He definitely deserves it!
Absolutely! I’m sorry for not replying sooner but you guys got me sidetracked on a Mingus binge.
Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is one of my three- to five- favorite pieces of music in any genre of all time. The other night I got swept up with Blues and Roots, though, especially the alternative versions, some of which are really great, especially My Jelly Roll Soul (all 11 minutes of it!).
As I type this I’m nodding along to the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger’s At the Jazz Corner of the World double CD. What a great band - Blakey himself, of course, but also Lee Morgan and, in particular, Hank Mobley. And what a great show they put on at Birdland!
Thanks, that poster is so helpful to me as I’m new to Jazz. I grew up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Seven, thanks to my Dad, but I’ve never progressed beyond that.
I’m randomly trying some different pieces out to see if anything sticks. Will come back for some recommendations.
Sorry to jump the gun, I realize you’ve not yet come back for recommendations, but King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton deserve mention in this thread all the same (I mentioned Mingus’s tribute to Morton, above). They may have found fame (and recorded their music) elsewhere but both are part of that same wonderful, early New Orleans jazz tradition.
Here are a couple of good collections, although you can find their music on any number of compilations.
For Jell Roll Morton I’d recommend Kansas City Stomp and New Orleans Bump as starting points.
For King Oliver, I Can’t Stop Loving You is a lovely tune with a wonderful trumpet line. His version of St. James Infirmary is my favorite, more so than Louis Armstrong’s. The section after the vocals is wonderful, starting with the honky tonk piano, and the clarinet’s lovely. If you’re in the right mood, the last couple of minutes make for one of the most beautiful passages in recorded music.
It’s a crying shame that tubas, banjos, and clarinets came to be dropped from jazz bands. Man, I miss New Orleans. I had the good fortune of living there for a good many years.
Thanks, I’ll try these out, even though I wasn’t ready.
And his band lives on, and is crushing it.
It’s an epic alright. I think I prefer II B.S., especially for the sound quality:
I recently discovered Nubya Garcia, a new saxophonist out of London. She’s been blowing my mind ever since. The track “Source” in particular is outstanding stuff, also check out “Hold” for a helluva drum solo. There are also several excellent remixes of her stuff on qobuz, she seems very into fusing instrumental jazz with modern electronic production and I am here for it.
Also this Tiny Desk Concert on youtube - truly incredible stuff!
I hope you all might enjoy her work as much as I have.
Thanks @tmarshl for the tip to share this here (I’m new to this forum, still learning my way around!)
Listening to the samples on Qobuz, the quality of the recording is not as good as the npr live YT video. Drums sound awkward and the bass ounds like a electric bass guitar instead of the double bass.
I know these are very low resolution samples, but how does the actual download sound?
The actual streaming version on qobuz is 24/96 and sounds pristine to my ears, so I’m going to assume what you’re hearing is just a low quality sample clip? (the album is also on Tidal in MQA if you want to check it out there instead) There is an electric/electronic quality to her recordings, but I think that’s intentional in this particular style of fusion. I’m going to hunt down the vinyl for the full analog experience at some point, but for now the qobuz stream works for my ears. Also, that tiny desk concert is extraordinary, so it may be fair to say it might be better than the album version.
Unfortunately I really don’t like the production on the album.