Brilliant piece on “How to enjoy Jazz” on Points in Case. Just in case you would like to know.
I enjoyed the latest episode of Focused with guest Bob Reynolds. If there ever was a podcast episode with ticked all my boxes it is this one: Jazz, Saxophone and Productivity.
I see myself referencing to this episode a lot in the future. I have been talking to the students frequently about using the Pomodoro technique as well.
Marc Myers has an article on his about the release of John Coltrane in 1958, which is the complete works by John Coltrane on Prestige.
I particularly like this period in John Coltrane music, which is mostly associated with change running. I like the clarity and logic of these lines. In fact, the first John Coltrane recording I bought, was “Settin’ the Pace”.
I think I am familiar with all the recordings in this collection, but I will use the opportunity to reconnect with them.
Inspired by the perfect album series by Marc Myers on Jazz Wax I thought it would be fun to do something similar. I have discovered some real gems in there and thought it could be nice to share some of mine.
One of the albums that I have been listening over and over, and the first one that came to my mind, is Stan Getz & Kenny Barron’s – People Time.
The album was recorded live during a four night gig at The Café Montmarte in Copenhagen on 3-6 of March 1991, just three months before Stan Getz passed away on the 6th of June.
The recording was first released in 1992 as a double CD, which up to this day is in my possession. It was re-released as People time: The Complete Recordings, and contains the complete seven sets of the 4 days in Copenhagen.
The original release of this album from 1992 was relased on Gitane’s Jazz and contained only 14 tracks of the 48 recorded ones. In the past this release often had been only been partially available on streaming services but this re-issue contains all performances.
I had some unplanned time available and used that to purchase the new Charlie Parker Omnibook Vol.2. I have’t had much time yet to have a full look at it, after all, unplanned time available doesn’t equal a lot of it, but had fun playing through Bird’s Nest a bit.
The original Omnibook gets a second volume and Steve Neff has a review of the The Charlie Parker Omnibook Volume 2. This is great news and it has a great selection of tunes. I will surely get me one.
While waiting for the car to get fixed, I started writing a post on my favourite jazz-improvisation materials when I ran into this new video by Jerry Bergonzi on My Music Masterclass: Improvising With Triad Pairs. This is awesome. I use triad-pairs a lot and look forward to see Jerry talking about that. Insta-purchase.
Had fun playing through Chad Lefkowitz-Brown’s Approach Note Etudes during some unplanned downtime at work. The vocabulary felt rather close, and it was fun and inspiring to jam on the etudes using them as a blueprint of sorts. He has some very good materials on his site, I’d recommend to have a look.