Saturday, July 20, 2013

Chet Baker..... Young Chet

Chet Baker's trumpet and vocal approach was immediately recognizable and striking, especially in his prime. He was known for his clear tone, reflective and subdued style, soft volume and careful, restrained approach in his choices of notes for melodic sequences.

This record is a gem, every number has been cared for. One can immediately tell Chet Baker is a master of the trumpet because he can create sounds you'd never think a trumpeter could make. His overall style is like the smoother Miles Davis albums--not at all the harsh, "pointier" sound of Armstrong, the later Davis recordings, or other famous trumpeters. The overall improv on this album is simple, blending easily into the melodies of the songs.  A classic album by a classic artist playing classic songs in a classic way. This is a must-have for any music lover, and would even be a good jazz album for people who don't usually enjoy jazz.

1. Look For The Silver Lining
2. But Not For Me
3. Time After Time
4. My Funny Valentine
5. There Will Never Be Another You
6. Extra Mild
7. A Night On Bop Mountain
8. Down
9. Taboo
10. I Can't Get Started
11. It's Only A Paper Moon
12. Autumn In New York

Friday, July 12, 2013

Miles Davis and Gil Evans..Sketches of Spain remastered with bonus tracks

Miles Davis's impact on jazz is almost incalculable. From his early days as a side man for Charlie Parker, through his groundbreaking Birth of the Cool sessions, to his stunning small groups of the '50s and '60s, through to his electric renaissance, the trumpeter, bandleader, and composer has left a deep mark on all who came after. He is one of jazz's true giants. Sketches of Spain, though one of Davis's most commercially successful sessions, is also one of his most controversial. Re-teaming with arranger and composer Gil Evans, who played such a pivotal role in Davis's 1949 Birth of the Cool recordings, Davis recorded a series of large group albums beginning in the late '50s, including Porgy and Bess, Miles Ahead, and Quiet Nights. Sketches of Spain, with its emphasis on flamenco, rich orchestrations, and relaxed tempos, is certainly one of Davis's most mellow recordings (he even works out on fluegelhorn), and proved to have broad appeal. This expanded version of the album, featuring alternative tracks and unreleased material, was issued in 1997 by Columbia Legacy. --Fred Goodman (Amazon Review)

This is a perfect piece to listen to in the morning or any time when you are just relaxing. This remastered version is very well done, and the sound is phenomenal for a 1959 recording. The sound stage is wide and open and Davis's trumpet is clear and focused. If you want to bridge the gap either from jazz to classical, or vice-versa, this is the album to do it with. If you love Miles Davis and want something very relaxing and beautiful from him this is a great album to own. Essential for Miles Davis fans.

1. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)
2. Will O' The Wisp
3. The Pan Piper
4. Saeta
5. Solea
6. Song Of Our Country (Issued Take)
7. Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio) (Part One, Alternate Take)
8. Concierto De Aranjuez (Part Two, Alternate Take)