music clip of the day


Month: October, 2010

Sunday, 10/31/10

At the recording session for the new Elton John/Leon Russell album, how did producer T Bone Burnett break the ice in the studio?

He played this clip (“Didn’t It Rain,” 2:20).

Mahalia Jackson, “Everybody Talkin’ ‘Bout Heaven,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” live, Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, Rhode Island), 1958

Want more? Here.



I think that this is what everybody needs a whole lot of—not only in their playing, but in their way of living.

As far as rating this—maybe you should use a different kind of star for rating this from the stars you use rating jazz records. A moving star. Make it five moving stars.

Charles Mingus, listening to a record by Mahalia Jackson during a Downbeat “Blindfold Test” (1960)


art beat

Lee Friedlander, “Mahalia Jackson” (1956)


[I]t almost looks like if you could see the next second after this picture was taken that she would start to ascend.

Joel Dorn


live on thenet: tonight, 8 p.m. (EDT)

Todd Rundgren, “the Class of 1963 Wells Scholars Professor at Indiana University Bloomington for this fall,” will talk about—and perform—his music in an “autobiographical concert” that’ll be video-streamed live.

Saturday, 10/30/10

Happy Birthday, Brownie!

Clifford Brown, October 30, 1930-June 26, 1956

“Oh, Lady Be Good,” “Memories of You,” live (TV broadcast [Soupy’s On, Detroit]), 1955


Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet (Clifford Brown, trumpet; Max Roach, drums; Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone; Richie Powell, piano; George Morrow, bass)

Live, “Get Happy”


Live, Virginia (Norfolk, Continental Restaurant), 6/18/1956 (Last Concert)

“You Go To My Head”


“What’s New”



Don’t take a trumpet player, man. You won’t need one after you hear this young cat, Clifford Brown.

Charlie Parker (to Art Blakey, when he was going to work in Philadelphia in the early 1950s)


Out in California, we had a house, and we had a piano and vibes as well as trumpet and drums. Brownie could play all these instruments, you know. I would go out of the house and come back, and he would be practicing on anything, drums, vibes, anything. He loved music.

Max Roach


He was so well-rounded in all music. He liked Miles, Trane—who was very young then—and Louis Armstrong, and Lee Morgan, who spent alot of time with Clifford in Philly. Eric Dolphy was another good friend of ours. Music was his first love; I was his second, and math was his third. He was a wizard with figures and numbers; he used to play all kinds of mathematical games. . . .

There was only one time I didn’t travel with him. Our child, Clifford Jr., had been born, and I hadn’t taken him home yet to see the family. So Clifford said okay, and he put us on the plane; and of course that was when he was in the car accident and was killed. It was our second wedding anniversary and my 22nd birthday.

Larue Brown Watson


Without Brownie, it would be hard to imagine the existence of Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard or Booker Little or Woody Shaw or Wynton Marsalis.

Michael Cuscuna



Today, at WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University), it’s all Brownie, (almost) all day. (This birthday celebration will be interrupted in the middle of the day for coverage of the Columbia/Yale football game.)

Friday, 10/29/10

two takes

Hockey, “Song Away”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

[T]he video . . . is one of the funniest, warmest, and most socially accurate (the way the geeky kid looks at a row of the coolest girls in school as if they’re from another planet) high-school movies ever made.

—Greil Marcus, The Believer, 9/10


Live, England (Reading), 2009

Thursday, 10/28/10

So many ideas and so much feeling, so much energy and so much technique—it’s a wonder he doesn’t burst apart at the seams.

Jaki Byard, June 15, 1922-February 11, 1999

Live (with Reggie Workman, bass; Alan Dawson, drums), Germany (Berlin), 1965

Part 1 (“Free Improvisation”)


Part 2 (with Earl Hines, “Rosetta”)

Want more of Jaki Byard? Here and here (with Charles Mingus).



In conversation (Cleveland, 1985):

Wednesday, 10/27/10


Newton Minow, Chair of the FCC, proclaims TV a “vast wasteland.”


CBS News asks, with a straight face, what jazz “reveals” about “the nature of man” (God, too).

Lennie Tristano Quintet (Lennie Tristano, piano; Lee Konitz, alto saxophone; Warne Marsh, tenor saxophone; Sonny Dallas, bass; Nick Stabulas, drums), “Subconscious Lee,” live, New York (The Half Note), 1964, CBS TV Broadcast: Look Up and Live

Want more of Lennie Tristano? Here.



reading table

Frank O’Hara (in his NYC apartment), “Having a Coke with You,” 1966

Tuesday, 10/26/10

two takes

“Exit Music (For A Film)”

Radiohead, live


Brad Mehldau Trio, live, San Francisco

Monday, 10/25/10

The story behind their new album is a sweet one.

Elton John & Leon Russell

Making The Union (2010)


Live (TV broadcast [Good Morning America], with Marc Ribot, guitar), New York (Beacon Theatre), 10/20/10

Part 1 (music begins at 4:10), “If It Wasn’t For Bad”


Part 2, “Hearts Have Turned To Stone,” “Tiny Dancer”

Sunday, 10/24/10

Here’s more of the late Albertina Walker.

“Lord, Remember Me,” live


“I’m Still Here” (joined by Delores Washington), live, 1998, Philadelphia

Want more? Here.



Here’s a better clip from this service than the one posted last Sunday (now deleted).

Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Fly Away,” live, Homegoing Service for Albertina Walker, Chicago (West Point Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove), 10/15/10

Saturday, 10/23/10

Your 16-year-old daughter dies, suddenly, in a car accident.

What do you do?

If you’re pianist/composer Kenny Werner, what you do is create music.

Kenny Werner, No Beginning No End (featuring Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone), recording session, New York (NYU), 2009

Friday, 10/22/10

two takes

“Driftin’ Blues”

Paul Butterfield Blues Band (including Elvin Bishop, guitar), live, California (Monterey), 1967


Charles Brown, 1945




Thanks so much for sending me this link.

It was a thrill for me to be a part of the tribute concert for Albertina.

I really dig the Blackwell clips also!

Juli Wood (responding to an email letting her know that her recent performance at the Albertina Walker Musical Tribute was featured here)

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