Monday, May 24, 2010
Nine Nice Jazz Favorites
Pass The Plate (1971) by The Crusaders-- This is the first album the Jazz Crusaders released under their shortened name: a jazz funk album which at times has been flawlessly engineered to create an almost psychedelic musical mind trip. There's nothing weird or far-out about the music, but portions have been edited and phased in and out in a tasteful manner in the amazing title piece. The rest of the album is bop, funk, a touch of gospel, and a whole lot of good listening. This is one of the earliest jazz albums I bought back when I was still in college in 1971.
Don Shirley in Concert (1968) by the Don Shirley Trio-- Classical music is some of the finest music of all in my opinion. This album almost comes across as classical at times, with influences that might remind one of Rachmaninoff or Chopin. The classical sound makes sense since Don Shirley is also a classical pianist who has written symphonies and concertos. But this album is clearly jazz--a very melodic, beautiful form of jazz. Shirley is accompanied by bass violin and cello in a concert at Carnegie Hall performing unbelievably beautiful renditions of "Georgia on My Mind", "I Can't Get Started", "My Funny Valentine", and other jazz standards. This is another album from my college days.