Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Playlist for Tom Ossana – The Thin Edge – January 17, 2018 MST 7:00 to 9:00p.m. ~ Use this link to access the show online.

Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Richie Powell and Max Roach get the first half rolling with Rollins’ “Pent-Up House” – an obvious pun characteristic of many jazz tunes in the forties and fifties. This comes from “Plus 4”, a Prestige pressing in 1956, three months before Clifford and Richie were killed in an auto accident. Alto saxophonist Gael Horellou Quintet return from last week with the Gale penned “The Gale Force” – another pun – on “Coup De Vent” (Fresh Sound Records 2017). Jeremy Pelt’s trumpet is prominent. Responding to Mark Roberts’ request, we’ll hear Miles’ “Yesternow” from his “Jack Johnson” (Columbia 1971) - music created for Bill Clayton’s documentary of “Jack Johnson” on the life of the boxer. Featured artists include Steve Grossman: soprano saxophone; Herbie Hancock: organ; John McLaughlin: electric guitar; Michael Henderson: electric bass; Billy Cobham: drums.

Anders Bergcrantz Quartet’s “In This Together” (Dragon Records 1995) kicks off the second half with the title track featuring his trumpet and Richie Beirach’s piano. Roaming around the library I came across a never-heard Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ “Joelle” – a Wayne Shorter composition – from the 1961 Blue Note “The Witch Doctor”. Soloists include Wayne (ts), Lee Morgan (tp) and Bobby Timmons (p). Beata Pater vocalizes Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” from her “Red” (B & B Records 2013). Darius Babazedeh solos on tenor. In the fifties I spent a lot of time with Gigi Gryce’s “Nica’s Tempo” (Savoy 1955). I was particularly fond of his cover of Horace Silver’s “Speculation” featuring Gigi’s alto, Art Farmer’s trumpet and Oscar Pettiford’s bass. Duke Jordan makes a rare appearance closing this half with the title track from his “Flight to Jordan” (Blue Note 1960). Trumpeter Dizzy Reece gets things started followed by the venerable tenor sax of Stanley Turrentine and the leader’s piano.

Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay” tests his jazz-rock bona fides in his first outing with Creed Taylor’s CTI Records (1970). We’ll hear the title track with solos from Freddie’s trumpet, Hancock’s Fender Rhodes, Joe Henderson’s raucous tenor and Ron Carter’s bass. Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams follows with a cover of Byrd’s “Hush” from their “The Complete Blue Note Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Studio Sessions” (2000). This comes from Donald’s “Royal Flush” (Blue Note 1962) featuring Donald’s trumpet, Pepper’s baritone and Hancock’s piano. Bassist Gary Peacock gets us ready for romance with a cover of drummer Joey Baron’s “Esprit de Muse” from Gary’s “Now This (ECM 2015). Marc Copland shows up on piano with Baron handling the drums.

Tierney Sutton gets us holding hands with her treatment of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from Sutton’s “After Blue” (Varese Sarabande 2013) featuring the Turtle Island String Quartet. Newcomer American pianist Leslie Pintchik treats us to a Bernstein/Baden Powell medley “Somewhere/Berimbau” with help from bassist Scott Hardy and drummer Mark Dodge. Dukes of Hazzard ex-pat Tom Wopat gets us acquainted with the title track – a tune penned by Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin - from his “Dissertation on the State of Bliss” (Sin-Drome Records 2005) with help from Gil Goldstein (p), Bob Malach (ts), Marc Johnson (b) and Antonio Sanchéz (dr). Especially for Josiah P. Smith, one of Utah’s original modern jazz deejays, we’ll hear June Christy’s impressions on Bob Haymes and Alan Brandt’s “That’s All” from her “Misty Miss Christy” (Blue Note Records 1956). Roger Cairns returns after a ten-year absence to reacquaint us with Jack King and Dorothy Parker’s “How Am I to Know” from his “Let’s . . . (AHP Productions 2008). Matt Otto’s tenor shines. Pianist Alan Broadbent commands a string ensemble for Jane Monheit’s cover of Howard Deitz and Arthur Schwartz’s “Haunted Heart”, spooking us into keeping the flame alive from her “Live at the Rainbow Room” (N-Coded Music 2003).

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. ~ Gebran Khalil Gebran

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