Jazz in the time of Trad II

What else might a young tradster espy in the jazz section of the record shop? F’rinstance the Modern Jazz Quartet: experience of them as visitors was that they were an unpleasant bunch. But their music could be beautiful: here’s Early As In A Morning Sunrise, a tune that’s an example of Light Music, being from an operetta. (And who can forget Chuck Berry’s allusion to operetta?)

The MJQ too got into Latin Music: here they are with the guitarist Laurindo Almeida: “Concierto de Aranjuez”. Lovely, eh?

Our young tradster will have heard the huge hit “Take Five” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet; the tune was written by their alto sax player Paul Desmond. It’s too well known to post, so here’s the less familiar vocal version; lyrics by Mr and Mrs Brubeck, singer Carmen McRae.

Now then, what a find from Oz! The DBQ introduce themselves to the music of W. C. Handy’s St Louis Blues and then give us Brubeck’s Unsquare Dance embellished by a couple of hoofers (who hoofed very well, in my opinion).

Another fine Brubeck composition was Raggy Waltz; here he plays it with a British pick-up band. The comments thread on youtube tells me that the line up was Bert Courtly (tp) Johnny Scott (as) Dave Brubeck (p) Kenny Napper (b) Allan Ganley (d) (London, England, July 3, 1961).

Lastly from Mr B here’s the DBQ on their Bossa Nova USA.

Here’s some authentic Bossa Nova from João Gilberto and Stan Getz – So Danço Samba. Time for you to samba around the room?

Our tradster might also enjoy Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd playing Samba Triste.

4 comments for “Jazz in the time of Trad II

  1. March 11, 2018 at 19:49

    Raggy Waltz was fine for 29 seconds, then lost all form.

  2. March 12, 2018 at 07:06

    Nice to hear music from folks I have not heard of before

  3. March 13, 2018 at 16:49

    They may have been an unpleasant bunch but it’s the Modern Jazz Quartet for me – I could listen to those chaps all evening. Enjoyed Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.