The Jazz Show Episode December 17, 2012

Broadcast on 17-Dec-2012

9:06pm - 11:59pm

There is really no need to describe this classic date. I consider this date an essential listening experience. This date defines Modern Jazz in a way that no other does. It is also a tradition on The Jazz Show as this is the last show of 2012 and the show closest to Christmas. This date was recorded on Christmas Eve 1954 and although it's not stated in the music the SPIRIT of Christmas is here. The players are the nominal leader, trumpeter and Jazz icon Miles Davis. In 1954 he was emerging from a dark period in his life and beginning to really assert his importance as a major Jazz figure. Milt Jackson is so consistent in his solos on vibes and the spice of the session is the piano of Thelonious Monk. Monk was not Davis' choice but the choice of the record label owner Bob Weinstock......and it was a great move as it's Monk's solos that put the edge on the music. Percy Heath on bass and Kenny Clarke were the rhythm section for the Modern Jazz Quartet and Miles Davis' first choice. This date is Jazz history and will be heard as long as Jazz is alive in this world. Some of the book on jazz was written here. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I look forward to presenting music for you in 2013.

Track Listing:

At A Perfume Counter
Dave Brubeck · Jazz Interwoven
Ana Grace
Jimmy Greene · Mission Statement
Improv #6
Keith Jarrett · Radience
After The Rain
John Coltrane · Impressions.
We Free Kings.
Roland Kirk · We Free Kings
White Christmas
Charlie Parker · Christmas at The Roost
John Coltrane · Classics
The Christmas Song
Gene Ammons · Boss Tenor
England's Carol
The Modern Jazz 4 · The MJQ
Winter Wonderland
Chet Baker · Chet Baker Showcase
Lord Buckley · Blowing His Mind
Oh Tannenbaum
Chris Sigurson · A Chris Chris Christmas
Tougher Than Tough
Jimmy Witherspoon · Spoon Alive!!!!
How Long Blues
Kansas City
Jazz Feature:
Bag's Groove
Miles Davis · The Miles Davis
Bemsha Swing
The Man I Love
Swing Spring