Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years

Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years


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This fascinating three-CD set has 28 performances (all but the Billie Holiday number were previously unreleased) taken from the Monterey Jazz Festival and programmed in chronological order. Starting with Dizzy Gillespie playing an unaccompanied version of "The Star Spangled Banner" that opened the very first festival and progressing up until the 1996 edition, there are many memorable selections. Billie Holiday is assisted by Gerry Mulligan on "Fine and Mellow." Mulligan and Art Farmer team up for an excellent version of "Blueport" that almost but not quite reaches the heights of Jeru's 1960 big-band version. Thelonious Monk is heard in 1964 playing "Straight No Chaser" with a workshop group; there are solos by his longtime tenor Charlie Rouse and altoist Buddy Collette, and a long one by trumpeter Bobby Bryant. In one of their earliest meetings, Dizzy Gillespie (still in his prime in 1973) teams up with 20-year-old trumpeter Jon Faddis on "Manteca." Count Basie's band (with trombonist Al Grey) sounds inspired on "I Needs to Be Bee'd With," as does Joe Williams, who sings the full-length version of "Goin' to Chicago." Wynton Marsalis in 1983 reinvents Thelonious Monk's "Think of One," while Sarah Vaughan sounds typically miraculous on "If You Could See Me Now." The colorful release ends with four outstanding tenor solos: Sonny Rollins on the cooking blues "Keep Hold of Yourself," Bob Berg taking a strong cadenza on "I Loves You, Porgy" with Chick Corea, Joshua Redman having a good time on "Home Fries," and Craig Handy emerging as the main voice on Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island." Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/1997
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624670322
catalogNumber: 46703

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Count Basie   Piano
Bob Belden   Tenor Saxophone
Louie Bellson   Drums
Bob Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Brubeck   Piano,Track Performer
George Cables   Piano
Billy Childs   Piano
Buddy Collette   Reeds,Conductor
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone
Bill Evans   Piano
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Track Performer
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Victor Feldman   Piano
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Track Performer
Eddie Gomez   Bass
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Herbie Hancock   Piano,Track Performer
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet,Track Performer
Jerome Harris   Guitar
Antonio Hart   Alto Saxophone
Louis Hayes   Drums
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Dave Holland   Bass
Shirley Horn   Piano,Track Performer
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Sam Jones   Bass
Kenny Kirkland   Piano
John Lewis   Piano
Jimmy Lyons   Track Performer
Charles McPherson   Alto Saxophone
Charles Mingus   Bass,Piano,Narrator,Track Performer
Modern Jazz Quartet   Track Performer
Joe Morello   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Jimmy Owens   Flugelhorn
Joe Pass   Guitar
John Patitucci   Bass
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
Nat Pierce   Piano
Rufus Reid   Bass
Dannie Richmond   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
David Schnitter   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Swallow   Bass
Mal Waldron   Piano
Bobby Watson   Alto Saxophone
Joe Williams   Track Performer
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Dave Bailey   Drums
Dick Berk   Drums
Lou Blackburn   Trombone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Dennis Irwin   Bass
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone
Mike Wofford   Piano
Billy Drummond   Drums
Mike Longo   Piano
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Connie Kay   Drums
Bob Cranshaw   Electric Bass
Percy Heath   Bass
Ben Riley   Drums
Eugene Wright   Bass
Craig Handy   Tenor Saxophone
Joshua Redman   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Charles Ables   Bass
Clifton Anderson   Trombone
William Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Peter Bernstein   Guitar
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Lin Biviano   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Brian Blade   Drums
Art Blakey   Drums,Track Performer
Phil Bowler   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Tim Burke   Trumpet
Carl Burnette   Drums
Bill Byrne   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Marc Cary   Piano
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Armando Anthony Corea   Piano
Bill Crow   Bass
Walter Davis   Piano
Eric Dixon   Tenor Saxophone
Hobart Dotson   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano,Track Performer
John Duke   Bass
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Alexander Gafa   Guitar
Eddie Gladden   Drums
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Freddie Hubbard   Flugelhorn,Track Performer
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Lonnie Hillyer   Trumpet
Nelson Hinds   Trombone
Bill Hughes   Bass Trombone
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Gene Jackson   Drums
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Harold Jones   Drums
Eddie Khan   Bass
Larry Klein   Bass
Dave LaRocca   Bass
Dave Lalama   Piano
John Lamb   Bass
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet,Track Performer
Earl May   Bass
Carmen McRae   Vocals,Track Performer
Butch Miles   Drums
Dick Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Thelonious Monk   Piano,Track Performer
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Gary Novak   Drums
Bobby Plater   Alto Saxophone
Valery Ponomarev   Trumpet
Phil Ranelin   Trombone
Waymon Reed   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kitt Reid   Trumpet
Joe Rodriguez   Trumpet
Mickey Roker   Drums
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Victor See-Yuen   Percussion
Larry Shunk   Trombone
Andy Simpkins   Bass
Ed Soph   Drums
Frank Tiberi   Tenor Saxophone
Danny Turner   Alto Saxophone
Mel Wanzo   Trombone
Rodney Whitaker   Bass
Dennis Wilson   Trombone
Nathan Woodard   Trumpet
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Christopher Thomas   Bass
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
Woody Herman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Chuck Conners   Trombone
Bob Mitchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Williams   Drums
Peter Martin   Piano
Jim Powell   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Buddy Collette   Arranger
Gil Fuller   Composer
Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Michel Legrand   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Chano Pozo   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer
Zan Stewart   Liner Notes
Philip Elwood   Liner Notes
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Ed Fotheringham   Illustrations
Clint Eastwood   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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