Updoc 113: B ‘n B: 11/26/10

Opening theme: Archie Shepp You’re What This Day is All About; The Magic of Ju-Ju (Impulse)

1.    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Alamode; Impulse (Impulse)
2.    Jackie McLean: Poor Eric; Right Now (Blue Note)
3.    Ludwig von Beethoven/Berlin Philarmonic/Ferenc Fricsay: Egmont Overture; Symphonie IX – Egmont Overture (DGG)
4.    Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia; A Night at Birdland Vol. 2 (Blue Note)
5.    Ludwig von Beethoven/New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein: The Consecration of the House Overture; Violin Concerto – Consecration of the House (Sony)
6.    Jackie McLean: Cristel’s Time; Right Now (Blue Note)
7.    Miles Davis: Walkin’; The Lost Quintet Live at the Blue Coronet (Ais)
8.    Gavin Bryars/John Harle/Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Ivor Bolton: The Green Ray; John Harle – Saxophone Works (Argo/Decca)
9.    Ornette Coleman: Singing in the Shower; Reunion 1990 (Domino)
10.    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messngers: Arabia; Mosaic (Blue Note)

4 Responses to “Updoc 113: B ‘n B: 11/26/10”

  1. I thought I was hearing Booker Ervin and it turned out to be “Cristel’s Time”. I think Booker and Jackie Mc. Have similar sounds (in spite of different horns). Or maybe it’s my excuse for not having better/bigger ears.

  2. Well, they both had hard sounds on their horns, and Jackie’s could sometimes be mistaken for a tenor. I’d’ve thought, though, that Jackie’s distinctive sense of pitch would have tipped you off. Also, Booker used to give the end of almost every phrase a sort of uplick—the “high cry” so characteristic of his playing. That said, there’s certainly a kinship. One strange thing about Booker was that unblinking thousand-yard laser-eyed stare of his when he played. Maybe in fact he did blink once or twice, but I never noticed it, and the effect was almost inhuman. And Jackie used to stand there playing, holding his ground as if under fire. Two great, hard musicians with miles and miles of heart.

  3. I would have liked to have seen either of them play. (But thank goodness for the YouTubes)

  4. Booker Ervin’s eyes looked like nailheads. It was eerie to watch. What a thrilling player he was . . . Freedom Book forever!