Lately I’ve been listening to Jack McDuff’s Moon Rappin’ album while driving around. It’s fun and funky, thanks in no small part to the spirited drumming of Joe Dukes. This tune finds Joe taking a long, energetic solo while keeping the groove locked tight.
Here’s a Tadd Dameron tune written over the changes to “Out of Nowhere”, one of only a few of these contrafacts I know (the others being Fats Navarro’s “Nostalgia”, Ornette Coleman’s “Jayne”, and Lennie Tristano’s “317 East 32nd Street”). Can you think of others based on this chord progression?
From Jan Garbarek’s Wayfarer album.
Lately I’ve been enjoying the music of Oscar Pettiford in my free time. He was a master of the early bebop style, and an accomplished composer as well as bassist, cellist and bandleader.
Here’s a basic version of a very pretty tune by Baden Powell. Of course sheet music can’t convey the tenderness and skill with which he plays it on guitar, but it’s been stuck in my head this week so I thought I’d share it with you.
This version of Caravan can be found on Taylor Eigsti’s album Let It Come To You. I love his energetic interplay with drummer Eric Harland, and the use of digital delay and harmonizer effects by Taylor and guitarist Julian Lage give the song a flavor not usually heard on jazz records.
Here’s a tune by bassist Hein van de Geyn from Philip Catherine’s album I Remember You.