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1 thelarmis   ~  Oct 23, 2011 3:03 pm

'footprints' is perhaps shorter's most famous composition. possibly, 'coz it was also recorded on miles davis's "miles smiles" album, which is a major, major album in the jazz world.

this is a standard that i played in my own jazz trio, plus many other jazz combos i've been in. i don't teach the class, but i believe they work this tune at the music school where i teach...

i'd prefer something here from juju or speak no evil. the jazz trio used to play a coupla songs from the latter. or, Angola from The Soothsayer album. that was a great record and freddie hubbard is killin' on it.

it's really amazing what wayne did in the 60's. spent the 1st half putting out a ton of incredible music with art blakey and the 2nd half putting out unbelievable music with the 2nd great Miles Davis Quintet. during that, he somehow found time to release TEN beyond brilliant solo albums on Blue Note, in a half-dozen years.

he was composing all the while. the latter half of the decade saw him exploring like crazy too and not just changing with the times, but actually affecting the change. his explorations ranged from large combos to the avant-garde to the advent of fusion, culminating in forming Weather Report after Bitches Brew.

we're lucky to still have wayne around and he's still on top of his game. one of the greatest geniuses in American music history and important jazz icon.

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 23, 2011 8:49 pm

[1] I second all of that!! Love all those Blue Note WS albums.

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