Welcome to The Hot Box #054 where we get ever closer to the end of the long-running series The Piano Files! In this episode we explore pianists under the letters U… and V as well as a few omissions from the letter T. It turns out that the popularity of the letter V as the first letter in Cuban surnames becomes extremely focussed when it comes to piano players. All the Vs are Cuban. As for U, only one player was found with that initial letter!
On this first 2020 edition of my weekly Jazz Show TALES FROM THE FAR SIDE (live on CRC102.9fm and on www.crcfm.ie every Thursday 8-9 pm.WET. with a repeat on Saturday 9-10 pm. and a podcast on our website all through the week) with hopefully many "JAZZ-FAIRYTALES" to come in 2020, this one with the Sun Ra Arkstra, Pat Metheny, Frank Sinatra, Bob Berg, Art Pepper. Jackie McLean, Charlie Parker and others. Come in for a big CHEERS to JAZZ!!!!
K Quintet was formed in the summer of 2019. Lead by Irish double bassist David Duffy and dancer/singer Ksenia Parkhatskaya. Parkhatskaya a world renowned Charleston and solo jazz dancer was in need of some new classic jazz to perform to and approached Duffy to write some new compositions for trio, quartet and quintet.
The resulting debut album "Something Else" harkens back to the classic straight ahead jazz of the 60's and 70's, with names like Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, and Ben Webster as influences. To achieve this sound the two went to Vertigo Studios, and Ferran Donnatelli in Barcelona, a haven of vintage microphones, preamps, and to tape recording facilities to achieve that classic vibe. They assembled some of the leading jazz players from Barcelona and over two separate one day sessions created these recordings, a mixture of old standards and new compositions.
On this edition I pay tribute to the late great pianist Harold Mabern who sadly died in September but whose music will stay alive as one of the most powerful Hard-Bop contributions in Jazz and beyond as a strong and in demand sideman and as a leader of his own groups.