Miles Davis – Sorcerer (1967)

  “Everything was worth a trial, just to see. Picasso had the curiosity of the juggler seeking the ball best suited to his hand.” Pierre Descargues   “You get the right guys to play the right thing at the right time and you got a motherfucker. You got everything you need.” Miles Davis   Drawing … Continue reading Miles Davis – Sorcerer (1967)

Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (1957)

Imagine rummaging through your junk drawer and finding high-def video footage of the actual Sermon on the Mount from back in the day complete with fluffed lines and coughing from within the congregation; it would be quite a thing. Well folks, this is even better than that! Discovered hiding in the vaults of the Library … Continue reading Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (1957)

Sonny Clark – Leapin’ And Lopin’ (1961)

In his excellent biography on Bill Evans titled How My Heart Sings, pianist/writer Peter Pettinger makes the following insightful observation about Sonny Clark: He was one of those pianists who feel, and show, respect for the instrument; one who collaborates with it rather than acts the aggressor upon it. Such a player is immediately in … Continue reading Sonny Clark – Leapin’ And Lopin’ (1961)

Bill Evans – California Here I Come (1967)

Despite reinventing the jazz piano trio, Bill Evans was often accused of providing little more than sophisticated supper-club background music. He trades introspection for upbeat on this entertaining live set featuring the propulsive drumming of 'Philly' Joe Jones and Evans' new young bassist Eddie Gomez. This trio swings and sparkles through a varied song-list that … Continue reading Bill Evans – California Here I Come (1967)