John Pizzarelli – My Blue Heaven {Chesky} “digital dL_2_cd”


Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
Just prior to signing with RCA/Novus, John Pizzarelli recorded two sets for Chesky that featured him playing in the swing style that he would soon make quite popular. Although joined by all-stars (pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Connie Kay, his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and flugelhornist Clark Terry) rather than his regular trio, Pizzarelli’s likable vocals and relaxed guitar solos are not overshadowed. In fact, this is a delightful date, with memorable renditions of such songs as “I’m An Errand Boy for Rhythm,” “Lady Be Good,” “The Best Man,” “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You” and “Candy.” Easily recommended to John Pizzarelli fans.

Tracklist:
01. My Blue Heaven (4:02)
02. I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm (3:49)
03. It Could Happen to You (3:25)
04. Lady Be Good (8:05)
05. The Touch of Your Lips (2:35)
06. Can’t Take You Nowhere (4:08)
07. Take My Smile (2:54)
08. That’s What (3:04)
09. Stray Horn (2:44)
10. Best Man (2:48)
11. Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Gosh (3:27)
12. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (3:13)
13. Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You (3:19)
14. Passion Flower (4:14)
15. Zoot Walked In / Morning Fun (4:28)
16. Candy (3:38)

Personnel:
John Pizzarelli – guitar & vocals
Dave McKenna – piano
Bucky Pizzarelli – guitar
Clark Terry – trumpet
Milt Hinton – bass
Connie Kay – drums

Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York City; on February 6 & 7, 1990

Genre: Jazz
Style: Swing, Standards
Label: Chesky / hdtracks.com
Year: 1990
Time: 59:51

* Original source was a digital download in 24bit-96kHz; and this share is a self-made imitation CD (converted to redbook standard, 16bit-44.1kHz); which can easily be burned as an “Audio-CD” to an empty media.

Paul Desmond featuring Jim Hall – Glad To Be Unhappy {RCA}


Review by Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)

Even though Desmond was kidding when he described himself as the world’s slowest alto player, this record bears out the kernel of truth within the jest. Here, Desmond set out to make a record of love songs and torch ballads, so the tempos are very slow to medium, the mood is of wistful relaxation, and the spaces between the notes grow longer. At first glance, Desmond may seem only peripherally involved with the music-making, keeping emotion at a cool, intellectual arms’ length, yet his exceptionally pure tone and ruminative moods wear very well over the long haul. Again, Jim Hall is his commiserator and partner, and the guitarist gets practically as much space to unwind as the headliner; the solo on “Angel Eyes” is an encyclopedia of magnificent chording and single-string eloquence. Gene Wright returns on bass, spelled by Gene Cherico on “Poor Butterfly,” and Connie Kay’s brush-dominated drum work is pushed even further into the background. A lovely recording, though not the best album in the Desmond/Hall collaboration.

Tracks:
01 – Glad To Be Unhappy
02 – Poor Butterfly
03 – Stranger in Town
04 – A Taste of Honey
05 – Any Other Time
06 – Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
07 – AngelEyes
08 – By the River Sainte Marie
09 – All Across the City
10 – All Through the Night

Personnel:
Paul Desmond – alto saxophone
Jim Hall – guitar
Gene Wright – bass (except on 2)
Gene Cherico – bass (on 2 only)
Connie Kay – drums

Recorded in RCA Victor’s Studio “A” and Webster Hall, New York City; on 1963 and 1964.

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Paul Desmond with Strings – Desmond Blue {Bluebird}


Review by Shawn M. Haney (allmusic.com)

As intended, this album presents alto sax specialist Paul Desmond as never featured before, with the backing of a string orchestra. The record, filled with such beautiful jazz standards as “My Funny Valentine,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Body and Soul,” is very rich in texture, yet subtle and mellow overall in mood. It’s unyielding purpose: to soothe the souls of its listeners. Desmond’s style and tone shine with an alluring quality, and the record is filled with melodies that don’t fail to stimulate the sophisticated jazz listener. Desmond’s melodies are eloquently detailed and charmingly spun in the midst of the string orchestra arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. The legendary Jim Hall is featured as guest guitarist, playing yet another scintillating role and using his classic comping style. Hall is perhaps the most highly respected of all jazz guitarists for his good taste and witty inventiveness. Desmond has always been most familiar to the jazz public for his sweeping scale passages and his seemingly effortless spontaneity during periods of improvisation, although here he is often featured in a more lyrical ballad style on such romantic tunes as “My Funny Valentine,” “Late Lament,” and “Then I’ll Be Tired of You.” This album is a highly innovative and meticulously crafted work, reflecting the ongoing success of both Desmond and Hall within the 1960s and the cool jazz period. Both of these musicians spent time working with Dave Brubeck and later lent themselves to many of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova projects. The arrangements are extraordinary throughout this collection, including the charming “Valentine,” which begins with a fantastic Elizabethan flavor. The intro sets up the mood to carry Desmond into the first chorus, which then glides into a 20th century style. The tune “I Should Care” is “a shimmering debt to Ibert and one of the most imaginative blendings you will ever hear of strings, reeds, French horn and harp,” according to the liner notes. The tone of the album: lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond.

Tracks:
01 – My Funny Valentine
02 – Desmond Blue
03 – Then I’ll Be Tired of You
04 – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
05 – Late Lament
06 – I Should Care
07 – Like Someone in Love
08 – Ill Wind (You’re Blowin’ Me No Good)
09 – Body and Soul
10 – Autumn Leaves
11 – Imagination
12 – Advise and Consent
13 – Autumn Leaves (take 1) – previously unreleased
14 – Autumn Leaves (take 3) – previously unreleased
15 – Imagination (take 4) – previously unreleased
16 – Advise and Consent (take 4) – previously unreleased

Personnel:
Paul Desmond – alto saxophone, featuring:

Jim Hall – guitar
Gene Cherico, Milt Hinton, George Duvivier – bass
Connie Kay, Bobby Thomas, Osie Johnson – drums

and string section; arranged and conducted by Bob Prince

All selections were recorded at Webster Hall, New York City.

Recorded September 14, 1961; October 2, 1961; June 19, 1961,
September 28, 1961 and March 15, 1962.

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Chet Baker – Chet {Riverside}[OJC]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

The shifting personnel on this excellent CD find Chet Baker joined by such players as baritonist Pepper Adams, flutist Herbie Mann, pianist Bill Evans, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. This reissue of an LP adds one selection (“Early Morning Mood”) formerly only available on a sampler. Fine straight-ahead music that comes from the tail end of the West Coast jazz era.

Tracks:
01 – Alone Together
02 – How High The Moon
03 – It Never Entered My Mind
04 – ‘Tis Autumn
05 – If You Could See Me Now
06 – September Song
07 – You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
08 – Time On My Hands (You In My Arms)
09 – You and the Night and the Music
10 – Early Morning Mood

Personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet
Pepper Adams – baritone sax
Herbie Mann – flute
Kenny Burrell – guitar
Bill Evans – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Connie Kay, Philly Joe Jones – drums

Recorded in New York City; December 30, 1958 and January 19, 1959

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Modern Jazz Quartet – Blues at Carnegie Hall {Rhino}[MFSL]


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)
On this Mobile Fidelity CD reissue of a live Atlantic set from 1966, The Modern Jazz Quartet performs eight blues-based compositions. In addition to such familiar pieces as the inevitable “Bags’ Groove,” “Ralph’s New Blues” (dedicated to jazz critic Ralph Gleason) and “The Cylinder,” there are a few newer pieces (including “Home” which is similar to Lee Morgan’s hit “The Sidewinder”) included for variety. This predictable but consistently swinging set is particularly recommended to fans of vibraphonist Milt Jackson.

Tracklist:
01 – Pyramid (Blues for Junior)
02 – The Cylinder
03 – Really True Blues
04 – Ralph’s New Blues
05 – Monterey Mist
06 – Home
07 – Blues Milanese
08 – Bags’ Groove

Personnel:
John Lewis – piano
Milt Jackson – vibes
Percy Heath – bass
Connie Kay – drums

Recorded during a benefit concert presented by
the Manhattan School of Music at Carnegie Hall, April 27, 1966; New York City.

Label: Rhino – MFSL Edition
Year: 1994
Genre: Jazz
Style: Cool, Third Stream

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