Thursday, March 08, 2007

This Is Some Serious Music

Links re-upped 4/16/07.

The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions was recorded in the Spring of 1961, and it remains John Coltrane's only flirtation with orchestral jazz (a 17-piece orchestra). Arranged by Coltrane's then-alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy, this is still one of the most overlooked Coltrane releases, and its full of hints as to where Coltrane was about to venture musically. It's both fast and slow, loud and soft, elevating and enervating. But most of all - this is seriously busy and often dark.

Let My Children Hear Music is regarded by Charles Mingus as his own favorite album. By 1972, Mingus was miles away from the fast hard-bop of his early years and was now almost exclusively devoted to orchestral jazz. This is an album ripe with themes of death and things-gone-wrong, and its use of a string section is still rare by today's standards.

John Coltrane - The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions [1961]

Buy this album at Collectors' Choice Music

Disc 1
Mp3, Stereo, 320 kbps, 96.9 MB
1. Greensleeves (10:01)
2. Song of the Underground Railroad (6:44)
3. Greensleeves [alternate take] (10:53)
4. The Damned Don't Cry (7:35)
5. AFrica [first version] (14:07)

Disc 2
Mp3, Stereo, 320 kbps, 94.4 MB
1. Blues Minor (7:23)
2. Africa [alternate take] (16:06)
3. Africa (16:29)

Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music [1972]
Mp3, Stereo, 320 kbps, 122.4 MB

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1. The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
2. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
3. Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too
4. Taurus In The Arena Of Life
5. Hobo Ho
6. The Chill Of Death
7. The I Of Hurricane Sue

Attention all Karate Kid fans! You will just love this music video, even though the actual music is quite bad (I've never heard of this band). How did they get all these actors together again? The cameo at the end of the video is the best part of it. (7:44 min / SFW)


Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or is the link not working for the Coltrane?

Anonymous said...

Link is dead for Coltrane and Mingus

Anonymous said...

Any chance for a re-up? Or were the links just not the right ones? Thank you! :)

Anonymous said...

dead, please, re-up

Licorice Pizza said...

Josh, Looks like I'm not the only target. So sorry bro. Looks like it's time to go stealth! The peeps will figure it out and get to the music. Timbo

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the Mingus and Coltrane. Great stuff!

taro nombei said...

the coltrane album is much appreciated.
many thanks.

yeti said...

Much appreciated! thank you.