Monday, May 30, 2011

Roy Eldridge - Rockin' Chair (7/2/41)

According to Connie Crothers, this was Lennie Tristano's favorite Roy Eldridge solo.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Chu Berry - Limehouse Blues (3/23/37)

Thanks to Lorenzo Sanguedolce for giving us the idea to post this amazing solo.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lennie Tristano - Line Up (1954-55)

Don't hurt yourself trying to listen to this one.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Louis Armstrong - Hotter Than That (12/13/27)

Louis rocks the dotted quarters during his vocal chorus, accompanied by the great Lonnie Johnson.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lee Konitz - Subconscious-Lee (1/11/49)

Young Lee Konitz with some intense variations on Cole Porter's "What is This Thing Called Love?"

Warne Marsh - How High The Moon (7/9/53)

16 bars of improvised perfection played in the presence (no pun intended) of the master Lester Young.

Charlie Parker - Yardbird Suite (3/28/46)

In 1956 Lee Konitz had this to say about this solo: 

     "I feel that I have to use every ounce of energy in my body to play this properly...I 
     learned this solo off the record...because it's perfect music to me. And through playing 
     the notes, I was able to absorb some of the essence of the feeling that he used."

Lester Young - Lady Be Good (11/9/36)

Kicking it off with this classic Prez solo from his very first recording date with Count Basie.