Cary Kilner's Picks: Volume 25
Stan Getz — Windows / Corrected link from last week
Here is a live performance of Windows with Chick and Stan. The sound quality is not balanced, but what a band. I want to be able to see anything with Tony Williams playing! Note how relaxed Stan looks with Tony wailing away behind him. And such a young group of guys, especially Stanley Clarke. I’d have preferred Chick play the acoustic piano, though...
Bill O’Connell — Optimism
A while ago in Volume 3 I gave you a link to this musician's work. Now it’s time to revisit his Latin work. Like Clare Fischer he explores its application to modern jazz performance. Try counting beats to ascertain the meter of this tune; it’s deceptive. To me, it seems like they are moving back and forth from 6/8 to 5/4, although I have not devoted time to studying it.
Phil Perry & Najee — 3 Recordings
Tonight Just You and Me | Just to Fall in Love with Me | Breathless
I just love this vocalist; he is so expressive and musical and reminds of Stevie Wonder. And it features a marvelous vocal background with Najee playing soprano sax to complement. When you might be getting tired of the repeated melody, the bridge comes up just one time at 1:48. It is such a beautiful contrast followed by his exquisite falsetto wail, I hope you like it. It inspired me to explore further where I found the second link with Najee playing flute. These may not be cuts you will listen to over and over, but at least worthy of listening at appropriate times. Particularly notice the very carefully-crafted orchestration, chacteristic of soul smooth-jazz. I’ve also wanted to explore more jazz/smooth jazz vocalists and groups with you such as Take Six, Manhattan Transfer and the Singers Unlimited.
Buddy Rich — Short George
Here is some nice peaceful big-band jazz for you from an old master, and nice to hear Buddy without his usual pyrotechnics. It’s from This One’s for Basie, certainly an apt title for this collection. Ya gotta love it!
Jack Walrath — Unsafe at Any Speed
Here’s another trumpet great from the past, still playing strong and modern, and featuring a great muted trumpet solo within an awesome group. And a difficult set of chord changes run at a fast tempo. Check out the tenor sax player; he’s a killer!
And here's one from Cary...
This is another medium-swing standard that shows Diane at her finest. However, I failed to give her a starting note, so she began acapella one step low. You will hear me briefly sing where she should be and she immediately caught on without missing a beat. To remind you, this was done at my house, as was One Note Samba that I posted on Week #14. As musicians are wont to say, this performance is “right in the pocket,” and I think you will agree.