2020 Album Draft- Round 8 Pick 1- Cincinnati Babyhead selects- Duke Ellington & John Coltrane: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane.
The reason for taking this record is because I have to. It was too hard to pick an individual album by each so I took a collaboration between the two and got a 2 for 1 deal. This way I can squeeze another record in.
Duke and John Coltrane are two of my all time favorite music makers. With this pick I get them both. It’s simple, I have to have their music. I listen to these two more than just about anyone else. Picking an album out of Ellington’s library is near impossible. He has so many and such a high standard. You cant go wrong. Coltrane’s sax has always moved me. He plays with such power and passion. I also have numerous albums by him and I always seem to be reaching for them. He is an intense listen.
With them together on this record I get their sounds and musical ideas. Duke has such a subtle way of playing and is one of my favorite piano players. He never over plays, always laying back and jumping in when he feels it. You can always hear him coloring in the background. Listen to ”Stevie’ perfect example. He lays back and lets Trane go to work and then comes in later at the end and finishes off the piece. He’s never hard on the ears. JC is not as hard blowing on this cut but he still gives us a taste of that power and passion. What a great piece of jazz music. The rhythm section of Sam Woodyard (drums) and Aaron Bell (bass) know how to swing and set the table. Man does that sound good! The next take ‘My Little Brown Book’ takes in it down into a softer touch but what a touch. Again the support is top notch.
Duke Ellington and John Coltrane have different styles. Opposite ends of the scale. Soft, subtle, hard , aggressive but together they mesh well with the love of the music they play. Lots of respect and creativity. Plus they both swing. I love just about every note these guys play.
Yeah I have some good jazz and just plain good music going with me to my island. CB will be kicking back, catching a few rays, Smoking a big cigar and chilling. Cant miss with this. My jazz bone will be happy and I’ll be a happy Islander.