[JPL] Still Another Jazz Show Aug 9
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Still Another Jazz Show August 9
Chet Baker All Blues Well You Neednt
THE LAST GREAT CONCERT My Favorite Songs, Vol. 1
Enja/ Justin Time Record
Melody Breyer -Grell Does Anybody Here Love Me
THE RIGHT TIME Blue Jazz Records
Von Freeman Blue Pres THE GREAT DIVIDE
Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby Groovy Gravy
THE ORIGINAL JAM SESSIONS 1969
Charles Earland Auburn Delight
FUNK FANTASTIQUE Prestige Records/Fantasy Jazz
Jim Rotundi Quintet Blues Nouveau NEW VISTAS
Criss Cross Records
James Carter Soul Street LIVE AT BAKERS
LOUNGE Warner Bros. Records
DAVID MURRAY & THE GWO -KA MASTERS Gwotet
Justin Time Records
Joe Gilman Trio For Iola TIME AGAIN:
BRUBECK REVISITED Sunnyside Records
Jeff Marx Quartet Desperate Measures TREADING
BREATHING FIRE Soluna Records
The Bo- Keys Comin Home Baby THE ROYAL
Yellow Dog Records
Dr. John Stakalee St. James Infirmary
Time Marches On
NAWLINS: DIS, DAT OR DUDDA Blue Note Records
Spirit of CHET BAKER invokes memories of a coming of
age for many of us. And with these special memories,
this is why this release of THE LAST GREAT CONCERT,
My Favorite Songs, Vol. 1&2 on Justin Time Records is
so very special! A release of the last great concert
is a marvelous elegy on whether or not he jumped or
was thrown out the window in Milan two weeks later.
Whether bad kharma lies in the prodigy or the
provocateur is for the ethers. Its the splendid
message he left us that is most apparent in this CD.
My high school friend Dave Chaffee introduced me to
Chet Baker, My Funny Valentine and Miles Davis
Veird Blues, the very first hard bop jazz
recordings I ever heard. As a fifteen year old, I was
exposed to the truth by a fourteen year old. Chaffee,
in those days had this predilection for frequent
forays into black music, more urban with rhythm &
blues and Bobby Blue Bland and Big Jay McNeely, than
Muddy Waters and Junior Wells. This is an early R&B,
urban Detroit, rock and roll period, Chuck Berry,
Gene Vincent and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
would come immediately after ward.
Therefore...this is what this CD
engenders....memories. Chet Baker remained to his
school. Miles Davis rose to the genius he was meant to
be! Thats why we love this music.
MELODY BREYER-GRILL is next with Does Anybody Here
Love Me from her new BluJazz release, THE RIGHT
TIME. BluJazz has created quite an impression with
very free thinking vocalists. Janice Borla, Erin
McDougald and now Melody Breyer-Grill for unigue, very
sophisticated, progressive ballad presentations.
There is material here, that you may not know until
you listen to the whole show, Does Anybody Here Love
Me, This Is New along with interesting reflections
by Grill of Close Your Eyes, Invitation, You Go
To My Head. Its the slow dancing that fascinates
me. Very groovy arranging and production.
VON FREEMAN and Help Us Mother Mary, says old gold
saxophone Von Freeman on Premonition Records with THE
GREAT DIVIDE. If you want to be redundant , do it
here and now with old gold, hand rolled saxophonist
Von Freeman. I like, that the CD cover has the same
house Von Freeman has lived in for some forty years.
Its so very obvious that Von Freeman has paid some
dues! The cost to be the boss.
BILL COSBY and QUINCY JONES and the original jam
sessions 1969 on Concord Jazz. We played Groovy
Gravy with Les McCann, and some Ernie Watts, All
The move on the Bill Cosby show music.
Next is a `CHARLES EARLAND on Prestige, FUNK
FANTASTIQUE with some heavy oldster hitters, Lee
Morgan, Billy Harper, William Thorpe, Hubert Laws and
Billy Cobham. This is true hard bop heaven! Stand
up. Be true to your school. Bless the man, Charles
Earland! We played Auburn Delight with singer
More post modern funk on the way with the JIM ROTUNDI
QUINTET and Chris Potter, Sam Yahel, Peter Bernstein
and Bill Stewart on drums. What a band! Come on
now! You know the feel! All you need to know is
Blues Nouveau . to wind down this segment.
Now you know, Im Detroit. Ive been trying to grab
hold of this CD, JAMES CARTER, LIVE AT BAKERS
KEYBOARD LOUNGE for months. Now WB is going through
their changes. Dont know whether they want to ...er
talk about, gad about, what are we doing here about
American music. Is this L.A.? I didnt think hip-hop
would take me this far! Let me cry for world peace,
where can I get some a dat wuss! JAMES CARTER
displays a remarkable alacrity on saxophone in this
legendary down home celebration. This is Detroit!
What are we, but Jack Springer, Jim Rockwell, Ed
Love, Joe McClerg, a hard bop place on the swinging
side of down town.. This Jimmy Forrest tune, Soul
Street. in a classic R&B , Jazz lovin mutha
swingin an swayin, all this lovin musta been funin.
Soul Street features Johnny Griffin, David Murray,
Gerhard Gibbs and other luminary others for
extraordinary others. LIVE AT BAKERS is a jam!
DAVID MURRAY is next with a tsunami of sound with the
infamous GWO-KA MASTERS, featuring Pharoah Sanders
from these parts. This swings with such force, up
tempo, cataclysmic and up ending. Remember last years
David Murray Latin Big Band? This Murray with the
Gwo-Ka Masters has that same effect of intricate force
and power. We played Gwotet and Murray never lets
up, similar to what Hendrix did with electronics,
Murray does here with a force of a big band. JOE
GILMAN sits in with a Wilke recommended For Iola
from his new TIME AGAIN: BRUBECK REVISITED CD. Gilman
is a grand master of jazz piano as evidenced by
winning the 2004 Great American Jazz Piano
Competition. If you were in my shoes and you had
Einstein living in your neighborhood , and you had a
Bar B Q on Labor Day Weekend, wouldnt you say:
Einstein lives in that house across the street!
Gilman is Einstein to jazz in Sacramento . Are we
ready to hitch up our collective trousers and
swagger. Not since Mark Twain has it been this good!
Not since Huckleberry!
JEFF MARX begins the last segment with the importance
of being earnest with Desperate Measures. It may
sound like a Robert Ryan film noir thriller of the
late forties, but it isnt- more a play on words-or
notes- or phrases. Marx is a hard bop true tenor
player of the motor city jazz scene and born again
one night at Bakers Keyboard Lounge by the minister
of truth. Sonny Stitt. A blessed baptismal. And Jeff
Marx will never let you down. So we get it on with
some funky blues and THE BO-KEYS and right down to it
with Comin Home Baby. You remember the late Herbie
Mann original Comin Home Baby, Live at The Village
Gate with the stabilizer Hagood Hardy on vibes, Felix
Mantilla on congas, Chief Bey,(Chief Bey?) on African
drums. Two bass players are heard on the original, Ben
Tucker and Ahmad Abdul Malik. Shows you how we go now,
Ahmad certainly would be searched at the airport.
Certainly not forty years ago. When asked, whats in
the case? Ahmad would just say: thats my bass ,
man. The Bo-Key version is more straight ahead,
locked down, Comin Home Baby.
DR JOHN then winds it down with three potential number
one on the sanctified chart grabbers in the universal
upper high groove, whats happened before to whats
happening now, wit da Staka Lee, St. James
Infirmary, and Time Marches On, from da NAWLINZ,
DIS, DAT OR DAUDDA. You gotta love the title of dis.
Dear friends and ladies, if youve ever spent some
time in New Orleans, the cradle of North American Jazz
as we know it, youd be talking in abbreviations too!
Theres much to say about Dr John. If you listen,
then you know, for sure!
Bye for now and remember Dr. John, James Carter, Joe
Gilman, Von Freeman and other Glasnost, are among
whats happening now! Thats why we neighborhooders
love this music!
STILL ANOTHER JAZZ SHOW
10 am & 10 pm, Pacific
The Voice 88.7fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca. 95819-4743
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