“This is what I really would love to have in my music: presence. You know, as long as I can live. I mean I don’t care about nothing I played yesterday if I can go home right now and write some music that, is a presence. You know? That’s why they have machines, you know, so, if you want the past, there’s a machine that’s got the past. Right there, you know…which I think is very good, you know; so therefore, that means we as human beings can be in the present.”
High level shit.
Intro Jam – Sweet Jane – I Believe In Love – Lisa Says – Kicks – She’s My Best Friend – I’m Waiting For The Man – Sheltered Life – The Kids – Claim To Fame – Vicious Circle – Walk On The Wild Side – Coney Island Baby – Rock And Roll Heart – Charley’s Girl – Kill Your Sons – Satellite Of Love – How Do You Think It Feels? – You Were It So Well – Temporary Thing – Ladies Pay – Heroin – Sister Ray
Charlie Parker, Diz and co.
Diz was cool personified. A master of music and friendship, a leader of bands of men. A smile that said, I am in on the big joke baby, I am in on the sadness – but I will play the gladness – I will make the groove and play in it…
Charlie Parker could improvise endlessly – that is creative genius – ideas and ideas on ideas – ideas for his whole life – and all of it was tasty, in the pocket, never off – and you had to jump! – but no, not just a volcanic eruption of creativity – it was focused, a hot laser on your soul, burning you up…
Here is Jack (and Steve) with a kind of ode, paean, a valediction really, to for and about Charlie Parker:
I believe it is from his masterwork, Mexico City Blues…
These are the only cuts that I can find right off the bat. I love every cut on this album though. One of the few things that lifts the spirits these days. If you like these cuts, I say go ye and lay your hands on a disc and listen away…
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Thelonious Monk – Piano
Charlie Rouse – Tenor Sax
Larry Gales – Bass
Ben Riley – Drums
wow. almost 2 1/2 hours of some of the greatest women jazz singers of all time – and there are too many greats backing them up to start naming them. this is cool, it’s all just straight clips culled from live performances. no voice-over, just classic performances.
Billie Holiday’s haunting version of Strange Fruit appears here . The history of the song might surprise you: