Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cornet and Piano duos: Ruby Braff & Ralph Sutton

During 1979-1981, the great stride pianist Ralph Sutton recorded an extensive series of albums for the tiny Chaz label. Included in the releases were a quartet set with cornetist Ruby Braff, bassist Jack Lesberg, and drummer Gus Johnson, and a duet project with Braff. All of the Sutton dates were elusive and out of print for years, until Chiaroscuro began reissuing some of these valuable sets. Braff and Sutton both had the knack of hinting at earlier greats while still sounding very much like themselves. In fact, those who are familiar with the cornetist will have no trouble identifying him within a few notes. Among the songs that are happily swung are such gems as "Shoe Shine Boy," "You Can Depend on Me," "Sunday," "I Would Do Anything for You". While never wandering too far from the melodies, the two lead voices consistently come up with plenty of fresh ideas and always show their enthusiasm and affection for the vintage music. Easily recommended to fans of small-group swing and trad.
-Scott Yanow

01. Big Butter and Egg Man
02. Royal Garden Blues

03. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby

04. Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

05. Sunday

06. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

07. Get Out and Get Under the Moon

08. (I Would Do) Anything for You

09. I Ain't Got Nobody

10. Shoe Shine Boy

11. I Believe In Miracles

12. I've Found A New Baby

13. Shine
(Quartet, vol. 3)
14. Enrico Rava & Franco D'Andrea: I'm Coming Virginia



The Legendary Sidney Bechet : 1932-1941

Temas correspondientes a 12 sesiones diferentes fechadas entre 1932 y 1941, uno de los mejores períodos en la carrera del primer maestro del saxo soprano. Bechet viene acompañado, entre otros, por Mezz Mezzrow (clt, alt), los pianistas Earl Hines y Jelly Roll Morton, los trompetistas Rex Stewart y Red Allen, y los bateristas Kenny Clarke, Sid Catlett, Zutty Singleton y Baby Dodds. Sonido impecable en una perfecta introducción a este gran maestro de Nueva Orleans, sobre un repertorio más que familiar a los aficionados al jazz tradicional.

- Jay Bee Rodríguez

- High Society
- Shake It and Break It
- When It’s Sleepy Time Down South
- Baby Won’t You Please Come Home
- Stompy Jones
- Indian Summer
- Blues in the Air
- Wild Man Blues
- Really the Blues
- Save It, Pretty Mama
- Weary Blues
- Sidney’s Blues
- The Sheik of Araby
- Muskrat Ramble
- The Mooche
- Maple Leaf Rag
- Strange Fruit
- Twelfth Street Rag
- I’ve Found a New Baby
- Mood Indigo
- I’m Coming Virginia
- What is This Thing Called Love



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Footage of Louis Armstrong in Denmark (1933)

Incomparable documento gráfico y sonoro: el maestro en vivo en Copenhague a comienzos de los 30, interpretando con su orquesta "I Cover The Waterfront", "Dinah" y "Tiger Rag". Qué podemos decir, excepto... ¡bendito Youtube y bendita Internet, por permitirnos disfrutar y compartir cosas como ésta!