Playlist – 4th December 2008 – Blue Note Special

This was our Blue Note show with special guest Alan Bramwell whose History of Blue Note programmes currently go out on ICR on Monday between 17.00 and 18.00 hrs. He’s half way through the series so there’s still plenty of great music to listen to! Alan chose some of his favourites and we added a few too – all showing the range and diversity of recordings for this most famous of jazz labels. If you want to find out more, check out Richard Cook’s Blue Note: the Biography, published in paperback by Pimlico or try and track down Francis Wolff’s greatest photos for the label in Blue Note: the Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff.

The music ranged from one of the first artists to record for the label – stride pianist James P Johnson – through to the more contemporary rap sounds of Pieces of a Dream mixed with classic tracks from John Coltrane, Art Blakey and Grant Green. Thanks again to Alan for an inspirational show – and look out for his own thoughts about Blue Note in our feature article.

1. Hank Mobley – No Room For Squares
2. Lee Morgan – The Rajah
3. Art Blakey – Amuk
4. John Coltrane – Blue Train
5. Grant Green – It Ain’t Necesssarily So
6. Rachelle Ferrell – My Funny Valentine
7. James P Johnson – After You’ve Gone
8. Donald Byrd – Lanasana’s Priestess
9. Wynton Marsalis (feat. Dianne Reeves) – Feeling of Jazz
10. Lo Borges – Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser
11. Dr. Lonnie Smith – Scream
12. Tommaso Starace Quintet – Keep Moving Please!
13. Horace Parlan – Us Three
14. Andrew Hill – Grass Roots
15. Pieces of a Dream – Mt Airy Groove
16. Sabu – El Cumbanchero

Youtube clips thisweek come from Horace Parlan playing with the Jackie McLean Quintet at the Mt Fuji Jazz festival in 1988 and Lee Morgan with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers playing the tribute to trumpeter Clifford Brown, I Remember Clifford from thirty years earlier. Listen to Lee Morgan’s tone and control and check out Parlan’s wacky style!

Just one click and you’re in – enjoy!

Jackie McLean:

Lee Morgan:

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