Last week I managed to wriggle free twice from my writing to hear live music. On Tuesday, I was at Birdland with Creed Taylor and his wife to see the Ron Carter Nonet. Ron's Nonet is highly unusual. It features piano, bass and drums along with a cello quartet, a bassist, a percussionist and Ron out front on his piccolo bass. A unique ensemble that produced fascinating music and drew roars from the audience. Most of the music was a tribute to the late cellist, composer and conductor Kermit Moore. Ron's playing was beautiful, as always. Also of note was the amazing Donald Vega, whose piano playing knocked everyone out.
Creed [above] has known Ron since 1960, when Ron recorded on Gil Evans' Out of the Cool, which Creed produced after founding the Impulse label. Ron also appeared on dozens of other albums that Creed produced at Verve and CTI.
On Thursday, I was at B.B. King's for Jerry Lee Lewis. At age 79, the Killer still has it. He moves slower to the stage and puts in just 31 minutes on the piano. But once seated, he goes to town on the keyboard, reminding everyone that revving up an audience with old time rock 'n' roll is an art. The famed Jerry Lee Lewis edge is still there as the blunt humor, his love for the music and his dramatic stagecraft.
Here's Zoot Swings the Blues...
And here's Rudy Van Gelder...
"Tony Scott performed here in 2001 with the Luca Donini Big Band. He also came to my house and we spent two hours talking about his period with Duke Ellington in 1953 and sharing many other stories A documentary was made some years ago, and the film is a rich tribute to his art and adventurous life with lots of footage and many musicians paying tribute. The list includes Buddy DeFranco, Gunther Schuller, Enrico Rava, Glenn Ferris, Joe Lovano, Franco D'Andrea as well as Tony's ex-wives and two daughters, and Italian jazz critic Stefano Zenni.There is no official release on DVD, which is a pity. However I think it can be seen on streaming on the Italian RAI5 website."
Right you are, Giovanni! Here it is...
Dig Al Hibler? Then you'll love this site, which includes the vocalsit's discography.
The Civilized Cinema. Last week, I found a fabulous print of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg online with great sound. Enjoy it before the clip is yanked. If you don't understand French, don't worry about it. You'll figure out the plot quickly enough. Or look up the movie at Wiki here.
Oddball album cover of the week.
Let me guess: The art for this cover wound up getting soaked by a spilled Dixie cup of water, forcing the art director to go with the film negative? Or instead of using a camera, the photographer used an X-ray machine? Or it was actually supposed to look like this because the art director returned from a martini-fueled lunch, started finger painting and was convinced that his creation beat hiring an artist.