Little Brown Jug. Septimus Winner, Final Trops - Various - Jazz From Catalonia 10 (CD). Glenn Miller. Mack the Knife. Louis Armstrong. One O'Clock Jump. Count Basie. Count Basie Orchestra. Up a Lazy River. Hoagy Carmichael. Ain't Misbehavin'. Fats Waller. What a Difference a Day Made.
Sarah Vaughan. Alberto Dominguez. Artie Shaw. The Music Goes Round and Round. Red Hodgson. Sweet Georgia Brown. Earl Hines. That Old Black Magic. Every track here is a winner, though, and Buster and Mickey play beautifully as well.
Of course most folks are familiar with his hugely important trio with Vernell Fournier and Israel Crosby, and But Not For Me: Live at the Pershing is easily one of the most popular piano trio records ever. But this album is a wonder of a different variety. Like a handful of really important records, I remember where I was when I Final Trops - Various - Jazz From Catalonia 10 (CD) it and where I was when I first listened to it.
Those who have read a number of these lists have likely encountered this album repeatedly, as it served as a formative influence and is still one of my favorites. I had the pleasure of hearing Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins together on a few occasions, and it was a real marvel to behold — on more than one occasion I have cited their work together along with that of Kenny Barron and Ben Riley as the epitome of a swinging pocket in the modern era.
Each swinging track on this recording appropriately enough recorded live at Sweet Basil in New York sounds like an exercise in telepathy among the trio members. Those musings aside, I remember buying this cassette in high school after being hipped to it by the Colombian bassist Jairo Moreno. I put this one back in and NOW I got it.
Needless to say this album is Final Trops - Various - Jazz From Catalonia 10 (CD) classic, with incredibly assertive playing by all three trio-members and a level of effortless fire is that an oxymoron that helped bring the expectations for modern jazz pianists up a notch. At that point I began checking out his trio work on the Contemporary label and realizing how underrated and amazing he was, bridging the gap between blues and bop on a level comparable to Wynton Kelly or early Horace Silver.
This recording, made in Europe after his long hiatus due to a trumped-up drug incarceration, shows Hawes version 2. By this point he had absorbed a lot of modern influences in his rhythm and harmonies as well, without sacrificing any of the other elements. Warren Hill. Big Feet Big Shoes. Chris Standring. Island Lady.
Sonny Rollins. Candy Dulfer. Rattle and Burn. Jesse Cook. Del Corazon. Julio Fernandez. Spyro Gyra. Cristofori's Dream. David Lanz. Avalon Sunrise Daniel Ho. Wings for Sarah Bob James. Mambo Final Trops - Various - Jazz From Catalonia 10 (CD) Hill. Big Shoes Chris Standring. Island Lady Final Trops - Various - Jazz From Catalonia 10 (CD) Rollins. Rattle and Burn Jesse Cook.
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