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Funk in Deep Freeze

In Album, Funk in Deep Freeze, Partitions on October 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm
from the Hank Mobley Quintet album funk-deep-freeze

Hank Mobley Quintet is an album by jazz saxophonist Hank Mobley released on the Blue Note label in 1957 as BLP 1550. It was recorded on March 8, 1957 and features Mobley, Art Farmer, Doug Watkins, Horace Silver, and Art Blakey. It was remastered in 2008 by Rudy Van Gelder.

The Allmusic review by Steve Leggett awarded the album 4.5 stars, stating: “Mobley might not have been out there pushing the envelope with his instrument, but here he plays with confidence and lyrical economy, making this easily one of his best outings.”

Track listing All compositions by Hank Mobley
  1. Funk in Deep Freeze” – 6:50
  2. “Wham and They’re Off” – 7:42
  3. “Fin de l’affaire” – 6:39
  4. “Startin’ from Scratch” – 6:43
  5. “Stella-Wise” – 7:18
  6. “Base on Balls” – 7:33
Only available on CD edition:
  1. “Funk in Deep Freeze” (Alternate Take) – 6:57
  2. “Wham and They’re Off” (Alternate Take) – 7:37
  • Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
  • Art Farmer – trumpet
  • Horace Silver – piano
  • Doug Watkins – bass
  • Art Blakey – drums

Pick up the pieces

In Album, Pick up the pieces on March 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

 “Pick Up the Pieces” is a 1974 song by the Average White Band from their second album, AWB. On the single, piecessongwriting credit was given to founding member and saxophonist Roger Ball and guitarist Hamish Stuart individually and the entire band collectively. It is essentially an instrumental, apart from the song’s title being shouted at several points in the song. The song features an intro 4 measures of Csus7#9, sus 4 (C F Bb Eb) afterwards in the theme 8 measures of Fm7 (F Ab C Eb), 2 measures of Bb7 (Bb D F Ab), 4 measures of Fm7.

“Pick Up the Pieces” was released in the United Kingdom in July 1974 but failed to chart. When the album was released in the United States in October 1974, radio stations there started to play the song, and on 22 February 1975, it went to the top of the US singles chart and peaked at number coverfive on the soul charts. After its US success, the song charted in the UK and climbed to number six. “Pick Up the Pieces” also made it to number eleven on the US disco chart.

The song is in the key of F minor.

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pickupthepieces intro

Intro Csus7#9 sus4 Csus7#9 sus4 Csus7#9 sus4 Csus7#9 sus4
A Fm7 Fm7 Fm7 Fm7
  Fm7 Fm7 Fm7 Fm7
Bb7 Bb7 Fm7 Fm7
Fm7 Fm7
B Bb7 Bb7 Bb7 Bb7      / C7#9
  C7#9 C7#9 C7#9 C7#9

Csus7#9, sus 4 (C F Bb Eb)

Fm7 (F Ab C Eb)

Bb7 (Bb D F Ab)

Bb7 sus4 (Bb D F Ab Eb)

C7#9 (C G Bb Eb)

Marcos Valle – O cantor e o compositor (1965)

In Album, Summer Samba on December 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

O Compositor e O Cantorcantor1

1965 on Odeon (SMOFB-3413)
Reissue in 2011 on EMI (026461-2) (SET 026447-2)1 Gente (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
2 Preciso aprender a ser só (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
3 Seu encanto (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Pingarrilho, Marcos Valle)
4 Passa por mim (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
5 Samba de verão (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
6 A resposta (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
7 Deus brasileiro (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
8 Dorme profundo (Pingarrilho, Marcos Valle)
9 Vem (Luiz Fernando Freire, Marcos Valle)
10 Mais amor (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
11 Perdão (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
12 Não pode ser (Paulo Sérgio Valle, Marcos Valle)
Bonus tracks
13. Vamos pranchar
14. Deus brasileiro (instrumental)
15. Não pode ser (instrumental)Marcos Valle – voice and piano
  • Eumir Deodato – arrangements, orchestrations, piano and organ
  • Sergio Barroso – bass
  • cantor2Wilson das Neves, Dom Um Româo – drums
  • Nelson Ângelo – acoustic guitar
  • Rubens Bassini – percussion
  • Hamilton and Maurílio Santos – trumpet
  • Edson Maciel – trombone
  • Jorginho – alto sax
  • Jt. Meirelles, Walter Rosa – tenor sax
  • Aurino Ferreira – baritone sax
  • Produced by Milton Miranda
  • Musical direction – Lyrio Panicalli

This album is a leap ahead of his first album and situated firmly in jazz-bossa with some traces of innovative pop that would become more prominent in his work later. It also has what is may be the most perfect composition of his entire career: “Preciso aprender a ser só” (I Need To Learn To Be Alone). “Samba de verão is undoubtedly the most reinterpreted song in his catalog, recorded by a bunch of other artists afterwards includes several version of English.. “Deus brasileiro”, “Dorme profundo” lush and shimmery and wonderful. A lot of the same ‘heavy hitters’ from the debut are playing on this album too, with the added bonus of Wilson das Neves and Dom Um Romão on the drums. Also notice a young Nelson Angelo on acoustic guitar. Anybody know who is playing flute on this album (perhaps one of the saxophonists doubling on flute?) — they are not credited in the notes. But kudos to this reissue project for including musician credits in the first place, as these earlier Odeon releases did NOT include ‘backing musicians’ in general, although arrangers usually took pride of place.brazilsamba

Listen to how HARD the ensemble swings on “Seu encanto” and it ought to put to rest any remaining critics (are they any still living?) who thought bossa nova was overly-influenced by or even ‘imitating’ North American jazz: this song is equal to anything recorded elsewhere in its jazz credentials. Goddamn the ruffing is amazing. Just wish I knew who played the flute on it. The tune “Vem” qualifies for this premium category.

The bonus tracks feature the B-side “Vamos prenchar” which was released on the single (compato) for ‘Samba de verão’, and the instrumental takes of “Dues brasileiro” and “Não pode ser”.

Amidst all the greatness on the record, the tune “Dorme profundo” is very special  as the ‘sleeper’ cut that somehow distills the best of what the album has to offer.

The back of the album jacket had original liner notes by Paulo Sérgio which unfortunately are only reproduced in microscopic form in the CD artwork. But I’ve taken the liberty of translating them here:brazilSambaBossaNova

“”Marcos composes in the middle of the night. For this reason his sambas have the flavor of ‘saudade’ for the end of night, waiting for the day to be born. They are songs of love, that demand poetry in the lyrics in place of shouts of revolution, as some people want. It is true that sometimes this exremely lyrical composer has his moments of realism, like in “Gente”, for example. But without capitulating to some type of pre-fabricated formula. It is what we would like to call “lyrical realism.” As a singer, Marcos creates a contagious intimacy. There is nobody better suited to sing his own songs, that come to us still warm from his heart. It is one of the privleges of the singer-composer. On this album we again have the partnership of Marcos and Eumir Deodator, arranger of choice. They are two friends united by a perfect musical identification, by talent, and by the seriousness engraved on everything they do. Here they put into practice what for so long they have studied: the union of heart and technique. In the orchestration of Eumir and the singing of Marcos is the voice of poetry.” -Paulo Sergio Valle, original liner notes

Stolen moments first recording

In Album, Stolen Moments on December 27, 2013 at 12:02 am

Probably the first known recording of Stolen Moments:

Trane Whistle

Studio album by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Big Band
Released 1960
recorded: September 20, 1960, Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
label: Prestige PR 7206

Trane Whistle  is an album by saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Big Band with arrangements by Oliver Nelson and Ernie Wilkins recorded in 1960 and released on the Prestige label.


The Allmusic site awarded the album 4½ stars stating “Most significant is the inclusion of the original version of “Stolen Moments” (here called “The Stolen Moment” and predating the more famous Oliver Nelson recording by several months)”.

Track listing

All compositions and arrangements by Oliver Nelson except as indicated

  1. “Trane Whistle” – 6:19
  2. “Whole Nelson” – 3:35
  3. “You Are Too Beautiful” (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 5:11 (arr. by Ernie Wilkins)
  4. The Stolen Moment” – 7:54    (<- listen here)
  5. “Walk Away” – 5:27
  6. “Jaws” (Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis) – 4:36 (arr. by Ernie Wilkins)


  • Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis – tenor saxophone
  • Clark Terry, Richard Williams, Bob Bryant – trumpet
  • Melba Liston, Jimmy Cleveland – trombone
  • Jerome Richardson, George Barrow – tenor saxophone, flute
  • Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson – alto saxophone
  • Bob Ashton – baritone saxophone
  • Richard Wyands – piano
  • Wendell Marshall – bass
  • Roy Haynes – drums
  • Oliver Nelson (tracks 1, 2, 4 & 5), Ernie Wilkins (tracks 3 & 6) – arranger


  1. Yanow, S.  Allmusic Review accessed July 11, 2012
  2. Payne, D. Oliver Nelson discography accessed July 11, 2012

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We Want Miles

In Album, Jean Pierre on November 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm

We Want Miles: Live album by Miles Davis
Released: May 1982
Recorded: June 27, July 5 & October 4, 1981
ProducerTeo Macero

We Want Miles is a double album recorded by jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in 1981, produced by Teo Macero and released by Columbia Records in 1982. The album features one of the first live appearances by Davis in more than five years, at Boston’s Kix Club, on June 27, 1981. Other tracks are recorded at Avery Fisher Hall, New York, on July 5, and in Tokyo, October 4 of that year. First released on CD in Japan as a two-disc set (CBS/Sony CSCS 5131/5132), subsequent CD releases fit the music onto one disc. Columbia Recordshave never released it on CD in North America. This album won the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Soloist. It is the only official worldwide live release of Miles Davis’ band from his final years,  since Miles! Miles! Miles!, documenting the show in Tokyo from which some tracks ended up on We Want Miles, was released exclusively in Japan.


Track listing

All tracks composed by Miles Davis; except where indicated

Side One

  1. Jean Pierre” – 10:30
  2. “Back Seat Betty” – 8:10

Side Two

  1. “Fast Track” – 15:10
  2. Jean Pierre” – 4:00

Side Three

  1. “My Man’s Gone Now” (DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin) – 20:12

Side Four

  1. “Kix” – 18:45


  • Miles Davis – Trumpet
  • Bill Evans – Soprano saxophone
  • Mike Stern – Electric guitar
  • Marcus Miller – Bass guitar
  • Al Foster – Drums
  • Mino Cinelu – Percussion


  • Producer: Teo Macero
  • Series Producer: Henri Renaud
  • Executive Producer: Dr. George Butler
  • Control Engineers: Bud Grahm, Don Puluse
  • Recording Engineers: Hank Altman, Ted Brosnan
  • Remix Engineers: Don Puluse, Ted Brosnan

In Walked Bud parts

In Album, In Walked Bud on November 11, 2013 at 10:38 am

All partitions (Ut), Bb Eb, Voicings and Guitar are in the Box. 🙂

walked bud

The Thelonious Monk Quartet,  ‎– In Walked Bud / Epistrophy
Label: Blue Note ‎– 548
Format: Shellac, 10″, 78 RPM
Jazz Bop

In Walked Bud: Alto Saxophone – Edmund Gregory, Bass – Robert Paige, Drums – Art Blakey, Trumpet – George Taitt, Written-By, Piano – Thelonious Monk


Changes Two (Charlie Mingus)

In Album, Free Cell Block on April 12, 2013 at 11:31 am


Charles Mingus. recorded Changes Two  on 27, 28, and 30 December 1974 at Atlantic Studios in New York City — During the same sessions they recorded Mingus’ album Changes One. Accordingly, Atlantic Records initially released the record in 1975. Later in 1993,  Rhino Records re-issued the album on CD.

“Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” features vocals by Jackie Paris.



All songs composed by Charles Mingus except where noted.

  1. Free Cell Block F, ‘Tis Nazi U.S.A.” – 6:56
  2. “Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blue” – 17:32
  3. “Black Bats and Poles” (Jack Walrath) – 6:22
  4. “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” – 4:15
  5. “For Harry Carney” (Sy Johnson) – 7:59


  • Charles Mingus – Bass
  • Jack Walrath – Trumpet
  • George Adams – Tenor saxophone
  • Don Pullen – Piano
  • Dannie Richmond – Drums
  • Marcus Belgrave – Trumpet on “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love”
  • Jackie Paris – Vocals on “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love”
  • Sy Johnson – Arranger on “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love”

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Cantaloupe Island

In Album, Cantaloupe Island on April 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm
Cantaloupe Island” is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock and recorded for his 1964 album Empyrean Isles during his early years as one of the members of Miles Davis’ 1960s quintet. It is one of the very first examples of a modal jazz composition set to funk style groove. The musicians for the original 1964 recording were: Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (cornet), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).

cantaloupeEmpyrean Isles is the fourth album by American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, recorded on June 17, 1964 for Blue Note Records. It features the debut of two of his most popular compositions, “One Finger Snap” and “Cantaloupe Island”.

From the original liner notes by Duke Pearson: “This is a quartet album for trumpet and rhythm section. In this circumstance, a problem was created for the composer-arranger, in that the lack of another instrument supporting the lower, richer register, such as a tenor saxophone, might result in a shallow sound. With this problem in mind, Herbie Hancock, who composed and arranged all the tunes, wrote them to sound more like improvisations than ensemble melodies, so that the warmth and fullness of a supporting melody would not be missed. Free sketches were written in such a way that each instrument is allowed great flexibility of interpretation. In many cases, no melodic line was laid out over the chords nor atonal clusters written, so that the trumpeter could supply any melody he wished.”

From the 1999 reissue liner notes by Bob Blumenthal: “If someone had ordered up a program that explored four distinct areas of jazz expression with equal brilliance, they could not have done better than Empyrean Isles. It is as if Hancock had set out to present ‘changes,’ modal, funk and free playing and delivered each at its apex.”

The album was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder.

One Finger Snap

This composition features a short melody played in unison (which is only used as an intro, an ending and to tie between solos), followed by a chord progression without a written melody, going straight to improvisation. The Real Book has the first chorus of Freddie Hubbard’s solo written as if it were the head.

Track listingHerbieHancock

All compositions by Herbie Hancock.

  1.  “One Finger Snap” – 7:20
  2.  “Oliloqui Valley” – 8:28
  3.  “Cantaloupe Island” – 5:32
  4.  “The Egg” – 14:00

Bonus tracks on 1999 CD release:

5. “One Finger Snap” (Alternate Take) – 7:37
6. “Oliloqui Valley” (Alternate Take) – 10:47


  • Herbie Hancock − Piano
  • Freddie Hubbard − Cornet
  • Ron Carter − Bass
  • Tony Williams − drums
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Jdl Quartet, Nouvel album chez Musearecords: Engrenage

In Album, Events on February 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

delignieres-coverLe saxophoniste Jacques de LIGNIERES a rencontré le pianiste Bobby FEW lors d’un festival au cours duquel ils jouaient avec leurs groupes respectifs. Depuis, soutenus par Hervé CZAK et Jean-Pascal MOLINA, ils poursuivent une collaboration, étayée par la complicité et l’amitié dans l’univers issu de leur fusion musicale.

Ils ont enregistré un panaché de leurs compositions sur le CD ‘Engrenage“. “Qu’il soit exubérant et festif (“Hôtel De La Gare”, “Dancing With The Music” ou “Continental Jazz Express”), tendre et sensible (“Anichou” et “Flower”), luxuriant et baroque (“Engrenage” et “Baby’s Blues”) ou plus grave et teinté d’une mélancolie légère (“Temps Incertain” ou “Sombre Bossa”), l’univers de Jacques de LIGNIERES et Bobby FEW ne vous laissera certainement pas indifférent et saura vous toucher au coeur par son exceptionnelle sincérité.

Alors ? Paré pour le voyage ? Larguons les amarres tout de go avec la musique roborative et réconfortante du Jacques de LIGNIERES QUARTET !”. Site web:

Vous pouvez commander ce CD chez Musaerecords (les classiques du futur)



Street Life (The Crusaders album)

In Album, Street life on February 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Released & recorded in 1979, Label:  MCA,Genre: Jazz-funk

Producer             Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper and Joe Sample

Street Life is a studio album by the American jazz band The Crusaders. It was a top 20 album on three Billboard charts and represents the peak of the band’s commercial popularity. The title track, featuring singer Randy Crawford, was a Top 40 pop single (#36) and became the group’s most successful entry on the soul chart (#17)”Street Life” also hit the disco chart, peaking at #7 and was featured in both Sharky’s Machine, directed by  Burt Reynolds in 1981, and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, released in 1997.

Track listing

  1. “Street Life” (Will Jennings, Joe Sample) – 11:18
  2. “My Lady” (Wilton Felder) – 6:43
  3. “Rodeo Drive (High Steppin’)” (Sample) – 4:28
  4. “Carnival of the Night” (Felder) – 6:24
  5. “The Hustler” (Stix Hooper) – 5:18
  6. “Night Faces” (Sample) – 5:10

Personnelstreetlife cd

  • Arthur Adams – guitar
  • Roland Bautista – guitar
  • Oscar Brashear – trumpet
  • Garnett Brown – trombone
  • Randy Crawford – vocals
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Wilton Felder – saxophone, bass guitar, producer
  • Barry Finnerty – guitar
  • William Green – saxophone
  • Stix Hooper – drums, producer
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
  • James Jamerson – bass guitar
  • Alphonso Johnson – bass guitar
  • Robert O’Bryan – trumpet
  • Jerome Richardson – saxophone
  • Billy Rogers – guitar
  • Joe Sample – keyboards, producer

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