Top Five For 2014
Been all about classic jazz this year, hardly listening to anything new. Here’s what in heavy rotation:
Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage. Can’t get enough of this record. Tony Williams drumming is mesmerizing and Freddie Hubbard is blistering and Wayne Shorter is so thoughtful. Love the compositions, love the vibe. Plan on reading his autobiography.
Miles Davis – Miles In The Sky. Hancock on the electric keys for the first time, cameo by George Benson, Miles being Miles, so good. Read great bio on him this year: So What.
Grant Green – Just got hip to him this year. Read his biography, written by his son’s ex-wife, which is awesome. Hilarious stories, tragic jazz figure. Never got the attention that Montgomery or Benson got, but he sought it. Love his lines and grooves. Great anecdotes in the book, all is fair game. Digging his jazz sides more than anything else.
George Benson – All his early, sixties stuff is deluxe. Reading his autobiography at present. Lotsa cats. Love his comment about Grant Green “that guy knew what he was going to play four measures before he played it.”
Joe Henderson – The Milestone Years. Choice stuff. No book to read (yet).