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JazzErie Discussion Group, June 16, 2011
Denny Loves Videos, Don Likes Woody, Al Spins Miles, Jim Digs, and Don's Cool
Denny Loves Videos
Denny Kitchen opens the meeting with three video presentations:
Don Likes Woody
“Woody’s God Star” is the title cut of this John Fedchock arrangement for the Woody Herman big band. Predictably, the band swung like crazy. That’s what we love about the Herman band. I remember attending a jazz concert in Buffalo when the audience politely accepted the offerings of the Miles Davis Quintet and the Cannonball and Nat Adderly Quintet. But when the Herman band hit, it was the first time feet were tapping and heads bobbing. The applause said, “Thanks for the exploration, but this is what we need at this time.” Thanks to Don Schwab.
Al Spins Miles, Jim Digs, and Don's Cool
Speaking of Miles Davis, do not interpret my preceding reference to Miles as a disparagement. On the contrary, my personal choice for the most important jazz musician to this time would be Miles Davis. I probably have more Davis recordings than any other Jazz player/composer. Now here is a coincidence: our next three participants have brought Davis recordings:
Bassist, Neil Swainson put together an inspired quintet in May of 1987; one which included trumpeter, Woody Shaw. This was Woody’s last studio recording and his eyesight was so poor he learned all his parts by ear the day before the recording. Sadly, he died in May of 1989 after a series of personal disasters. You would never suspect his unfortunate set-backs upon listening to the sparkling playing on this album called “49th Parallel”.
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By Charles Ventrello
September 12, 2011