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Aug 25, 2014
Guest Playlist #2:
Guest Playlist is a special feature here at the PJP website. We asked musicians, artists, DJs, journalists, dancers, politicians, and average Jazz fans to share a playlist of music that is important to them. We wanted to get and share what folks are listening to and what they think the rest of us should check out. We see it as a way of communing and showcasing the music in ways that the standard approach cannot do.
Our second playlist was selected by Philadelphia area jazz vocalist, music industry executive, music producer and publisher, Barbara Montgomery. She is also a member of DivaNation and will be performing on Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 at Mandell Theater. For more info:Click Here
1. Al DiMeola - “Tango Suite”
From the album, World Sinfonia, 1991
Musicians: Al Di Meola & Chris Carrington – guitars, Arto Tunçboyacıyan & Gumbi Oritz – percussion & vocals, Dino Saluzzi – Bandoneón;
2. Carmen McRae - "Suddenly (In Walked Bud)"
From the CD, Carmen Sings Monk, 1988
Musicians: Carmen McRae-vocals, Larry Willis & Eric Gunnison - piano, Clifford Jordan - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, George Mraz - bass, Charlie Rouse - tenor saxophone, Al Foster - drums;
3. Lee Smith - “Aquarian Reprieve”
From the CD, Sittin' On A Secret, 2012
Musicians: Lee Smith-Acoustic Bass, Justin Faulkner-Drums, Tim Warfield-Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Terrell Stafford-Trumpet & Flugelhorn, Marc Adler-Flute, Bill Meeks-Piano;
4. Charlie Haden & Kenny Barron - “Twilight Song“
From the CD, Night in the City, 1998
Musicians: Kenny Barron-piano, Charlie Haden-bass;
5. Anita O’Day - “Early Autumn”
From the CD, Jazz Round Midnight, 1954-62
Musicians include: Anita O'Day-vocals; Barney Kessel-guitar; Bud Shank, Phil Woods, Richie Kamuca, Zoot Sims-woodwinds; Conte Candoli, Al Porcino-trumpet; Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson-piano; Cal Tjader-vibres and others.
6. Freddie Hubbard - “Backlash”
From the CD, Backlash, 1967
Musicians: Freddie Hubbard-trumpet/flugelhorn, James Spaulding-alto saxophone, Albert Dailey-piano, Bob Cunningham-bass, Ray Appleton-drums, Ray Barretto-conga;
7. Chick Corea - “Bud Powell”
From the CD, Remembering Bud Powell, 1997
Musicians: Chick Corea-piano, Kenny Garrett-alto saxophone, Joshua Redman-tenor saxophone, Wallace Roney-trumpet, Christian McBride-bass, Roy Haynes-drums.
As to the nature of her choices, Barbara Montgomery adds:
Like many, the musical explosion that occurred with Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever was a game changer in so many many ways. Al DiMeola has always been a favorite since then and following his creative journey is a joy. This entire CD is hauntingly beautiful, and "Tango Suite" always evokes a mood of mystery.
Carmen McRae is unique--and she makes this her own. As a lyricist myself, I appreciated the great words set to "In Walked Bud" by the brilliant Jon Hendricks.
Of course, having co-produced Lee Smith's first cd as a leader, I am partial--but anyone who listens will know why. This original song by Lee is not for the faint of heart, and the fact that it was done in one take still blows me away. Kenny Barron, Charlie Haden...this is one of the songs I want played whenever I decide to take the next journey to the great beyond...!
I have always considered my musical influences coming from instrumentalists--Paul Desmond, Charlie Christian, Jim Hall, Bix Beiderbecke, Fletcher Hendeson, Kenny Barron, Charlie Haden and more...but then there is the inimitable Anita O'Day.
And I always find something in the discography of these two great artists that is part of regular listening -- Chick Corea and Freddie Hubbard, gotta have them!
Guest Playlist creator, Barbara Montgomery has been in the entertainment field as a jazz vocalist, music industry executive, music producer and publisher, as well as working in production for film and television. She has produced six CDs of her own, arranging and writing original material for four of them in collaboration with instrumentalists Steve Giordano, Barry Sames and Aaron Graves. Most recently she was honored to co-produce the first solo CD for the great jazz bassist Lee Smith—“Sittin On A Secret”. This CD reached #13 on the National jazz charts, as well as making the Jazz Week Top 100 list for 2012. To find out more about Barbara Montgomery, visit her website at: www.bjazz.com
See Barbara Montgomery as part of DivaNation, Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 at Mandell Theater. For more info:Click Here
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