Jazz Appreciation Society
Searching for Chick vids, I stumbled upon this hilarious footage, where Corea lectures a crowd of pretty numb-looking randoms at the White House. Haynes I interviewed once. He likes his jazz rough.
Chick Corea - White House 1982
Since December 2017, I’ve been the proud owner of a bass. The bass is a fine-looking instrument, and a lot of my friends are bass players. So this one’s for you.
Stanley Clarke & Larry Graham - Japan 1985
Sheer wizardry in this rare constellation. Colaiuta changed the rules of the game of drumming, and does a great job here, subbing for Weckl.
Chick Corea - Tokyo 1992
Oh boy.. check out the line-up in this one.
Miles Davis - Milan 1964
A must-see for Kind of Blue aficionados such as myself. Upon shaking hands with Jimmy Cobb at the Amsterdam Bimhuis, he immediately said: ‘I’m happy to speak with you, but this will not be an interview.’
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue documentary
The man behind the piano on Miles’ Kind of Blue. An enigma.
Bill Evans - Helsinki 1970
Steely Dan’s a guilty pleasure I can’t seem to get away from. Here’s the guy who brought us the Purdie Shuffle. Thanks a million, Bernard.
Bernard Purdie & Steely Dan
Vintage stuff, a funky trumpet and unusually large cheeks. Gotta love this, right?
Thelonious Monk & Dizzy Gillespie - Copenhagen 1971
It takes balls to fully cover this Coltrane masterpiece. Jeff Tain Watts had the balls. And the other guys too, by the way. Marsalis is a very witty character, as I found out interviewing his drummer Justin Faulkner a few years back. He also does a wicked Sting impersonation in that 1986 Turtle documentary. Perhaps that deserves a blog in itself, though.
Branford Marsalis A Love Supreme - Amsterdam 2003
Second-line like you wouldn’t believe, from the classical counterpart of abovementioned brother Branford.
Wynton Marsalis - Marciac 2009
My girlfriend Marlies would politely ask me to turn this off, if she were within a ten-mile radius. She’s the same Marlies who invented the term saxophone psychosis. Quite spot on in this video.
Herbie Hancock - Headhunters 1974
My good friend Evert and I bumped into Roy Hargrove and his entourage of young Dutch ladies in a club close to where we lived in the early zeros. We didn’t speak. Ms Carrington is living proof that ladies are no less drummers than men. Same thing goes for Tal Wilkenfeld, whom I think is one of the most talented female bassplayers in the world. She’s not in this vid unfortunately.
Marcus Miller & Herbie Hancock Headhunters - Tokyo 2005
Jaw-breaking band. I just really dig this slickness and seemingly effortless playing.
Spyro Gyra - North Sea Jazz 2003