Pre-9/11/2001: New CD – The Streetfighters Quartet

Hello Fans!

Our CD “The Streetfighters Quartet” has been finally released.

Go and listen/ buy at BandCamp.

Let’s make music great again!

Cheers,

Swingingly yours truly, Brew

Posted in 2001, Avantgarde, Blogging is swell!, CD review, Celebration, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Standard, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Jazz Waltz, July | Tagged , , , , , ,

HAPPY 90th ANNIVERSARY, MR. SONNY “Saxophone Colossus” ROLLINS!!!

Dear Mr. Rollins —

You have been, and you still are, one of my main inspirations. And I’m just a trumpeter. Since I heard your grandiose album Sonny Rollins in Sweden, or your highly praised encounter with your own master, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Meets Hawk, I knew immediately, that this was the way to go.

Your impeccable phrasing, your storytelling on the saxophone, your humor, and your ability to make even the silliest songs sound great, make the world a better place for me.

You are one of a kind; and I hope that they have written many, many articles about you, and I can strongly recommend all radio stations to play your music ’round the clock on this very day!

I will spin now one of your finest LPs ever: Tour De Force, an album which puts everyone to shame who thinks he can play a fairly fast Cherokee. I think this is the fastest version ever, and it will remain so.

Happy 90th Anniversary, Sir Rollins!

Posted in Anniversary, Cherokee, Saxophone, Sonny Rollins, Soul, Sweden | 1 Comment

The Cool Cole – The Nat “King” Cole Trio

While I was at it, cataloging my record collection, I bumped into this exquisite LP, featuring the Nat “King” Cole Trio in the mid 1940s with radio show transcriptions, entitled “The King’s Court”.

With Nat Cole on piano, Oscar Moore on guitar & Johnny Miller on bass.

The LP is available HERE.

01 Little Joe From Chicago (theme)
02 Smooth Sailing
03 Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
04 I’m In The Mood For Love
05 Swingin’ The Blues
06 Three Little Words
07 Tain’t Me
08 Sweet Georgia Brown
09 Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?
10 Don’t Blame Me
11 Little Joe From Chicago (theme)
12 Little Joe From Chicago (theme)
13 Boogie A La King
14 The Ol’ Music Master
15 These Foolish Things
16 Miss Thing
17 Laura
18 How High The Moon
19 It’s Only A Paper Moon
20 It Only Happens Once
21 Poor Butterfly
22 Little Joe From Chicago (theme)

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R.I.P. Roy Hargrove (1969 – 2018)

It’s so very sad to learn that Roy Hargrove is gone. He was a real jazz man, a fantastic improvisor who loved to play it rough and risky. He really gave more than 100%, as he said in this video.

Too bad that he also had a drug problem, and he almost had to serve time because of coccaine possession.

He was also a talented composer which he proved just recently.

This is a lovely melody, full of hope for better times to come; but as you can hear, Roy had changed. Here, his playing is more thoughtful, more introverted and mature. As said above, he took risks when he tried to get something out he heard inside. What a firework of ideas.

Roy loved to sit in, and maybe I will remember him by doing that next Tuesday, sitting in once again after a long time of staying away from jam sessions.

This is one of my favorites:

Posted in 2018, Bebop, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Obituary | Tagged , , , ,

Just a beautiful, a fitting song for the season: THE SUMMER WIND …

… as delivered by one of my all time favorite songstresses: Miss Madeleine Peyroux 💋

Posted in Great American Songbook, Jazz Standard, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Summer (at all) | Tagged , | 1 Comment

THE QUEEN IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE QUEEN! ~ R.I.P. ARETHA FRANKLIN (1942-2018)

Queen Of Soul Recording In New York

Barack Obama said via Twitter:

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There is nothing more to add … but some of her great music.

Long live Aretha Franklin!

First of all, feel free to listen to her very first, still quite jazzy album (if you click on the title, you will find the complete list of personnel).

ARETHA FRANKLIN with the RAY BRYANT COMBO – ARETHA – 1961

Won’t Be Long
Over The Rainbow
Love Is The Only Thing
Sweet Lover
All Night Long
Who Needs You?
Right Now
Are You Sure
Maybe I’m A Fool
It Ain’t Necessarily So
(Blue) By Myself
Today I Sing The Blues

The rest is history.

Read the obituary in the New York Times; and there is of course a lot to dig up on the world wide web.

Posted in 1942, 2018, Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings, Obituary, Soul | Tagged , , , ,

One of Hitchcock’s greatest films: SPELLBOUND (1945) with music by MIKLÓS RÓZSA

And here’s a re-recorded portion of the score to the nightmarish scene with scissors, and Ingrid Bergman as Salome (pictured) which was extra designed for the film by Salvatore Dalí:

Part III of this little entry is strictly on topic of this swingin’ blog, namely Vido Musso’s version of the Spellbound love theme, or, as YouTuber SwingMan1937 (now SM1938!) has put it so fittingly:

Little twist here tonight.

No header mistake – here’s an actual movie theme on Savoy! Alfred Hitchcock, no less!

The personnel for this February 26, 1946 session are:

Eddie Safranski – bass
Vido Musso – tenor sax
Sanford Gold – piano
Denzil Best – drums

Dig…..

…that updated file (updated once again on July 22, 2018), because the “video” with the scratchy sound file doesn’t exist anymore: “SPELL BOUND”, directly transferred from a relatively new LP:

Loaded-Savoy

P.S. — I’ve ordered a wonderful LP some hours ago: “Spellbound – Classic Film Scores of Miklós Rózsa”; the equivalent of this very rare LP can be found on CD HERE

Here’s yet another version of the famous theme, again with the mysterious theremin leitmotiv:

Posted in Jazz Stories & Tales, Invented Truths & Actual Happenings