|freddie hubbard hoe down - blues & the abstract truth|
|guillermo klein miula - filtros|
i stumbled upon this record through my perusings of do the math, the blogging podium for pianist ethan iverson. i admire the bad plus, respect ethan's knowledge, and follow his threads when i can. this band is chock full of great players (cheek, monder, mchenry, zenon, ballard) which made it even more alluring. i'm not big into latin music, but this record kills. my favorite part follows the trombone solo at 3:53 with a 7/4 pointillistic that does some taffy pull metronomic modulation (that i still don't understand) for about 45 seconds. i dig that it makes musical sense and is not stuck in there for the "hey look, i can do snazzy things with counting that you ain't up on" effect.
i bought the this tony bennett album strictly for educational purposes, and was pleasantly surprised when i noticed that one of my favorite tunes had made the list. chelsea bridge is full of great harmonies, reeking of strayhorn. i was all geared up to hear tony croon with orchestra on this gorgeous number, yet became struck with an ill tummy when i heard the polarizing wynton marsalis plunging his way through the melody. he's a tremendous trumpeter but can be a real ass. nonetheless, he sounds incredible on this cut. great pitch, unparalleled control, stylistically on point. my favorite part is the way he finishes the form proper at 3:13 by going all 8va on it. i could live without the gritty cadenza that follows soon thereafter, so i usually race back to my stereo and hit stop before that part. childish, i know, but hey...
|wynton marsalis chelsea bridge - tony bennett sings ellington|
|hank mobley remember - soul station|
hank sure does have the smoothest sound. so even, so calculated. it took me forever to get into his playing. i'm not a big fan of the era from which he hails, because the tunes were always a big turnoff. one of my private students (who can really blow) turned me on to this record, and this tune in particular. hank sounds great on the whole side. it's rare for me to have listened to an entire album. usually i get buried in the first couple of cuts, which is where this track lies. my favorite part is the way that he wraps around to the top of the next chorus at 1:31. hank mobley is the billy dee williams of tenor saxophone.
|frank morgan all the things you are - major changes|
|dave douglas penelope - the infinite|
i felt like i had finally struck gold when i first heard bruce hornsby. his piano playing has the type of clarity that i prefer, and the tunes had just enough feel-good country vibe with musical twists. his vocals were always cool, and the harmonies fit my falsetto fine and dandy. this is one of his lesser known tunes, in the shadows of the way it is (and the subsequent tupac track). i played and sang this tune for swing choir auditions in high school. why didn't someone stop me? the video here leaves a lot to be desired, including jack nicholson behind the kit, the phony clarinet solo, the dx-7, and bruce's cuffed sleeves. nonetheless, my favorite part surfaces at 3:50 when bruce bangs out those four As back to back (belly to belly, it's a zombie jamboree!!!)
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