Monday, August 29, 2011

Gary Thomas - The Song Is You (5/90)

Big thanks to vocalist Lorin Benedict for sending this along. Dennis Chambers' drumming on this is crazy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lennie Tristano - Background Music (6/6/64)

Big thanks to alto saxophonist Nick Lyons for suggesting this amazing solo on the changes to "All Of Me." In Nick's words: "Intense! He abandons the form of the tune - the solo creates its own form. The melodic line is beautiful with a gorgeous density." I wish there were more recordings of Lennie playing this way.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Charlie Parker - Embraceable You [Take A] (10/28/47)

Thanks again to guitarist John Klopotowski for recommending this beautiful Charlie Parker solo.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lester Young - Tickle Toe (3/19/40)

Be sure to check out the version on Lee Konitz's album "Duets".

Monday, August 1, 2011

Tony Fruscella - I'll Be Seeing You (4/1/55)

Thanks to our German friend Maurice Kühn for sending this solo by trumpet player Tony Fruscella. According to Maurice "since he died young and only made one recording [as a leader] (due to his drug addiction) he´s almost unknown to most jazz musicians." In the 80s bassist Red Mitchell wrote lyrics to the solo and overdubbed himself singing with the record.