Monday, April 20, 2009

Favorites from "The House that Trane Built"

Finished Ashley Kahn's excellent "biography" of Impulse Records, "The House That Trane Built," and have been seeking out some of the iconic releases mentioned.

One of my all-time favs is Oliver Nelson's "The Blues and The Abstract Truth." Nelson's arranaging was always top notch, and no matter how many times I listen to "Stolen Moments," it still stuns me with the chromatic steps in the bridge, and the fantastic solos by Freddie Hubbard and Eric Dolphy.
I'm still doing some digging -- checked out John Handy's "Work Hard" last week, and several Archie Shepp tunes the week before.

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