Following the controversial innovations of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and A Tribute to Jack Johnson, fusion spun off in myriad directions, some far more creatively rewarding than others. This entry in the ongoing Jazz Club compilation brings together 11 choice cuts from the Verve vaults series for an admirable if erratic attempt to encapsulate an era that defies simple definition or interpretation. The title Jazz Rock fails to account for the sheer multitude of sounds and styles the disc embraces, veering from cosmic funk to psychedelic soul. The best performances approach the complexity of classical music as well as the mainstream appeal of soul, but at worst the music is unfocused and maddeningly self-indulgent. Highlights include George Duke's "Old Slippers," Don Sebesky's "The Word," and Tony Williams' "Emergency".
Jazz-rock great Scott Henderson reveals his unique approach to improvising. You'll learn how to solo over major, pentatonic, melodic minor, diminished, and whole-tone scales, along with modern uses for arpeggios and triads all in the context of melodic and rhythmic phrasing. It also nails the hard-to-teach subject of improvisational phrasing. Includes printable companion booklet.
Verve Records celebrated the 50th anniversary of Norman Granz's first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert with an all-star get-together at Carnegie Hall. Different groups of top players from Verve's legacy (both past and present) had opportunities to perform, and this CD has many of the highlights. Pianist Peter Delano plays "Tangerine" with a trio; Dee Dee Bridgewater sings "Shiny Stockings" with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; Hank Jones pays tribute to Art Tatum; Abbey Lincoln sings "I Must Have That Man"; Joe Henderson meets up with Antonio Carlos Jobim (who made his final concert appearance) on "Desafinado";"Manteca" features trumpeter Roy Hargrove and trombonist Steve Turre; pianist Yosuke Yamashita pays tribute to Bud Powell; Betty Carter scats on "How High the Moon"; Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin play a restrained acoustic version of Bill Evans' "Turn out the Stars"; Hargrove teams up with altoist Jackie McLean and guitarist Pat Metheny for "The Eternal Triangle"; organist Jimmy Smith revisits Oliver Nelson's arrangement of "Down by the Riverside"; Art Porter and Jeff Lorber play some crossover, and J.J. Johnson contributes a few trombone solos.