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Putting this show together I thought it would be interesting to take a look at "Conception," a tune written by Shearing concurrent with his first wife Trixie's pregnancy. I first listened to Shearing's MGM shellac back in 1950. During the same period I heard Mile's Birth of the Cool in which "Deception" was one of the cuts credited to Miles' pen. I listened to both often trying to decide if they were essentially the same tune. Google wasn't available at the time obviously. A record of which I was unaware at the time was Miles' The Last Bebop Session - Live at Birdland recorded in 1950. The all-star recording would have clarified the similarity since one of the tracks was "Conception/Deception." Let's begin tonight's program with George's quintet performing a remastered version of the original MGM pressing. George's crew included Chuck Wayne (g), Marjorie Hyams (vb), John Levy (b) and Denzil Best (d). Next we'll hear Miles' "Deception" from his wildly popular Capitol 1950 Birth of the Cool featuring Lee Konitz (as), Gerry Mulligan (bs), Kai Winding (tb) and Max Roach (d). Miles' 1950 The Last Bebop Session - Live at Birdland follows with one of our very few exposures to the very talented Fats Navarro on trumpet, Walter Bishop's seldom heard piano and Art Blakey. New from MM Records, we'll hear Jacám Manricks Band - Chamber Jazz covering Miles version of Shearing's melody, "Deception." Alto saxophonist Jacám leads an impressive quartet featuring Kevin Hays (p), Gianluca Renzi (b) and Ari Hoenig (d).
Satoh Masahiko Trio's Hyojun Gigaku (BAJ Records 2016), an unusually whimsical Japanese recording in which Satoh plays around with standards, goes so far as to give the tracks similar-sounding names. His cover of Monks "Well, You Needn't" is titled "Well I Need It." Pianist Satoh's effort follows Art Taylor's cover of Monk's original from his 1956 Prestige Taylor's Wailers featuring our friend Donald Byrd (tp), longtime Monk sideman, Charlie Rouse (ts), and Jackie McLean (as). Bassist Mats Eilertsen's Rubicon, new from ECM, closes this half with Mats' "March" with help from Trygve Seim's reeds, Rob Waring (vb) and Harmen Fraanje (p).
New from Gateway Music, Acouspace Plus - Tid (Tender) kicks off the third half with saxophonist Claus Waidtløw's "Cereal Killer," a two reed, bass and drums effort featuring Claus and Joakim Milder's reeds, Jesper Bodilsen (b) and Spejderrobot (electronics), all Danes. We became familiar with Milder when he appeared with piano favorite Marcin Wasilewski in ECM's Faithful. Joe Lovano's new Blue Note Classic (Live at Newport) is next with Joe's "Birds Eye View," an obvious nod in the direction of Charlie Parker. Old-timer Hank Jones shows up on piano, with George Mraz (b) and Lewis Nash (d). New from KARI-ON Productions, we get Sergio Pereira's Swingando. The all-star ensemble tackles Sergio's "Spring." Also new to the show is the highly praised Tori Freestone and her trio's cover of the Altman/Lawrence classic, "All or Nothing at All." Tori manhandles the tenor with help from Dave Manington's double bass and Tim Giles' drums.
Newcomer Ashleigh Smith gets our hearts fluttering with Chrisette Michele’s "Love Is You" from her freshman outing Sunkissed released by Concord this year. Bassist Nigel Rivers and guitarist Joel Cross lead the ensemble. Bill Evans only recording with famed bassist Gary Peacock is next from Bill's 1964 Verve Trio 64 covering Dietz and Schwartz's "Dancing in the Dark" featuring longtime Evans drummer, Paul Motian. Acting on a request from fan Jules, Joni Mitchell follows with "A Case of You" from her 2000 Warner Both Sides Now. The stellar group includes Wayne Shorter (ts), Mark Isham (tp), Herbie Hancock and drummer Peter Erskine. Gregory Porter follows with his "No Love Dying" from the 2011 Blue Note Liquid Spirit featuring Yosuke Sato (as), Tivon Pennicott (ts) and Chip Crawford (p). Nancy Wilson ties romance with dancing in her cover of Ivan Lins/Paul Williams' "Love Dance" from her 1994 Columbia Love, Nancy. Maria Pia De Vito, Danilo Rea, Enzo Pietropaoli, Aldo Romano's 2005 C.A.M. Jazz So Right brings this love-fest to a close with Maria singing "The Sweetest Medicine" (Vito/Rhea/Pietropaoli/Romano).
Let's have some fun!
Thanks to Music Director Serah and friends around the world for the program's content.