Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Dizzy Gillespie - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings

I am currently working my way through Dizzy Gillespie The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1937-49). I am struck by the technical skills displayed along with the fresh quality of the music. This compilation was recommended to me for a good overall sampling of Gillespie's music. The contrast and comparison between big band with an emergence of bebop, and Latin jazz are a great introduction for the new listener. In addition, tunes such as "Ool-Ka-Yoo" provide a good example of scat singing.

Overall, I would rate the compilation highly for the reasons I mention above and for its ability to communicate the high energy style which is associated with Dizzy. I could not help myself from tapping my feet even after a very long night. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Addition to Jazz Ramblings - Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz Ramblings is proud to announce that Jazz at Lincoln Center events will now be included in its Schedule of Events. Please refer to the jazz events column to the left and click on Jazz at Lincoln Center for a calendar of Lincoln Center jazz events including jazz productions, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, JazzEd!, and other performance and educational opportunities.

Monday, November 24, 2008

MinnPost's Pamela Espeland

It is with a slight blush I note the presence of the brilliant Pamela Espeland, MinnPost columnist and editor of the Bebopified blog, right under my nose.

I highly recommend her recent MinnPost column on Ahmad Jamal. Mr. Jamal will be performing tonight through Wednesday night at the Dakota. Showtimes are 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

Ms. Espeland notes, without details, the upcoming performance by Herbie Hancock. The Jamal and Hancock performances are part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust's Jazz Series. The details on the Hancock gig have not been announced but a Spring date has been suggested. Further details will be released and we will be tracking the news from the Hennepin Theatre Trust.