Jazz Menagerie

From ‘Jungle bird’ to ‘Blue Jay Way Blackbird’, we have mixed 21 ‘Jazzz & Latin Music‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Animals‘. It has Bent Fabric & His Piano, Yusef Lateef, Hank Jones Trio, Noro Morales and his orchestra and many more.

IMAGE : wild animal tamer Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

Amazon.com: Although pianist Bent Fabric (born Bent Fabricius-Bjerre) formed his own jazz combo after WWII and his own label (Metronome) in 1950, it wasn’t until 1961, when Fabric’s Alley Cat single hit his native Denmark’s airwaves, that he really became known in the music world.

Riverwalk Jazz : Andre Previn once referred to Sutton as one of the few jazz pianists who had complete mastery of his instrument. Sutton plays with both hands and ten fingers, a full harmonic sense and a delightful wit in his solos. (here with with Lord Sitar for a The Beatles medley of “Blue Jay Way/Blackbird”)

Sandler & Young : In 1963. American born and raised Ralph Young, was sent to Italy to rehearse for a revue to be presented at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. There he met Tony Sandler, a native Belgian, who was also hired for the same revue.

Hank Jones : As one of the few surviving Jazz greats photographed in ‘A Great Day in Harlem ‘, he has also participated in other historical events such as accompanying Marilyn Monroe when she sang ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ to the late President John F. Kennedy.

Laurindo Almeida : In 1983 Laurindo Almeida was presented the Vahdah Olcot-Bickford Memorial Award by the American Guitar Society on their 60th aniversary; for his “illustrious career as a performer and composer and his dedicated promotion of the music of the Americas which has been a major force in developing universal appreciation of the classical guitar in popular, contemporary and classical music”.

Mr Pinky’s Record Lounge : When I first got hold of this 1962 live set from Nina’s Colpix years, I only gave it one or two spins before putting it aside. I don’t know why, but for some reason I pulled it out again recently. Wow! This is such a nice, classy record.

Dusty Groove : A groovy dream come true — the complete studio recordings of German bandleader Peter Herbolzheimer — easily one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s! featuring American players — such as Art Farmer on trumpet or Herb Geller on saxes and recording under the group names Certain Lions & Tigers and The Galactic Light Orchestra.

PLAYLIST : Noro Morales and his orchestra – Jungle bird (2.57) . The Jazz Crusaders – Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog (2.40) . Nina Simone – Bye Bye Blackbird (8.16) . Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra – Kingfish (2.49) . Bent Fabric & His Piano – Alley Cat (2.31) . Lord Sitar. Sandler & Young – Blue Jay Way Blackbird (6.59) . Hank Jones Trio – Bluebird (5.01) . Art Tatum – Tiger Rag (2.46) . Jack Teagarden – I hear bluebird (3.20) . Louis Armstrong – Weather bird (2.41) . Mary Lou Williams – Lady Bird (3.08) . Donn Bynum – Fish & Grits (4.03) . Miles Davis – Drad Dog (4.48) . Yusef Lateef – Poor Butterfly (6.39) . Laurindo Almeida – Busy Bee (1.19) . Certain Lions & Tigers – El Soul Condor (4.53) . Django Reinhardt – Django’s Tiger (2.36) . Ralph Sutton – Bee’s Knees (3.05) . Clarence William’s Blue Five – Wild Cat Blues (3.01) . Cy Coleman – Pussy Cat (2.30) . Henry Mancini – The Cat (2.41) .


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