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Weekend Playlist

3 August 2009

You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.” ~ Hank Williams

Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits

Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport
Duke Ellington | At Newport

J.J. Johnson | J.J. Inc.
The J.J. Johnson Sextet | J.J. Inc.

Donald Byrd | Long Green
Donald Byrd | Long Green: The Savoy Sessions

Arnett Cobb | Smooth Sailing
Arnett Cobb | Smooth Sailing

Lee 'Scratch Perry | Chicken Scratch
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | Chicken Scratch

Eugene McDaniels | Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse
Eugene McDaniels | Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse

Moby Grape | The Place And The Time
Moby Grape | The Place And The Time

John Mayall | Blues From Laurel Canyon
John Mayall | Blues From Laurel Canyon

The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers

Black Uhuru | Black Sounds Of Freedom
Black Uhuru | Black Sounds Of Freedom

Freddie King | Texas Cannonball
Freddie King | Texas Cannonball

Bonniwell Music Machine | Ignition
Bonniwell Music Machine | Ignition

Gilles Peterson @ Dingwalls
Gilles Peterson & Patrick Force | Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls
[Album cover not pictured]

Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once
Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once

Fania All Stars | Live At Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1
Fania All-Stars | Live At Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1

The Art Farmer Quintet | Blame It On My Youth
The Art Farmer Quintet | Blame It On My Youth

Miles Davis | Nefertiti
Miles Davis | Nefertiti

Dave Alvin | Public Domain: Songs From The Wild Land
Dave Alvin | Public Domain

Bo Diddley | The Chess Box
Bo Diddley | The Chess Box

De La Soul | 3 Feet High And Rising
De La Soul | 3 Feet High And Rising

Kris Kristofferson | The Silver Tongued Devil And I
Kris Kristofferson | The Silver Tongued Devil And I

The Meters | Look-Ka Py Py
The Meters | Look-Ka Py Py

Iron & Wine | The Shepherd's Dog
Iron & Wine | The Shepherd’s Dog

Weekend Playlist

29 June 2009

Me, I’ve concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things.” – Lou Reed

Freddie King
Freddie King | Hide Away
[Album cover not pictured]

Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club, Hamburg
Jerry Lee Lewis | Live At The Star Club, Hamburg

Shawn Phillips | Second Contribution
Shawn Phillips | Second Contribution

John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken
John Lee Hooker | Free Beer And Chicken

Instant Funk | Instant Funk
Instant Funk | Instant Funk

Soundgarden | Louder Than Love
Soundgarden | Louder Than Love

Rodriguez | Cold Fact
Rodriguez | Cold Fact

INXS | Shabooh Shoobah
INXS | Shabooh Shoobah

Various Artists | Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story
Various Artists | Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story

Calexico | The Black Light
Calexico | The Black Light

Jackson 5 | Greatest Hits
Jackson 5 | Greatest Hits

Miles Davis | 'Round About Midnight
Miles Davis | ‘Round About Midnight

Horace Silver | Silver's Blue
Horace Silver | Silver’s Blue

Donald Byrd | Mustang!
Donald Byrd | Mustang!

Alabama 3 | Outlaw
Alabama 3 | Outlaw

Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel
Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel

Basement Jaxx | Remedy
Basement Jaxx | Remedy

Radiohead | In Rainbows
Radiohead | In Rainbows

Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll
Mylo | Destroy Rock & Roll

Gomez | Bring It On
Gomez | Bring It On

Ben Charest | Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack
Ben Charest | Triplets Of Belleville Soundtrack

Various Artists | More Oar: A Tribute To The Skip Spence Album
Various Artists | More Oar

Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Sleeps With Angels
Neil Young | Sleeps With Angels

Minutemen | Post-Mersh Vol. 3
Minutemen | Post-Mersh Vol. 3

Barry & The Remains | Barry & The Remains
Barry & The Remains | Barry & The Remains

Various Artists | Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk
Various Artists | Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk

Gift Of Gab | Fourth Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up
Gift Of Gab | Fourth Dimensional Rocket Ships Going Up

Culture | Trod On
Culture | Trod On

Led Zeppelin | Coda
Led Zeppelin | Coda

Stevie Ray Vaughan | SRV: The Boxed Set
Stevie Ray Vaughan | SRV (Box Set)

Black Sugar | Black Sugar
Black Sugar | Black Sugar

Weekend Playlist

11 May 2009

Here’s a look at some of the albums that kept me and The P company over the weekend…

Death | ...For The Whole World To See
Death | …For The Whole World To See

Buddy Guy | This Is Buddy Guy!
Buddy Guy | This Is Buddy Guy!

Thelonious Monk | Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk
Thelonious Monk | Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk

Booker Little | Booker Little
Booker Little | Booker Little

Art Pepper | Intensity
Art Pepper | Intensity

Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece
Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece

Little Feat | Little Feat
Little Feat | Little Feat

Dexter Gordon | Our Man In Paris
Dexter Gordon | Our Man In Paris

Frank Morgan | Lament
Frank Morgan | Lament

Jimmy Rogers | Chicago Blues Masters: Volume Two
Jimmy Rogers | Chicago Blues Masters: Volume Two

Steve Earle
Steve Earle | Great American Music Hall – 1/17/96
[Album cover not pictured]

John Lee Hooker | Chill Out
John Lee Hooker | Chill Out

Mariachi illustration
Various Artists | Pasión Mexicana
[Album cover not pictured]

Black Keys | Attack & Release
The Black Keys | Attack & Release

Led Zeppelin | Houses Of The Holy
Led Zeppelin | Houses Of The Holy

Stephen Stills | Just Roll Tape
Stephen Stills | Just Roll Tape

The Beatles | Meet The Beatles!
The Beatles | Meet The Beatles!

The Kinks | Kinda Kinks
The Kinks | Kinda Kinks

The Temptations | Puzzle People
The Temptations | Puzzle People

Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls
Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls

Deep Purple | Deep Purple In Rock
Deep Purple | Deep Purple In Rock

Donald Byrd | Long Green
Donald Byrd | Long Green: The Savoy Sessions

The White Stripes | The White Stripes
The White Stripes | The White Stripes

Madeleine Peyroux | Half The Perfect World
Madeleine Peyroux | Half The Perfect World

M. Ward | Transfiguration Of Vincent
M. Ward | Transfiguration Of Vincent

The Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken
The Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss | Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss | Raising Sand

Taj Mahal | Giant Step/De 'Ole Folks At Home
Taj Mahal | Giant Step/De ‘Ole Folks At Home

The Billy Cobham - George Duke Band | "Live" On Tour In Europe
The Billy Cobham – George Duke Band | “Live” On Tour In Europe

Cal Tjader | Soul Sauce
Cal Tjader | Soul Sauce

Talking Heads | The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads
Talking Heads | The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads

Miles Davis | 'Round About Midnight
Miles Davis | ‘Round About Midnight

Stanley Turrentine | A Chip Off The Old Block
Stanley Turrentine | A Chip Off The Old Block

Coleman Hawkins | Soul
Coleman Hawkins | Soul

Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once
Lyrics Born | Everywhere At Once

The Jam | Beat Surrender (EP)
The Jam | Beat Surrender (EP)

The Incredible String Band | The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion
The Incredible String Band | The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion

Weekend Playlist

2 March 2009

Here’s a sampling of what passed over our turntable this weekend:

Art Pepper - Intensity
Art Pepper | Intensity

Lee Morgan | Tom Cat
Lee Morgan | Tom Cat

Miles Davis | E.S.P.
Miles Davis | E.S.P.

Donald Byrd | Long Green
Donald Byrd | Long Green: The Savoy Sessions

Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport
Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport

Dexter Gordon | One Flight Up
Dexter Gordon | One Flight Up

Johnny Griffin | The Little Giant
Johnny Griffin | The Little Giant

Roy Eldridge | Heckler's Hop, 1935-40
Roy Eldridge | Heckler’s Hop: 1935-1940

Booker Little | Booker Little
Booker Little | Booker Little

J.J. Johnson | J.J. Inc.
J.J. Johnson | J.J. Inc.

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

Thelonious Monk | Monk's Music
Thelonious Monk | Monk’s Music

Clark Terry | Serenade To A Bus Seat
Clark Terry | Serenade To A Bus Seat

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Like Someone In Love
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Like Someone In Love

Hank Mobley | The Turnaround!
Hank Mobley | The Turnaround!

Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um
Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um

Masterpiece: Long Green

18 January 2008

[Today: Donald Byrd hits a home run on his first swing…]

Donald Byrd - Long Green

Donald Byrd’s 1955 debut is one of the most spacious jazz albums ever recorded. Byrd sounds for all the world like he’s playing his trumpet at full blast on the other side of town from his band, but he plays each note with such full-throttle power that his sound flows perfectly into the rest of the group. Recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who engineered many of the classic Blue Note albums of the 1960’s, was just the man to pull off such a trick.

When you listen to the MP3 below, imagine Byrd blowing his top about 25 yards away from the rest of his group – because this is undoubtedly how many of the numbers on this session were miked up. It’s only when Byrd pulls back on his trumpet that the space between him and the band becomes obvious, but once it does, it’s like listening to jazz in HD.

Here Byrd is still a young player trying to find his sound, which is a good thing, because the sound he eventually found was more Pop than Bop. But in September of 1955 he floated somewhere between bebop and cool jazz, emulating the sound of Miles Davis, yet falling far enough astray of that mark to keep things interesting. He’s helped out here by a number of other young players trying to make their mark, including bassist Paul Chambers, who would go on to make many great recordings with John Coltrane.

Byrd himself would record a number of noteworthy albums with Blue Note during the 1960’s, and he would become closely identified with the fusion jazz movement of the 70s. But for sheer atmosphere and pure blowing, nothing else he ever recorded comes close to Long Green.

Listen: Winterset

Masterpiece: The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2

4 January 2008

[Today: Taking shelter from the storm…]

The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2

The Bay Area is currently being battered by relentless rainfall and hurricane force winds. It’s pretty cold, wet and miserable outside, which makes being inside and warm just that much better. The P and I spent our evening running around doing errands in preparation for a weekend shuttered in. After the last bag of groceries had been hauled inside, we lit a fire and sat down to some reading, enjoying the clown-like antics of our two 6-month old kittens, Oscar and Willie. We’ve got a big stack of jazz records that are just begging to be listened to, and what better possible evening to take on such a project?

Sonny Clark set a pretty nice mood for a while, via Sonny’s Crib (thanks Dusty Groove/Chicago), and then Donald Byrd weighed in with Long Green – one of the great trumpet albums – the cat just blows. Then we heard from the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker quorum – and a fine pair they are. Mulligan/Baker was my “morning album” that I listened to every day for about 2 years straight (I could usually get through three sides of vinyl before scurrying off to work). Art Farmer held court for awhile with his excelllent collection Farmer’s Market. And then Jay Jay Johnson took the needle of our record player and made it swing. The guy plays slide trombone, but makes it sound like a muted trumpet – good good good.

Where our house sits, it sometimes feels like the winds are forming a giant cartoon fist and pummeling our sides, rattling windows, as well as people and animals. But tonight we’re all pretty cozy and content. The way 2007 flew past, the days kind of start blurring together and few stand out. So thanks for humoring me while I take a few hundred words to etch down one day and keep it for myself.

Listen: Pennies From Heaven (Alternate Take)


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