Here is the third report on the survey of what Rifftides readers are listening to these days.
·Today I have two CDs in my car player: A lovely duo recording by Randy Sandke and Dick Hyman, and a CD reissue of one of my favorite LPs, Boss of the Blues, with Joe Turner and a dynamite studio band arranged by Ernie Wilkins.
New City, New York, USA
·I’m currently knocked out by a net recording from website Dimeadozen from Vienna’s Opera House in June 2006 of Sergio Mendes current band. How he has manged to update his sound after 40 years amazes me. The Austrian audience is grooving, just shows how Brazilian music can get to the most staid (assumed) audience.
I’ve also just discovered Duke’s Cosmic Scene, great stuff, Gonzalves and Terry are sublime.
Plus a lovely record by Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi Fellini Jazz with Chris Potter, Kenny Wheeler, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Lovely stuff from all concerned with some exquisite themes.
·I have been utilizing my aging El Camino recently. Its tape deck won’t play bebop. That said, I’ve been listening to a home-made compilation of Benny Goodman material from the 1940’s Columbia era, with the likes of Mel Powell, Sid Catlett, Vido Musso, Cootie Williams, Billy Butterfield, Dave Tough, Peggy Lee, Lou McGarrity and those fine Eddie Sauter arrangements such as “Benny Rides Again,” “Perfidia,” “Scatterbrain,” “The Man I Love,” if you will. Indeed, at the end of the day I’m ready for some Artie Shaw.
Wenatchee, Washington, USA
A virtuoso double trifecta of words and phrases. Bravo, Mr Godfrey.
·Listening to Erik Truffaz’s Face a Face
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
·The car CD changer currently has on:
Trio de Paz, Somewhere
Louis Armstrong, In Scandinavia Vol 1
Bryn Terfel, An Die Musik: Schubert favorites
Charlie Parker Studio Chronicle 1940-1948 discs C & D
Oscar Peterson Trio At the Stratford Shakespearean Festival
Fredrik Ullen, Ligeti Complete piano music
Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus
Karrin Allyson, Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane
Denver, Colorado, USA
·Pianist Frank Kimbrough’s new CD Play, and: Various Artists: From Ragtime to Rock: A History of American Music This rare LP (supposed only 100 were pressed) features live performances from the January 13, 1970 Today Show, including Lionel Hampton, Bud Freeman, Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and more. Issued by Mrs. Paul’s Kitchens!
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
·Right now, I’m listening to and enjoying Change Of Heart by Martin Speake Quartet on ECM, and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra’s 1996 collection of Billy Strayhorn compositions, Portrait Of A Silk Thread. Also, Brad Mehldau’s and Renee Fleming’s Love Sublime on Nonesuch, but I don’t know how I feel about that one yet. I enjoy Rifftides. Thanks for keeping it going.
Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA
·Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Olympia, Paris, Nov.
19, 1960, a 2-CD set.
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
·Reuben Rogers, The Things I Am
Tim Garland, If The Sea Replied
Frank Kimbrough, Play
Ray Brown, Something For Lester
Fay Claassen is a wonderful and extremely inventive singer. Her recording titled RHyTHMS & RHyMeS ( yes, that’s the correct typeset ) is very fine indeed with a wonderful arrangement of “Seven Steps to Heaven,” but the whole recording is at a very high standard. Toots Thielemans; Joe Locke; Steve Davis; Kenny Werner assist.
Webster, New York USA
Tomorrow, the Rifftides staff has a day of rest. The final batch of listeners’ choices will appear on Monday, so if you have been holding back, now’s the time to send yours.