Showing posts with label Steve Swallow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Swallow. Show all posts

Friday, September 6, 2013

Gary McFarland - Point of Departure

A great record – and one that's filled with so many wonderful little moments ! The whole thing's a very cool, very off-beat set of jazz tracks recorded by vibist Gary McFarland, with a group that includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Richie Kamuca on tenor, and Steve Swallow on bass – a lineup that's as quirky as the sound of the record! The tunes are quite different than some of Gary's larger arrangements for Verve, but they've definitely got a very similar charm – quite groovy, and a unique blend of bossa influences, west coast jazz, modal rhythms, and other wonderful touches.
© 1996-2013, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Source : http://www.dustygroove.com/item/3719/Gary+McFarland:Point+Of+Departure

Gary McFarland
Point of Departure

Tracks

1 Pecos Pete (McFarland)  4:19
2 Love Theme from David and Lisa (Lawrence)  4:41
3 Sandpiper (McFarland)  7:43
4 Amour Tormentoso (McFarland)  3:29
5 Schlock-House Blues (McFarland)  6:22
6 I Love to Say Her Name (McFarland)  5:17
7 Hello to the Season (McFarland)  7:02

Personnel
Gary McFarland - vb
Willie Dennis - tb
Richie Kamuca - tb & ob
Jimmy Raney - g
Steve Swallow - b
Mel Lewis - dr

Recorded September 5 & 6, 1963

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Art Farmer - Sing Me Softly of the Blues

A sublime little set – one of Art Farmer's seminal quartet recordings from the mid 60s, and a blend of modern lyricism with an ease and economy that's hardly ever been matched again! There's a careful, measured style here that's really tremendous – one that's never too sleepy or lazy with its approach, and which almost seems to carry on the modes of expression first begun by Jimmy Giuffre in the 50s – although in completely different ways! The group features Pete LaRoca on drums, Steve Kuhn on piano, and Steve Swallow on bass – but it's Art's effortless trumpet solos that really make the album sparkle, as they drift over the top of the album's hip original tunes, written by Carla Bley and LaRoca.
© 1996-2013, Dusty Groove, Inc.

Source : http://www.dustygroove.com/item/640434/Art+Farmer:Sing+Me+Softly+Of+The+Blues

Art Farmer
Quartet
Sing Me Softly of the Blues

Tracks

1 Sing Me Softly of the Blues (Bley)  6:44
2 Ad Infinitum (Bley)  6:21
3 Petite Belle* (Traditional)  4:08
4 Tears (LaRoca)  5:45
5 I Waited for You (Fuller)  5:55
6 One for Majid* (LaRoca)  5:57 

Personnel
Art Farmer - flgh
Steve Kuhn - p
Steve Swallow - b
Pete LaRoca - dr 

Recorded in New York City ; April 12* & 16, 1965

See
http://www.jazzdisco.org/art-farmer/discography/

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Paul Bley - Closer


The second ESP issue from the Paul Bley Trio is a contrast as dramatic as rain against sunshine. The earlier album, Barrage, recorded in October of 1964, was full of harsh, diffident extrapolations of sound and fury, perhaps because of its sidemen ; Marshall Allen and Dewey Johnson on saxophone and trumpet, respectively, were on loan from Sun Ra and joined Eddie Gomez and Milford Graves. Indeed, the music there felt like one long struggle to survive. On this date, recorded over a year later and released in 1966, Bley's sidemen are two more like-minded experimentalists, drummer Barry Altschul and bassist Steve Swallow. The program of tunes here is also more even-handed and characteristically lush: the entire first side and two on the second were written by Carla Bley (including the gorgeous "Ida Lupino") for a total of seven, and there is one each by pianists Annette Peacock and Ornette Coleman. Bley and his trio understand that with compositions of this nature, full of space and an inherent, interior-pointing lyricism, that pace is everything. And while this set clocks in at just over 29 minutes in length, the playing is so genuine and moving that it doesn't need to be any longer. The interplay between these three (long before Swallow switched to electric bass exclusively) is startling in how tightly woven they are melodically and harmonically. There isn't a sense that one player -- other than the volume of Mr. Bley's piano in this crappy mix -- stands out from the other two; they are of a piece traveling down this opaque yet warm road together. Bley may never have been as flashy as Cecil Taylor, but he is every bit the innovator.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/closer-r135565/review

Paul Bley
Closer

Tracks

1 Ida Lupino (Adams, Bley) 2:55
2 Start (Bley) 2:21
3 Closer (Bley) 3:27
4 Sideways in Mexico (Bley) 2:55
5 Batterie (Bley) 3:17
6 And Now the Queen (Bley) 2:16
7 Figfoot (Bley) 3:23
8 Crossroads (Coleman) 2:30
9 Violin (Bley) 2:57
10 Cartoon (Peacock) 2:16


Personnel
Paul Bley - p
Steve Swallow - b
Barry Altschul - dr

Recorded in New York City ; December 12, 1965

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Gary Burton with Eberhard Weber - Passengers

Guitarist Pat Metheny was a member of vibraphonist Gary Burton's group from 1974-1976, but although he had recorded with Burton twice previously, both of those dates also included guitarist Mick Goodrick. This particular set puts more of a focus on Metheny in a quintet that also includes drummer Danny Gottlieb and both Steve Swallow and Eberhard Weber on basses. Metheny contributed three of the six selections, which are joined by a song apiece from Swallow, Weber, and Chick Corea ("Sea Journey"). Although none of the individual songs caught on, the attractive sound of the post-bop unit and an opportunity to hear Pat Metheny in his formative period make this a CD reissue worth exploring.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/passengers-mw0000198700

Gary Burton
with
Eberhard Weber
Passengers

Tracks

1 Sea Journey (Chick Corea)  9:19
2 Nacada (Metheny)  4:15
3 The Whopper (Metheny)  5:33
4 B & G (Midwestern Night Dreams) (Metheny)  8:27
5 Yellow Fields (Weber)  7:03
6 Claude And Betty (Swallow)  6:16

Personnel
Gary Burton - vb
Pat Metheny - g
Steve Swallow - b g
Eberhard Weber - b
Dan Gottlieb - dr 

Recorded at Talent Studio, Oslo ; November, 1976

Monday, July 15, 2013

Gary Burton - Dreams So Real

Performing the intricate music of Carla Bley is no mean feat, but if anyone is up for the challenge, it would be vibraphonist Gary Burton. Signifying a high watermark in his career in the mid-'70s, Dreams So Real teams Burton with his fellow professor at the Berklee College of Music Mick Goodrick, along with recently graduated student Pat Metheny. Add the peerless electric bass guitarist Steve Swallow and always proficient drummer Bob Moses, and you have the makings of a short-lived supergroup capable of playing Bley's memorable, melancholy music. While generally regarded as one of many Burton/Metheny pairings, it is Goodrick's individualism (it was he who primarily tutored Metheny) that needs more recognition. With Goodrick on electric six-string and Metheny on electric 12-string guitar, the sonorities they establish allow Burton to freely discourse on Bley's prickly angular melodies. The brittle and fractured combo track "Ictus/Syndrome" -- closer to a three-piece suite -- goes from a frantic neo-bop meter to straight-ahead swing with a clearly inspired Burton rambling into the bright signature rondo sound that Metheny and Swallow have always owned. "Syndrome" might also be familiar to Bley's fans as "Wrong Key Donkey." "Doctor" merges the vibes and guitars into a guided prognosis of hypertension within slowly elevated blood pressure levels. "Intermission Music," inspired by golden age films, is a beautiful waltz vehicle for the guitars rhythmically, and for Swallow and Moses melodically. With the bandmembers at their most passionate, the title track is a lighthearted but cerebral ballad, "Vox Humana" a simplified tango, while "Jesus Maria" evokes the delicate epic strains of Bley's personalized sound with Burton playing it alone. While the singing sound of Metheny is in its infant stages, it is easily recognizable and clearly realized. Generally regarded as one of Burton's top three recorded dates, it has stood the test of time. Perhaps some day, a complete collection of the vibist playing Carla Bley's many other compositions can be compiled to complement this surface-scratching but very important album.
Michael G. Nastos

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dzfrxqtgldhe

Gary Burton
Quintet
Dreams So Real
Music of Carla Bley

Tracks

1 Dreams So Real 6:25
2 Ictus/Syndrome 10:27
3 Jesus Maria 3:50
4 Vox Humana 7:04
5 Doctor 4:17
6 Intermission Music 6:29

All Compositions by Carla Bley

Personnel
Gary Burton - vb
Mick Goodrick - g
Pat Metheny - g
Steve Swallow - b
Bob Moses - dr

Recorded at Studio Bauer, Ludwigsburg ; December 1975

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Many Faces Of Art Farmer

First time on CD for the album The Many Faces of Art Farmer (1964) plus Mundell Lowe's arrangement of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess (1958) featuring Art Farmer and Ben Webster. On The Many Faces Of..., Farmer surrounded himself with splendid musicians like alto saxophonist Charles McPherson, pianist Tommy Flanagan and bassist Ron Carter. As a bonus to this outstanding LP, we have added another equally rare album. Although this selection of tunes from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess was arranged by guitarist Mundell Lowe and originally released under his name, both Art Farmer and Ben Webster shine on it as featured soloists.


Source : http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7278865


Art Farmer
The Many Faces of Art Farmer

Tracks

1 Happy Feet (McIntosh) 4:43
2 Hyacinth (Sandole) 5:02
3 Ally (McIntosh) 6:51
4 Minuet in G (McIntosh) 4:51
5 All About Art (Mihanovich) 4:45
6 People (Styne) 5:18
7 Saucer Eyes (Weston) 4:54
8 Summertime (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:48
9 Bess, You Is My Woman (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:06
10 I Loves You Porgy (Gershwin, Gershwin) 4:59
11 I Got Plenty of Nothing (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:51
12 Bess, Oh Where Is My Bess (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:17
13 Redhead Woman (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:24
14 My Man's Gone Now (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:25
15 It Takes a Long Pull to Get There (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:51
16 It Ain't Necessarily So (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:10
17 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:13


Personnel
[# 1-7] "THE MANY FACES OF ART FARMER" (Scepter, 1964)
Art Farmer - flhrn
Charles McPherson - as
Tommy Flanagan - p
Steve Swallow - b [# 1, 3, 5 & 6]
Ron Carter - b [# 2, 4 & 7]
Bobby Thomas - dr
Recorded in New York ; 1964
[# 8-17] MUNDELL LOWE SEPTET "PORGY & BESS" (Camden, 1958)
Art Farmer -tp
Don Elliott - mello & vib
Tony Scott - cl & bs
Ben Webster - ts
Mundell Lowe - g
George Duvivier - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in New York ; July 16 & 17, 1958.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

George Russell - The Outer View

Composer George Russell's early-'60s Riverside recordings are among his most accessible. For this set (the CD reissue adds an alternate take of the title cut to the original program), Russell and his very impressive sextet (which is comprised of trumpeter Don Ellis, trombonist Garnett Brown, Paul Plummer on tenor, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete La Roca) are challenged by the complex material; even Charlie Parker's blues "Au Privave" is transformed into something new. It is particularly interesting to hear Don Ellis this early in his career. The most famous selection, a very haunting version of "You Are My Sunshine," was singer Sheila Jordan's debut on records.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dxftxqtgldde

George Russell
The Outer View

Tracks

1 Au Privave (Parker) 6:21
2 Zig-Zag (Bley) 4:03
3 The Outer View (Russell) 10:03
4 The Outer View [Take 2] (Russell) 9:26
5 You Are My Sunshine (Davis, Mitchell) 11:51
6 D.C. Divertimento (Russell) 9:14


Personnel
George Russell - p
Don Ellis - tp
Garnett Brown - tb
Paul Plummer - ts
Steve Swallow - b
Pete La Roca - dr
Sheila Jordan - voc [# 5 only]

Recorded in New York City ; August 27, 1962

Saturday, May 18, 2013

George Russell Sextet & Septet - Stratusphunk & The Stratus Seekers

From 1960-1962, arranger/composer George Russell recorded six albums with his working combo that found him contributing "arranger's piano." The two Decca dates are very scarce, but the four Riversides have fortunately been reissued on CD under the Original Jazz Classics imprint. For this particular date, Russell is joined by five students at the Lenox School of Jazz : trumpeter Al Kiger, trombonist Dave Baker (who in the future would become an important jazz educator), tenor saxophonist Dave Young, bassist Chuck Israels, and drummer Joe Hunt. Surprisingly, only three of the six selections are Russell originals ("Bent Eagle" was an early effort by Carla Bley), but the leader's influence can be felt in all of the adventurous and slightly unusual yet swinging music.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/stratusphunk-mw0000177105

George Russell
Sextet & Septet
Stratusphunk
&
The Stratus Seekers

Tracks

1 Stratusphunk (Russell)  6:08
2 New Donna (Russell)  8:25
3 Bent Eagle (Bley, Russell)  6:16
4 Kentucky Oysters (Baker, Baker, Russell)  8:25
5 Lambskins (Russell)  7:13
6 Things New (Russell)  6:55
7 Pan-Daddy (Russell)  4:57)  6:52
9 Kige's Tune (Kieger, Kiger, Russell)  5:46
10 Blues in Orbit (Russell)  7:24
11 A Lonely Place (Russell)  7:18
12 Stereophrenic (Baker, Baker, Russell)  5:11 

*

 

Personnel
[# 1-6] GEORGE RUSSELL SEXTET
George Russell - p
David Baker - tb
Dave Young - ts
Chuck Israels - b
Joe Hunt - dr
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios ; New York October 16, 1960
[# 7-12] GEORGE RUSSELL SEPTET
George Russell - p
Don Ellis - tp
David Baker - tb
John Pierce - as
Paul Plummer - ts
Steve Swallow - b
Joe Hunt - dr
Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios ; New York January 31, 1962
________
In 1962, the George Russell Septet included both obscure names in alto saxophonist John Pierce, tenor saxophonist Paul Plummer, drummer Joe Hunt, (who would later work with Bill Evans) and future stars - trumpeter Don Ellis, trombonist Dave Baker who would become a significant jazz educator, and bassist Steve Swallow. The selections are highlighted by "Blues In Orbit" (later recorded by Gil Evans) and the title cut. Two other numbers were written by the sidemen. It is particularly interesting to hear the young Ellis in this setting. The music has its own logic, is somewhat difficult to classify, yet deserves further attention by jazz historians and analysts.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-stratus-seekers-mw0000653492

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Art Farmer - To Sweden with Love

A trumpeter who always avoided bop cliches, Farmer intensified his lyricism through the late 1950s. His warm sound and his gifts for inventing melodies and getting deep inside harmonies made him a soloist a listener could identify after a few notes. By the time of To Sweden With Love in 1964, Farmer had switched to fluegelhorn and formed his classic quartet with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Pete LaRoca. This was the group's third Atlantic album. They recorded it in Sweden and chose a repertoire of Swedish folks songs. This little known album is one of Farmer's finest accomplishments because of his own playing and the camaraderie and cohesiveness of his group. "De Salde Sina Hemman (They Sold Their Homestead)" is every bit as attractive as "Wsrmeland" ("Dear Old Stockholm"), which Stan Getz brought home from Sweden a decade earlier. It might have become as well known if Atlantic had given the album the promotion it deserved.
The inspiration Farmer and his sidemen felt during their Swedish tour translated into splendid performances by all four, with the leader particularly adventuresome and rangy in his solos. An album of distinct charm and a personality of its own, it is at least the equal of the group's Live at the Half Note, which Atlantic saw fit to reissue on CD in the United States. Available only as an import, To Sweden With Love is harder to find. It is worth the search.
Doug Ramsey 
Source : http://jazztimes.com/articles/9316-out-of-the-past-art-farmer 

Art Farmer
To Sweden With Love

Tracks

1 Va Da Du ? (Was It You ?) (Trad.) 5:20
2 De Salde Sina Hemman (They Sold Their Homestead) (Trad.) 6:12
3 Den Mostravige Brudgummen (The Reluctant Groom) (Trad.) 5:49
4 Och Hor Du Unga Dora* (And Listen Young Dora) (Trad.) 5:50
5 Kristallen Den Fina* (Trad.) 3:12
6 Visa Vid Midsommartid* (Midsummer Song) (Lindstrøm, Norlen) 6:21

Personnel
Art Farmer - flghrn
Jim Hall - g
Steve Swallow - b
Pete LaRoca - d

Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden ; April 28 & 30*, 1964

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Jazz Portrait of Roger Kellaway

A virtuosic pianist whose phenomenal technique rivals Dick Hyman's, Roger Kellaway's work in commercial settings prior to the 1980s led to him being initially overlooked in the jazz world. He played piano and bass at the New England Conservatory (1957-1959) and actually left school to play bass with Jimmy McPartland. Switching permanently to piano, Kellaway picked up experience working with Kai Winding, Al Cohn/Zoot Sims, and Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer (1963-1965). He recorded with many players, including Ben Webster, Maynard Ferguson, Wes Montgomery, and Sonny Rollins, and in 1966 moved to Los Angeles where he played with Don Ellis' innovative orchestra. Kellaway became Bobby Darin's musical director, worked in the studios (his piano is heard playing the theme of All in the Family), wrote film scores, experimented with electric keyboards, played with Tom Scott, and recorded with his popular (but mostly non-jazz) Cello Quartet. Although he gigged locally with Zoot Sims and Harry "Sweets" Edison, it was not until the mid-'80s that Kellaway started playing jazz nearly full-time. His many records since then (for Concord, All Art, Stash, and Chiaroscuro) attest to his impressive talents.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/roger-kellaway-mn0000031820

Roger Kellaway
A Jazz Portrait of Roger Kellaway

Tracks

1. Double Fault (Kellaway) 6:17 (a)
2. Step Right Away (Kellaway) 5:25 (b)
3. Here Today, Gone Tommorow (Halo, Kellaway) 5:42 (a)
4. Black Wall Tunnel Blues (Sonnastine) 4:40 (c)
5. Crazy She Calls Me (Sigman, Russell) 5:52 (a)
6. Broken Windmill (Bechet) 3:05 (c)
7. Same Old, Same Old (Kellaway) 3:10 (b)
8. And Elsewhere (Kellaway) 5:11 (b)
9. Cinderella (Kellaway) 3:15 (a)

Personnel
[# 1, 3, 5 & 9]
Roger Kellaway - p
Ben Tucker - b
Dave Bailey - dr
[# 2, 7 & 8]
Roger Kellaway - p
Jim Hall - g
Steve Swallow - b
Tony Inzalaco - dr
[# 4 & 6]
Roger Kellaway - p

Recorded in New York City ; 1963.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Paul Bley - Floater/Syndrome [Complete Savoy Sessions]

"The sound of Paul Bley's trio brings to mind Lennie Tristano immediately as this recording begins, and for once Bley is playing with a heavy enough touch so that an appropriately dark-toned curtain shrouds the music; out of this bursts a series of blues choruses that are incredibly inspired. Thus begins one of Bley's most enjoyable albums, a recording from New York City in the early '60s that has been issued in close to ten different versions. The acquisition of these tapes by the French BYG label right away spells trouble, especially for anyone hoping to collect royalties. Jazz fans will encounter several different cover photographs for these loose "Footloose !" releases, even involving several different pipes being smoked by Bley. What pipe did he actually smoke for these sessions ? For once imperfect recording quality greatly enhances the music. Pete LaRoca's aggressive cymbal work is all over the place, and it is joyous. [...] Bley is at a juncture in his playing here that might be inevitably the most pleasing to fans of his different periods. There are plenty of passages where he utilizes space in his playing, but he hasn't gotten to the point of approximating slow motion, utilizing more bouncy medium tempos. The playing has plenty of intricacies about it, but it isn't offered up soaked in the sound of an expensive ECM reverb unit, sparing it an uncomfortable aura of preciousness. The piano is even a touch out of tune, giving some of the tunes a Floyd Cramer quality."
Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/footloose-r135568


Paul Bley
Complete Savoy Sessions
(1962-1963)

Tracks

1 Floater (Bley)   6:28
2 When Will The Blues Leave ? (Coleman)  6:07
3 Around Again (Bley)  4:10
4 Stereophrenic (Baker)  5:06
5 Crossroads [A.k.a. The Circle With The Hole In The Middle] (Coleman)  5:08
6 Syndrome (Bley)  7:09
7 Ballad No.1 (Bley)   4:29
8 King Korn (Bley)   3:59
9 King Korn [alternate Take] (Bley)   4:17
10 Ballad No.2 (Bley)  3:47
11 Around Again [Second Version] (Bley)  3:53
12 Cousins (Bley)  4:40
13 Vashkar (Bley)  4:06
14 Turns (Bley)  3:15
15 Ballad No.4 (Bley)   4:50

Personnel
Paul Bley - p
Steve Swallow - b
Pete La Roca - dr

Recorded at Medallion Studios, New York ; August 17, 1962 [# 1-5] ; & September 12, 1963 [# 6-15]

________
This release contains the two long out of print sessions made by the Paul Bley Trio for the Savoy label, which were recorded in two sessions on August 17, 1962 and September 12, 1963. By the time these recordings were made, the Canadian pianist (born in 1932) had already performed with Charles Mingus, Jimmy Giuffre and Sonny Rollins. However, these trio recordings would mark the direction he would follow in the future : he relocated to Los Angeles in 1957, where his bookings included a lengthy engagement at the Hillcrest Club with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins and Charlie Haden.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/
complete_savoy_sessions_1962-1963-cd-5156.html

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Two Jims and Zoot Sims

Guitarists Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall, both masterful unto themselves, team with tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims in a pianoless quintet on a recording made as one of the original CD's in the digital era from the Mobile Fidelity group. It's an energetic program (there's only one laid back tune, Hall's "All Across The City") of original boppish compositions or slightly Brazilian flavored musics that lend well to these great jazz players improvisational talents, especailly considering the strong rhythm section of bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson are also top notch. This rare recording, made in limited quantity, is one to search for and hold onto if you can find it.
Michael G. Nastos

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jvfyxq85ldte


Jimmy Raney
Two Jims and Zoot

Tracks

1 Hold Me (Mulligan) 2:55
2 A Primera Vez (Marcal, Barcellow) 4:19
3 Presente de Natal (Noronha) 3:06
4 Morning of the Carnival (Bonfa) 4:34
5 Este Seu Olhar (Jobim) 4:35
6 Betaminus (Ellen) 3:18
7 Move It (Hall) 4:25
8 All Across the City (Hall) 4:48
9 Coisa Mais Linda (De Moraes, Lyra) 4:20
10 How About You ? (Freed, Lane) 3:52

Personnel
Zoot Sims - ts
Jim Hall - g
Jimmy Raney - g
Steve Swallow - b
Osie Johnson - dr

Recorded in New York ; May 11 & 12, 1964

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Art Farmer - Interaction

This [reissue] restores to circulation a strong Atlantic date from Art Farmer's immediate post-Jazztet period and features Farmer's quartet playing standards with swinging subtlety. Interaction, from 1963, is a vehicle for the intertwining improvisations of guitarist Jim Hall and Farmer, on flügelhorn, who weaves through and around Hall's sublimely understated lines with disarming ease, elegance, and sensitivity. Their approach draws to mind the great duet outings Hall made with pianist Bill Evans (Undercurrent & Intermodulation). Bassist Steve Swallow, at this time still strictly an acoustic player, and drummer Walter Perkins are also given lots of the spotlight in a intimate mix that highlights the quartet's telepathic interplay. The only misgiving is some occasional distortion in Hall's and Swallow's parts. [...] This cd can be readily recommended to Farmer's fans and to listeners with an interest in any of the players involved.
Jim Todd
 
Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/interactionsing-me-softly-of-the-blues-r422987/review

Art Farmer Quartet
Interaction

Tracks

1 Days of Wine and Roses (Mancini, Mercer) 6:47
2 By Myself (Dietz, Schwartz) 7:06
3 My Little Suede Shoes (Parker) 5:01
4 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin) 7:02
5 My Kinda Love (Alter) 7:17
6 Sometime Ago (Mihanovich) 6:22
7 Loads of Love* (Rodgers) 4:52

* Cd only bonus track


 
Personnel
Art Farmer - flghrn
Jim Hall - g
Steve Swallow - b
Walter Perkins - dr

Recorded July 25 & 29 ; August 1, 1963

Friday, June 1, 2012

Art Farmer feat. Jim Hall at the Half-Note

After the Jazztet that he co-led with tenor-saxophonist Benny Golson broke up, flugelhornist Art Farmer led a pianoless quartet during 1963-64 with guitarist Jim Hall. For this reissue in the Atlantic Jazzlore series, Farmer and Hall are joined by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Walter Perkins. Their repertoire is a bit surprising since four of the five songs were veteran swing standards; all but Miles Davis's obscure "Swing Spring." Hall (who has "I'm Gettin' Sentimental over You" as his feature) was a perfect musical partner for Farmer since both musicians have mellow sounds and thoughtful improvising styles that are more complex than expected. This [2012] reissue is well worth picking up. The group only lasted long enough to make three records, all of which are out-of-print.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jzftxqugldae

Art Farmer Quartet
featuring

Jim Hall
Live at the Half Note

Tracks

1 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb) 12:27
2 Swing Spring (Davis) 5:51
3 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart) 4:24
4 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans) 9:41
5 I'm Getting Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington) 5:03

Personnel
Art Farmer - tp
Jim Hall - g
Steve Swallow - b
Walter Perkins - dr

Recorded live at the Half-Note, New York ; December 5, 6 & 7, 1963.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Stan Getz Quartet in Paris - Jazz in Paris/79

Stan Getz leads a piano-less quartet at the Salle Pleyel in 1966, with veteran drummer Roy Haynes and two talented musicians still in their twenties at the time, bassist Steve Swallow and vibraphonist Gary Burton. The tenor saxophonist's always-lush tone is beautifully complemented by his musicians' sensitive accompaniment, especially on the lovely ballad "When the World Was Young." Burton is doubly showcased by Getz in the vibraphonist's tricky "Singing Song" and also dazzling the audience with his already well-developed four-mallet technique in a show-stopping solo interpretation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Edelweiss" (from The Sound of Music). Getz doesn't disappoint his French audience's desire for bossa nova, beginning the set with a smooth rendition of "Manhã de Carnaval," but his memorable performance of "On Green Dolphin Street" and a hard-charging arrangement of Frank Loesser's "The Knight Rides Again" (both of which feature Haynes to good measure) leave the most lasting impressions of his abilities at this point in his long career. Finally reissued on CD in Verve's excellent Jazz in Paris series in 2002, this disc should be purchased without delay.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/
jazz-in-paris-stan-getz-quartet-in-paris-r584493

Stan Getz
Stan Getz Quartet in Paris
Jazz in Paris/79

Tracks

1 Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of the Carnival) [From Black Orpheus] (Bonfa, Maria) 3:26
2 When the World Was Young (Mercer, Philippe-Gerard, Vannier) 6:09
3 Singing Song (Burton) 3:10
4 On Green Dolphin Street (Kaper, Washington) 5:52
5 Stan's Blues (Getz, Gryce) 5:53
6 Edelweiss (Hammerstein, Rodgers) 3:56
7 The Knight Rides Again (Loesser) 10:10

Personnel
Stan Getz - ts
Gary Burton - vb
Steve Swallow - b
Roy Haynes - dr

Recorded at the Salle Pleyel, Paris ; November 13, 1966

Friday, March 13, 2009

Art Farmer with Jim Hall

After the Jazztet that he co-led with tenor-saxophonist Benny Golson broke up, flugelhornist Art Farmer led a pianoless quartet during 1963-64 with guitarist Jim Hall. For this reissue in the Atlantic Jazzlore series, Farmer and Hall are joined by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Walter Perkins. Their repertoire is a bit surprising since four of the five songs were veteran swing standards; all but Miles Davis's obscure "Swing Spring." Hall (who has "I'm Gettin' Sentimental over You" as his feature) was a perfect musical partner for Farmer since both musicians have mellow sounds and thoughtful improvising styles that are more complex than expected. This 1987 reissue is well worth picking up. The group only lasted long enough to make three records, all of which are out-of-print.
Scott Yanow
Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jzftxqugldae

Art Farmer Quartet with Jim Hall
Live at the Half Note

Tracks

1 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb) 12:27
2 Swing Spring (Davis) 5:51
3 What's New ? (Burke, Haggart) 4:24
4 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans) 9:41
5 I'm Getting Sentimental over You (Bassman, Washington) 5:03

Personnel
Art Farmer - tp
Jim Hall - g
Steve Swallow - b
Walter Perkins - dr

Recorded live at the Half-Note, New York, New York City ; December 5, 6 & 7, 1963.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pete La Roca - Basra

 It is strange to realize that drummer Pete La Roca only led two albums during the prime years of his career, for this CD reissue of his initial date is a classic. La Roca's three originals ("Basra," which holds one's interest despite staying on one chord throughout, the blues "Candu," and the complex "Tears Come From Heaven") are stimulating but it is the other three songs that really bring out the best playing in the quartet (which is comprised of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Steve Kuhn, and bassist Steve Swallow in addition to La Roca). "Malaguena" is given a great deal of passion, Swallow's "Eiderdown" (heard in its initial recording) receives definitive treatment, and the ballad "Lazy Afternoon" is both haunting and very memorable; Henderson's tone perfectly fits that piece.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/basra-r142392

 Pete La Roca
Basra

Tracks

1 Malagueña (Lecuona) 8:58
2 Candu (La Roca) 6:42
3 Tears Come from Heaven (La Roca) 4:58
4 Basra (La Roca) 9:55
5 Lazy Afternoon (Latouche, Moross) 5:30
6 Eiderdown (Swallow) 4:26


Personnel
Joe Henderson - ts
Steve Kuhn - p
Steve Swallow - b
Pete La Roca - dr

Recorded on May 19, 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.