Wednesday, July 13, 2005

New to the playlist

Tony Bennett/Bill Evans
"The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album" (1975)

That voice, that piano, and nothing else. The lyricized version of Evans' "Waltz For Debby" is new to me. As the father of a little girl, I like it a lot.

Stan Getz/J.J. Johnstone
"Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at the Opera House" (1957)

The Oscar Peterson Trio is among the backing musicians, but the Getz and Johnstone back-and-forth remains in the spotlight here. Two versions of just about every track are presented -- one from a concert in New York, the other from an L.A. show about a week later.

Miles Davis
"Nefertiti" (1968)

One of the books I read called this the last good album that Davis recorded with his second quintet. Largely mellow, but with the occasional dissonant outburst.

The Quintet
"Jazz at Massey Hall" (1953)

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach, together for one night. Legend has it that Parker showed up for the gig without his sax and wound up playing a plastic alto horn for the show. You'd never know
it from how good he sounds.