Although it's been out for a little over 4 years, I'd like to bring to your attention my CD, Father Time Remembered. It's your classic hard bop quintet, made up of some of the hottest musicians in Portland, Oregon at the time it was made. Besides myself on bass, the band consists of Derek Sims on trumpet, Sam Burton in some of his best playing on tenor, Phil Goldberg on piano and Ron Steen on drums.
The tunes are mostly originals (8 of them), with a couple of less hackneyed standards thrown in for the benefit of timorous radio DJs. The recording is of somewhat variable quality, due to balance issues (having to do with music stand and mike placement), but the music is of uniformly good quality. The CD was reviewed in The Jazzscene (Jazz Society of Oregon) and earned a 4-star rating. That review will be posted separately at a later time.
Some samples from the recording can be found at www.cdbaby.com/cd/lbatpa . CD Baby also has copies of this CD for sale. There will be a sequel to this CD making its appearance sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas (we'll be recording in October), that will be in electronic release only, at first. Stay tuned!
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.