Jam Gems is Label M’s latest offering from their ongoing series of previously unearthed recordings taped at Baltimore’s Famous Ballroom by The Left Bank Jazz Society. Formed in 1964, this group often booked Sunday afternoon jam sessions at various venues. However, the tapes were never released until producer Joel Dorn struck a deal to issue the performances on his new label. This session from June 13, 1965, captures trumpeter Freddie Hubbard shortly before he altered his hard-bop style and steered his career in a more commercial direction. Hubbard and tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath were good friends who had played together on a number of occasions. No surprise then that sparks flew. Urged on by an enthusiastic audience, Hubbard and Heath trade rapid-fire licks throughout, displaying an inviting blend of youthful exuberance and wild abandon. The two hornmen are backed by Wibur Little (bass), Bertell Knox (drums) and Gus Simms (piano), who for a time functioned as the de facto rhythm section for many of the Society’s visiting stars. Hot! ###
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!