Category: jazz

Miles Davis working the speed bag at Gleason’s…

Miles Davis working the speed bag at Gleason’s Gym, NYC 1970, by Glen Craig

Miles Davis at Tanglewood, 1970, by Amalie R. …

Miles Davis at Tanglewood, 1970, by Amalie R. Rothschild

Joni Mitchell and jazz legend Pat Metheny in S…

Joni Mitchell and jazz legend Pat Metheny in San Francisco, September 7, 1979, by Ed Perlstein, via irishtimes. The live recording from that tour, Shadows and Light, is one my favorite albums by anyone, ever….plus, any excuse to show Joni Mitchell playing electric guitar is a good one!

Aretha Franklin, 1965, by Columbia Records’ He…

Aretha Franklin, 1965, by Columbia Records’ Henry Parker. I came across this via nightflight, and remembered it from an album cover….then realized that I’d seen it on THREE album covers over the years.

The first appearance was on 1965′s Aretha Franklin Yeah!!! In Person with Her Quartet (also sometimes just called Yeah!!!), which is part of her sorely overlooked pre-Atlantic catalog on Columbia. This one is especially cool because it’s a live recording with Aretha fronting a jazz quartet (her last jazz outing until 1969), with Kenny Burrell (guitar) and Teddy Harris (piano) featured especially well. 

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To be precise, it was recorded live in the studio, with audience sounds overdubbed (a distressingly common practice well into the 70s). Hey, it works, though, and you really don’t know enough about Aretha until you know this record.

It turns out that the box set 

Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia includes the live studio recording without the audience overdubs, and lo and behold, uses a detail from the very same photo as Yeah!!!.

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Tthe 2016 UK vinyl re-release of The Electrifying Aretha Franklin, her second album for Columbia, back in 1962 also used this photo (a vast improvement on the US original, and really, why the hell not). 

It actually sounds a lot more like the 50s, with Aretha on piano fronting big band arrangements of standards (”You Made Me Love You”, “Rock A Bye Your Baby”) and cheesy rock and roll/R&b mashups (”I Told You So”, “Rough Lover”). 

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She’d make some giant leaps in very short order, but it’s still startling to hear just how much authority she sang (and played!!!) with at only 19!!! (She was 20 by the time it was released.)

Seriously, check out Spotify, YouTube, or wherever else you scavenge for such things. Between Electrifying as a curio that will blow your mind, and Yeah!!! as an early classic, you’re gonna have some fun with these.

Miles & Betty Davis, in their New York Cit…

Miles & Betty Davis, in their New York City home, 1969, by Baron Wolman

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Miles Davis, UK, 1970 by David Redfern

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Miles Davis at Tanglewood, 1970, by Amalie R. …

Miles Davis at Tanglewood, 1970, by Amalie R. Rothschild

Miles Davis, 1973, by Christian Rose

Miles Davis, 1973, by Christian Rose

1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.

1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.