Thursday, June 22, 2017

Chuck Wayne & Joe Puma - Interactions

During the mid-to-late 1960's it was widely believed — at least among those of us who cared — that our country was about to lost perhaps its only native art form. Jazz Music, afflected with everything bad from terminal apathy to free floating hostility and neglect, was limping along towards imminent doom.
Many jazz players quit. Many others sensing disaster, herded themselves toward the elephant burial grounds of 'show biz' and television, choosing to end with a fate night giggle rather than a bang of whimper.
Looking back on that bleak period, although its depressing effects are still with us, a certain pattern og hope emerges. There were and are many signs of life. It seems now that Jazz Music, rather than having died, had merely gone underground for a while in order to survive — much like certain beautiful desert flowers which go through severe drought in a semi-dormant state, waiting for the next rain. 
Things eventually began to blossom a bit. In the stone canyons of Manhattan good solo piano players sprouted here and here ; cautious bass and guitar duets took root in the timid corners of restaurant — not much at first, but something.
Little by little it has become clear that many of the finest and best jazz players have survived and are still producing, perhaps a bit scarred by the ordeal, but also a bit older and wiser and less likely to let it all slip away again.
Two of the very finest of these seasoned veterans are presented on this album. The collective playing experience of Joe Puma and Chuck Wayne covers an awesome line-up of major jazz artists and singers (if the names of Charlie Parker, Artie Shaw, Tony Benett and Peggy Lee don't make you stop and think, then you've come to the strong record bin).
What the two of them do here together is a level where the men are rapidly separated from the boys.
Jim Hall, original and beautiful liner notes from the cover

Chuck Wayne
Joe Puma 


1 My Favorite Things (Rodgers, Hammerstein)  5:54
2 Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)  4:29
3 Let's Do It Again (Wayne)  4:22
4 Little Joes Waltz (Puma)  5:19
5 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour, Eyton)  7:01
6 Lester Leaps In (Young)  4:44
7 Here's That Rainy Day (VanHeusen, Burke)  5:43
8 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (Forrest, Wright)  4:37
9 Satin Doll (Ellington, Strayhorn, Mercer)  4:49
10 There'll Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  5:14
11 I'll Get Along (Wayne)  7:16


Joe Puma & Chuck Wayne - g

Recorded at MacDonald Studio ; November 1973

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Blue Eyes said...

Yeah! merci Melanchthon for this duo's album in FLAC, much appreciated !

ZM-JazzRock said...

Thanx a lot Mel! Nice post from two genius of the acoustic guitar.
-- zm @ Brésil

stringbender said...

Hey Mel: Thanks so much posting this beautiful Chuck Wayne / Joe Puma LP.

Bhowani said...


thank you melanchthon for this wonderful marriage (no carpe and no lapin !)

Philo said...

Chuck Wayne & Joe Puma - Interactions (1973)

Enjoyable music.

Many thanks.

L.O.L. said...

Obrigado pelos novos links:)

Albertito Jazz said...

Hello Baruch!

Thanks for all this fantastic music! And specially for the titanic work of the record's artwork!!

Learning a lot of jazz,


Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon. This release has 4 more tracks than my original

birin said...

Hola Melanchthon
Que buena sorpresa encontrar de nuevo tu blog!
Y que bueno el duo Wayne - Puma.
Muchisimas gracias !

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Jontowel said...

very much enjoying the music. thx for sharing

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deGallo said...

Great duo! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Man, hard to argue with that write-up. Thanks again Mel!

Melanchthon said...

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

I was hoping to see this one posted somewhere eventually. Very happy and not surprised to see it here. Thank you Mel!

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

JazzPhan said...

We can wait and hope ... but it just does not get any better than this recording. Many thanks, Mel.

Jazz Padd said...

Looking forward to hearing this, many thanks for sharing!

Eduardo Carvalho said...

Please, password! thank you!

Jujior62 said...

Gracias Mel por volver, el mejor blog de jazz. Muchas gracias.