In the meantime, I wanted to treat you to this great, 44-page booklet titled, A History of Jazz Drumming by Thomas Shultz. I hope you enjoy the history and also hope you will check back in tomorrow for the first installment of my Anita O'Day series.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The real reason I am posting, though, is to share this live video of Taylor in Paris, 1971, backing Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, René Urtreger on piano and Alby Cullaz on bass.
- Now's the Time
- My Little Suede Shoes
- Blue Monk
- Blues for Harvey
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Granted, there is not much, but there is such dearth of video on who I consider to be one of the world's greatest drummers that it's a start.
Shown: Eddie Condon leading on his four string tenor guitar with Wild Bill Davison trumpet, Cutty Cutshall trombone, Edmund Hall clarinet, Gen Schroeder piano, Dave Tough drums, and Bob Casey(?) bass.
Dave was tagged as a dixieland, 2/4 drummer, but he was much, much more. He could swing and was a groove master of the highest order. Here is a pair of dueling articles in Downbeat between Dave and Eddie Condon that are humorous in their own way, but also provides historical insight into the state of jazz during that era. Tough died on December 9, 1948 - 11 days before I was born - so the article is mid-to-late 40s. Note the term re-bop, which was what the musicians were calling what we now call bebop. Here is Tough's view and Eddie Condon's rebuttal.
If you have any additional clips of Dave please let me know the link to them so I can add them to this post. Thanks and enjoy.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Finally, 1959 - The Year Everything Changed discusses the year in broad strokes that address cultural, political, artistic and other aspects that came to a head in 1959. This puts jazz into a context that overlaps areas that comprise the bigger picture.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Unfortunately (and incredibly), there are no clips on Youtube from this album. Samples of each of the tracks can be heard on this page, along with some well written reviews of the album.
In the absence of clips from the album I am going to use this opportunity to provide some live performances of the Trio that show Jamal, Crosby and Fournier in action. Hopefully that will compensate for the dearth of clips from the album itself. Also, spotting Ben Webster as an onlooker is a treat (who else do you recognize from the impromptu audience?):
Aside from the Jamal-Crosby-Fournier line-up, what I love about this album is the energy from the live performance and the consistency of songs. That consistency is yet another hallmark of Jamal's albums and performances, along with his mastery of dynamics and use of space. Jamal pays careful attention to song selection making sure that every choice complements the others. This album is no exception. Here is a clip:
This is a typical Ahmad Jamal Trio album - relaxing, swinging and masterful. The good news is you don't have to go far to track it down despite it being out of print since it's included in the set.
Jamal's trademark use of space and dynamics is as evident on this album as they are on all of his others, and should be required study for all musicians. Certainly his choice of Crosby and Fournier - two like minded masters - makes his job easier. Here is a track:
As you read through these three posts it's apparent that there is a lot of music in this set, some of which is now out of print and otherwise unavailable (as I write this). Visit the individual pages I've linked and tally up the total if you purchase them individually. You will clearly see that even if you want only three or four of the albums, it's more cost effective to purchase this set.