viernes, 9 de diciembre de 2016
John Arthur "Jaki" Byard (June 15, 1922 – February 11, 1999) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger. Mainly a pianist, he also played tenor and alto saxophones, among several other instruments. He was known for his eclectic style, incorporating everything from ragtime and stride to free jazz.
Byard played with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and was a member of bands led by bassist Charles Mingus for several years, including on several studio and concert recordings. The first of his recordings as a leader was in 1960, but, despite being praised by critics, his albums and performances did not gain him much wider attention. In his 60-year career, Byard recorded at least 35 albums as leader, and more than 50 as a sideman. Byard's influence on the music comes from his combining of musical styles during performance, and his parallel career in teaching.
From 1969 Byard was heavily involved in jazz education: he began teaching at the New England Conservatory and went on to work at several other music institutions, as well as having private students. He continued performing and recording, mainly in solo and small group settings, but he also led two big bands – one made up of some of his students, and the other of professional musicians. His death, from a single gunshot while in his home, remains an unsolved mystery. Complete bio ...
Review by Bruce Eder
This album is an elegant mix of soul and sambas, interspersed with a pair of distinctly blues-focused pieces. Jack McDuff's Hammond B-3 organ surges and trills and rocks, at times seeming to talk as the lead instrument on renditions of works as different as Ray Charles' "What'd I Say" and Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." His calls and responses with the five-man brass section on several of the tracks here comprise another highlight, but even the slow numbers, such as "No Tears," offer virtuoso playing by McDuff. The tempo and texture shifts throughout keep this record continually interesting to the listener, and the range of influences, from jazz to gospel with side trips into the blues (culminating with a seven-minute epic in the latter genre), gives a lot of great playing for everybody.
A marvelous bandleader and organist as well as capable arranger, "Brother" Jack McDuff has one of the funkiest, most soulful styles of all time on the Hammond B-3. His rock-solid basslines and blues-drenched solos are balanced by clever, almost pianistic melodies and interesting progressions and phrases. McDuff began as a bassist playing with Denny Zeitlin and Joe Farrell. He studied privately in Cincinnati and worked with Johnny Griffin in Chicago. He taught himself organ and piano in the mid-'50s, and began gaining attention working with Willis Jackson in the late '50s and early '60s, cutting high caliber soul-jazz dates for Prestige. McDuff made his recording debut as a leader for Prestige in 1960, playing in a studio pickup band with Jimmy Forrest. They made a pair of outstanding albums: Tough Duff and The Honeydripper. McDuff organized his own band the next year, featuring Harold Vick and drummer Joe Dukes. Things took off when McDuff hired a young guitarist named George Benson. They were among the most popular combos of the mid-'60s and made several excellent albums. McDuff's later groups at Atlantic and Cadet didn't equal the level of the Benson band, while later dates for Verve and Cadet were uneven, though generally good. McDuff experimented with electronic keyboards and fusion during the '70s, then in the '80s got back in the groove with the Muse session Cap'n Jack. While his health fluctuated throughout the '90s, McDuff released several discs on the Concord Jazz label before succumbing to heart failure on January 23, 2001, at the age of 74. ~ Ron Wynn and Bob Porter
miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2016
Review by Bill Dahl
An amazing artifact from 1957, when live recordings like this one didn't happen very often. A Seattle engineer with a spanking-new stereo tape recorder captured the contents of this disc while McNeely and his swinging combo were working out at a Seattle nightspot called the Birdland. He gets plenty of room to peel the paper from the gin joint's walls as he wails on "Flying Home," "How High the Moon," and "Let It Roll."
martes, 6 de diciembre de 2016
The CD "On the Loose" is guitarists Mike Fageros aka (The Unknown Guitarist) 6th CD to date. His selection of fellow sidemen Pat Bianchi/Hammond and Carmen Intorre Jr/Drums takes the music to a new level. The tracks are all live with no overdubs in an open setting in the studio so as to increase the listeners perception that he or she might just be in a jazz club with their eyes closed catching a set. What you are about to hear is pure unabashed jazz in the guitar/organ/drums trio setting with incredible musical interaction between the players. The arrangements were done by Mike with help from his friend and fellow guitarist, Clint Strong on Close Your Eyes and Love for sale.
Whether you are looking for straight ahead bop, funk, standards, 6/8 or a ballad, "On the Loose" covers it all and we believe in recording "the old school way" with you the listener in mind. No isolation booths, everything in real time, just an honest blowing session with some truly incredible and soulful moments!
The story behind the session is an interesting one. Guitarist Mike Fageros had always loved the way Pat Bianchi and Carmen Intorre Jr swung so hard when they toured with legendary guitarist Pat Martino. With this in mind, Mike's first choice for sidemen was obvious. When the decision was made to record, Carmen's home town of Buffalo was selected using the facilities of Audio Magic and Mike drove in from Detroit to make it happen.
Special appreciation is given to Pat Martino for the use of "Just for Then" as well as guitarist Clint Strong for helping with the arrangenents on Close Your Eyes and Love For Sale.