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.