Friday, October 07, 2005


Friday jazz shuffle

1. "My Funny Valentine," by Miles Davis, from Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
2. "The Spinx," by Ornette Coleman, from Something Else!!!!
3. "Something Sweet, Something Tender," by Eric Dolphy, from Out to Lunch
4. "Funky Mama," by Lou Donaldson, from The Natural Soul
5. "All Blues," by Miles Davis, from Kind of Blue
6. "Ghetto Lights," by Bobby Hutcherson, from Dialogue
7. "Some Other Spring," by Roy Haynes, from Out of the Afternoon
8. "Spiral," by John Coltrane, from Giant Steps
9. "Here Come de Honey Man," by Miles Davis/Gil Evans, from Porgy and Bess
10. "The Eternal Triangle," by Dizzy Gillespie, from Sonny Side Up

Not a bad shuffle at all. After it ended I listened to the rest of Sonny Side Up, which is a fantastic album featuring, alongside Dizzy, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. (Hence the album's title.) It features a gently swinging version of "On the Sunny Side of the Street" on which Dizzy supplies some improvised vocals. I dare you not to smile while listening to that track. And I double-dog dare you to sit still while listening to the blistering second track, "The Eternal Triangle."

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Collective Improvisation:
Did you read the recent article in the NYT where Sonny Rollins recommends some older jazz pieces? It's basically a reporter (Ben Ratliff I believe) sitting with Sonny and listening to jazz. Really cool. It was posted on the NYT within the last few weeks.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous on 10/18/2005 09:23:00 AM : Permalink  

Thanks, Dr. M, I did see that interview! My favorite part was when Ratliff asked Rollins to name a recording of his own that he was particularly satisfied with. I believe his answer was "Sonnymoon for Two" from his live Village Vanguard recording.

Posted by Blogger Caleb McDaniel on 10/18/2005 10:31:00 PM : Permalink  

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