Dear folks & followers —
It’s a great pleasure for me to present the best from our concert at a small Greek restaurant in Cologne, on Pentecost Sunday three years ago.
Here we go with almost 60 minutes of swingin’ music, as performed on the spot at one of Cologne’s most charming places.
All compositions but #1 & #5 are by yours truly,
1 – Let’s Cool One (Thelonious Monk) — One of my all-time Monk favorites, working here as an indeed very cool opener. You will find the original version from 1952 with Kenny Dorham on trumpet HERE. — Kenny is quoting “I’ll Be Around” in his 2nd chorus (I did it too); and really: “Let’s Cool One” uses the very same changes.
2 – Kingson, Keeper Of Ghana — Have heard the good news: We will see Mr. Kingson at the Soccer World Cup in South-Africa!
3 – Cool Coke & Sunbeams — One of the first tunes I ever composed. I wrote it during the Summer of 1986 while I was strongly thinking of “Polka, Dots & Moonbeams” in D-Flat though.
4 – 2 X’s 12 Bars For 12 Years — This one is dedicated to my son, when he reached the 12. Anyway, he preferred the “Cool Coke”.
5 – I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Lerner/Loewe) — When I re-harmonized this beautiful ballad, I tried to imagine how Trane would have done it.
6 – Cooling Down A Hangover — No personal experience involved here, no, no! — What?! — This is also a tune from 1986, where I was fooling around with the changes of Cole Porter’s “I Love You”. — Now, hear what happens when we’re fooling around with a hot, but non-existing hangover around 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
7 – Rudi reitet wieder (Rudi Rides Again)
Have tried, and succeeded here for the very
1st time: 27 choruses of E-Flat blues.
This is my personal thanks to Mr. Paul Gonsalves who has inspired, err, challenged me, doing on trumpet what he did on tenor, at “Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue” (a blues in E-Flat too) at the Newport Jazz Festival, on July 7, 1956.
Well, our crowds were more discreet, so to speak 😉
Bruno Leicht – Trumpet
Martin Sasse – Piano
Volker Heinze – Bass
Marcus Rieck – Drums
— Recorded ‘live’ at “Litho”, Cologne on May 23, 2010
P.S. — Here’s a later “Let’s Cool One” with the Thelonious Monk Quartet in ‘live’ action; it can be purchased HERE 😉
Thelonious Monk (p) Johnny Griffin (ts) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) & Roy Haynes (d) – Recorded at the “Five Spot”, NYC, on August 7, 1958:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7F5jxJCeRY&w=320&h=215]