Thelonious Monk upon arrival for a performance at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, February 14 1964 (photos by Jac de Nijs)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers performing live at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, November 14 and 15 1959 (photos by Herbert Behrens)
Freddie Roach - The Right Time (1964)
Saturday night is the right time for this undulating, down-tempo groove…
Dizzy Reece - Ye Olde Blues (1960)
Trumpeter Dizzy Reece leads Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers’ rhythm section on this sparkling session, which went unreleased for 39 long years. Hard to believe, since these musicians swing right out of the gates for Reece and Stanley Turrentine, who incidentally makes his Blue Note debut here.
Being my all-time favorite pianist, Sonny Clark’s breaks my heart because the anecdote speaks volumes to the tremendous difficulty African-American jazz musicians encountered at every turn in their simple pursuit of a living.
Tina Brooks during his The Waiting Game recording session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 2 1961 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Tina Brooks - The Waiting Game (1961)
Tina Brooks’ solo on this absolute ringer of a tune is just too good to have been shelved 41 years.
Grant Green - Talkin’ About J.C. (1964)
Per the reblog I just posted, here’s Elvin Jones, Larry Young and Grant Green “talkin’ about” J.C., THEE John Coltrane.
Bonus! Here’s a photo of Elvin Jones from the Talkin’ About session…
Jazz (dir. Ken Burns, 2000)
Herbie Hancock during Kenny Dorham’s Una Mas recording session, April 1, 1963 (photo by Francis Wolff)