In the Groove

Bassist Paul Chambers

PaulchambersThe 80th anniversary of the birth of Paul Chambers is Wednesday and we will celebrate on In The Groove with tracks from three of his Blue Note recordings.

Chambers was with the Miles Davis Quintet from 1955 to 1963.  We’ll also listen to one of his most notable performances “So What” from the Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue session. It opens with a familiar brief duet featuring Chambers and pianist Bill Evans.

Here is a first rate video of Davis’ “So What” (with Wynton Kelly on piano) and also a performance of  “Walkin’” from a European tour evening featuring John Coltrane when Davis was out because of illness.

A Bronx Tale…

High spirited music and dancing in this one hour video.  “From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale” beautifully presented by filmmaker Henry Chalfant.  On In The Groove this week in the second hour we listen to a couple of Jerry Gonzalez tracks that take some of that earlier Bronx Latin Jazz spirit and combines it with the music of Monk.

Hope you enjoy the video and this week’s show!  (h/t Jazz On The Tube)

Lady Day’s Centennial

billie-holidayBillie Holiday‘s centennial was Tuesday.  This week In The Groove will celebrate by listening to a few of the recordings she made for the Commodore and Decca labels, when her voice was at its strongest.

Last week’s show spotlights some of her delightful earlier recordings with Teddy Wilson’s all-star groups and later when she lead her own sessions, often including Lester Young.  Next week on the show I will feature a few of her most mature and emotional performances: the “Lady In Autumn” era on Norman Granz’s Verve label.

Tom Reney, host of WFCR’s Jazz à la Mode, has a beautiful but concise post this week filled with well chosen photos, video clips, observations, and some of the best links to recent articles and books about this legendary jazz artist.  You can listen on demand to Reney’s three hour Billie Holiday retrospective here until April 14.

Read the article…

Photo: Billie Holiday at Olympia Theatre, Paris, November 1958 © Jean-Claude Bernath