Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jonathan Rosenbaum Takes the "A" Train

Jonathan Rosenbaum [image courtesy of San Sebastián Film Festival]

As a part of Jonathan Rosenbaum's 70th birthday posts on my jazz and film blogs, I asked him to compile a playlist of his favorite jazz tunes and he kindly provided me with the music that has inspired him, moved him and has stayed with him through the years. (the slideshow includes the cover of the albums used in the playlist) He shares details of his jazz life with us in the interview published on Keyframe. And if you want to catch up with some of his writings on jazz and film, or jazz in general, please visit this index that I posted yesterday.

The discographical information is given below the player. If this particular player isn't compatible with your system, there a simpler one, if you just scroll down the page, where, alternatively, you can download it and listen to it offline.

Even on his birthday, it is Jonathan who gives us presents.

Coleman Hawkins All Stars
Bird Of Prey Blues
Buck Clayton (tp) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Mickey Sheen (d)
New York City, February 18 or 19, 1958
LP: The High and Mighty Hawk

Miles Davis Nonet
Miles Davis (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Sandy Siegelstein (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Lee Konitz (as) Gerry Mulligan (bars, arr) John Lewis (p) Nelson Boyd (b) Kenny Clarke (d) John Carisi, Gil Evans (arr)
New York City, April 22, 1949
LP: Birth Of The Cool

Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
Long Gone
Louis Armstrong (t, voc) Trummy Young (tb) Barney Bigard (cl) Billy Kyle (p) Arvell Shaw (b) Barrett Deems (d) Velma Middleton (voc)
Chicago, July 13, 1954
LP: Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy

The Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio
I Want To Be Happy
Lester Young (ts) Nat King Cole (p) Buddy Rich (d)
Los Angeles, late March or early April, 1946
LP: The Complete Lester Young & Nat King Cole Recordings

Original Charlie Parker Quintet
Embraceable You
Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Duke Jordan (p) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d)
New York City, October 28, 1947
LP: The Complete Dial Sessions

Lennie Tristano Sextette
Lee Konitz (as) Warne Marsh (ts) Lennie Tristano (p) Billy Bauer (g) Arnold Fishkin (b) Harold Granowsky (d)
New York City, March 4, 1949
LP: Lennie Tristano & Warne Marsh - Intuition

Dave Brubeck
In Your Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck (p, solo)
Oakland (Brubeck's house), April 18, 1956
LP: Brubeck Plays Brubeck

Charles Mingus Sextet
Peggy's Blue Skylight
Eric Dolphy (as, bcl, fl) Clifford Jordan (ts) Jaki Byard (p) Charles Mingus (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
Salle Wagram, Paris, France, April 17, 1964
LP: Charles Mingus in Paris: The Complete America Session

John Coltrane Quartet
Wise One
John Coltrane (ts) McCoy Tyner (p) Jimmy Garrison (b) Elvin Jones (d)
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, April 27, 1964
LP: Cresecent

André Hodeir
Jazz Et Jazz
Roger Guérin (t) Martial Solal (p) Jean Barraqué (electronic) Emmanuel Soudieux (b) Richie Frost (d) André Hodeir (arr)
Paris, 1952
LP: Jazz & Jazz (1960)

Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett (p) Gary Peacock (b) Jack DeJohnette (d)
New York City, June 3 or 4, 1994
LP: At the Blue Note

Wynton Marsalis Quartet
Wynton Marsalis (t) Marcus Roberts (p) Robert Leslie Hurst III (b) Jeff "Train" Watts (d)
Washington D. C., December 19 or 20, 1986
LP: Live at Blues Alley

Ahmad Jamal
Darn That Dream
Ahmad Jamal (p) Israel Crosby (b) Vernell Fournier (d)
San Francisco, late 1961
LP: At the Blackhawk


  1. Thanks so much, Ehsan, for your truly wonderful and comprehensive support. Here in Mexico City, taking a short breather after a truly fabulous and rich day, I'm having a ball listening to my own favorite cuts, thanks to your links.

    Two very, very small corrections: (1) My favorite version of Mingus's "Peggy's Blue Skylight" is the fast version included on CHARLES MINGUS IN PARIS: THE COMPLETE AMERICAN RECORDINGS. And the correct link to the review of JAZZ '34 is

    All the best (and in deep gratitude),

    1. Dear Jonathan, the broken link is fixed and the Paris version of "Peggy..." is included. I used the 11 minute long version of the Paris album, as there were some "false start" of the song and one faster cut from the same April recording in Paris. I hope it's a satisfactory.

  2. Thanks, Ehsan, and I'm sorry that I wasn't more explicit. The full and fast cut I had in mind is 9:47 in length, and the slower full take on that same album is 12:53. I don't have access to an 11-minute version and can't check the one you posted now, but I'm sure it's good. All the best, Jonathan (still in Mexico City)

    1. Solved. Finally, I added the 9:47 version to the playlist.