[JPL] bopndicks 10 best 2008

Dick Crockett bopndick at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 1 17:19:32 EST 2009


 
Bopndicks
10 best 2008
CHARLES
LLOYD QUARTET     RABO DE NUBE ECM
Charles Lloyd exhibits the same youth, spontaneity and
enthusiasm as four decades ago, special and magic with dynamic young
accompanists Jason Moran, pianist on “Migration Of Spirit” with
Ruben Rogers and Eric Harland in this live set. Remember Monterey? 
Rabo De Nube is how live legendary performances are made at Basel,
Switzerland
KENNY
GARRETT    SKETCHES OF MD/LIVE AT THE IRIDIUMfeaturing Pharoah Sanders    Make Avenue Records
Kenny Garrett and Pharoah Sanders create one the most
dynamic post modern live performances of the year.
HOLLY
COLEKOCH
Records
Post modern urbanity and innocence with avant noir
beyond the coin of audacity, Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole oozes a
burgundy sophistication with modern jazz heavy weights Marty Erhlich,
Greg Cohen and Gil Goldstein in a most intimate nonet avant
pandemonium. Cole's “You're My Thrill” creates a new noir
stanchion.  
“Best
studio work Cole has ever done...ranks among the years finest...”
jazz times
JANE
IRA BLOOMMENTAL WEATHER Outline Records
The best of the  living known soprano saxophonists and
this is one one her best with young pianist Dawn Clement, Mark
Helias, bass and Matt Wilson, drums.
Stunning is as apropos, as is, as simple as that.  
TED
NASH   THE MANCINI PROJECT Palmetto
Records
Ted Nash been so connected to this Henry Mancini music
through his father and uncle's  involvement in the original
recordings.  He has the understanding, ability and conception to take
it to another level of super imagined consciousness with Frank
Kimbrough, Rufus Reid and Matt Wilson.  In “Dreamsville,” may you
think upon listening, that the ghost of Art Pepper inhabits your room
of divine altered state of jazz excellence.
BUENA
VISTA SOCIAL CLUB  AT CARNEGIE HALL Nonesuch
Records
This is music of traditional Havana neighborhoods,
combining Spanish guitar nobility, brass syncopation and African
percussive earthiness, this is how it was at the Buena Vista Social
Club, where they'd sing and play on Saturday nights, to move your
soul and  hips slowly around the grand impression where the
Cubanisima is be to proud, strut as a matador and roll your r's with
dramatic eloquence. Listening to this live performance will
reverberate in your inner ear, get you up off your chair and like an
outbreak of restless leg syndrome, where you just can't control your
joy and happiness.
VASSILLIS
TSABROPOULOS/ANJA LECHNER/U.T. GANDHI     MELOSECM
A music that defies classification, a East -West
compendium of what seems classical, folk dances and at times  jazz
improvisation, featuring songs by the mystic Gurdjieff and  other
originals by  Vassillis Tsabropoulos on piano, Anja Lechner cello and
U.T. Gandhi percussion and enhanced by the space it was recorded, The
Auditorio Radio Svizzeria in Lugano Italy, adding celestial sibilance
enough to have you levitating at the next available sunrise.  
THE
VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA   MONDAY NIGHT AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD Planet Arts
Monday nights are for musicians who gather to play the
music they really love to play for themselves and the fortunate few
who know about this rare tradition. It's recorded here to celebrate
Monday night at the Village Vanguard by the great Vanguard Jazz
Orchestra.  The 2 CD set features these great live performances where
orchestrations and dynamic  performances by top musicians achieve the
status  as best big band performance of 2008.
BOZ
SCAGGS      SPEAK LOWDecca Records
Unique arrangements where classic standards speak for
themselves and coaxed along by Gil Goldstein befitting a captivating 
inner vocal style, there's Boz Scaggs with his characteristic late
night view of hopes and dreams, plans and romantic schemes. It all
fits so well, the music, orchestrations and all that great jazz and
the giving of that special Boz Scaggs charisma, this year's most
pleasant surprise.
LAIKA
FATIEN  a tribute to Billy Holiday  MISERY in memory of Thomas Shipp
& Abraham Smith blujazz
Born in 1968 in Paris, Laika Fatien has that assertive
charismatic beauty, that makes  you want to stop and stare at her
loveliness, as she is quite special.  Her father is from the Ivory
Coast, her mother is of  Moroccan, Spanish Jewish decent. She was
raised by the women on her mother's side.  She's acted in film and
currently has this remarkable new her 2nd CD, “Tribute To Billy
Holiday” titled “Misery.”  
These dynamic modern impressionistic arrangements are
Laika Fatien collaborating with Robert Glasper, Daryl Hall and
Gregory Hutchinson. There's emotive talent here and it's pervasive
and different on every selection especially on “How Deep Is The
Ocean,”where Glasper plays two different tunes at one time and as
you know, he's one of the most progressive inventive new voices in
jazz and perfect for Fatien whose phrasing and tone on this CD is
quite amazing.  In fact this whole CD is quite amazing, in case you
haven't heard...
Special
Mention:
CHARLIE
HADEN FAMILY & FRIENDS     RAMBLING BOYDecca Records
What a nice surprise,  Charlie Haden one of jazz great
bass players, getting back to his roots when his folks from
Shenandoah Iowa, playing on the old radio shows from 1939  when
Charlie was just a two year old singing on the radio up until the
fifties, when Charlie heard Charlie Parker in concert as the rest is
history.  You hear great selections of old tunes with Pat Metheny,
Bruce Hornsby, Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, Elvis Costello and the best
bluegrass musicians, Dan Tyminski, mandolin, Jerry Douglas, dubro,
Ricky Scaggs, vocal, guitar, mandolin and fretless banjo.
There are many fine surprises here as roots music like
the blues takes you home again, in joyful tears as a loose gathering
and singing together off the back porch.
HANK
WILLIAMS  THE UNRELEASED RECORDINGS Time
Life
You're hooked when you hear Hank say,” We got a brand
spanking new tune here, never sung on the radio before...”I Can't
Help It, If I'm Still In Love With You.”  
There was a special kind of magic, radio had in those
days, a one on one,'just you and me' connect with the listener, that
doesn't exist in today's radio/tv, and the real charm of this
original 3 CD set.  This is a Hank Williams you haven't on record
before. It's full of the spontaneity, playfulness, energy and passion
that he would project through his singing of his songs.  In truth,
the real Hank Williams wasn't a manufactured star by any stretch. And
these are part of 143 songs Hank sung on the WSM radio in 1951.  Live
music was a daily occurrence on the radio in those days. Sad to say
that rarely exists in today's media, except maybe on you tube.  
After reading this, you may agree that traditional media
has outlived it's usefulness.  Yet radios in cars made a lasting
impression on our music.  
In 1974, while driving from Detroit down I-75 to
Florida, early Sunday morning past Valdosta, I picked up a bounce
from Radio Marti in Havana. It was a kind of out of body experience,
or it served to jar me awake to the rest of my trip to West Palm
Beach.
This is about Hank Williams and his influence on our
music, still evident to this day.

THREE
GREAT ARTISTS WHO STILL HAVE ENDURING  INFLUENCE DIED  IN AUTOMOBILES
IN THE FIFTIES:
HANK
WILLIAMSdied in 1953 at 29 years old.   He was being driven from Chattanooga
to  Canton Ohio for a  New Years day performance. He couldn't fly
because of bad weather.  His young chauffeur pulled into an all night
gas station and Hank was found expired in the back seat.
CLIFFORD
BROWNand
Richie Powell were killed on the Pennsylvania turnpike in June,1956
on their way from Philadelphia to Chicago. Richie's wife Nancy was
driving and the car veered off the road during a rain storm. All threewere killed.
JAMES
DEANwas
killed while driving his new Porsche Spyder on Interstate 46, between
the 101 and I- 5 freeway in Central California on September 30, 1955
on a trip to a car rally in Salinas.  

Hank
Williams/Clifford Brown/James Dean
The three gave us their most bright and shining moments
before a sudden sad goodbye,
eternal as the unseen day,
as certain an ever growing Universe
for Billy Joel to say: “Only The Good Die Young.”

HAPPY
NEW YEAR AND THE BEST FOR 2009
Dick Crockett
“The
Voice” 88.7fm
4623 T Street, Suite A
Sacramento, Ca 95819-4743


      


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