Jazz Standards Volume 2
For some reason I can't quite
fathom, HMV is still releasing material in India from the time of
its association with EMI, although the explanation may simply be
that this compilation was copyrighted in 1994.
There's about an hour of
top-class music here, starting with the Miles Davis Quintet's 11
minutes worth of So what?,
one of the classics on its album A Kind of Blue. This sounds
a livelier version than the original. Davis's trumpet leads the
solos, with tenor sax and piano taking their turns
Stan Getz on tenor sax does a good
job of rendering the lyrical I Remember Clifford, while
the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet recreates Golson's classic
composition The blues march,
complete with drum rolls as in the original version associated
with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and trumpet, trombone, and
tenor sax (Golson) solos.
Blakey and the Messengers
themselves feature in 'Round
about midnight with Wynton Marsalis on trumpet. This is an
unusual version of Thelonious Monk's classic. Marsalis's trumpet
transiting smoothly between notes adds a touch of emotional
intensity. Other fine solos are contributed by trombone, alto sax
and bass, while Blakey's drums add a note of drama.
Sonny Rollins on tenor sax
dominates his composition Oleo, but here too we get
drum fireworks, most likely by Max Roach, with whom he worked for a
time. Then there's Dave Brubeck paying tribute to Duke Ellington
with an unusual performance of the latter's theme tune, Take the 'A' train, starting
with a long piano solo intro and then, after the alto sax takes the
theme, alternating piano solos with alto sax. There's not a dud
track in the ten tracks packaged here.