World of Jazz – 7th April 2011 – Saxophone

Especially for my good friends Tricia and Tony….

  1. Jimmy Heath – The Voice of the Saxophone – The Time and the Place – a fine solo from “Little Bird” from his 1974 album – the album also features trombonist Curtis Fuller, guitarist Pat Martino, pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Sam Jones, drummer Billy Higgins and percussionist Mtume.
  2. Roland Kirk – The Things I Love – The Complete Works of Roland Kirk – confusing this one as there are two Kirk albums with the same title but this is the Mercury release from 1964 with Horace Parlan, Michael Fleming and Steve Ellington and not the live album from Ronnie Scott’s. It’s included in the huge box set of Kirk Mercury recordings.
  3. Charlie Parker – Hot House – Burnin’ Bird – This Savoy compilation features various recordings made by Bird during the mid- to late- ’40s. Most bebop fanatics will have these tracks on other discs, but if you want a primer for one of (if not the) pre-eminent alto players in jazz you should find this album a good starting point.
  4. Joe Henderson – Summertime – Porgy and Bess –  Joe Henderson’s take on Porgy and Bess meets his usual high standards and it would be his last studio album before his death in 2001. The band is fantastic  including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris– this samba take on the Gershwin’s “Summertime” is great fun.
  5. James Spaulding – Little Willie Leaps – Brilliant Corners -On what was surprisingly only his third recording as a leader, Spaulding is heard at the peak of his powers, leading a quartet/quintet also including pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Kenny Washington, and (on half of the selections) trumpeter Wallace Roney. His version of Miles’ “Little Willie Leaps” is a high point on what is probably his best album.
  6. David Binney – Traveller – South – one example of the more recent batch of great alto players Binney is a great writer and player, this album proves to be a great listen both musical clever but also full of great passion.
  7. Hank Mobley – When I Fall In Love – The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley Volume 1 – One of Hank’s earlier album’s in which he trades solos with the great Donald Byrd. Uniquely on Storyville given most of  Hank’s releases were confined to Blue Note from 1957 onwards.
  8. John Coltrane – Everytime I Say Goodbye – My Favorite Things – Trane on soprano for a stellar reading of Cole Porter’s famous tune. His soprano playing on this track has been described as definitive – few would argue.
  9. David Sanborn – First Song – Another Hand – this 1991 album was David’s first for Elektra and a definite career move away from r n b to a more considered jazz style. This reading of Charlie Haden’s tune features the composer, the master of the guitar Bill Frisell and the ever talented Joey Baron on drums.
  10. Johnny Hodges – Mood Indigo – Four Classic Albums – Owner of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist  Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could do the fast stuff and blow plenty of blue notes, his luscious playing on ballads has never been topped. This 1952 reading of the Ellington classic seemed a perfect way to end the show.

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