Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrock Hat“How Are Things In Gloca Morra,” featuring Sonny O’Rollins, tenor saxophone; Donald McByrd, trumpet; Wynton Kelly, piano; Gene MacRamey, bass; and Max O’Roach, drums.

On St. Patrick’s day, the whole world is Irish.

The recording is from Sonny Rollins, Volume One, Blue Note, 1956.

May the road rise up to meet you this fine day.

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  1. John Bolger says

    Thank you Doug for that wonderful post.

    As an Irish Rifftides reader I wish to extend an old Irish greeting to all Rifftides readers, in our native language, that we use on St Patricks Day.

    Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh, sláinte mhaith do gach agus go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís! (Happy St, Patricks Day and good health to all; may we all be alive this time next year).

  2. Jim Brown says

    Newk has a particular talent for finding and resurrecting old chestnuts, much as Trane did for ballads. In the last 30 years, who else have you heard play Franz Lehar’s “Yours Is My Heart Alone,” to which my grandfather courted my maternal grandmother, sometime after WW1?

  3. Bob Godfrey says

    Oscar Peterson recorded “Yours Is My Heart Alone” in 1962 with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. He played a tag on the end of the tune that went on for an hour and a half.

    Pianist Ray Kennedy came close to duplicating Peterson’s solo on an album with the Jim Widner Big Band in 1996. I doubt if Franz Lehar would approve of either version.