Money Jungle

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This month drummer Terri Lyne Carrington released her reworked interpretation of the classic album Money Jungle. For anyone who is a fan of jazz, I highly recommend picking it up.  Carrington’s version, titled Money Jungle Provocative In Blue, is a fresh new take on this old favorite and sounds great from start to finish!

The original album released in 1962 brought together three of the major players of the time. 50 years ago the super trio of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach briefly came together to record this now classic post-bop avant-garde gem. Almost exclusively penned by Duke, Money Jungle stripped out the big band swing sound Ellington was renowned for, and allowed the three masters to play off each other in a very intimate setting. There are unique reworks of Ellington’s Solitude and Caravan here on the expanded edition that are transforming and quite meditative.

Enjoy!

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Brothers And Sisters

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Today’s Runner stirs up warm memories of family, late night light and shadows moving to the sounds of Jessica and my brother Jerry polishing his guitar chops through the ductwork of the old house on Salem. “Pony Boy carry me home…”

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Dire Straits

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Low key, cool grooves by the Sultans of Swing.

“And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene, he’s got a day time job, he’s doing alright…”

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Yesterdays

 

The 1975 release of Yesterdays is a fine compilation of early cuts by the band showcasing the talents of founding members Tony Kaye and Peter Banks who left the group shortly after the release of The Yes Album. Kaye and Banks would briefly regroup in a band called Flash that rivaled the signature Yes sound of the early 70s. Highlights here are Time and a Word and some brilliant guitar work on the remake of Paul Simon’s America, “and Howe!”

The music is drawn from the first two Yes albums and various early singles. It’s one of my faves, and a nice set for and early morning run. Enjoy.

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