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Featuring the “Blues Bag” album

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Here’s another excellent album that I will be featuring for an unlimited time with an all-star lineup. I found out about “Blues Bag” while searching for all the albums Lee Morgan had appeared in as a sideman. This album is very expensive, if you are interested in buying it new but it is much cheaper used ($10.24). You can also buy it this way, where it is paired with another great album. Either way, everyone should have it in their music library. Lee Morgan contributes in the 2nd and 7th song but Buddy De Franco’s Bass Clarinet is the main reason why it is so rare. Check the “Schedule Link” to find out when it will be airing. Here’s more on Blues Bag:

Quickly, how many bop-oriented clarinetists came you name? Not many come to mind–seemingly, many players from the bebop-and-beyond generation seem to have associated the clarinet with a bygone jazz era. BLUES BAG, a reissue of a long out-of-print early ’60s Vee-Jay album, is essentially an Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers lineup with Buddy DeFranco’s clarinet replacing the saxophone.

If at first this seems an odd pairing, remember that DeFranco is one of the generation of jazz players who made the transition from swing to bebop, and both he and Blakey played in big bands, and both were open to the progression of jazz. This set features a pair of old standbys and some early ’60s “brave new jazz” compositions by John Coltrane (the madly catchy “Cousin Mary”), Ornette Coleman (“Blues Connotation”), and some tunes by this session’s pianist/vibes player, the late and very underrated Victor Feldman. DeFranco mostly plays some thorny, thoughtful bass clarinet……….Learn More

 

 

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