Cary Kilner's Picks: Volume 35
Christian McBride & The Airmen of Note – Broadway
I’ve heard this wonderful performance several times on MC Jazz but didn’t realize it had an accompanying video, so here you go. McBride is truly Ray Brown’s modern successor, although he also participates in more austere jazz contexts. When I just found this on FB it attributes this tour de force arrangement to Christian himself.
Blue Mitchell – I’ll Close My Eyes & I Should Care
Here is some classic late mainstream bebop and a favorite of mine since I was a kid. Blue has such a bouyant happy sound, as does the classic rhythm section of Louis Hayes and Sam Jones, but especially Wynton Kelly. I just found the other link to support such claims.
Cary Kilner – My Funny Valentine
A dear friend of mine was visiting and reading while I was practicing. She looked up and asked me to play something as a performance, so I asked for a favorite tune of hers. As you can hear I got into it and plied a variety of solo piano styles, surprising me when she sent it to me recently as I had totally forgotten about it.
Steve Khan – Bird Food
I had forgotten how important Steve Khan has been to the modern jazz guitar crossover into fusion guitar.
He plays some amazing orchestral effects here that you will really enjoy and a truly unique approach to this amazing link with a great groove.
Rob McConnell Tentet – Indian Summer
We explored this wonderful tune in a past column. Let’s add this performance that sounds like a whole big-band. A great tenor performance, too.
Emmet Cohen trio – Billy Boy
This is the opening tune on Emmet’s weekly podcast. I normally don’t like really fast performances, but this is so well-controlled and tasty that I find it worthy of sharing.
And his rhythm section just kills! I get exhausted just watching it --
Chester Thompson Trio – Elation
This is an absolutely beautiful samba. Do not confuse this drummer, Chester Thompson, with the well-known organist by the same name as I had done. It turns out he played with Frank Zappa as well as Genesis, thus you can hear his versatility. The pianist is Joe Davidian whom I did not know.
Joe Davidian Trio – How My Heart Sings & Secret Love
So here he is, and a beautiful player with another piano trio representative of my taste.
I note that the drummer, Austin MacMahon, has played occasionally at the Press Room.
The L.A. Chillharmonic – Boogie on Reggae Woman
It’s time to end on some stone-cold funk with a great Stevie Wonder tune (aren’t all his tunes great)? Ya gotta enjoy this – loud, of course, and through a clean system.