Strictly Jazz Sounds (Part 1)

Released on the label Pyroclastic, Nate Wooley’s Seven Storey Mountain -VI is a 45 minute piece based on Peggy Seeger’s “Reclaim the Night”. The piece addresses women’s rights, featuring a 14 piece ensemble comprised predominately of women. Centered around Wooley’s trumpet, The piece starts out with women humming Peggy Seeger’s reclaim the night as they each drop off is transitions to processed trumpet, keyboards, pedal steel guitar, and bicycle bell. While not strictly jazz, it is a strong composition of avant-garde music reminiscent of Arvo Part. This is a haunting piece of music from jazz trumpeter Nate Wooley. Highly recommended.

It maybe streamed here on the label’s website:

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Met Paquito through a mutual friend a few years back. Great guy, terrific musician.

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Or this wonderful record I found at the Salvation Army thrift store for a buck.


I enjoy the various tempos used (time signatures) With Paul Desmond on alto sax., Eugene Wright on Bass, and Joe Morello on drums, this became a worthy successor to “Time Out”
Edit: Time Out 1959; Time Further Out 1961; Time In 1965. Brubeck’s ingenuity especially in rhythm techniques are unique.

I should say so, a down right enjoyable follow-up. :blush:



An another board a member asked “Why isn’t Carmen McRae mentioned among the great jazz singers more often?”

I don’t know. I love her work. I’m listening to this SACD right now auditioning a “new to me” pair of speaker cables.


An interesting film and soundtrack. While I enjoy Altmann films, I found this to be confused. Maybe it’s me? As far as the soundtrack goes, young lions of the day, Geri Allen, Don Byron, David Murray, Nicholas Payton, Cyrus Chestnut, … I just may go back to the film to see if my recollection of it holds true.

Regarding film soundtracks from a similar time frame, I have always enjoyed both the film and the soundtrack for Bertrand Travinier’s Round Midnight, featuring Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, John McLaughlin, Freddie Hubbard, etc.


Bluesy Burrell is a great album.

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:+1:t2: :+1:t2: :ok_hand:t2:

Carmen McRae is a capable singer and piano player. I like here voice, but like the voices of Sarah Vaughan & Ella Fitzgerald a tad better. McRae was inspired by Billie Holiday to the level that she would not start a performance without at least a song associated with ‘Lady Day’.
Wikipedia lists some of her interesting recording projects:
Mad About The Man (1957) with composer Noël Coward, Boy Meets Girl (1957) with Sammy Davis, Jr., participating in Dave Brubeck’s The Real Ambassadors (1961) with Louis Armstrong, a tribute album You’re Lookin’ at Me (A Collection of Nat King Cole Songs) (1983), cutting an album of live duets with Betty Carter, The Carmen McRae-Betty Carter Duets (1987), being accompanied by Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and closing her career with tributes to Thelonious Monk, Carmen Sings Monk (1990), and Sarah Vaughan, Sarah: Dedicated to You (1991).

Her work with the Brubeck Quartet was spectacular especially songs composed by Dave Brubeck with lyrics by Iola Brubeck. I think this is one of her best collaborations.


How lucky :four_leaf_clover:

I love Ella, and respect Sarah, though I don’t enjoy listneing to her as much. There’s something magical about Carmen. I wish she played piano more often but understand why she would not. She had been close to Billie as a young woman–their birthdays were just a day apart and Carmen said she would celebrate with Billie on hers and be so incapicitated she couldn’t then celebrate her own. I have all those albums mentioned in your post, and I think I may like her Decca and Mainstream periods the most.


Lonson, just a question if you know…

I really love the vocal tracks on this record (a Classic Records release I strongly recommend)!
The singer is Cecil “Kid Haffy” Collier.

Do you know other albums of a similar style (small group) where he sings?

“I have all those albums mentioned in your post, and I think I may like her Decca and Mainstream periods the most” That is impressive :smile:

Check out this coffret of 2 CDs if you can. I’d love to hear your opinion!

I’ve had those sessions on other releases for years. Excellent stuff. Ella had an amazing instrument, at its very zenith there. Even in her later years she was wonderful, with an added emotional element that was missing in her younger recordings. I love the duos with Joe Pass!

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JN, I haven’t heard this one–and it seems that Collier never recorded elsewhere accordign to which makes me wonder. . . do you think it might be Zoot himself? Zoot does have an album where he sings, backed with a large orchestra, on Impulse Records, “Waiting Game”. . . .

You’d think if you had young Mose Alison on piano at the session you wouldn’t need to bring in a vocalist . . . I assume you are certain it’s not Mose.

No, Zoot plays on that track :wink:

Really seems to be a one time gig…hard to believe as Collier sings great for my taste.
I have a few other conpetent sources…will try to find out…may also contact Cuscuna, who’s always helpful.

Well, it could have been an overdub. I have ordered a cheap cd copy of this one. Yes, Michael is helpful–I cherish the memory of the afternoon I spent on the phone with him for our interview about Alfred Lion.

Wow, you made an interview? Is it online?

“Sweet Lorraine“ is a very favorite track of mine from this record (but all vocal tracks are great).

But I also love this track from Mosaic’s Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947.