sábado, 13 de septiembre de 2014

Massimo Urbani Quartet - The Blessing (1993)

Source: Allaboutjazz
Label: Red Records

The Blessing was Massimo Urbani's swan song. Recorded a mere five months before his tragically early death, The Blessing could be viewed as Urbani's Dial recordings, replete with the desperate Lover Man (in this case What's New ) that made or destroyed Charlie Parker in the mid-1940s. That would be if Urbani had been in anything less than perfect control, as he was on February 21 and 22, 1993, when these sides were recorded. Urbani plays with sloppy slurs and growls and then spits out 32nd and 64th notes that will singe the listener's eyebrows. Urbani's solo on drummer Roberto Gatto's composition Drop In is an ironic lesson in excessive pathos and crystalline brilliance. Pianist Danilo Rea plays with the same measured abandon. But perhaps Urbani's nearest improvisational soul mate is Giovanni Tommaso, whose sleek pizzicato solos have largely been ignored in this country. The aforementioned What's New is taken at something a bit faster than a ballad clip. Urbani is inspired and reckless, the two ingredients necessary of an historic performance.

Urbani's touch is golden on the sotto voce ballad Everything Happens to Me as is bassist Tommaso. Danilo Rea delivers perhaps his most inspired soloing on the disc. Parker's My Little Suede Shoes is treated with a jaunty reverence by Urbani, who obviously has fun with the piece and studied the Parker vernacular well. It is pure Be Bop practiced by a great student of the genre. Pianist Rae burns in his solo, with drummer Gatto and bassist Tommaso playing a very effective duet in the composition's interior. The performance is so good; I prefer it to the original, mostly for sonic, but also technical reasons. Urbani transforms The Way You Look Tonight in the same way Parker transformed Embraceable You , making the briefest statement of the melody in the head and then heading for parts unknown. Urbani plays with ferocious conviction. The saxophonist's own Blues for Bird is pure soul, a recital for solo alto saxophone. Urbani crammed his entire short life into four minutes. The Blessing is a great note to end on, or, begin with as an introduction to this briefly captured superior talent.

"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."
  - Duke Ellington - 



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Ian Hendrickson-Smith Group - Live at Smalls (2010)


1 Spoken Introduction
2 Blues Medley
3 Love Is a Losing Game
4 Soweto Jam
5 Butter Bean
6 Our Day Will Come

Ian Hendrickson-Smith - tenor saxophone
Bosco Mann - percussion
Brian Floody - drums
Al Street - guitar
Marcus Parsley - trumpet
Rick Germanson - piano

Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxophonist and Flutist Ian Hendrickson-Smith has been and continues to be one of the most sought after musicians in New York City. Mostly noted for his remarkable tone, soulful approach and blues driven melodies he’s been reaching audiences world-wide through numerous recordings and live appearances. Born in New Orleans, Ian Hendrickson-Smith began his professional music career in 1996, after four years of studies at the Manhattan School of Music.
   From 2004 to 2010, Hendrickson-Smith maintained an intense recording and touring schedule as a member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Currently you can find Ian playing as a leader or with jazz icon Dr Lonnie Smith and also the incredible Loston Harris Trio. As of Feb 17, 2014 you can find Ian playing with the Roots on the TONIGHT SHOW starring Jimmy Fallon.
   Hendrickson-Smith’s extensive recording experience includes the release of nine titles as a leader. His most recent, TONIGHT IS NOW follows up 2012’s chart topping ballads record, THE SOUL OF MY ALTO . Visit the IHS MUSIC STORE for complete details and audio. Stay tuned for an upcoming release recorded live at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC. Due out sometime in 2014!
   Hendrickson-Smith has worked and/or recorded with: Dr Lonnie Smith, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Rufus Wainright, The Roots, Bob Dylan, Phish, Mofro, Robbie Williams, Boyz 2 Men, St Vincent, The Heavy, Michael Buble, The Charles Mingus Big Band Workshop, Ray Appleton, Phillip Harper, Etta Jones, David Hazeltine, Danny Moore, The J.B.’s (Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis), Adam Scone, Lee Fields, Mark Ronson, David Sanborn, The Hotpants, The Macktet, The Uptown Quintet, The Night Crawlers, and more.


Joe Wilder and Pete Brown's Sextet - Such a Beautiful Sound (2014)

In 1953, Joe Wilder (Colwyn, Pennsylvania 1922), an ex-Basieite trumpeter with extensive big band experience, settled in New York to play for pit bands, TV, and to do studio recording work. Wilder’s reputation as a valuable sideman became increasingly impressive, more so with each new appearance on record, and for good reason.

On the opening session of this set—recorded in November 1955—Wilder is guested on two standards with the superb trio of Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke, the Savoy label’s “house” rhythm section.

They proved an ideal support for Wilder’s delightfully musical sensibility, something triumphantly confirmed a few weeks later when they backed Wilder on his own solo debut album, “‘N’ Wilder…” a wonderfully individual session on which he displays the rare combination of flowing, singing lines and drive, strength and swing. Mature and impressive at any tempo, Wilder’s beautiful, big-toned sound, and fresh, creative conception shines especially on ballads.

On the last date, we find the trumpeter back in the fall of 1954, when he played as a sideman of a sextet headed by Pete Brown, an unjustly neglected, tastefully jumping alto saxophonist, who made his leader debut on record for Bethlehem with the 10” album “Peter the Great.” On a well-chosen programme of standards and blues, both hornmen display a skilled range of ability at an easy, conversational level, well supported by a good rhythm section featuring brief but excellent contributions by guitarist Wally Richardson, and Wade Legge, Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist.

At a time when many styles were blurring into each other, Wilder was maturely his own man, with such a beautiful sound. Still active in 2013 he is a true living legend of the trumpet.


01. How High the Moon (Wilder’s Moon) (Hamilton-Lewis) 6:03
02. I Think of You with Every Breath I Take (Rainger-Robin) 6:23
03. Cherokee (Ray Noble) 10:40
04. Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington-Gordon-Mills) 5:02
05. My Heart Stood Still (Rodgers-Hart) 4:28
06. Six Bit Blues (Ozzie Cadena) 8:24
07. Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward) 4:29
08. Darn That Dream (Jimmy Van Heusen) 4:59
09. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (Seitz-Lockhart) 2:49
10. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 2:39
11. Moonlight in Vermont (Suessdorf-Blackburn) 2:45
12. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love with Me (McHugh-Gaskill) 3:14
13. Used Blues (Pete Brown) 4:00
14. Tea for Two (Youmans-Caesar) 2:59
15. Delta Blues (Pete Brown) 4:53

Total time: 74:00 min. approx.


Track #1, taken from the 12″ album
“The Hank Jones Trio – Bluebird” (Savoy MG12053)

Track #2, taken from the 12″ album
“Various Artists – Night People” (Savoy MG12073)

Tracks #3-8, originally issued on the 12″ album
“Joe Wilder – ‘N’ Wilder…” (Savoy MG12063)

Tracks #9-15, originally issued on the 10″ album
“Pete Brown Sextet – Peter the Great”
(Bethlehem BCP 1011)

Personnel on tracks #1 & 2:

Joe Wilder, trumpet; Hank Jones, piano; Wendell Marshall, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums.

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on November 29, 1955

Personnel on tracks #3-8:

Same personnel as Hank Jones Quartet

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, on January 19, 1956

Personnel on tracks #9-15:

Joe Wilder, trumpet; Pete Brown, alto sax; Wade Legge, piano; Wally Richardson, guitar
Gene Ramey, bass; Rudy Collins, drums

Recorded in New York City, on November 16, 1954

Original sessions produced by Ozzie Cadena (#1-8) and Creed Taylor (#9-15)
Recording Engineers: Rudy Van Gelder (#1-8) and Tom Dowd (#9-15)

Compiled for CD release by Jordi Pujol

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins