In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed supermodel Gisele Bundchen for my House Call" column in the Mansion section on her childhood in Brazi (go here). She talked about growing up with five sisters remai best friends today. Her parents did something right. Gisele was discovered by a model scout in a Brazilian mall when she was 14.
While I had her, I asked Gisele for two Brazilian album recommendations. Here'sTribalistas (2002)...
Black Jazz. Following my post last week on Doug and Jean Carn and the Black Jazz label of the early 1970s, I heard from Klaus Kilian in Frankfurt, Germany:
Hi Marc, P-Vine in Japan released a nice box set with all 20 CDs in 2009, I bought it directly from the label and it appears still to be in print." [Editor's note: Go here to view; then email P-Vine here for cost, shipping, etc.: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randy Brecker. Following my post on J.J. Johnson's Broadway Express, with trumpeter Ernie Royal, I received the following email from Randy Brecker:
Hey Marc. Enjoyed your recent post about Mundell Lowe and J.J. Johnson's Broadway Express. I stumbled upon this pic (above) in my photo collection of Ernie Royal and me doing a session. I couldn't help but think what he must have really thought of me at the time, with my hippie long hair etc. He was such an unheralded jazz player. That album of his, Accent on Trumpet, was literally the first time I heard him improvise after doing so many sessions with him as a 'lead player' in New York. It's such a great record.
It also was the first time I really heard George Barnes, too, although I'd heard about him for years knowing his daughter Zan. Happy New Year and thanks from all of us ol' jazzers who love the site and what you do!!"
Miles Davis. Milan Simich sent along a clip of Miles Davis on the Dick Cavett Show in 1986. While Dick keeps his cool and remains natural, one can feel him tensing up. For some reason, he thinks Davis is putting him on him when in fact Davis makes perfect sense to me. Here's the video...
Jerry, Burt and Norman. Last week, following the death of lyricist Norman Gimbel, Jim Eigo of Jazz Promo Services sent along a video clip of Merv Griffin hosting the TV game show Play Your Hunch in 1958. The episode featured Jerry Leiber, Burt Bacharach and Gimbel...
Lucas Gillan's Many Blessings—Chit-Chatting With Herbie (JeruJazz Records) Pianist Herbie Nichols's music was complex and thrilling. Drummer Lucas Gillan has taken on Nichols's music in a tribute album that retains all of the truth and mystery of the art. His arrangements are wing-spreading approaches. The quartet features Quentin Coaxum on trumpet Jim Schram on tenor saxophone, Daniel Thatcher on bass and Gillan on drums. Nine of the 10 compositions are by Nichols, with the last, Mine, by Gershwin. To listen to samples and purchase a download or CD, go here.
Leslie Pintchik, the marvelously sensitive and seductive jazz pianist, recently shared a 10-track playlist with Jazzed. Her latest album is You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! For her playlist, go here.
Stan Kenton. On a Tuesday in 1955, Stan Kenton and the band appeared on a CBS TV show broadcast from York called Music '55. He was a summer replacement. Special guests included Lena Horne, Frankie Laine, Vincente Gomez. The union prohibited him from using his orchestra, so Johnny Richards put together an orchestra from New York talent. Kenton last 10 weeks at the helm before CBS shuttered the show for a lack of interest. Here's Music '55...
I love jazz because it is the most diverse music genre.
I was first exposed to jazz a long time ago.
The best show I ever attended was Henry Threadgill's very very Circus at SJU jazzpodium in Utrecht.
The first jazz record I bought was Coleman Hawkins Big Band live at The Savoy Ballroom 1940.
My advice to new listeners is to attend as many concerts you can even though you may not know the musicians who are playing.
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