Other Places: “Airegin” In Triplicate

Blogger and trumpeter Bruno Leicht (pictured) posts a video-laden retrospective of the imperishable SonnyBruno Leicht Facing left Rollins creation “Airegin” in three manifestations involving the composer, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Chet Baker and great rhythm sections. What a tune.

Recommended. To see it, go here.

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  1. Keith Roellwitz says

    I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to jazz. I must say that you and Mr Leicht always help to broaden my horizon. Thanks for the tip, Doug, and keep the good work up.

  2. says

    “Airegin” might be my favorite jazz instrumental of all time. It’s interesting that Sonny wrote it after watching some Nigerian dancers, and the tune has it all: tradition, modernism, a highly unusual form, rhythmical grace, depth & vision, and though the song’s title is spelled backwards, it’s looking ahead into the future for all of its 4:57 original minutes.

  3. Lucille Dolab says

    Doug, many thanks for this slammin’ Chet and Stan version of Airegin,! The entire video was such a treat!

  4. Mark Stryker says

    Lambert, Hendricks and Ross used “Airegin” as a feature for the scat singing of Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert. Hendricks is truly remarkable here — his time, melodic creation and harmonic acuity. Lambert sounds great too, but it’s not at the level of Hendricks. As Mel Torme once put it — “Jon Hendricks — there’s only one of those.”