In the Groove

Paul Desmond

Paul DesmondThis week In The Groove celebrates the 90th anniversary of alto saxophonist Paul Desmond‘s birth which was yesterday.  Some good live performance videos are below, including a rare musical short of the Dave Brubeck Quartet filmed by Gjon Mili around 1954.

Yesterday Doug Ramsey posted some thoughts on Desmond, and here is selection from Ramsey’s book on Desmond which is titled “Take Five.”  Ramsey also recommends The Sound Of A Dry Martini, Paul Conley’s classic NPR profile of Paul Desmond.

Duke Jordan: “No Hay Problema”

Duke-Jordan“Although he had a long career, Duke Jordan will always be best known for being pianist with Charlie Parker’s classic 1947 quintet” according to jazz critic Scott Yanow.  On this week’s show we listen to Jordan with Parker, to Jordan’s later trio recordings, and to a couple of his classic compositions “No Problem (No Hay Problema)” and “Jordu.”

Also on the show new selections by Chick Corea, James Farm, Ahmad Jamal, and Lisa Ferraro, as well as recordings by Don Byron, Nellie Lutcher, and by Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra.

Pianist/Composer George Wallington

GeorgeWallingtonGeorge Wallington was born 90 years ago this last Monday.  Critic Scott Yanow says that Wallington was one of the first and best bop pianists.  He played with the who’s who of bop during 1946-1952, including Charlie Parker, Serge Chaloff, Allan Eager, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Brew Moore, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Zoot Sims, and Red Rodney. That’s before he gave it all up and retired to work in his family’s air-conditioning business.

This week we listen to some of his recordings and to his composition “Godchild” which was one of the Birth Of The Cool selections.  Also on the ITG show: Karrin Allyson, Jonah Jones, Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra, new discs by the  Chick Corea Trio, and by Charlie Haden & Jim Hall.

And a Halloween Treat–Philly Joe Jones’ Blues For Dracula.

Here’s Warne Marsh, Lee Konitz and Billy Taylor in 1958 playing “Godchild.”
The host’s intro alone is worth a watch.  Deep, man.