Friday, 10 June 2011

Jazz Interlude #2

In 1964, Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida recorded the LP 'Collaboration' with The Modern Jazz Quartet. It's a masterpiece. Shortly afterwards, they performed selections from the album for the BBC, including this sublimely subtle version of 'One Note Samba'. I love the way it switches gear half way through, moving effortlessly from the traditional to the very groovy indeed.

That's Milt Jackson on the Vibraphone. I place the Vibraphone above any other instrument, I could listen to it all day, especially when played by Milt. Not so keen on the presenter, one of those old school 'now, listen to me you idiots' type broadcasters: he has particularly strong views about the proper way to play a guitar, and you will take note of them.

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