From the monthly archives: "November 2015"

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It is known to many Jazz fans as the “Greatest Jazz Concert Ever,” true or false, you be the judge. It took place on May 15, 1953. at Toronto’s Massey Hall. “The Quintet” as they were nicknamed, consisted of Jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach. If by some chance you are confused by the name “Charlie Chan” on the album cover, that’s actually Charlie Parker. He had to substitute his last name with “Chan” on the credits because he was bound by a recording contract with Mercury Records.

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A concert of this magnitude can create a sort of fixating effect on the listener because of the musicians involved, that’s for sure but more on Jazz fans with less amount of listening hours. The hard-core Jazz aficionados are not as easy to convince, in respect to the “coined” phrase associated the performance, “The Greatest Jazz Concert.” Their ears have had the pleasure of listening to many other, so called “Out of this world” performances. Best or not the best, it doesn’t really matter. More important than everything is that it was physically recorded. That’s a great historical achievement! Actually, it is precious! For this reason now, anybody can purchase and enjoy it! Charles Mingus had a big hand in the remastering process, he had possession of the original recording itself. It was done afterwards when he and Max Roach established Candid Records in 1960. ENJOY!

Note: Marc Myers (Jazz Wax Blog) has a great eyewitness account from someone who was actually there, very interesting!

Note 2: Read more about the saxophone which “Bird” played on throughout the concert> Learn about, the “Grafton” here.

Note 3: Here’s an interesting 60th anniversary review of this historical concert from Fernando’s blog, Salt Peanuts.

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This was just playing, a taste of Jazz Con Class Radio!! Here's "Sweet Sakeena" from Art Blakey's 1957 CLASSIC recording "Hard Drive." GREAT STUFF! This band was a great Jazz Messenger from the early days!! ENJOY!I
Art Blakey - drums
Bill Hardman - trumpet
Johnny Griffin - tenor saxophone
Junior Mance (tracks 1, 2 & 4-7), Sam Dockery (track 3) - piano
Spanky DeBrest - bass
Recorded on October 9 & 11, 1957, New York CityBill Hardman - tp Johnny Griffin - ts Junior Mance - p Spanky De Brest - b Art Blakey - d from the hardrive album recorded at 1957 for bethlehem label.
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This is the tale of two significant albums that are not mentioned enough and were recorded one year apart and in Paris. “Lester Young in Paris” was recorded in 1959 and Miles “Live in Paris” was done in 1960. The Lester young album is very significant in a very sad manner because it was his very last recording as you can see on the date it was completed here in this discography of the album. He died hours after arriving back to New York from Paris on March 15 (at the age of 49) and as mentioned here on his Wikipedia page, he was drinking heavy and hardly eating during the recording sessions. Nevertheless, his performance on this album was above average (as always). this is a great opportunity to own a piece of history but most importantly, a great gesture of honoring a man who literally captured the hearts of every listener with his saxophone. There will never be another Lester Young!

Miles “Live in Paris” album was recorded a few years after the famous 1958 Newport session, was simply overlooked and not to mention, a great opportunity to hear Miles alongside Sonny Stitt! So it is actually, a compilation 4-cd album of two separate recordings. To learn more about the Miles with Coltrane in Paris (on CD’s 1 and 2, March 21st) the readers here should take a look at this excellent post by Marc Myers on his blog Jazz Wax. If you are only interested in the Miles with Sonny Stitt (October 11th) then you can get it here. These are two great recordings that again, every Jazz collector should own. ENJOY!

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This was just playing, a taste of Jazz Con Class Radio!! Here's "Sweet Sakeena" from Art Blakey's 1957 CLASSIC recording "Hard Drive." GREAT STUFF! This band was a great Jazz Messenger from the early days!! ENJOY!I
Art Blakey - drums
Bill Hardman - trumpet
Johnny Griffin - tenor saxophone
Junior Mance (tracks 1, 2 & 4-7), Sam Dockery (track 3) - piano
Spanky DeBrest - bass
Recorded on October 9 & 11, 1957, New York CityBill Hardman - tp Johnny Griffin - ts Junior Mance - p Spanky De Brest - b Art Blakey - d from the hardrive album recorded at 1957 for bethlehem label.
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