Jazz vocalists Dave Frishberg and Greta Matassa are this year's stars of Vocal Madness 5, Sunday, November 11, at the Benson hotel's Mayfair room.
Pianist-composer Frishberg will sing some of his classic tunes and new originals including hits "My Attorney Bernie" and "I Want to Be a Sideman." The Portland resident's show will be the same as he does in clubs in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities.
The show will also feature Seattle vocalist Matassa and Portland singer/pianist John Gilmore backed by the Lee Wuthenow Quartet with Mel Brown, Mark Simon, Tom Wakeling and former Portland pianist Darin Clendenin. More information available at email@example.com/
"CHARLES MINGUS SEXTET WITH ERIC DOLPHY-CORNELL 1964"
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What an introduction to the man, Charles Mingus, and his music on this just-released 1964 recording of a live concert at Cornell University. Many of the tunes on this two CD set are not radio friendly because of their length, thus not likely to be heard via air.
"Fables of Faubus," written during the civil rights era as a protest against segregationist Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus runs 29:42.
His affection for Duke Ellington and his music is made clear with the inclusion of "Sophisticated Lady" played solo by Mingus and a 17:26 version of "Take the A Train."
One of the stars is Eric Dolphy who applies his talents on alto sax, flute and bass clarinet. Clifford Jordan, tenor: Jaki Byard, piano; Johnny Coles, trumpet and drummer Dannie Richmond make this an adventure worth taking.
"STEAMIN' WITH THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET"
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This is one of those seminal jazz recordings that have a place designated in the best collections. It features a great selection of tunes, all written by others, but brought to prominence by Davis and his colleagues on this 1956 recording. His colleagues include some of the biggest names of their era. Red Garland, piano; John Coltrane, tenor saxophone; Paul Chambers, bass and drummer Philly Joe Jones combine to make this not only a five star release but also one of the best jazz recordings of all time.
Trumpeter Davis runs the gamut from the furious up tempo "Salt Peanuts" to his delicate treatment of "When I Fall in Love."
ANDY AND THE BEY SISTERS PRESTIGE
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Originally recorded on Prestige in 1965, Andy Bey and his sisters Salome and Geraldine turn in some nice work on 10 standard tunes.
Andy Bey went on to a solo career and is still active. Here, they lead off with a love ballad with sister Salome as first soloist on "Love Is Just Around the Corner." Her bluesy voice evokes a certain comfort level. Geraldine follows with "I Love You," a more subtle expression of love. Andy delivers Duke Ellington's "I Love You Madly" accompanying himself and the group at the piano. That track is my favorite.
Other tunes include, "God Bless The Child," "Squeeze Me," "'Round Midnight," "Everybody Loves My Baby," "Solitude," and more. Kenny Burrell is on guitar, Milt Hinton, bass and drummer Osie Johnson round out the group.
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