domingo, 27 de novembro de 2011

Ray Brown Trio - Live At Starbucks - 1999

01. Up There (Brown) 4:02
02. When I Fall in Love (Heyman, Young) 7:09
03. Brown Bossa (Brown) 3:53
04. Our Delight (Dameron) 4:20
05. Lament (Johnson) 8:10
06. Mainstem (Ellington) 3:53
07. Love You Madly (Ellington) 2:33
08. Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol) 5:29
09. This House Is Empty Now/I Should Care (Bacharach, Cahn, MacManus) 7:19
10. Lester Leaps In (Young) 4:46
11. Starbucks Blues (Brown) 8:36

Recorded live at Starbucks, Seattle, Washington on September 22-23, 1999

Ray Brown bass
Geoff Keezer piano
Karriem Riggins drums

part 1 - part 2

Thanks to brownweb

quinta-feira, 10 de novembro de 2011

Kickstarter Campaign for "Mingus On Mingus": a project documentary

Kickstarter Campaign for "Mingus On Mingus": a project documentary

Orangethenblue starts a Campaign to raise funds for filming a Charles Mingus documentary directed by his grandson Kevin Ellington Mingus. For more information go to Kickstarter Campaign for "Mingus On Mingus" to contribute. They even are open for suggestions and any help is important to keep the project moving forward. The goal is to raise $45,000 in 40 days until 18 dec.
To find more info about the documentary go to

"A grandson’s journey through the lore and legends of jazz history to find his grandfather, Charles Mingus he never knew
... . ...
There are many perspectives of my grandfather that have not had a place in defining his legacy…
I am seeking them out to understand him beyond myth, fable or a singular vision of his work.
We have begun to create a platform where we can use the ideals of jazz in the art of making a film"
~ Kevin Ellington Mingus

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terça-feira, 8 de novembro de 2011

Charles Mingus - Right Now (1964)

Charles Mingus - Right Now: Live At The Jazz Workshop (1964)
Label: OJC
MP3 @192kbs : 67mb

Recorded live at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco, CA on June 2 & 3, 1964

Charles Mingus bass John Handy alto sax (#1) Clifford Jordan tenor sax Jane Getz piano Dannie Richmond drums

1. New Fables 23:18
2. Meditation (For A Pair Of Wire Cutters) 23:42

Soon after Charles Mingus finished touring Europe with his band (the unit that featured Eric Dolphy), he recorded this CD, performed live at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. With tenor-saxophonist Clifford Jordan and drummer Dannie Richmond still in the group but Jane Getz replacing pianist Jaki Byard and altoist John Handy filling in for Dolphy on one song, the band performs excellent versions of "Meditations on Integration" and "New Fables," both of which are over 23 minutes long. Although not up to the passionate level of the Mingus-Dolphy Quintet, this underrated unit holds its own.


Thanks to Cool-Jazzger

Charlie Mingus Sextet Live In Oslo 1964

Charlie Mingus Sextet Live In Oslo 1964
Avi : 64kbps : 448 x 336 : 441mb
59 min

Recorded at University Aula , Oslo, Norway

Charlie Mingus bass Eric Dolphy alto sax Clifford Jordan tenor sax Johnny Coles trumpet Jaki Byard piano Danny Richmond drums

part 1 - part 2

quarta-feira, 26 de outubro de 2011

Dominic Duval & Jimmy Halperin - Monk Dreams 2005

Dominic Duval - bass
Jimmy Halperin - tenor and soprano saxophones

1. Brilliant Corners (5'38)
2. Off Minor (3'50)
3. Epistrophy (7'08)
4. Monk's Dream (7'34)
5. Trinkle, Tinkle (4'28)
6. Evidence (5'18)
7. Bye-Ya (4'38)
8. Criss Cross (4'07)
9. Blue Monk (4'44)
10. Ruby, My Dear (6'09)
11. Brilliant Corners (Alternative) 5'38

Notes by Stuart Broomer, All About Jazz
All Compositions by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Dominic Duval and Jimmy Halperin
2009 NoBusiness Records NBCD 2
Edition of 1000 CD's
Recorded December 5, 2005

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There's something almost contradictory about Monk compositions: they're insistently individualistic, built on odd chord changes with often minimalist melodies. But as idiosyncratic as they are, they often succeed in bringing out what's best in the musicians playing them, as if those tunes are open to individuality as well as being the product of it. Through the years musicians of wildly divergent styles have approached Monk's music: the piquant Steve Lacy, exuberant Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, amiably bombastic Misha Mengelberg and magisterial Coleman Hawkins. These two trips into the Monk canon may not produce results as distinctive as any of those but they're solid efforts possessed of substantial personality...

…The duo of saxophonist Jimmy Halperin and bassist Dominic Duval let you know right away what side of Monk they're most interested in, opening and closing with "Brilliant Corners," perhaps the most 'angular' and abrasive of Monk's compositions. Halperin and Duval take it in stride—well, make that tense stride. Halperin really leans into this music, creating swirling patterns on "Off Minor," "Blue Monk" and "Monk's Dream" that gives them a very different feel from the usual accounts. Duval provides solid support, articulating the themes with characteristic ease. The duo enjoys consistent communication, creating a fine three-way dialogue with Monk's compositions. Halperin's exploratory edge is evident throughout. The duo released a similar CD of Monk tunes a couple of years ago, called Monkinus, on CIMP. Monk Dreams isn't a sequel. It was actually recorded earlier and includes many of the same tunes. It's a good date, however, interesting in itself as well as a complement to the later recording.

Thanks to s.e.l.i.m

sexta-feira, 14 de outubro de 2011

Eddie Gomez e Carlos Franzetti : Duets

Eddie Gomez & Carlos Franzetti : Duets

1. Ana Maria (W. Shorter)
2. If You Could See Me Now (Tad Dameron)
3. Pensativa (Fischer)
4. Love Letter (Eddie Gomez)
5. Flowers (Fernando Gelbard)
6. Sometime Ago (Mihanovich)
7. Arabesque (Carlos Franzetti)
8. Fantasia (Carlos Franzetti)
9. Moon And Sand.(Alec Wilder)


terça-feira, 11 de outubro de 2011

Charlie Haden & Christian Escoude - Gitane (1979)

Recorded at Studio Des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France on September 22, 1978.

Charlie Haden acoustic bass
Christian Escoude acoustic guitar

1. Django

2. Bolero

3. Manoir de mes reves

4. Gitane
5. Nuages
6. Dinette

7. Improvisation

All songs written by D. Reinhardt except "Django" (John Lewis) and "Gitane" (Charlie Haden).



segunda-feira, 3 de outubro de 2011

Behringer Metodo de bajo

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Ray Brown - Some Of My Best Friends Are...

Ray Brown - Some Of My Best Friends Are... The Trumpet Players [Discover Jazz Series]
Telarc  83495 | CD | NEW | USA
Released 2000 | Recorded

Ray Brown - bass
Geoff Keezer - piano
Karriem Riggins - drums

1. Our Delight - (with Roy Hargrove)
2. Bag's Groove - (with Jon Faddis)
3. I Thought About You - (with James Morrison)
4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You - (with Terence Blanchard)
5. Violets For Your Furs - (with Nicholas Payton)
6. Itty Bitty Blues - (with Clark Terry)
7. Stairway To The Stars - (with Roy Hargrove)
8. Original Jones - (with Jon Faddis)
9. When You Go - (with James Morrison)
10. The Kicker - (with Nicholas Payton)
11. Clark's Tune (Legacy) - (with Clark Terry)
12. Goodbye - (with Terence Blanchard)

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domingo, 2 de outubro de 2011

Miroslav Vitous - Magical Shepherd 1976

 It was originally issued on LP in 1976 on Warner Brothers. Wounded Bird. 2003.

Recorded at Wally Heider Recording Studios and Funky Features, San Francisco, California.

Personnel: Miroslav Vitous (guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer); Onike, Cheryl Grainger (vocals); Herbie Hancock (electric piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards, synthesizer, string synthesizer); Jack DeJohnette, James Gadson (drums); Airto Moreira (percussion).

1. Basic Laws
2. New York City
3. Synthesizers Dance
4. Magical Shepherd
5. From Far Away
6. Aim Your Eye


1 Obrigado especial a L. - elemento musical

quarta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2011

Jo Jones and Milt Hinton – Percussions and Bass 1960

Jo Jones perc. & Milt Hinton bass

1. Tam 2:02

2. Me And You 2:25

3. Coffee Dan 2:52

4. The Love Nest 4:34

5. H.O.T. (Helen Of Troy) 3:13
6. Shoes On The Ruffs 2:52

7. The Walls Fall 2:35

8. Blue Skies 2:33

9. Late In The Evening 2:21

10. Ocho Puertas 2:55
11. Tin Top Alley Blues 3:01

12. Little Honey 2:34



Jo Jones and Milt Hinton were two musicians who could raise the level of playing in any rhythm section they were a part of this historical curiosity, originally recorded for Everest, featues just the two of them exploring the rhythmic possibilities within a dozen numbers. Jones’ brushwork is matchless as usual, while Hinton’s considerable technique is also apparent. The highlight of this rather brief date is “The Walls Fall,” a fascinating reworking of the old spiritual “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.” While the playing time is brief at just 34 minutes, it’s great to hear two masters at work.

Thanks to Raz - Jazz Is My Life :-)

terça-feira, 6 de setembro de 2011

Buster Williams - Crystal Reflections 1976

Muse LP, 1976

1. prism
2. the enchanted flower
3. i love you
4. i dream too much
5. vibrations
6. my funny valentine

Buster Williams (synthesizer, bass); Suzanne Klewan (vocals); Roy Ayers (vibraphone, Arp string ensemble);
Kenny Barron (acoustic & electric pianos); Jimmy Rowles (acoustic piano); Billy Hart (drums); Nobu Urushiyama (percussion)

Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 30, 1976.

sábado, 13 de agosto de 2011

Ron Carter - Uptown Conversation 1969

Recorded at A & R Recording Studios, New York on Oct 6 & 7, 1969.

Ron Carter (bass); Hubert Laws (flute); Herbie Hancock (piano); Billy Cobham, Grady Tate (drums).

1. Uptown Conversation
2. Ten Strings
3. Half A Row
4. R.J.
5. Little Waltz
6. Einbahnstrasse
7. Doom
8. Einbahnstrasse (alt. tk.)
9. Doom (alt. tk.)


quarta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2011

Douglas Watkins

(March 2, 1934 – February 5, 1962)

Influential Jazz bassist, while he lived only to the age of 27, Doug Watkins appeared on well over 350 LP's and released only two albums as leader.
Watkins died in an automobile accident on February 5, 1962, while traveling from Arizona to San Francisco to meet drummer Philly Joe Jones for a gig. He fell asleep at the wheel and was hit head-on by an oncoming truck. The other occupants of the car, pianist Sir Roland Hanna and trumpeter Bill Hardman, survived the crash.

1956 : Watkins at Large
▪ 1960 : Soulnik

Doug Watkins - Watkins At Large (1956)


Doug Watkins - bass
Donald Byrd - trumpet
Duke Jordan - piano
Art Taylor - drums
Hank Mobley - tenor sax (1-4)
Kenny Burrell - guitar (1-4)

Track Listings
1. Return to Paradise (Dimitri Tiomkin)
2. Phinupi (Kenny Burrell)
3. Phil T. McNasty's Blues
4. More of the Same (Thad Jones)
5. Panonica (Duke Jordan)

Recorded: Dec. 8, 1956


Thanks to Freedom Records

segunda-feira, 8 de agosto de 2011

Eddie Costa & Vinnie Burke 1956


Eddie Costa - piano & vibraphone Vinnie Burke - bass Nick Stabulas - drums

1. Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin, Gershwin) 2:57
2. Unison Blues (Burke) 5:23
3. Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, Daniels, Tobias) 3:17
4. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (Porter) 4:21
5. Yesterdays (Kern, Harbach) 3:46
6. Pile Driver (Costa) 5:08
7. It Could Happen to You (Burke, VanHeusen) 6:38
8. Get Happy (Arlen, Koehler) 4:13
9. Jeepers Creepers (Warre, Mercer) 2:32

Recorded in New York City ; September 29, 1956


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Thanks to Melanchthon

A spare and sweet little set from the team of Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke – one of the best of the east coast chamber jazz groups of the mid 50s! The pair's trio has Eddie on piano and vibes, Vinnie on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – all working together to craft light, rhythmic versions of tunes that really change them up rhythmically – working in the most playful mode of the time to freely create over the top of familiar numbers that include "Fascinating Rhythm", "It Could Happen To You", "Sweet & Lovely", "Yesterdays", and "Let's Do It". The set also features two nice originals – "Unison Blues" and "Pile Driver".
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domingo, 7 de agosto de 2011

The Vinnie Burke All Stars 1956

cover photo by Alan Fountaine, LP10
ABC-Paramount ABC 139

Vinnie Burke (bs) Urbie Green (tb) Al Cohn (ts) Jimmy Raney (g) Joe Puma (g) Eddie Costa (p) Joe Morello (ds)

Side One
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Lulu's Back In Town
You Don't Know What Love Is

Side Two
Unison Blues
Blue Jeans
Strike Up The Band


Thanks to lafaro

domingo, 31 de julho de 2011

Vinnie Burke / East Coast Jazz 2 - 1954

Vinnie Burke Quartet East Coast Jazz Series 2 - Bethlehem BCP-1010 DG 10"

Vinnie Burke (bs) Ronny Odrich (cl) Don Burns (acc) Joe Cinderella (g)

Side One
For All We Know
Time Out

Side Two
Softly As In The Morning Sunrise
Honeysuckle Rose
On The Alamo


Thanks to lafaro

segunda-feira, 25 de julho de 2011

Dannie Richmond Quartet - Ode To Mingus, 1979

Dannie Richmond Quartet - Ode To Mingus, 1979 (Free Jazz)

1. Ode to Mingus 18:19
2. Olduvai Gorge 2:46
3. Love Bird 9:11
4. If You Could See Me Now 3:11
5. Drum Some, Some Drum 7:47

Bill Saxton - Sax (Tenor) Danny Mixon - Piano Mike Richmond - Bass Dannie Richmond - Drums, Vocals

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"Recorded 11 months after Charles Mingus' death, this set from the bassist's longtime drummer Dannie Richmond is his first of two tributes to Mingus; it would be followed by a Timeless set nine months later. Richmond teams up with three members of Mingus Dynasty (with whom he was touring Europe): tenor saxophonist Bill Saxton, pianist Danny Mixon and bassist Mike Richmond. Despite their fine playing on the record, Saxton and Mixon have both remained fairly obscure. Surprisingly, the quartet does not actually play any Mingus tunes, instead performing 'If You Could See Me Now' (which Richmond sings) and four of the drummer's originals, including 'Love Bird' and the 18-minute 'Ode to Mingus.' Throughout the date, Richmond's drumming (which is showcased on the brief solo piece 'Olduval Gorge') is heard in prime form."

Thanks to barin99

Ray Brown Trio Live At The Concord Jazz Festival 1979

Recorded live at The Concord Jazz Festival on August, 1979

Ray Brown bass Monty Alexander piano Ernestine Anderson vocals Jeff Hamilton drums

01. Introductory Announcement 0:18
02. Blue Bossa (Dorham) 4:55
03. Bossa Nova do Marilla (Evans) 4:17
04. Manha de Carnaval (Bonfa, Maria) 6:47
05. St. Louis Blues (Handy) 4:45
06. Introductory Announcement 0:07
07. Fly Me to the Moon (Howard) 4:01
08. Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael, Gorrell) 6:13
09. Here's That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen) 5:22
10. Please Send Me Someone to Love (Mayfield) 5:52
11. Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller) 5:51
12. Concluding Announcement 0:19

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Thanks to brownweb

sábado, 23 de julho de 2011

Arild Andersen - Hyperborean 1997

01. Patch Of Light I
02. Hyperborean
03. Patch Of Light II
04. Duke Vinaccia
05. Infinite Distance
06. Vanishing Waltz
07. The Island
08. Invisible Sideman
09. Rambler
10. Dragon Dance
11. Stillness
12. Too Late For A Picture

Recorded at Rainbow Studios, Oslo, Norway in December, 1996.

Arild Andersen (acoustic bass) Tore Brunborg (soprano & tenor saxophones) Bendik Hofseth (tenor saxophone) Odd Hannisdal, Henrik Hannisdal (violin) Marek Konstantynowicz (viola) Morten Hannisdal (cello) Kenneth Knudsen (keyboards) Paolo Vinaccia (drums, percussion).


Arild Andersen's Hyperborean is based on an Ancient Greek legend: according to the myth, the Hyperboreans lived beyond the north winds, where the sun god Apollo presided. Andersen has created an impressive song cycle that draws from contemporary instrumental, European jazz, jazz-rock and the distinctive ECM production sound. Andersen's playing is typically tasteful and the compositions are unpredictable and evocative, making Hyperborean another worthy addition to his catalog.
(Stephen Thomas Erlewine ~ All Music Guide)

quinta-feira, 14 de julho de 2011

Paul Chambers & Tommy Flanagan · Motor City Scene 1959-60

Collected recordings of two excellent hard bop units consisting of musicians solely from Detroit, the first led by Thad Jones and Billy Mitchell and the second by Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams that not only stand out as two of the rarest of the Bethlehem jazz recordings, but which are also two of the best records made by the teams of these venerable Detroiters. Lone Hill Jazz chose to market this CD under the names of Flanagan and Chambers which were present on both sessions. Both combos groove very nicely here and who dares not to in the presence of hard bop royalty such as Kenny Burrell, Thad Jones, Al Grey, Pepper Adams, Donald Byrd, Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, "Hey" Lewis (a Louis Hayes alias) and Elvin Jones. The bands are very tight and the tracks are long enough that everybody gets in some good licks on the solos. 9 numbers in all. Originally released as Motor City Scene (#1-4) and Stardust (#5-9) on the Bethlehem label this CD puts the 2 sessions together for the first time. Way harder than most of the west coast sessions on Bethlehem, and two essential hard bop classics that's nigh on impossible to find on wax.

Motor City Scene Complete Recordings

1-4 (Motor City Scene)
Thad Jones (cnt, flhrn), Al Gery (tb), Billy Mitchell (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Paul Chambers (b), Elvin Jones (d)
New York October 24 & 32, 1959

5-9 (Stardust)
Donald Byrd (tp), Pepper Adams (bar), Tommy Flanagan (p), Kenny Burrell (g), Paul Chambers (b), Louis Hayes (d)
New York, 1960

1. Let's Play One
2. Minor on Top
3. Like Old Times
4. No Refill

5. Stardust
6. Trio
7. Philson
8. Libeccio
9. Bitty Ditty
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Thanks to expanium

terça-feira, 14 de junho de 2011

Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron - Night & The City (1998)

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Charlie Haden - double bass & Kenny Barron - piano

1. Twilight Song . 12:47

2. For Heaven’s Shake . 10:46
3. Spring Is Here . 10:20

4. Body And Soul . 10:25

5. You Don’t Know How I Love Is . 6:59
6. Waltz for Ruth . 8:27
7. The Very Thought Of You . 11:01

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The third in a series of Charlie Haden duet projects for Verve in the 1990s finds the increasingly nostalgia-minded bass player working New York City’s Iridium jazz club with pianist Kenny Barron. Moreover, it is entirely possible that we are getting a skewed view of the gig; according to Haden, he and his co-producer wife Ruth tilted this album heavily in the direction of romantic ballads, eliminating the bebop and avant-garde numbers that the two may have also played at the club. Be that as it may, this is still a thoughtful, intensely musical, sometimes haunting set of performances, with Barron displaying a high level of lyrical sensitivity and Haden applying his massive tone sparingly. Most of the seven tracks are fantasias on well-known standards, although one of the most eloquent performances on the disc is Barron’s playing on his own “Twilight Song.” If Haden deliberately set out to create a single reflective mood, he certainly succeeded, although those coming to Haden for the first time through this and most of his other ‘90s CDs would never suspect that this man once played such a fire-breathing role in the jazz avant-garde. ~ Richard S. Ginell

sábado, 11 de junho de 2011

Richard Davis | Now's The Time 1972

Richard Davis - bassClifford Jordan - tenor saxophoneMarvin "Hannibal" Peterson - trumpetJoe Bonner - pianoFreddie Waits - drums

01. Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke) - 22:56

02. Now's The Time (Charlie Parker) - 22:31

03. Highest Mountain (Clifford Jordan) - 17:31

Recorded live at Jazz City, NYC, September 7, 1972

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quarta-feira, 8 de junho de 2011

The Friends of Milt Hinton

The Photography of Milt Hinton
Photo copyright Robert Appleton

Milt Hinton, Hartford, Connecticut, 1990

The black-and-white photographs taken by Milt Hinton between 1935 and 1999 comprise the major part of the Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection, which is housed in New York City. The collection, co-directed by David G. Berger and Holly Maxson, contains approximately sixty thousand 35 mm negatives, thousands of reference and exhibition-quality prints, and photographs given to collected by Milt throughout his life.
Photographs from the collection have appeared in books, periodicals, newpapers, jazz calendars, postcards, CD art, films, in videos, and on the Internet.
The collection has curated exhibition at venues ranging from neighborhood community centers to museums, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Until Milt's death in 2000, the management of the collection -- selecting negatives for reference and exhibition prints, monitoring print quality, and choosing exhibition sites -- involved a close collaborative effort between Milt, David, and Holly. In their continuing administration of the collection, David and Holly are always mindful of Milt's point of view as a documentarian, his aesthetic, and his "voice."
Milt was never a professional photographer, and he readily acknowledged that many of his pictures are of dubious quality. He rarely used a flash in low-light situations, and to be less obtrusive, he often preset the camera's focus so he could literally shoot from the hip. Many rolls of film remained undeveloped for twenty years, and because Milt was seldom in the darkroom, at times he inadvertently used stale chemicals to process his film. Negatives remained paper-clipped to contact sheets for years, which resulted in rust problems, and several basement floods caused many to adhere to one another and to their paper sleeves.
A current and major goal of the collection is to complete a database of Milt's photographs. This on-going project, begun in the late 1990s, in recent years has benefited from advances in digital photography. Scanning has become faster and more accurate, and digital storage is less expensive. Computer software allows a trained user to restore a damaged negative or print and to retrieve elusive details from poor-quality images while maintaining the integrity of the photographs. The success of digital processing is clearly visible in the 2002 Berger and Maxson documentary film, Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton, and in some of the photographs that appear in their book Playing the Changes: Milt Hinton's Life in Stories and Photographs as well.

- From Playing the Changes: Milt Hinton's Life in Stories and Photographs, by Milt Hinton, David G. Berger, and Holly Maxson

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Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus backstage at the Newport Jazz Festival 1971
Quincy Jones, recording studio, NYC c. 1957.jpg
Quincy Jones, recording studio, NYC c. 1957
Jimmy Rushing por Milt Hinton.jpg
Jimmy Rushing
Billie Holiday 
Recording studio, New York City, circa 1958
Jimmy Rushing, Scoville Browne, Maxine Sullivan, Joe Thomas, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford, Marian McPartland, Emmett Berry, Sahib Shihab, Thelonious Monk and Rex Stewart

(Harlem; August, 1958)

George Russell by Milt Hinton.jpg
George Russell
Dizzy Gillespie and friends, jazz festival, Nice, France, c.1981 photo by Milt Hinton, (The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection).jpg
Dizzy Gillespie and friends, jazz festival, Nice, France, c.1981
Billie Holiday in her last recording session, in New York, 1959
Ron Carter 
(New York City, 1973)
Lester Young in a New York City TV studio circa 1957
Coleman Hawkins bides his time in a New York City TV studio in 1957
Dizzy Gillespie dozes (circa 1940)
Ben Webster relaxes at Beefsteak Charlie's
Tyree Glenn & Chu Berry, Fort Bragg, N.C., circa 1940
Ben Webster, Earle Warren, Lester Young and Gerry Mulligan, New York City TV studio, 1957
Cozy Cole and friends, outside the Apollo Theatre in 1939
Cab Calloway in a New York studio circa 1970
Jonah Jones and Cab's chauffeur Holmes in Little Rock, 1941
Cab Calloway, Chu Berry and Tyree Glenn have fun with some local kids in Durham, N.C. circa 1940
The Mills Brothers
Johnny Hodges enjoys a cold one at Beefsteak Charlie's in 1960
Gene Krupa plays in New York City in 1955
Cab Calloway visits some Florida children in 1938
Lester Young and Roy Eldridge in Harlem circa 1958
Mona Hinton, Ike Quebec, Doc Cheatham, Mario Bauza and Shad Collins, on tour in Alabama in 1949
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Guest post : Milt Hinton by Geoff Dyer
There are lots of really good books of jazz photos. (Books by Wiliam Claxton, Jimmy Katz, Bob Parent, Herman Leonard, Francis Wolff, etc., are just a few that spring immediately to my mind.) But far and away my favourite of the few I own is Milt Hinton’s “Bass Line “. Bassist Milt Hinton played and recorded with just about everyone, till his death in 2000. He also had a camera with him most of the time and his pictures capture something none of the others could because he was an insider. He shot his friends under casual circumstances, in private or personal moments. He was an amateur (in the best sense of the word) but also a skilled photographer, so he produced a rich treasury, glimpses into the world of jazz of the classic era.
Geoff Dyer wrote an amazing and unusual book of jazz stories in a style he calls “imaginative criticism”. Based on true life stories and photographs of a handful of jazz luminaries, he’s composed tales – part fantasy, part biography – that are meant to convey impressionistic rather than literal truth. Rather than being about jazz, they are jazz, in a way.
Hinton’s photo below, and Dyer’s commentary, which I first came across almost twenty years ago, have had a influence on how I think about photography, jazz, memory, and life.

A Note on Photographs by Geoff Dyer

Photograph of Red Allen, Ben Webster, and Pee Wee Russell (1957)  from Bass Line by Milt Hinton.jpg

PHOTOGRAPHS SOMETIMES WORK on you strangely and simply: at first glance you see things you subsequently discover are not there. Or rather, when you look again you notice things you initially didn’t realise were there. In Milt Hinton’s photograph of Ben Webster, Red Allen and Pee Wee Russell, for example, I thought that Allen’s foot was resting on the chair in front of him, that Russell was actually drawing on his cigarette, that …
The fact that it is not as you remember it is one of the strengths of Hinton’s photograph (or any other for that matter), for although it depicts only a split-second the felt duration of the picture extends several seconds either side of that frozen moment to include – or so it seems – what has just happened or is about to happen: Ben tilting back his hat and blowing his nose, Red reaching over to take a cigarette from Pee Wee …
Oil paintings leave even the Battles of Britain or Trafalgar strangely silent. Photography, on the other hand, can be as sensitive to sound as it is to light. Good photographs are there to be listened to as well as looked at; the better the photograph the more there is to hear. The best jazz photographs are those saturated in the sound of their subject. In Carol Reiff’s photo of Chet Baker on-stage at Birdland we hear not just the sound of the musicians as they are crowded into the small stage of the frame but the background chat and clinking glasses of the nightclub. Similarly, in Hinton’s photo we hear the sound of Ben turning the pages of the paper, the rustle of cloth as Pee Wee crosses his legs. Had we the means to decipher them, could we not go further still and use photographs like this to hear what was actually being said? Or even, since the best photos seem to extend beyond the moment they depict, what has just been said, what is about to be said . . .

Photograph of Red Allen, Ben Webster, and Pee Wee Russell (1957) from Bass Line by Milt Hinton.
Text by Geoff Dyer, from But Beautiful , 1991.


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