the Fantasy label. Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California). Serenade to a Bus Seat songs This CD reissue matches together trumpeter Clark Terry (before he switched to flugelhorn) with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Serenade to a Bus Seat album Most notable about the music is that Terry wrote five of the eight selections (including the colorful title cut which pays tribute to life on the road with Duke Ellington); the other numbers are “Donna Lee,” a pretty version of “Stardust” and a slightly Latinized “That Old Black Magic.”…..Read More
Clark Terry Biography:
Clark Terry’s career in jazz spans more than seventy years. He is a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, composer, writer, trumpet/flugelhorn designer, teacher and NEA Jazz Master. He has performed for eight U.S. Presidents, and was a Jazz Ambassador for State Department tours in the Middle East and Africa. More than fifty jazz festivals have featured him at sea and on land in all seven continents. Many have been named in his honor.
He is one of the most recorded musicians in the history of jazz, with more than nine-hundred recordings. Clark’s discography reads like a “Who’s Who In Jazz,” with personnel that includes greats such as Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, Ben Webster, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Barnet, Doc Severinsen, Ray Charles, Billy Strayhorn, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan, Sarah Vaughan, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Milt Jackson, Bob Brookmeyer, and Dianne Reeves.
Among his numerous recordings, he has been featured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Dutch Metropole Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Herbie Mann Orchestra, Donald Byrd Orchestra, and many other large ensembles……..Learn More
About Orrin Keepnews:
“Listen,” Orrin Keepnews’ no-nonsense delivery tempered by a smile. “I’m 84 years old. I’ll take my legacies where I can get them,” referring to the Keepnews Collection, a series launched this year by Concord Records.
An astonishing study in longevity and ingenuity, the multiple facets and accomplishments of Keepnews’ career as label maverick, writer and producer need no rehearsal in these pages. His insight, wit and engagement with the music, its participants and history, so evident in his numerous writings, come through with even more clarity in the exhaustive and endlessly entertaining liner notes to these new Riverside and Milestone reissues.
“To me,” Keepnews muses in a recent phone conversation, “the fascinating thing is that I’m not having trouble finding things that were previously unsaid.” He then goes on, succinctly and perfectly, to sum up a major accomplishment of the Keepnews Collection: “You know, when you start out writing liners as a kid, its advertising copy; now, it’s history!”…….Learn More