After you have visited the Big Band gig on Friday you can of course come to Jumpru Pub on Saturday at 16:30 and listen to us performing the music of Charles Mingus. Just saying.

Jerry!

I’m a long time fan of Jerry Bergonzi. His music, teachings/books and more recently educational videos have accompanied me for more than 20 years. Some friends of mine had lessons with him in the past and it was always interesting to hear from them about the lessons. So far though, I never had the chance to meet him, or see him live.

The happier I was to learn that Jerry and Tim Hagans will perform on this years Elojazz Festival. The line-up seems to be similar to the above. Looking forward to see/hear him there.

‘I Better to try to Work on It’

Sonny Rollins talks about working with Monk and the Bridge period:

I didn’t have the feeling within myself, that I was really able to put out what they expected from me. So, that’s what I did. I will lay off the scene and go back into the woodshed, and get these things together and that’s basically what that thing on the bridge actually was all about.

This is a very nice animation of an excellent interview with Sonny Rollins.

Tuesday Jazz – Chet Baker: The Last Great Concert

Chet Baker is one of my all-time favourites and recently I have been on a little binge-listen of the “The Last Great Concert”  recordings. The recordings with Big Band and Strings, recorded in 1988 only weeks before his death, feature him in great form.

From All About Jazz:

The concert itself was a hugely ambitious project, given Baker’s reputation for unreliability. To back Baker: a big band and a full orchestra on stage at the same time, in addition to a jazz quartet. Baker didn’t show up for rehearsals, and he didn’t arrive at the concert hall until the afternoon of the show. In spite of that, he—and by turns the orchestra and big band and quintet—sounds marvelous. Baker fits his solos into the arrangements seamlessly.

In times, in which, at least it feels like, Jazz is getting more complicated, intellectual, but in my opinion not always more beautiful, it is great to listen to listen to these recordings which are plain, great music.

I have never been able to find them on Spotify (and still am not), but I found both recording available to play on Google Play Music. You can listen to  Vol.1 My Favourite Songs here, and Vol.2 – Straight from the Heart here.

Mingus

This is what I call timely. We were just sitting in the bus going north to perform the music of Charles Mingus when the article Doc: Charles Mingus 1968 on Jazz Wax popped up in my newsreader. The article is about Thomas Reichmann’s documentary on Charles Mingus documentary which is now on You Tube.

During this period, Thomas Reichman filmed a documentary of Mingus expounding on a range of socio-political topics of the day and captured Mingus being evicted and arrested.

I have seen that one before, and it’s worth a watch.

AH-UM – The video

This was quite a fun concert and thanks to Inga you can watch the whole concert1 now on Facebook and here.

The line-up:

  • Tapio Maunuvaara – trumpet
  • Me – tenor
  • Marja-Kaisa Villanen – baritone
  • Jukka Myllys – trombone/baritone horn
  • Sami Juntunen – piano
  • Harri Sarkkinen – bass
  • Olli Estola – drums

Thanks for watching.


  1. Including someone’s speaks between the tunes. 

'This Set is meant for Parker enthusiasts'

Marc Myers reviews ‘Bird Unheard’:

It’s probably fair to say that this set is meant for Parker enthusiasts— those who have spent years listening to the Verve master takes and have the solos by Parker and his sidemen committed to memory. The average listener would likely be left mystified by the material, since listening to Parker attempt songs over and over is akin to repeatedly asking diners to try failed dishes. […]
Students of Parker (myself included) will find much of this material fascinating. […] Even when struggling to develop what he was trying to achieve, Parker sounded tireless and in command.

I got the shipping confirmation for mine already two weeks ago, yet it is not bound to arrive before August. Wondering how it got shipped. In the meanwhile this great review on Jazz Wax will have to do.