September 9, 2012

Happy Birthday Elvin Jones

Drummer and gunslinger.

Zachariah (1971)

September 1, 2012

RIP Hal David

"I Say A Little Prayer" by Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1969)

September 1, 2012

Happy Birthday Art

Friends of Bluely Noted know that while many artists are on our list of favorites, Art Pepper is at the top of the pyramid with only a select few. We challenge you to find a better version of this Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg classic.

Somebody really ought to make Straight Life, Pepper’s autobiography, the finest jazz book ever written, into a motion picture.

"Over The Rainbow" (1978)

August 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Kenny Dorham

Dorham was the cat. He composed the evergreen jazz standard “Blue Bossa,” which he gave to his friend Joe Henderson.

"My Ideal" (1959): with Dorham (trumpet), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Art Taylor (drums)

August 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Dinah

From Bert Stern’s must watch Jazz On A Summer’s Day

"All Of Me" (1958): Washington (vocals) with Blue Mitchell (trumpet), Sahib Shihab (baritone), Melbra Liston (trombone), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul West (bass), Max Roach (drums)

August 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Charlie Parker

Bird Lives!

"Summertime" (1949)

August 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Kenny Drew

The pianist played with so many of our favorites — Coltrane, Dizzy, Dexter, Dorham, McLean, Webster, Chet, Green, and this guy, the saxophone colossus.

"Four" (1968); Drew (piano) with Sonny Rollins (tenor), Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass)

August 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Alice Coltrane

"Song For Alice" by Paul Weller (2008)

(Source: Spotify)

August 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Prez

Goodbye Porkpie Hat

"Somebody Loves Me" (1945), Lester Young (tenor) with Nat King Cole (piano) and Buddy Rich (drums)

August 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Branford

"A Love Supreme" (2003)

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