Entries are still arriving in the worldwide Rifftides listeners’ sweepstakes (no losers, no prizes). It is not too late to join. All civil responses will be published. Simply send an e-mail message telling us your current listening choice. Please include your name and where you live. Here is the second installment.
·Jimmy Witherspoon featuring Ben Webster. And for the past week, it was Charlie Byrd/Herb Ellis. Must have played that record twenty times.
Glenshaw, Pennsylvania, USA
·Stan Kenton: West Side Story
Oscar Peterson: West Side Story
Andre Previn & His Pals: West Side Story
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
·The Rempis Percussion Quartet (482 Music)
Mandeville, Louisiana, USA
·Pat Metheny, Secret Story
… because I woke up in a sentimental mood this morning
San Leon, Texas, USA
·Over the last few days I’ve been giving very careful attention to Bob
Brookmeyer with the Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra: Madly Loving You(Challenge Records, recorded in September 1999 and mixed in May of 2000). Not only is this CD revelatory with respect to BB and his playing but the composers of the 8 tunes are quite a mix: Bill Holman, Marka Lackner, Maria Schneider, Manny Albam, Jim McNeely, Frank
Peinshagen, Ed Partyka and John Hollenbeck. The concept, the compositions and the playing are all extraordinary.
And from the sublime to something a little less sublime, The Ed Palermo Big Band: Take Your Clothes Off When you Dance (Cuneiform Records, 2006). This is the second Palermo collection of Frank Zappa compositions and, like the first CD, this one continues to enthrall. It’s fun and serious at the same time. Arrangements are superb and the band seems to get tighter as the CD deveops (8 tracks).
And then I’m listening to Lorraine Hunt-Leiberson, Sibelius and Louise Talma.
Peter Kountz, Ph.D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
·Frank Sinatra Jr.’s new album, That Face. Great charts and to my ears damned good singing from this fine musician.
Middletown, Delaware, USA
·Frank Kimbrough: Play
Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Guillermo Brown: Trio Plays Ware
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
·I’m now listening to WWOZ, 90.7-FM, online from New Orleans. In my CD changer I have a Buddy Guy acoustic, Gatemouth Brown, the most recent Monk/Trane, Bill Frisell’s Nashville, and No Room for Squares, Hank Mobley. (I’ve been a fan of your writing since I first began listening to great American Music when I was at Whitman College. I’m a frequent attendee at The Seasons, where your introductions are greatly appreciated. I’ve also enjoyed your descriptions of cycling in the Yakima Valley. I’m an avid cyclist myself and just wanted you to know you are not alone.)
Barry K. Schmidt
Yakima, Washington, USA
I was wondering about that. See you on a hill somewhere.
More choices next time. What an interesting group you are.