Thursday, February 02, 2012

Tales from the Concert Crypt


January 2012 was a good month for jazz shows in New York City, with more shows than I could sneak out for. Of the four I did catch, I was lucky to score recordings of each.

The sound quality might not be up to the standard you're used to here, but the performances are well worth it.

The first track is from pianist Joan Stiles, who appeared at the Jazz Gallery with saxophonist Joel Frahm and drummer Matt Wilson. They take on Thelonius Monk's "Nutty". Read more about that show here.

Dr. Lonnie Smith's Trio got freaky at the Jazz Standard on "Beehive". Details on that set here.

It was back to the Standard for soul jazz pioneer Lou Donaldson, with his Quartet on "Gravy Train". Set list and more here.

Closing the set is the McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz at the Blue Note, with Tyner's own, "Ballad for Aisha". A few more bits about this set here.

If you like what you hear, support the artists; buy their music and go see them live. Until next time, peace.

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