Friday, September 23, 2016

Music CDs

Art Blakey
Tracks from the greatest hard-bop drummer of 'em all! Includes; ‘Confirmation’; ‘Blues March’; ‘Evidence’ (with Thelonious Monk); ‘Free for All’, and more. –Summary

Benny Goodman
”This 77 minute survey of Benny Goodman's music begins with a teenaged clarinet virtuoso first establishing himself in the context of late 1920s Chicago jazz, then rapidly moving on to New York. In the process, he recorded with leading bands of the day…. Goodman virtually created the swing era by combining the work of the best African American arrangers, such as Fletcher Henderson and Mary Lou Williams, with the best white musicians, like himself and drummer Gene Krupa, wrapping it up in a tightly rehearsed package. Goodman also broke down social barriers when he featured black musicians on stage in his small groups, and those bands are well represented here.” –Amazon

Charles Mingus
This CD includes nine of the most famous tunes from the indomitable Charles Mingus; American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader.  Includes ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’; ‘Better Git It in Your Soul’; ‘Mood Indigo’, and more. –Summary

Coleman Hawkins
”Coleman Hawkins had one of the longest creative careers in jazz, and this compilation, spanning every decade in which he recorded (and accompanying Ken Burns's documentary Jazz), shows that his imagination was as enduring as his ruggedly bristling tenor saxophone sound.” –Amazon

Dizzy Gillespie
From small-combo bebop to big-band Latin excursions, Dizzy was always the innovator. Sixteen tracks include ‘A Night in Tunisia’; ‘Groovin’ High’; ‘Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac’, and more. –Summary.

Ella Fitzgerald
“From her early Decca sides with Chick Webb to her classic Verve songbooks, 18 tracks spanning 25 years! Includes ‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’; ‘Night and Day’; ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’; ‘Sophisticated Lady’; ‘Blue Skies’ (with Paul Weston & His Orchestra); ‘Mack the Knife’ , and more.” –Amazon

Herbie Hancock
Tracks from this legendary pianist and innovator include ‘Speak Like A Child’; ‘Rockit’; ‘Watermelom Man’, and more. –Summary.

Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer. This 76 minute survey of his music includes ‘Lonely Woman’; Blues Connotation’; ‘Ramblin’, and many more. –Summary

Sidney Bechet
This CD contains twenty songs by master soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet. Includes ‘Wild Cat Blues’; ‘Polka Dot Rag’; ‘Shake It and Break It, and more. –Summary.

Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis 
Sketches of Spain, with its emphasis on flamenco, rich orchestrations, and relaxed tempos, is one of Davis's most popular recordings. This CD includes ‘The Pan Piper’; ‘Will O’ The Wisp’, and ‘Solea.’ –Summary