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Thursday Night Music Byte

Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…


Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron – The Complete Blue Note and Capitol Recordings

Tom Moon says, “This compilation documents the brief, extraordinary collaboration of two woefully overlooked jazz geniuses. The material comes from the pen of pianist and composer Tadd Dameron (1917-1965), whose tricky yet supremely logical tunes balance bebob macho against a warm-hearted lyricism. Taking these pieces to the next level is the trumpeter Fats Navarro (1923-1950), a fireballer with a radiant tone and technique  to burn, whose recording career only lasted four years.”

“Not every speed demon could handle Dameron’s compositions, which are far more demanding than the typical heat-and-serve jam session riffs. Navarro, begins his turn on Dameron’s bebop agility course “Our delight” with clipped single notes, then broad and effusive lines that carry the distant hint of taunting blues. His solo ends with an ascending series of perfectly placed triplets that’s so precise it seems to startle the rhythm section.”