This nicely packaged, but hard to follow (I'm still not completely sure who's playing what on which CD) two CD set compiles excerpts from four live performances by Ernestine Anderson, mostly as a guest. The album covers three live performances from 1987 and one from 1990, when the singer was doing some very good work. The CD 2 is a complete replication of the Live at the 1990 Jazz Festival album. Since as far as I know, this album is still available, why it is included here is a bit of a mystery to me. CD 1 is the far more engaging of the two. One of the compilations's highlights for me is Anderson's appearance with the Frank Capp/Nat Pierce Juggernaut Band from Live at the Alley Cat. This was the last of that high flying big band's albums due to the death of co-leader Nat Pierce. Anderson did four numbers on that album. The work on the "Street of Dreams" and "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart" is recommendation enough to run out and try and located that Frankie Capp/Nat Pierce CD. At one point during his career, pianist George Shearing seemed determined to record with just about every singer he could get his arms around. He cornered Anderson for two cuts on his 1987 release Dexterity. He and Shearing come together nicely on the cuts on which Anderson appears, "As Long As I Live" and "Please Send Me Someone to Love". The other album on this medley, again from 1987, and this time features the Concord All-Stars with such luminaries as Dave McKenna, Red Holloway and Dan Barrett occupying seats. There are three cuts from this album, with Anderson and McKenna working out on "I Love Being Here with You" the top item.
This album will certainly appeal to Anderson's many fans as well as to those who just love a good singer behind a good band especially the Capp/Pierce outfit.
Track Listing: CD-1 I Love Being Here with You; All Blues; Down Home Blues; As Long As I Live; Please Send Me Someone to Love
CD-2 Blues in the Closet; I Let a Song Go out of My Heart; I Should Care; There Is no Greater Love; Skylark; On My Own; Never Make Your Move too Soon
Personnel: Dan Barrett, Charlie Loper, Garnett Brown, Buster Cooper - Trombone; Ed Bickert, Ken Pohlman - Guitar; Scott Hamilton, Bob Cooper, Frank Wess - Tenor Sax; Red Holloway - Alto & Tenor Sax; Dave McKenna, George Shearing, Gene Harris, Nat Pierce - Piano; Jimmie Smith, Frank Capp, Harold Jones - Drums; Warren Vache - Trumpet; Steve Wallace, Neil Swainson, Chuck Berghofer, Lynn Seaton - Bass; Snooky Young, Frank Szabo, Conte Candoli, Bill Berry; Dave Edwards, Joe Romano, Marshal Royal - Alto Sax; Bill Green - Baritone Sax
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already
I was first exposed to jazz circa 1973, when I met a fellow who ran Kappy's Record Store over near 10th Ave., on 42nd St. in NYC. We really clicked and when I told him I played piano and went to Music & Art HS, and had just started at City College of NY as a music major, he asked if I liked jazz...I said yes but I didn't know much about it, but that I did have sheet music for many popular 1920's through 1940's tunes by noted composers (Porter; Gershwins; Irving Berlin; Rodgers & Hammerstein/Hart; Jerome Kern; Lerner & Loewe; etc.) that my mother had sung beautifully starting in the 1940's including tons of famous show tunes, and I played many of those songs already. SOOOO... he started me off LP's by Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bud Powell, Errol Garner, Bill Evans, Monty Alexander, Charlie Byrd, and Dave Brubeck... does it get any better than that? ...No, it doesn't. I was hooked!!
I met and had a master class with the late music giant John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet! This was at CCNY in 1977. I was blessed! It was an incredible class... how could it have been anything else?!?!
The first jazz record I bought was...I bought numerous records from my friend at the record store, as mentioned above. He introduced me to nothing but music giants/legends! I think The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Greatest Hits, was actually the first one.
My advice to new listeners... study first--understand the rudiments--solfeggio, keys, scales, and basic chords. Read a book or take a class that includes the study of chord progressions, especially in jazz. It should ideally be a piano class so you can play multiple notes together. Have a good EAR or else it's not really worth it in my view...to become a musician, a good EAR for music is about as fundamental as breathing! Learn to read chord charts--i.e., lead sheets - wherein you play various voicings of the chords--major, minor, dominant 7th (alterations of these, you can learn over time - the basic chords are most important for starters), plus the melody, on the piano or keyboard. If you have to read the exact notes, then it's not the same as actually internalizing it & getting it all into your head. If you can do this, I think you're ready not only for listening to jazz, but understanding many concepts of it! Of course...anyone can listen to jazz... but I think it's so good to also have a grasp of it.