Tag: Pete Recommends

1 January 2020

Pete Recommends: Dave Frishberg – Lookin’ Good

Dave Frishberg Lookin’ Good Although I often doubt whether anyone reads this column, I know that my friend Adrian does. He sometimes even buys my recommendation. Recently in a New York store he found an original vinyl issue of my Maxine Sullivan recommendation. So I have chosen this month to dedicate my choice to him. […]

1 December 2019

Pete Recommends…Tommy Flanagan – Montreux ’77

About five years ago some lucky purchases led me to spend more time listening to Tommy Flanagan. I had always admired his work as an accompanist. Now I began to see him as a solo artist. I went back to this trio recording which was part of my vinyl collection. Wow! How had I missed […]

1 November 2019

Pete Recommends…Howard McGhee – Dusty Blue

Howard McGhee Dusty Blue [Archive Music Revisited CD AMR 870]   The Bebop years of the 1940s produced one phenomenal trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie. Two others, very close in quality, also appeared: Howard McGhee and Fats Navarro. As a young trad trumpet player, just starting out, they all amazed me. Every solo from Fats seemed to […]

1 October 2019

Pete Recommends…Dave McKenna – Dave “Fingers” McKenna

Dave McKenna Dave “Fingers” McKenna [Chiaroscuro CD 175]   Solo jazz piano is a difficult art. Presenting the melody, sustaining the rhythm, improvising ; it is difficult to sustain these essential elements in a performance. Dave, in his later years, became a master of the art. Several CDs for Chiaroscuro and Concord provide us with […]

1 September 2019

Pete Recommends…Art Pepper – The Omega Sessions

Art Pepper The Omega Sessions [Fresh Sounds CD 378] An Apology. My recommendations are usually sessions which I have enjoyed for many years. This is a new, and very special addition to my collection. In July, at a U3A meeting, one of my friends played a selection from Art’s recordings. Some were familiar but all […]

1 August 2019

Pete Recommends…Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet – Complete Studio Recordings

Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet Complete Studio Recordings [Lonehill Jazz LHJ10199]   Bob Brookmeyer was involved in several important partnerships in the 1950s/60s. He worked frequently with Gerry Mulligan in the Quartet, the Sextet and the Concert Band. He worked and recorded with saxophonists Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and with multi-instrumentalist and arranger Jimmy […]

1 July 2019

Pete Recommends…Fats Navarro – The Fats Navarro Story

Fats Navarro The Fats Navarro Story (Properbox 11)   Over recent months my recommendations seem to arrive by auto-suggestion, as in psychoanalysis. My articles about Peter Ind inspired me to reread part of his book, Jazz Visions. There he describes the excitement of his first visits to New York. One of the musicians who impressed […]

1 June 2019

Pete Recommends…Barry Harris Trio – Chasin’ The Bird

Barry Harris Trio Chasin’ The Bird [LP: Riverside RLP 435 CD: OJC OJCCD-872-2]   Not another pianist! Yes, and this one has been coming for some time. During the 1960s and 70s Barry became a mentor for quite a number of jazz musicians, offering them advice on harmony and improvisation. I was reminded of this […]

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