Saturday, November 21, 2015

My jazz record of the week project

At Digelius: a record launching concert by Hans Olding-Jaska Lukkarinen Quartet. Hans Olding (gtr), Karl-Martin Almqvist (tenor sax), Mattias Wellin (bs), Jaska Lukkarinen (dr). Please do click to enlarge!

Digelius Music. Laivurinrinne 2, 00120 Helsinki, +358 9 666375, - A world class jazz record store since 1971. CEO: Ilkka "Emu" Lehtinen. Wikipedia article on Digelius in English. The store is at the Viiskulma (the Five Corners) where five streets meet, easily accessible by foot, tram, or bus. There is even a taxi station right by the store.

Last year instead of buying a Friday wine bottle from Alko I decided to switch into purchasing a Friday jazz record from Digelius.

I am a jazz ignoramus with no knowledge of jazz, and happy to take advantage of the situation. I now get to hear the all-time great jazz records for the first time selected by Emu himself.

There is no system in the selection. There are classics (Miles Davis: Kind of Blue), spiritual discoveries (John Coltrane: Crescent), inspired tributes (Amarcord Nino Rota produced by Hal Willner), and Nordic gems (Jan Johansson: Jazz på svenska, Juhani Aaltonen & Henrik Otto Donner: Strings). A record that I would never have found otherwise is Duke Ellington 1940 the double lp. They say Ellington's instrument was his orchestra, in which each player was an individual. In 1940 his orchestra was perfect.

The realm of jazz is vaster than I knew, and there is no end in sight in this project.

22.8. Charlie Parker: Great Quartets & Quintets
29.8. Charlie Parker: A Studio Chronicle (5 cd)
5.9. Eddie Condon: Jam Session Coast-to-Coast (Eddie Condon and His All Stars / Rampart Street Paraders)
12.9. Bill Evans Trio: The Village Vanguard Sessions
19.9. Charlie Haden: The Ballad of the Fallen
26.9. Louis Armstrong: Hot Fives and Sevens (4 cd)
3.10. Billie Holiday: Lady Day The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 19331944 (10 cd)
24.10. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
31.10. The Gil Evans Orchestra: Out of the Cool
7.11. The Modern Jazz Quartet: Django
21.11. Charles Mingus: Mingus Plays Piano
28.11. Miles Davis:
Steamin' (4 separate cd's)
12.12. Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
19.12. Duke Ellington: Original Album Classics:
Such Sweet Thunder
Far East Suite
"And His Mother Called Him Bill" (3 cd)

2.1. The Best of Chet Baker Sings
9.1. Yusef Lateef: The Blue Yusef Lateef
16.1. John Coltrane: Blue Train
23.1. Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown
30.1. Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner: Strings
6.2. The Young Tuxedo Brass Band [Jazz Begins, funeral and parade music]
20.2. The Ben Webster Quintet: Soulville
27.2. Jazz in Polish Cinema (4 cd)
6.3. John Coltrane: Africa / Brass
27.3. Duke Ellington 1940 (2 lp)
+ The Very Best of Duke Ellington (cd)
3.4. Clifford Brown & Max Roach
10.4. Duke Ellington: The Complete Orchestral Suites
Creole Rhapsody
Black, Brown and Beige
Nutcracker Suite, etc. (5 cd)
17.4. M. A. Numminen: Swingin kutsu
24.4. Lester Young: Jammin' the Blues
30.4. John Coltrane: Crescent
15.5. Keith Jarrett:
Fort Yawuh
Death and the Flower (2 cd)
22.5. B. B. King: From the Beginning (2 lp)
29.5. Dexter Gordon: Gettin' Around
5.6. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Moanin'
19.6. Charles Mingus:
Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
26.6. Ornette Coleman:
The Shape of Jazz to Come
Change of the Century
This Is Our Music
Free Jazz
Ornette! (a box of 5 cd's)
14.8. Jan Johansson: Jazz på svenska
21.8. Various artists: Amarcord Nino Rota (lp, prod. Hal Willner)
29.8. Steve Lacy with Don Cherry: Evidence
4.9. Barry Harris Plays Tadd Dameron
11.9. Art Tatum Ben Webster The Album (1956)
18.9. Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant
25.9. Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch
16.10. Anita O'Day:
Trav'lin' Light
Waiter, Make Mine Blues
23.10. Wynton Kelly Trio & Wes Montgomery: Complete Live at the Half Note (2 cd)
30.10. Herbie Hancock: Takin' Off
6.11. Charlie Haden:
Old and New Dreams
A Tribute to Blackwell
First Song (5 cd)
13.11. Art Pepper: The Art of the Ballad
20.11. Sonny Rollins: The Bridge
27.11. The Oscar Peterson Trio: We Get Requests
5.12. Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow: Trios
19.12. Stanley Turrentine with The Three Sounds: Blue Hour. The Complete Sessions. Master Takes
23.12. Steve Lacy: Solos Duos Trios (6 cd).
Only Monk
More Monk
Sempre amore
The Flame
The Window

2.1.  New Thing! (2 cd) (Maulawi, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Paris Smith, Travis Biggs, Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, Archie Shepp, Hannibal & Sunrise Orchestra, Amina Claudine Myers, Alice Coltrane, Lloyd McNeill, East New York Ensemble, Robert Rockwell III, Eddie Gale, Stanley Cowell, Steve Davis)
8.1. Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell:
All Night Long
All Day Long (2 cd)
15.1.  Sun Ra and His Arkestra:
Jazz in Silhouette
Sound Sun Pleasure!!
22.1.  Miles Davis: Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
29.1.  Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section
5.2.  The Roland Kirk Quartet:
Rip, Rig, and Panic
Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith
11.2.  Lee Morgan: Candy (1957)
18.2.  Ben Webster, Harry Edison: Complete Sextet Studio Sessions (4 albums:
Sweets [1956]
Some of My Favorites [1957]
Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You [1957]
Songs for Hip Lovers [1957] (2 cd)
26.2.  Duke Ellington: New Orleans Suite (1970)
4.3.  The Gary Burton Quartet:
Duster (1967)
Country Roads & Other Places (1969) (two albums on one cd)
18.3.  Stan Getz: Sweet Rain (1967)
2.4.  Chick Corea: Return to Forever (1972)
9.4.  Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder (1963)
15.4.  Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues (1959) special cd with nine bonus tracks
22.4.  Erik Lindström Sextet: No Money No Music (1975)
29.4.  Ray Charles: Genius+Soul=Jazz. Complete 19561960 Sessions with Quincy Jones (3 albums:
–  Genius+Soul=Jazz [1960]
The Genius of Ray Charles [1959]
The Genius Hits the Road [1960]
and the Quincy Jones sessions from The Great Ray Charles [1956] and The Genius After Hours [1956]) (2 cd)
6.5.  Side by Side: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges plus others (1959)
13.5.  Jacques Loussier, Christian Garros, Pierre Michelot: The Original Play Bach Vols. 1 & 2 (1959, 1960) (two albums on one cd)
20.5.  Django Bates: Belovèd Bird (2010)
27.5.  Mal Waldron: Moods (1978)
3.6.  Charles Mingus: Blues & Roots (1959)
10.6.  Sonny Rollins: A Night at the Village Vanguard (1957) (2016 2 cd reissue with bonus tracks)
21.6.  Cecil Taylor: Silent Tongues (1974)
6.8.  Carola & Heikki Sarmanto Trio (recorded 1966, published 2004)
13.8.  Christian Schwindt Quintet: For Friends and Relatives (1966) (2011 cd issue with three bonus tracks)
20.8.  The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out (1959)
27.8.  John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (1961) lp
3.9.  Red Garland Trio: Groovy (1957) RVG: remastered by Rudy Van Gelder (19242016) in 2008
10.9.  Miles Davis: Miles Smiles (1967) lp
17.9.  Tommy Flanagan Trio: Overseas (1957) lp
24.9.  Cannonball Adderley: Somethin' Else (1958) cd RVG: remastered by Rudy Van Gelder in 1998
14.10. Tomasz Stańko: Balladyna (1978)
22.10.  The Essence of Louis Armstrong (Phontastic, Sweden, 1987) lp: A 1: Reminiscin' with Louis 1947, 2: Cake Walking Babies (1925), 3: St. Louis Blues (1925, Bessie Smith), 4: Sugarfoot Stomp, 5: Heebie Jeebies, 6: Big Butter and Egg Man (1926), 7: Hotter Than That (1927), 8: West End Blues (1928), 9: Muggles (1928), B 1: Just a Gigolo (1931) *, 2: Evn'tide (1936), 3: Darling Nellie Gray (1937), 4: Struttin' with Some Barbecue (1938), 5: I Double Dare You (1938), 6: Jeepers Creepers (1939), 7: Some Day (You'll Be Sorry) (1947), 8: Mack the Knife (1955).
28.10. [Dylanology]
19.11.  Django Reinhardt: Vol. 6: 1940: Nuages
26.11.  Sinikka Oksanen Antero Stenberg: Radio Sessions 19591966 (Artie Music 2005)
3.12.  Charles Lloyd: Forest Flower, live at Monterey
9.12. [Dylanology]
23.12.  Albert Ayler: Goin' Home

13.1.  Dollar Brand Quartet: Africa – Tears and Laughter (1979) (lp)
20.1.  Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (1961) (lp)
27.1.  Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (1970) (2 cd)

4.2.  Duke Ellington: Piano Reflections (1953)
11.2.  Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: In a Mellotone (tracks from 19401942, compilation by Nat Hentoff in 1956)
17.2.  John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963)
25.3.  Eero Koivistoinen: For Children (1970) (2007 lp reissue)
1.4.  The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin: The Inner Mounting Flame (1971)
15.4.  Billie Holiday: 5 Original Albums (5 cd, 2016)
Lady Sings the Blues (1956)
Body and Soul (1957)
Songs for Distingué Lovers (1957)
Stay with Me (1958)
All or Nothing at All (1958)
21.4. Miroslav Vitouš: The Bass (1972)
13.5.  Joe Henderson: Page One (1963) The Rudy Van Gelder Edition 1999
15.7.  Kenny Dorham: Jazz Contrasts (1957)
18.7.  Freddie Redd: Six Classic Albums (4 cd, 2013)

– Introducing Freddie Redd (1955)
The Music from The Connection (1960)
Shades of Redd (1960)
Gene Ammons: All Star Sessions (1956)
Howard McGhee: The Music from The Connection (1960)
Rolf Ericson and His American Stars (1956)
24.7.  John Coltrane: Ballads (1962)

John Coltrane: Impressions (1963)
John Coltrane: Live at Birdland (1963)
John Coltrane: Ascension (1965)
John Coltrane: Meditations (1966)
4.8.  Lee Konitz: Very Cool (1957) lp
12.8.  John Coltrane: Coltrane "Live" at the Village Vanguard (1962)
19.8.  Fats Waller: The Joint Is Jumpin' (compilation made in 1987)
26.8.  Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (1951) (2001 reissue, Rudy Van Gelder)
26.8.  Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2 (1952) (2001 reissue, Rudy Van Gelder)
2.9.  The Booker Ervin Sextet: Heavy!!! (1967) (1998 cd reissue with a bonus track)
12.9.  Jazz on Film: Biopics (6 cd, covering 10 soundtrack albums)
The Gene Krupa Story (1959) with Gene Krupa
The James Dean Story (1957) Johnny Mandel & Bill Holman version with Chet Baker, Bud Shank
The Five Pennies (1959) with Red Nichols
St. Louis Blues (1958) with Nat "King" Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) with Carmen Cavallaro
The Glenn Miller Story (1954) with Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard, "Trummie" Young
Young Man with a Horn (1950) with Harry James, Hoagy Carmichael, Doris Day
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) with Dick Cathcart, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald
The James Dean Story (1957) original Leith Stevens score transfer
The Benny Goodman Story Vol. 12 (1956) with Benny Goodman, Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Stan Getz
Sunday 22.10. shock news: Emu Lehtinen is dead, at two days' notice of diagnosis.
27.10.  Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (1957) selected by Emu
11.11.  Horace Parlan: Up & Down (1961) selected by Emu
18.11.  John Coltrane: Live at the Village Vanguard Again! (1966) selected by Emu
29.11.  John Abercrombie: Timeless (1975)
2.12.  Charlie Rouse: Unsung Hero (1961)

1 comment:

Ville Juutinen said...

This is a very nice selection of jazz records. It's always a matter of taste, but may I suggest that at least one of Stan Getz bossa nova albums from the 60s should be added to your jazz collection.

Ville Juutinen