Found! Bill Perkins and Bud Shank: Serious Swingers

shank, bud-serious swingers LP-wordpress I’m usually a little leery of jazz produced in the 80s. I suppose it’s because most of what I bought during that time period I rarely listen to now. But I took a chance on a Bud Shank/Bill Perkins LP (Contemporary C 14031, 1986) because I’ve been looking for vinyl by Richie Kamuca, and Perkins used to play with him. It didn’t hurt that the drummer was one my faves, the late Sherman Ferguson. Sherm used to play with Kenny Burrell a lot.

I liked the way side two opened better than side one, even though the song’s title, Blazing Paddles didn’t sound very enticing. Ferguson opens the tune with a few bars of well recorded drumming Continue reading

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Compared! CD vs LP: The Fabulous Fats Navarro

Fats-versus-WEB2Here is what you’ve been waiting for, a ringside seat at the battle of the century! It’s not Ali vs Frazier, it’s oil vs aluminum! Today I compare the same song from a vinyl LP and a CD. Compared! pits Blue Note BLP 1531, The Fabulous Fats Navarro Volume 1 against The Fats Navarro Story Properbox #11 four CD set out of the UK, remastered by Peter Rynston. I’m not using just any release of the LP, but the Toshiba-EMI reissue that is thought to be much better than many of the vinyl reissues made in America. In fact, the London Jazz Collector blog rates the Toshiba-EMIs as the fourth best pressings you can buy, with the original Lexington 47 West 63rds as best, followed by New York Blue Notes, then King Japan/Early division of Liberty 1966 coming in third. Continue reading

Read It! Nica’s Dream, by David Kastin

Nica-review-2Over the years of listening to jazz, I’d heard about some baroness, some woman who had befriended many a jazz musician. And that Charlie Parker, the man mostly responsible for bebop jazz (hence, all the jazz we listen to today), died in her New York City apartment. So after reading David Kastin’s well researched biography about her, it turns out those things were true. I was surprised by that, figuring that the truth of it would be rather diluted by the murky waters of history. Yes, this is a book review.

But Kastin’s bio goes into far more detail than that, and it turns out that the Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica Rothschild de Koenigswarter (whew!) was a singular personality in the history of jazz. I mean, there was, and is, no one else like her. Continue reading