Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chuck Mangione - Tarantella (1981)

LP, A&M Records, A&M SP-6513

Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn, Elecric Piano

Featured Guests: Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet, Jew's Harp), Chick Corea (Piano, Trumpet, Percussion), Steve Gadd (Drums, Tympani)
Trumpets, Flugelhorns: Joe Mosello, Jeff Tyzik, Lew Soloff
Woodwinds: Kathryn Moses (Flutes), Chris Vadala (Saxes, Flutes), Pat LaBarbera (Tenor Sax), Bob Militello (Bari Sax), Joe Romano (Saxes)
Trombones: Rick Chamberlain, Birch Johnson, Keith O'Quinn, Jim Daniles
French Horns: Jerry Peel, Jay Wadenpfuhl
Rhythm: Gap Mangione (Piano), Jeff D'Angelo (Bass), Eric Gale (Guitar), Paul Vipiano (Guitars), Carl Lockett (Guitar), James Bradley, Jr. (Drums, Percussion), Dan D'Imperio (Drums, Percussion), Dave Mancini (Percussion), Ralph McDonald (Congas, Percussion)

1. Tarantellas
2. The XIth Commandment Suite
3. Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor
4. Bellavia
5. Hill Where The Lord Hides
6. Lake Placid Fanfare
7. Things To Come
8. 'Round Midnight
9. Manteca
10. My One And Only Love
11. All Blues

"This two-LP set is an unusual Chuck Mangione record. Taken from a marathon live concert, the flugelhornist is featured with a big band. The first album has fairly typical performances (including versions of "Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor" and "Hill Where the Lord Hides"), but it is the second half that is most notable. Mangione performs such boppish numbers as "Things to Come," "'Round Midnight," and "Manteca" with guest Dizzy Gillespie; duets with Chick Corea on "My One and Only Love"; and stretches out on "All Blues." He also welcomes such old associates as his brother, keyboardist Gap Mangione, plus tenorman Sal Nistico and altoist Joe Romano, so this is certainly not a typical Chuck Mangione A&M pop record."

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chuck Mangione - Live at the Village Gate (1989)

Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn & Keyboards
Chris Vadala - Saxophones & Flute
Rob Mathes - Keyboards, Guitars & Vocal
Joe Bonadio - Drums
Mark Manetta - Guitars
Billy Martin - Percussion
Gordon Johnson - Bass & Vocals

1. Intro
2. Once Upon A Love Theme
3. Hot Consuelo
4. My Funny Valentine
5. Bellavia
6. Hide & Seek
7. Chase the Clouds Away
8. Land of Make Believe
9. She's Gone
10. Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor
11. B'Bye
12. Feels So Good
13. Freddie's Walkin'

Chuck Mangione - Children of Sanchez (1978)

Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn, acoustic and electric pianos
Chris Vadala - Soprano and Tenor Saxes; piccolo, flute and alto flute; clarinet
Grant Geissman - Classical, electric and 12 string guitars
Charles Meeks - Bass
James Bradley, Jr. - drums; tympani; percussion; congas & timbales
Jeff Tkazyik - Lead trumpet; flugelhorn
Ron Leonard - Cello
Don Potter - Vocal
Jerry Peel - French horn
Bill Reichenback - Trombone
Phyllis Hyman - Vocal
Gerry Vinci - Concertmaster
Additional Trombones - Kai Winding, Mayo Tiana, Dana Hughes
Additional French Horns - Dick Decker, George Stimpson, Brad Waarner

1. Children of Sanchez
2. Lullabye
3. Fanfare
4. Pilgrimage (Part I)
5. Pilgrimage (Part II)
6. Consuelo's Love Theme
7. Hot Consuelo
8. Death Scene
9. Market Place
10. Echano
11. Bellavia
12. Lullabye
13. Medley
14. B'Bye
15. Children of Sanchez Finale

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Various Artists - Burning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich Volume II (1997)

Steve Marcus, Jack Stuckey (saxophone); Andy Fusco, Walt Weiskopf, Dave D'Angelo (saxophone, flute); Dave Stahl, Ross Konikoff, Greg Gisbert, Scott Wendholt (trumpet); John Mosca, Rick Trager, George Gesslein (trombone); Jon Werking (piano); Chuck Bergeron (bass). Additional personnel: Cathy Rich, Domenick Allen, Annie Ross, Annette Sanders (vocals); Gary Keller (tenor saxophone, flute); Mike Rubino (tenor saxophone); Bob Millikan, Craig Johnson, Dan Collette, Mike Ponella, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Kadleck, Dean Pratt (trumpet); Lee Musiker (piano); Chuck Loeb (guitar); Steve Smith, Steve Gadd, Bill Bruford, Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Simon Phillips, Dave Garibaldi, Kenny Aronoff, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Joe Morello, Neil Peart, Steve Arnold, Buddy Rich (drums).

1. Moment's Notice [with Steve Smith]
2. Basically Blues [with Steve Gadd]
3. Willowcrest [with Bill Bruford]
4. In A Mellow Tone [with Gregg Bissonette]
5. Time Check [with Dave Weckl]
6. Goodbye Yesterday [with Simon Phillips]
7. Groovin' Hard [with Dave Garibaldi]
8. Big Swing Face [with Kenny Aronoff]
9. Standing Up In A Hammock [with Marvin "Smitty" Smith]
10. Take The A Train [with Joe Morello]
11. One O'Clock Jump [with Neil Peart]
12. Them There Eyes [with Cathy Rich/Steve Arnold]
13. Channel One Suite

Various Artists - Burning For Buddy: A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich (1994)

Andy Fusco, Dave D'Angelo, Steve Marcus, Walt Weiskopf, Jack Stuckey (saxophone); Dave Stahl, Ross Konikoff, Greg Gisbert, Scott Wendholt (trumpet); John Mosca, Rick Trager, George Gesslein (trombone); Jon Werking (piano); Chuck Bergeron (bass). Additional personnel: Gary Keller (tenor saxophone, flute); Bob Millikan, Craig Johnson, Dan Collette, Mike Ponella, Joe Magnarelli, Tony Kadleck (trumpet); John Hart, Chuck Loeb, Bill Beaudoin (guitar); Jon Werking (keyboards); Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Matt Sorum, Steve Smith, Manu Katche, Bill Cobham, Max Roach, Rod Morgenstein, Omar Hakim, Ed Shaughnessy, Joe Morello, Bill Bruford, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Steve Ferrone (drums); Neil Peart, Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion); Mino Cinelu (percussion)

1. Dancing Men [with Simon Phillips]
2. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy [with Dave Weckl]
3. Love For Sale [with Steve Gadd]
4. Beulah Witch [with Matt Sorum]
5. Nutville [with Steve Smith]
6. Cotton Tail [with Neil Peart]
7. No Jive [with Manu Katche]
8. Milestones [with Bill Cobham]
9. Drum Also Waltzes Part One, The [with Max Roach]
10. Machine [with Rod Morgenstein]
11. Straight No Chaser [with Kenny Aronoff]
12. Slo-Funk [with Omar Hakim]
13. Shawnee [with Ed Shaughnessy]
14. Drumorello [with Joe Morello]
15. Drum Also Waltzes Part Two, The [with Max Roach]
16. Lingo [with Bill Bruford]
17. Ya Gotta Try [with Marvin "Smitty" Smith]
18. Pick Up The Pieces [with Steve Ferrone]

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Buddy Rich - The Jazz Collector Edition (1991)

1. Nutville
2. Kilimanjaro Cookout
3. Big Mac
4. Backwoods Sideman
5. Time Check
6. Prelude to a Kiss
7. Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters
8. Senator Sam

Buddy Rich - Compact Jazz (1987)

1. Jumpin' At The Woodside
Rec. Aug. 17, 1956
Buddy Rich (d), Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison (tps), Frank Rosolino (tb), Bob Envoldsen (valve tb, ts), Bob Cooper (ts), Buddy Collete (bars, fl), Jimmy Rowles (p), Bill Pittman (g), Joe Mondragon (b)

2. Broadway
Rec. Nov. 10, 1955
Buddy Rich (d), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), William "Sonny" Criss (as), Jimmy Rowles (p), John Simmons (b)

3. Yardbird Suite
Rec. April 9 or 10, 1959
Rich (d), Emmett Berry, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Ferrante, Stan Fishelson, Jimmy Nottingham (tps), Eddie Bert, Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Willie Dennis (tbs), Earle Warren, Phill Woods (as), Al Cohn, Benny Golson (ts), Steve Perlow (bars), John Bunch (p), Sam Herman (g), Phil Leshin (b)

4. Toot, Toot, Tootise, Goodbye
Rec. April 7 or 8, 1959
The Buddy Rich Quintet & The Max Roach Quintet: Rich (d), Willie Dennis (tb), Phil Woods (as), John Bunch (p), Phil Leshin (b), Max Roach (d), Jolina Priester (tb), Tommy Turrentine (tp), Stanley Turrentine (ts), Bob Boswell (b)

5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
Rec. Jan 31, 1957
Buddy Rich (vo), Harry "Sweets" Edison (tp), Ben Webster (ts), Paul Smith (p), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b), Alvin Stoller (d)

6. Bloody Mary
Rec. April 7 or 8, 1960
Rich (d), Irwin "Marky" Markowitz (tp), Willie Dennis (tb), Seldon Powell (ts), Mike Mainieri (vb), Dave McKenna (p), Earl May (b)

7. From The Sticks
Personnel & record date same as on 3.

8. Late Date
Rec. Aug. 14 or 16, 1961
Rich (d), Rolf Ericson (tp), Sam Most (fl), Mike Mainieri (vb), Johnny Morris (p), Wyatt "Bull" Ruther (b)

9. Jump For Me
Personnel & record date same as on 1.

10. A Night In Tunisia
Personnel & record date same as on 6.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Buddy Rich - The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977)

Full Title: The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived...With "The Best Band I Ever Had"

Saxes: Steve Marcus, Alan Gauvin, Chuck Wilson, Gary Bribed, Greg Smith
Trombones: Matt Johnson, Dale Kirkland, Edward Eby
Trumpets: Chuck Schmidt, Dean Bratt, John Marshall, Danny Hayes
Rhythm: Tommy Warrington (bass), Barry Keiner (keyboards), Buddy Rich (drums)

1. Birdland
2. Bouncin' With Bud
3. Cape Verdean Blues
4. Fiesta
5. Funk City Ola

Buddy Rich - Very Live At Buddy's Place (1974)

Buddy Rich - Drums
Anthony Jackson - Bass
Sonny Fortune - Alto Sax, Flute
Sal Nistico - Tenor Sax
Jack Wilkins - Guitar
Kenny Barron - Piano
Jimmy Maeulen - Conga

1. Chameleon
2. Jumpin' At The Woodside
3. Sierra Lonely
4. Cardin Blue
5. Nica's Dream
6. Billie's Bounce

Buddy Rich - Buddy & Soul (1969)

Personnel: Buddy Rich (drums); Don Menza (soprano & tenor saxophones, flute); Joe Romano, Ernie Watts (alto saxophone, flute, clarinet); Richie Cole (alto saxophone); Pat LaBarbara (tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet); Don Englert (tenor saxophone); Joe Calo (baritone saxophone); Nat Pavone, Dave Culp, Bob Vance, Sal Marquez, Mike Price, Darryl Eaton, Ollie Mitchell, Ken Faulk (trumpet); Rick Stepton, Vince Diaz (trombone); Don Switzer (bass trombone); David Lahm (acoustic & electric pianos, organ); Herb Ellis, David Dana, Freddy Robinson (guitar); Bob Magnusson (acoustic & electric basses); Larry Bunker, Victor Feldman (percussion).

Recorded live at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California on January 3 and April 16 & 17, 1969 and at The Whiskey A Go-Go, Hollywood, California on June 22, 1969.

01. Soul Lady
02. St. Petersburg Race
03. Soul Kitchen
04. Wonderbag
05. Ruth
06. Love And Peace
07. Hello, I Love You
08. Comin' Home Baby
09. The Meaning Of The Blues
10. Greensleeves
11. Mexicali Nose
12. Buddy Buddy
13. Acid Truth
14. Parthenia
15. Street Kiddie
16. The Word
17. It's Crazy

By 1969, Buddy Rich was fully into his rock & roll mode, working his band through arrangements of pop songs of the day and rock or funk originals by the best writers and arrangers in the business. Recorded live in Hollywood at Western Recorders and the infamous Whiskey A Go-Go, BUDDY AND SOUL represents a high spot in this period of Rich`s storied career. To be sure, Rich was a dyed-in-the-wool swing drummer, but he could still drive a rocking beat with the best of them while pushing his enormous band to its limits. The Rich band of this period spotlighted many names that were or would become highly respected members of the world jazz stage. Featured here are such stellar players as trumpeter Sal Marquez, saxophonists Ernie Watts, Don Menza and Pat LaBarbara, and guitarist Herb Ellis. It`s the style of music, however, that will draw the most attention as complex arrangements of the Doors` "Soul Kitchen" and "Hello, I Love You" and a psychedelic "Greensleeves" will surely perk up the ears of most fans of Buddy`s work. Also present is the work of many respected composers/arrangers including Don Sebesky, Bill Holman and Don Piestrup.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Why did I star this blog? One word: Maynard

I thought this would be appropiate for my 200th post on this blog, the topic of why I started it in the first place.

I have enjoyed the music of Maynard Ferguson for some time, since the late 80's. However most of what I knew was from the 70's, MF Horn 1 & 2 (on cassette), Primal Scream, Conquistador and the like. I had no idea at first that his career spanned the decades that it has. Once I discovered this I wanted to learn more about those recordings from the 50's and 60's, but it wasn't until the internet really came around in the mid 90's that I was able to. And with eBay I was finally, much to my joy, able to acquire a number of LPs that were out of print.

That is the reason I started this blog, to share that joy with others who may not have had the opportunitiy to ever have heard some of these MF recordings. Now, of course, it's gone well beyond just Maynard into other areas of my own personal jazz collection.

So, as a reminder, here's a list of those joys - all the Maynard material currently available here. Some of these have been reissued, and I encourage you to buy those CDs so we can hope to have more of these released in the future. And, if you have other bootlegs you would like to share, drop me a line.

Stan Kenton - Summer of '51 (1951)
Stan Kenton - New Concepts Of Artistry In Rhythm (1952)
Stan Kenton - Kenton in Hi-Fi (1956)
Live at Peacock Lane (1956)
Boy with Lots of Brass (1957)
Live at Peacock Lane (1957)
A Message from Newport (1958)
Swinging My Way Through College (1958)
A Message from Birdland (1959)
Let's Face The Music And Dance (1960)
Newport Suite (1960)
Maynard '61 (1961)
Straightaway Jazz Themes (1961)
Two's Company (1961)
Maynard '62 (1962)
Si! Si! MF (1962)
Maynard '63 (1963)
Message from Maynard (1963)
Come Blow Your Horn (1964)
The Blues Roar (1964)
Maynard '64 (1964)
The New Sounds of Maynard Ferguson (1964)
Ridin' High/Freaky (1968)
1969 (1969)
The Ballad Style of Maynard Ferguson (1969)
MF Horn (1970)
MF Horn 2 (1972)
MF Horn 3 (1973)
MF Horn 4 & 5, Live at Jimmy's (1973)
Live at the Great American Music Hall (1973)
Chameleon (1974)
Various Live Tracks (1970s)
The Best of Maynard Ferguson (1980)
Storm (1982)
Live from San Francisco (1983)
Body & Soul (1986)
Big Bop Nouveau (1990)
Footpath Café (1992)
Verve Jazz Masters 52 (1996)
Live at "The Basement" (2002)
Live at the Blue Note (2003)
Live in Las Vegas (2004)

Wynton Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis - Joe Cool's Blues (1995)

Tracks 1,2,4,6,8,10,12,13
Wynton Marsalis - Trumpet
Eric Reed - Piano
Benjamin Wolfe - Bass
Wessell Anderson - Alto and Soprano Saxes
Victor Goines - Tenor Sax and Clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon - Trombone
Herlin Riley - Drums

Tracks 3,5,7,9,11
Ellis Marsalis - Piano
Reginald Veal - Bass
Martin Butler - Drums

1. Linus & Lucy
2. Buggy Ride
3. Peppermint Patty
4. On Peanuts Playground
5. Oh, Good Grief!
6. Wright Brothers Rag
7. Charlie Brown
8. Little Red-Haired Girl
9. Pebble Beach
10. Snoopy & Woodstock
11. Little Birdie
12. Why, Charlie Brown
13. Joe Cool's Blues (Snoopy's Return)

Wynton Marsalis - Blue Interlude (1992)

Wynton Marsalis - Trumpet
Marcus Roberts - Piano
Wessell Anderson - Alto Sax
Todd Willams - Tenor and Alto Sax, Clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon - Trombone
Reginald Veal - Bass
Herlin Riley - Drums

1. Brother Veal
2. Monologue For Sugar Cane And Sweetie Pie
3. Bule Interlude
4. And The Band Played On
5. The Jubilee Suite
    I. Day To Day
    II. Running And Rambling
    III. Grace
6. Sometimes It Goes Like That

Manhattan Jazz Quintet - Autumn Leaves (1985)

Lew Soloff - Trumpet
George Young - Tenor Sax
David Matthews - Piano
Charnett Moffet - Bass
Steve Gadd - Drums

1. Jordu
2. Recado Bossa Nova
3. Confirmation
4. Autumn Leaves
5. Mood Piece

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Charles Mingus - Epitaph (1990)

Conductor: Gunther Schuller
Trombones: Eddie Bert, Sam Burtis, Paul Faulise, Urbie Green, David Taylor, Britt Woodman; Don Butterfield (tuba)
Trumpets: Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Lew Soloff, Jack Walrath, Joe Wilder, Snooky Young
Reeds: John Handy, Jerome Richardson, Bobby Watson (alto); Geroge Adams, Phil Bodner (tenor); Roger Rosenbeg, Gary Smuluyan (bari); Michael Rabinowitz (bassoon saxophone); Dale Kleps (contrabass clarinet)
Rhythm: Sir Roland Hanna, John Hicks (piano); Reggie Johnson, Edwin Schuller (bass); Victor Lewis (drums), Karl Berger (vibes), John Abercrombie (guitar), Danile Druckman (percussion)

1. Main Score Part 1
2. Percussion Discussion
3. Main Score Part 2
4. Started Melody
5. Better Get It In Your Soul
6. The Soul
7. Moods In Mambo
8. Self Portrait/Chill Of Death
9. O.P. (Oscar Pettiford)
10. Please Don't Come Back From The Moon
11. Monk, Bunk & Vice Versa (Osmotin')
12. Peggy's Blue Skylight
13. Wolverine Blues
14. The Children's Hour Of Dream
15. Ballad (In Other Words, I Am Three)
16. Freedom
17. Interlude (The Underdog Rising)
18. Noon Night
19. Main Score Reprise

"Epitaph is considered by many to be the masterwork of Charles Mingus. It is a composition which is more than 4,000 measures long, requires two hours to perform and was only completely discovered during the cataloguing process after his death by musicologist Andrew Homzy. With the help of a grant from the Ford Foundation, the score and instrumental parts were copied, and the piece itself was premiered by a 30-piece orchestra, conducted by Gunther Schuller. This concert was produced by Mingus's widow, Sue Graham Mingus, at Alice Tully Hall on June 3, 1989, ten years after his death. Epitaph is one of the longest jazz pieces ever written."

Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music (1972)

Liner notes do not include full personnel list. Personnel includes: Charles Mingus (acoustic bass); Sy Johnson, Alan Raph, Teo Macero (conductor); Charles McPherson (alto saxophone); James Moody, Bobby Jones (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Lonnie Hillyer, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Julius Watkins (French horn); Charles McCraken (cello); Sir Roland Hanna (piano).

1. The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
3. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too
4. Taurus In The Arena Of Life
5. Hobo Ho
6. The Chill Of Death (Recitation by Charles Mingus)
7. The I Of Hurricane Sue