…Now They are Four

From ‘Trouble Maker’ to ‘Serenata’, we have mixed 19 ‘Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Quartets‘. It has Edmond Hall’s Celeste Quartet, John LaSalle Quartet, Oscar Peterson & Stephane Grappelli Quartet , John Cameron Quartet and many more.

IMAGE : City Light Quartette, 1937 Photo by Seattle Municipal Archives

Trilok Gurtu : Trilok Gurtu was born into a highly musical family in Bombay, India where his grandfather was a noted Sitar player and his mother Shobha Gurtu, a classical singing star and constant influence. He began to play practically from infancy at the age of six

All About Jazz : A talented and flashy trumpeter, Jonah Jones hit upon a formula in 1955 that made him a major attraction for a decade; playing concise versions of melodic swing standards and show tunes muted with a quartet.

allmusic : It took Edmond Hall a long period to develop his own musical individuality, but by the early ’40s he had a very distinctive and dirty sound on the clarinet that was immediately recognizable within one note.

MSN Music : “Big Sid” Catlett was one of the most flexible drummers in the history of jazz. On one hand, Catlett was skilled enough in the pre-modern styles to be Louis Armstrong‘s favorite percussionist; on the other, Catlett’s powerful swing and generous adaptability allow

John Cameron : John became Donovan’s music director, touring with him, and arranging hit singles Jennifer Juniper, & Epistle to Dippy, & the Sunshine Superman & Mellow Yellow albums, and subsequently arranging Donovan’s music for Ken Loach’s Poor Cow.

Herb Jeffries : When Herb Jeffries walked into the RCA Victor Studio in Chicago on December 28th, 1940 for a Duke Ellington recording session, he had no idea that his future was predestined. Ellington had called him in at the last minute to record one song, a tune called “Flamingo” (written by Ted Grouya & Edmund Anderson). Herb had never sang or even heard the song before, yet he felt such a personal relationship with the lyrics and melody that he recorded it in one take.

Wikipedia : Italian television was born in 1954. In the same year Quartetto Cetra made their first home television appearance in a show called In quattro si viaggia meglio (“You travel better when you’re four”), although they had appeared on British television as far back as 1948 in Café Continental. In time they did a great number of other TV programs. Among them, their parodies of some literature classics such as The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers were a huge success.

Dusty Groove : A landmark blend of soul jazz and bossa nova — cut by the legendary Quartette Tres Bien back in the 60s! The group are kind of a “piano trio plus” — an outfit with piano, bass, and drums in the lead — but also plenty of conga and added percussion — a style used here to really underscore the bossa inspiration of the set — often in ways that are more driving and more complicated than original 60s bossa recordings themselves!

PLAYLIST : Stan Getz Quartet – Blood Count (3.38) . John Cameron Quartet – Trouble Maker (3.52) . Modern Jazz Quartet With Laurindo Almeida – Foi A Saudade (2.35) . Gerry Mulligan Quartet feat. Lee Konitz – Bernie’s Tune (3.31) . Quartette Tres Bien – Boss Tres Bien (5.30) . Trilok Gurtu with the Arke String Quartet – Balahto (4.02) . Big Sid Catlett Quartet – Sleep (3.07) . Charlie Parker Quartet – Cosmic Rays (3.05) . Edmond Hall’s Celeste Quartet – Profoundly Blue (4.09) . Chet Baker Quartet feat. Russ Freeman – No Ties (3.13) . Oscar Peterson & Stephane Grappelli Quartet – Makin’ Whoopee (4.37) . Quartetto Cetra – Un Bacio A Mezzanotte (2.14) . Herb Jeffries with the Eddie Beal Quartet – Body And Soul (3.06) . John LaSalle Quartet – Pot Luck (3.26) . Dave Brubeck Quartet – Camptown_Races (2.10) . Jonah Jones Quartet – Serenata (2.45) . Mary Lou Williams Quartet – Chica-Boom Blues (3.14) . The Golden Gate Quartet – Golden Gate Gospel train (2.38) . Denis Guivarch Quartet – All the things you are (4.01) .


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