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The Night: Jazz

Every Tuesday night

The Roaring 50’s with Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck and Thelonious Monk.

This night is dedicated to works that were published in the 50s. The selection consists of some notable names. Tonight you’ll be enjoying works by Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck and Art Blakey, among others. We will start with Miles Davis. A name that needs no explanation. In our collection we found a CD from 1958 titled ’58 Sessions that Davis recorded together with John Coltrane tenor, Cannonball Adderley alto and Bill Evans piano. In addition the album features Jimmy Cobb on drums and Paul Chambers on bass.



Miles Davis – ‘ 58 Sessions (1958)










We continue with Art Blakey. On 21 February 1954, in jazz club Birdland, New York City, he recorded a session together with Clifford Brown trumpet, Lou Donaldson alto, Horace Silver piano, Curly Russell bass and Art Blakey himself on drums. The entire session was released over three albums. You will be listening to the original sessions, which cover the first two parts, in their entirety.



Art Blakey – A Night At Birdland Volume 1 & 2 (1954)









We continue with music by Charlie Parker. On 22 September 1953, he recorded a session in Storyville nightclub, Boston together with the Red Garland trio consisting of Red Garland piano, Billy Griggs bass, Roy Haynes drums. The album also features guest appearances by Herb Pomeroy trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson piano, Jimmy Woode bass and Kenny Clarke drums.



Charlie Parker – At Storyville (1953)










Next up Parker will be taking us from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. A year before the session you have just heard, Parker played a jam session in Los Angeles with Charlie Shavers trumpet, Ben Webster tenor and Johnny Hodges alto. It is the only session Parker recorded with these musicians.



Charlie Parker – Jam Session (1952)










The next album comes from an artist who became great in the same period: Dave Brubeck. You undoubtedly know his Take Five as one of the most famous jazz standards. In 2005, a live compilation was released with the title All The Things You Are. A nod to the 1976 release of All The Things We Are by the same artist. These are live recordings made over the years.



Dave Brubeck – All The Things You Are (2005)









We close this episode of The Night: Jazz with music by Thelonious Monk. In 1956, he released the album Brilliant Corners. It was his third album and the first to feature his own compositions. After Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk has the highest number of recordings to his name in jazz. In the mid-70s, he faded into the background due to health reasons. On 17 February 1982, he died of a stroke at the age of 64. We close this night with a piece from his prime: Brilliant Corners by Thelonious Monk.



Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners (1956)





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