giovedì 17 giugno 2010

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Fontessa (1956)

This was one of my first jazz album bought more than 50 years ago and that I wasted listening to for years.

It was considered a kind of "Manifesto" of the MJQ music.
Here you can find an excellent link to listen to it.

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Fontessa (1956)

mercoledì 16 giugno 2010

Rare Jazz Live in Europe: Sonny in Paris 1965

On 1965, november 4, during his european tour, Sonny Rollins played in Paris at Salle de la Mutualité during the Paris Jazz Festival, with the french bassist Gilbert Rovere, and Art Taylor, at that time living in Europe, at drums.

The reviews were enthusiastic, the french critic Daniel Berger wrote:
Sonny Rollins could play alone for hours without make loose interest. His sounding show is amazing and enjoys his listeners, crossing improvisations that reach end at remarkable speed and standards that breaks with incredible moments for rapidity and invention. His strength and his warmth are as he was playng for the last time.

That concert was unissued for about twenty years and the following album is very rare and never reissued.


part 1

part 2

The following video was taken in Copenhagen during the same european tour with different partners

mercoledì 9 giugno 2010

Ahmad Jamal - A Quiet Time (2009)

This man next july 2 will be eighty. Listen to him and tell me what you think.

Artist: Ahmad Jamal
Title Of Album: A Quiet Time
Year Of Release: 26 Oct 2009
Label: Dreyfus
Genre: Jazz
Quality: mp3
Bitrate: VBR 194kbps
Total Time: 66:28 min
Total Size: 101 mb (+5% recovery)
WebSite: AhmadJamal


1. Paris After Dark 4:56
2. The Love Is Lost 4:02
3. Flight To Russia 7:45
4. Petry 6:02
5. Hi Fly 8:20
6. My Inspiration 5:15
7. After JALC (Jazz At Lincoln Center) 6:26
8. A Quiet Time 6:33
9. Tranquility 7:22
10. The Blooming Flower 4:29
11. I Hear A Rhapsody 5:18

Magician with sounds ! Here is the term which perfectly suits Ahmad Jamal. Miles Davis was already dreaming thanks to him but as he could not hire him, he asked his pianist to draw his insipration from Ahmad Jamal. With a consolidated rhythmic base, the pianist-composer has more freedom at his disposal to discover new sounds. Pushing his limits away, this is the permanent Credo of this eternal young man. An attitude which shows the fullness of this creative and generous artist. With « A Quiet Time», Ahmad Jamal, devotee of Maurice Ravel s music, writes one of the most beautiful chapters of what he calls, with pride, « the american classical music ».

Ahmad Jamal - A Quiet Time (2009)

sabato 5 giugno 2010