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October 4, 2011

Art Ensemble of Chicago :: ‘Theme de Yoyo’ (1970, from the most excellent avant-garde landmark Les Stances a Sophie)

Sidenote: Vocals are by Fontella Bass, wife of AEOC trumpeter Lester Bowie and singer of the 1965 R&B smash ‘Rescue Me.’

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September 22, 2011

"Jammin’ the Blues", a film by Gjon Mili, 1944.

One of the most gorgeously shot music videos ever made, with some of the greatest jazz musicians to have ever played. (Also, apparently the direct inspiration for Police’s “Every Breath You Take" video.)

The song: “Sunny Side of the Street.”

The lineup:

Lester Young - Tenor Sax;
Red Callender - Bass;
Harry “Sweets” Edison - Trumpet;
Marlowe Morris - Piano;
Sid Catlett and Jo Jones (Not Philly Joe Jones) - Drums;
Barney Kessel - Guitar;
John Simmons - Bass:
Illinois Jacquet - Tenor Sax;
Marie Bryant - Vocals

September 14, 2011

Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo :: ‘Rocky Raccoon’ (1970, from the album Lena & Gabor)

September 7, 2011

The Pointer Sisters featuring Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters :: ‘Chainey Do’ (1975, from the album Steppin’)

This song could teach the sun a thing or two about hotness. (h/t)

August 24, 2011

Animated Sheet Music :: ‘So What’ by Miles Davis.

(See also: Animated Sheet Music :: 'Giant Steps' by John Coltrane)


August 19, 2011

Ra from Django's Ghost on Vimeo.

Space is the place …


At the conclusion of their 1971 European tour, Sun Ra and His Arkestra visited Paris and performed for the French television show Jazz Session. The result was a stunning piece of musical theater shot in beautiful black and white and broadcast on January 8, 1972. This is the show in its entirety.


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August 13, 2011
Just agree with me.


Just agree with me.

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August 10, 2011

How is it possible anyone was ever this hip?

Wes Montgomery :: ‘Blue Monk’ (1965, Rehearsal in Hamburg)

Wes Montgomery - guitar
Johnny Griffin - tenor sax
Martial Solal - piano
Michel Gaudry - bass
Ronnie Stephenson - drums

August 9, 2011

Mose Allison :: ‘Parchman Farm' (Originally recorded in 1957, for the album Local Color)


PS: Legend has it that Pete Townshend was a huge Mose Allison fan. But it wasn’t until he was in a record store, flipping through the albums, that he actually saw a picture of him. His reaction (which was the same as mine when I first saw a picture of him): “He’s white?!”

PPS: Here’s the John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers’ groovy 1966 cover of ‘Parchman Farm.’

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August 8, 2011

Herbie Hancock :: ‘Blind Man, Blind Man’ (1963, from the album My Point of View — Herbie’s second, recorded when he was just 22.)

Personnel: Herbie Hacock (p), Grachan Moncur III (tb), Hank Mobley (ts), Donald Byrd (tp), Grant Green (g), Chuck Israels (b), Anthony Williams (ds).

Recorded on March 19, 1963.

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