Jazz Breakfast Settling Nicely
Well, Art Blakey says it best:
Jazz Washes Away The Dust of Every Day Life.
Until his passing in late 1990, this famous and influential jazz drummer was one of a handful of leaders in the music world. His impact and legacy live on through his words and music, providing inspiration to many aspiring musicians and listeners. This quote is appropriate for the end of the day, when we may need it most, and the start of the day as well. In light of recent world events, I find it appropriate to wind up (or down) to.
This morning, my breakfast of choice includes a few more leaders in the jazz world. Today I’ll take my Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) over easy, with a side of Herbie Hancock (piano), James Spaulding (alto sax), seasoned with a bit of Reggie Workman (bass) and Clifford Jarvis (drums).
Ok, it may sund creepy, but you get the metaphor. The album on the table this morning is “Hub-Tones,” by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, an associate of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Released in 1963 by Blue Note, this album features some seriously soulful playing by Hubbard, Spaulding, Hancock, Workman and Jarvis. I can’t say enough good things about it, really. This week I heard it about ten different times, and found something unique in a musician’s solo each time. A 22-year-old Herbie Hancock stands out, his ideas flowing with boundless creativity and imagination. Hancock restructures and harmonizes bop lines in an instant, responding to the other musicians’ ideas with ease.
Check it out and enjoy! I have a feeling you will. After all, jazz has many of them.