Monday, November 26, 2012

Louis Armstrong - Struttin' With Some Barbecue (12/9/27)

Been obsessed with this track lately. You must hear Lee Konitz's version with valve trombonist Marshall Brown.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Warne Marsh - I Got Rhythm (1977)

Bootleg recording of Warne playing along with the Charlie Parker Jamey Aebersold record!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Charlie Parker - Dizzy Atmosphere (2/28/45)

Gotta love Bird with a bouncy rhythm section: Sid Catlett (drums) and Slam Stewart (bass).

Monday, August 20, 2012

Charlie Christian - Swing to Bop (5/41)

Amazing "field recording" of the master performing live at the legendary Minton's Playhouse in 1941 with Kenny Clarke on drums and Thelonious Monk on piano. Thanks to Fernando Ortiz de Urbina for recommending this a long time ago.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dizzy Gillespie - U.M.M.G. (2/19/59)

Per Ethan Iverson's interview with Wynton Marsalis.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Charlie Parker - Moose The Mooche (3/28/46)

Perfection!  Recorded the same day as this one.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lonnie Johnson - I'm Not Rough (12/10/25)

Lonnie Johnson tearin' it up with Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lennie Tristano - C Minor Complex (circa '60-'62)

Happy birthday Lennie! He could play the most amazing bass lines. Based on "Pennies From Heaven" in minor.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Bill Evans - Walking Up (5/29/65)

This Bill Evans solo comes to you by the recommendation of Philip Padouvas.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Roy Eldridge - Stardust (11/16/43)

Thanks to Connie Crothers for recommending this amazing solo.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Django Reinhardt - All Of Me (12/17/40)

Today marks the 102nd birthday of the great Django Reinhardt. Looking forward to finding more great solos like this one.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Miles Davis - Now's The Time (11/26/45)

Thanks to Maurice Kühn for another great suggestion. Here's an interesting story surrounding this solo:

Pianist Red Garland played on the first of Miles Davis's many Columbia recordings, 'Round About Midnight. Though he would continue playing with Miles, their relationship was beginning to deteriorate. By 1958, Garland had started to become more erratic in turning up for recordings and gigs. He was eventually fired by Miles, but later returned to play on another jazz classic, Milestones. Davis was displeased when Garland quoted Davis's much earlier and by then famous solo from "Now's The Time" in block chords during the slower take of "Straight, No Chaser." Garland walked out of one of the sessions for Milestones, so that on the track "Sid's Ahead" Davis comped behind the saxophone solos.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Max Roach - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (2/16/56)

We need more drum solos! Thanks to Nasheet Waits for his amazing listening guide to the recordings of Max Roach.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wes Montgomery - D-Natural Blues (1/26/60)

2012 New Year's Resolution: a new solo every week, we promise. Thanks to guitarist Alex Pinto for suggesting this one.