Yesterday's Sounds Today

Tag: Jazz

James Booker Live At The Maple Leaf Bar, October 1983

Wonderful footage of one of the last performances from “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans ever produced.”

Mor Thiam: Dini Safarrar (Drums Of Fire) (Jazzman)

This obscure, highly sought after album of proto-Worldbeat sounds gets its first official reissue in 43 years, and is an album of highly infectious and danceable songs that blend Senegalese music with American jazz.

Song Of The Day: Mose Allison, “Crepuscular Air”

We remember the late pianist Mose Allison, who passed away yesterday at the age of 89.

Erroll Garner: Ready Take One (Legacy)

This collection of outtakes from jazz pianist Erroll Garner’s archives captures the magic of a first take, as well as the joy of a recording session.

Professor Longhair: Live In Chicago (Orleans Records)

This unreleased live performance from legendary pianist Professor Longhair may be brief, but boy, is it potent!

The Johnny Mann Singers: Night (El Records/Cherry Red)

Johnny Mann was a masterful orchestra and choral arranger, who with his Johnny Mann Singers made some fine easy listening music. These three albums highlight the group’s masterful handling of American Popular Song.

Michel Legrand: Bonjour Paris (El Records)

French-born jazz composer’s 1956 album, Bonjour Paris, was a stunning declaration of intent by a young composer who would go on to great heights. Sixty years later, it’s still a helluva record.

Julia Fordham: Julia Fordham (Cherry Pop)

Scottish jazz/pop vocalist Julia Fordham’s debut album was a strong, promising start to what has been a fruitful career. This deluxe version proves the point.

Wes Montgomery Featuring The Eddie Higgins Trio: One Night In Indy (Resonance Records)

This live set, taken from 1959, finds Montgomery performing with pianist Eddie Higgins, and is an enjoyable recording of a master at play.

Twilight Music: Andre Previn, “I’m A Dreamer, Aren’t We All?” (1963)

A masterful jazz pianist offers up a lush take of a song from a 1920s-era musical. Just don’t call it ‘easy listening’ unless you mean it nicely….