A quick ten (actually eleven cuz I couldn’t decide between two Mose tunes) cut Saturday-afternoon-while-my-wife’s-at-her-guitar-lesson listening session.
1) “Solo” Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel • Reeds ‘N Vibes (Improvising Artists) 78 • just Brown on alto, simply beautiful
2) “Bye-ya” Steve Lacy • Reflections (New Jazz/ OJC) 59/83 • unassailably cool Lacy-led tour through Monk’s music- Elvin Jones!
3) “Dinner On The Ground/ Crepuscular Air” Mose Allison • Down Home Piano (Prestige) 66 comp of instrumental sides from 57-58 • a tune each from the Local Color and Creek Bank LPs, the first is fast and fun post bop and the second is an early signature ballad from Mose
4) “Modal Voyage” Jamey Aebersold • Time To Play Music! (JA) 78 • one of the best of these instructional records features soundalike tunes in various Blue Note-y genres. can you guess what tune this one apes?
5) “The Touch Of Your Lips” Woody Shaw • Setting Standards (Muse) 85 • less talked about LP from the maestro on fluegelhorn in a quartet
6) “Little Lady” Pat La Barbera • Pass It On (PM) 76 • gorgeous modal ballad on soprano
7) “New Morning” The Johnny Coles Quartet • New Morning (Criss Cross) 82 • another fluegelhorn & rhythm session
8) “Que Pasa” Horace Silver • Sterling Silver (Blue Note) 79 • trio version from 63
9) “Hi-Fly” Eric Dolphy • The Berlin Concerts (Inner City) rec 61/ rel 78 • Randy Weston’s oft-covered tune is the platform for Dolphy’s unreal, virtuoso flute performance. My wife bought this LP for me many years ago: a very thoughtful gift
10) “Blues For Duane” Ernie Wilkins’ Almost Big Band • Live! (Matrix) 82 • I wanted to play some Sahib Shihab after Dolphy so here’s one y’all might not know: SS on alto on a Freddie Hubbard tune that also features a great soprano solo from Wilkins
Part 1: Now that I’ve had some time to comprehend what I experienced this past week, let me start by saying this was one of the most life changing events I’ve ever been exposed to. The amount of music and knowledge I was exposed to was surreal and I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to come hear what these masters had to say. I am sad to see that this gathering will never happen again but I am glad I had the chance to experience it when I did.
Also a big thank you to @matt_maniacal4 for taking the time to teaching me how to think outside of the box! Even though he only taught me for a short time, I consider him a mentor in every way. Not to mention he’s an awesome musician! Check him out!
The last 7 days at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz camp have been a total immersion in the Music that I love. Being surrounded by passionate and dedicated students of the music and working with artists I genuinely look up to & respect has been an earth shattering experience. In the Weekend Rhythm Section Clinic I was fortunate to learn guitar techniques from Corey Christiansen, bass techniques from Natalie Boyenik and drum techniques from Steve Barnes. During the week long session I was blessed to be in David Friesen’s combo (which was mind blowing on infinite levels) and have trumpet masterclasses with Scott Wendholt, Bobby Shew & Pat Harbison. Pat’s Advanced Advanced jazz theory class was incredibly informative and fun. I could ramble on for days about how amazing the entirety of the experience was for my knowledge, playing & spiritual rebirth. I HIGHLY suggest that any serious jazz musician at any level save up the bread to attend this camp. I know I’ll be back next year, possibly for both weeks, even. I cannot wait to share the knowledge given this weekend with all of my students. I can’t wait for OCC to start back up!!!! #jameyaebersold#jazz#trumpet#bass#guitar#drums#teacher#education#spiritual#jazzeducation#davidfriesen#patharbison