This is My Beloved, recorded by Arthur Prysock, eight years before the author, Walter Benton, death in 1976. His recitation of the poems written in diary form are addressed to Lillian and is set to a beautifully scored background of jazz. The book was first published in 1943 and became one of the bet selling books of poetry, selling over 350,000 copies at that time. This landmark recording is a necessity for every collector who has ever wanted to understand love.
Record Label: Verve
Record Date: December 16,1968 / Los Angeles, California
Producer: Hy Weiss, Pete Spargo
Music Accompaniment Composer: Mort Garson
Liner Notes: Helen Hanff
Playing Time: 37 Minutes
Songs: I Need Your Love, Your Eyes, Your Words, Your Body Makes Eyes At Me, Come Love Me, I Was Very Tired And Lonely, You Did Not Come, I Stood Long Where You Left Me, Each Season, Every Year, Eleven Years, Remembering How We Could Be Warm Together, Sleeping…So Still, So Still, I Shall Wish For You
Booker Little and Friends: At the time of Booker Little’s death in 1963, he was just 23 years old, he was already far more than a promising trumpet talent. This reissue of his landmark fourth and final session as a leader, “Victory And Sorrow”, showcases his compositions with trumpet voiced against a backdrop of tenor and trombone. It demonstrates Little’s interest in a mix of complex moods and advanced harmonies, use of multiple keys to create simultaneous joy and mourning, and rhythmic shifts, flaring runs, and surprising intervals.
Personnel: Booker Little – trumpet, Julian Priester – trombone, George Coleman – tenor saxophone, Donald Friedman – piano, Reggie Workman – bass, Pete LaRoca – drums
Record Date: Bethlehem / August 1961 – September 1961
Songs: Victory And Sorrow, Forward Flight, Looking Ahead, If I Should Lose You, Calling Softly, Booker’s Blues, Matilde, plus two previously unreleased takes – Matilde (Alt. Take 4), Matilde (Alt. Take 7)
Maiden Voyage is a concept album aimed at creating an oceanic atmosphere. Many of the song titles refer to marine biology or the sea, and the musicians develop the concept through their use of space and almost tidal dynamics. Three of the albums tunes – Maiden Voyage, The Eye of the Hurricane and Dolphin Dance have become jazz standards. The album was presented with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.
Personnel: Herbie Hancock – piano, Ron Carter – bass, Tony Williams –drums, Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Supervised by: Rudy Van Gelder
Record Date: Blue Note / May 17, 1969
Cover: The sailboat lends to the nautical theme of a first outing.
Songs: Maiden Voyage, The Eye Of The Hurricane, Little One, Survival Of The Fittest and Dolphin Dance
We Insist! Freedom Now Suite: This classic piece of art stands at the intersection of politics and music. It was recorded at a time when the civil rights movement was starting to heat up and drummer Max Roach composed and performed the seven-part suite dealing with black history, particularly slavery and racism.
Driva’ Man has a powerful statement by veteran tenor Coleman Hawkins and there is valuable solo space elsewhere for trumpeter Booker Little and trombonist Julian Priester, but it is the overall performance of Abbey Lincoln that is most notable. Formerly a nightclub singer, Lincoln really came into her own under Roach’s tutelage and she is a strong force throughout this intense set. On Triptych: Prayer / Protest / Peace, Lincoln is heard in duets with the drummer and her wrenching screams of rage are quite memorable.
Personnel: Max Roach – drums, Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone, Booker Little – trumpet, Julian Priester – trombone, Walter Benton – tenor saxophone, James Schenk – bass, Olantunji / Ray Mantilla – percussion, Abbey Lincoln / Oscar Brown Jr. – vocal
Record Date: Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, New York / August 31, 1960 & September 6, 1960 / Candid Records
Producer: Nat Hentoff
Songs: Driva’man, Freedom Day, Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace, All Africa, Tears For Johannesburg
The Leading Man: This 1993 issued session is considered a classic for both material and performances of the various ensembles Harold Mabern put together. With the exception of DeJohnette and Carter, all the other players rotate throughout the sessions. Style and grace fill this recording.
Personnel: Harold Mabern – piano, Ron Carter – bass, Jack DeJohnette – drums, Bill Easley – alto saxophone, Bill Mobley – trumpet, Kevin Eubanks – guitar, and Pamela Baskin-Watson – vocals
Record Date: Columbia Records / November 9, 1992 – April 12, 1993
Cover: The cover is an alternate cover used for the import version of this session is currently unavailable. The U.S. release is still available.
Songs: Look On The Bright Side, Save The Best For Last, Full House, Alone Together, It’s A Lonesome Old Town, Yes And No, Moment’s Notice, Au Privave, B And B, Mercury Retro