Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some fun

Just for fun, after listening to Impressions on the album, Al Jazzbo Collins: The Ultimate Collection I decided to gather some examples of the musicians cited (Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton and Terry Gibbs.)

Here is Red Norvo:

Milt Jackson

Lionel Hampton

Terry Gibbs (with the equally great Terry Pollard on both piano and vibes)

A bonus clip of Terry Gibbs, accompanied by Dinah Washington who surprised him and the rest of the band when she joined on on his vibraphone solo (that is Max Roach with the bemused look)

Back to Al Jazzbo Collins: The Ultimate Collection. What a great compilation of the best work of Collins who was the hippest DJ in the San Francisco Bay Area. Or anywhere, for that matter.

This album contains all of Collins' hip fairy tales, but also a collection of great jazz (he was, after all, a jazz DJ.) Some of the music tracks are taken from performances where he was the master of ceremonies, such as "Impressions" - the inspiration for this post - where Don Elliot mimics some of jazz's best vibraphonists, lampooning Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton and Terry Gibbs. I would give anything to see the video of that performance because the audience laughs in places that can only be because of on-stage antics. Regardless, the impressions are spot on and, well, the whole thing was hip.

Another gem is on the track titled "Foolin' Around" where Collins introduces Coleman Hawkins at some jazz festival and convinces Hawk to play some warm-up exercises so the audience can hear his tone with no other instruments. Such a serious moment on the album underscores how eclectic this compilation is - and how enjoyable.The real hip stuff, though, comes in his fairly tales (some have Steve Allen on piano), and even the "Bridal Chorus", which was meant to be a serious song, but is the hippest tune ever for taking that walk down the aisle. Actually, it is more like a shotgun wedding. How hip can that be? Enjoy ...

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