Actually, we had a different composition in mind, the song Stardust written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927 with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish. The song, “a song about a song about love“, played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo, became an American standard, and with over 1,500 recordings is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century.
I’m not sure if hyperspace is composed of the remnants of exploded stars” but presumably your ears are so feel free to download this selection recorded by the following artists: Art Tatum / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra / Benny Goodman Sextet w. Charlie Christian / Clifford Brown / Denny Dennis / Errol Garner / Frank Sinatra / Glenn Miller Orchestra / Jimmy Shirley / Joe Pass & Jimmy Rowles / Kvartet Dubravka Majnarica / Ron Carter & Jim Hall.
I grew up listening to my father playing his favourite ‘jazz’ standards. This version of George and Ira Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm was recorded when he was 85.
Sadly, I felt that his playing was one-dimensional and after I left the parental nest I began to really appreciate the meditative zone induced by the artistry of some jazz pianists.
This download is one continuous track to keep you in the mood. Although Mingus (bass), Gismonti (guitar) and DeJohnette (drums) are better known for their primary instruments, they fit quite nicely in my selection.
Charles Mingus – Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues
Egberto Gismonti – Don Quijote
Tete Montoliu – Una Guitarra
Esbjörn Svensson – Like Wash It Or Something
Jack DeJohnette – Ebony
Jacob Karlzon – Gaspard de la Nuit II: Le Gibet(after Ravel)
Mara Rosenbloom – I Rolled and I Tumbled(tribute to John Lee Hooker)
Keith Tippett – Let The Music Speak
His albums as a leader were mostly with ECM, starting with Timeless in 1974. The year previously, he had released Friends, a fusion album on Oblivion Records.
Before that, a notable recording he appeared on as a guest was Dreams, recorded in 1970. This was also the name of the seminal fusion group set up by the Brecker Brothers, Randy and Mike, with Billy Cobham on drums. (Listen here.)
And it is Abercrombie’s role as a sidesman in albums lead by others which is the focus of IndoJazzia’s compilation, our tribute to an always interesting guitarist.
Download Unless otherwise noted, the following are album title tracks.
1974. Horacee Arnold – Tales Of The Exonerated Flea 1977. Colin Walcott – Grazing Dreams (ECM) 1977. Jack DeJohnette – Picture 5 (fr. Pictures ECM) 1977. Kenny Wheeler – Deer Wan (ECM) 1980. Jan Garbarek – Eventyr (ECM) 1989. Danny Gottlieb – Whirlwind 1994. Bob Brookmeyer – Ugly Music (fr. Electricity) 2007. Mark Egan – As We Speak
A poster for a Tim Burton directed animated movie – worth watching(video)
One listen to this compilation and you may be expressing yourself in German: “Nein, nein!”
There isn’t much flow to this assortment, with the first three tracks dithering over the number. Then Italian songstress Maria Pia De Vito interprets a Hendrix number from her album, Mind The Gap, described as an exploration of the crossover territory between freeform jazz, traditional European music and abstract electronica.
John Martyn mumbles his way through his own song with the help of Carla Bley’s favourite saxophonist Andy Shepherd, then two very capable acoustic guitarists offer some comfortable musings.
Sly and Robbie are the renowned Jamaican rhythm duo adding some rare clout to the Norwegian duo who have consistently pushed the boundaries of jazz, largely through their use of electronics.
Finally, Jack DeJohnette had the able support of Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland at the 1990 Montreux Jazz Festival.
But that’s only eight tracks, you may think. That is some 49 minutes worth, though, and there are no more tracks in IndoJazzia’s archives which fit the monthly theme. However, do find twenty minutes to watch the original line-up of Caravan playing one of their legendary suites, and note that they are original members of the ‘Canterbury Scene’, as was the late Hugh Hopper on the first track.
01. Hopper, Dean, Gowan, Sheen – One Three Nine 02. Kenny Wheeler – Seven, Eight, Nine (Pt.1) 03. Maria Pia De Vito – If Six Was Nine 04. John Martyn w. Andy Shepherd – Number Nine 05. Harry Manx – Nine Summers Lost 06. Mehmet Ergin – Nine Faces 07. Sly & Robbie w. Nils Petter Molvær & Eivind Aarset – Nine 08. Jack DeJohnette’s Parallel Realities – Nine Over Reggae
Once heard, Steely Dan has been one of those bands which demand ‘loyalty’. The strength of the song writing partnership of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen and the supreme musicianship of their bands has ensured that their “string of pristine, sophisticated albums with ‘calculated and literary lyrics’ that blurred the lines of jazz, pop, rock and soul” will endure as long as recorded music is listened to.
1972. The Royal Dan w. Mike Stern – Dirty Work (Can’t Buy a Thrill) 1973. The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Bodhisattva (Countdown to Ecstasy) 1974. Bob McAlpine – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number (Pretzel Logic) 1975. Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist – Rose Darling (Katy Lied) 1976. The Woody Herman Band – Kid Charlemagne (The Royal Scam) 1977. Hoops McCann Band – Deacon Blues (Aja) 1980. Sara Isaksson & Rebecka Törnqvist – Gaucho (Gaucho)
fr. 2000. Steely Dan – Cousin Dupree (Two Against Nature)
In temperate zones of the world, September marks the changing of the seasons, the leaves turn into non-green colours and fall to earth to become nutrients for the seeds and fruits which nourish us and hibernating mammals. and migrating birds.
For we humans, it marks summer holidays past, a welcome return for parents of their children to centres of learning, but perhaps a less than welcome return to drudgery, of surviving harsh weather and disciplinarian teachers.
Living in tropical climes means that the passing of the seasons does not have quite the same resonance. Waiting for the rains to come, or go, is it, the metronomic tic-toc of a clock rather than the finality of tic-tac-toe.
Yes, September points to the passing of the years, from childhood to dotage and a final farewell. Naturally, there are songs about the month, and one in particular is now a ‘standard’:.
‘September Song’ is based on a metaphor in Shakespeare’sSonnet 73which compares a year to a person’s life span from birth to death.
The song was composed byKurt Weill, with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, and introduced by Walter Huston in the 1938 Broadway musical production Knickerbocker Holiday. After being used in the 1950 film September Affair, the song has since been recorded by numerous singers and instrumentalists.
First though, listen to Walter Huston’s original version
WFMU has umpteen versions to listen to, far more than trawled from IndoJazzia’s archives.
But IndoJazzia is not about craziness; it’s about jazz heritage, past, present and into the unknown. So, unwilling to be eclipsed or out-trumped by natural and unnatural events, we think today gives us a good enough excuse to offer a couple of compilations of Moon Jazz.
The first, Beautiful Moons Ago, is about the past; there are some familiar tunes and, we hope, some less so.
You don’t have to know that eight (8) is a perfect cube (23) or that it is the only nonzero perfect power that is one less than another perfect power, by Mihăilescu’s Theorem.
Nor do you have to know where the word comes from, although the following does tell us that English is a very dynamic language, continually absorbing influences from both invaders and immigrants.
From Middle English eight, aught, eahte, ahte; from Old English eahta; from Proto-Germanic ahtōu; and from Proto-Indo-European oḱtṓw. It is cognate with Scots aucht, West Frisian acht, Dutch acht, Low German acht, German acht, Norwegian åtte, Swedish åtta, Icelandic átta, Latin octo, Ancient Greek ὀκτώ (oktṓ), and Irish ocht.
No, all you have to know is that today is the eighth day of the eighth month which means that IndoJazzia is bringing you our monthly compilation with a numerical connotation, with the added factor of being listed in a pyramidal formation.
01. Lyle Mays – Hard Eights 02. First Avenue – Band Eight 03. Ray Russell – Eighth House 04. Michael Mantler – Movie Eight 05. Rufus Harley – Eight Miles High 06. David Darling – Eight String Religion 07. Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet – Eight Winds 08. Ambrose & His Orchestra – Dinner At Eight 09. Mr Scruff – Black Milk-Eighth From The Egg 10. Fred Hersch & Norma Winstone – The Eighth Deadly Sin 11. Major Glenn Miller & The American Band of the AEF – Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar