In the Groove

Junior Cook: Good Cookin’

junior-cookYesterday was the 80th anniversary of the birth of the hard bop tenor Junior Cook who played with the Horace Silver Quintet during the period that Blue Mitchell was the group’s trumpeter.  This week on ITG we listen to a number of selections from Cook’s recordings as a leader, including from Good Cookin’.

Tom Reney‘s blog post quotes the late Horace Silver: “One thing I liked about the Blue Mitchell-Junior Cook band was that they could play bebop and they could play funky. Some musicians in those days excelled at bebop but couldn’t play funky. Other musicians excelled at playing funky but couldn’t play bebop. [They] played well in both idioms.” (Junior Cook photo by Francis Wolff, 1965)

Charlie Haden 08/06/37-07/11/14

Charlie HadenHere are a few of the many recent pieces celebrating the beloved and widely respected bassist/leader Charlie Haden.

– Let’s begin with the tribute by KUSP’s Larry Blood.  This week also his show Out Front Outback highlights Haden’s music and can be heard for one week by clicking on the music player at the upper right corner of his site.

Peter Hum focuses on some of Haden’s “greatest hits” and also on tributes and rememberances by the jazz community.

Here is WFCR’s Tom Reney‘s blog on Haden.

Marc Meyers includes a number of video highlights as well as a personal appreciation and wrote a WSJ article on Haden’s life and legacy.

Here is Fred Kaplan‘s Slate article on Haden, who loved a gorgeous song.

Doug Ramsey includes the NEA Jazz Masters 2012 video tribute to Charlie Haden.

On ITG this week we listen to Haden in a number of different settings throughout his career. (photo of Haden courtesy of the Grammy Museum)

Jimmy Giuffre: ‘A Career of Surprising Music’

GiuffreJimmy Giuffre had many accomplishments in a long career that was never predictable, noted jazz critic Scott Yanow.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a good number of excellent video clips from the late 50′s.  I’ve posted a number of them below.  For his most well known piece, “The Train And The River” see Twitter and Facebook.  On the show this week we listen to a couple selections by Jimmy Giuffre from that period as well.